So he can always go in the camper, lock the door and play a game or read. It depends on how big the truck is and how heavy it is to lift. On the east coast, we pull a Jeep Wrangler. The actual payload for a truck may be up to 3,500 lbs. We don’t feel that it’s worth taking the camper off the truck just for a single night or two. Consider the role forklift speed plays at your facility – for both production and operator safety. “We have never unloaded the camper at a campsite. On the other hand, lifting a 5,000lbs truck (with 500-lb plate) will increase the payload to 4,000lbs, but it will also take up more room on the trailer. Speed control kits can be installed to allow adjustments on-site, without the assistance of a dealer. “This is a great question, and it’s something my wife and I have discussed many times. We’ll have to wait until we retire for those longer trips!” – Carol Sudweeks, 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500, 2006 Lance 815. We found out there were tunnels that would have limited our travels with the camper on so we left it at our campsite for two days. We mostly dry camp, so hookups are a non-player. Required fields are marked *, 43352 Business Park Dr.Temecula, CA 92590 USA. It’s nice to have food and bathroom waiting for us. That must be some darn good meatloaf! Therefore, unless absolutely necessary, I will not unload the Lance. If we don’t feel comfortable leaving the camper in an area, then we don’t unload.” – Steve Gomez, 2014 Ford F350, 2015 Host Mammoth, “Although we have Torklift Fastguns and remote jacks, we have not unloaded the camper. “Four years ago we had to make a decision of fixed cell or removable cell on our Toyota Hilux. If we want to go to a restaurant, we have several great choices accessible by boat. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. Therefore the storage space on the truck is reduced. As you go through the list, you can appropriately determine how to handle the non-transportable items for your upcoming move. This might be due to owning a travel trailer after our first truck camper. It’s the first truck to have adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support for heavy trailers, allowing drivers to climb steep grades while maintaining speed. With a bit of practice you will begin to stab it the first time, every time.” – Don Pryor, 2015 F350, 2008 Arctic Fox 1150, “We just did a trip to Quartzsite, Arizona. Again, we do not take it off unless we have a good reason to. Find the speed of the truck. Last time out, the savings in gas was half the rental cost, and the convenience was priceless. “With the Torklift International Fastgun turnbuckles, laser backup aid in loading, and Rieco-Titan remote-control jacks, it is easy to unload and reload quickly. I like being able to stop to use the bathroom or take a nap when I want. All Rights Reserved, � Copyright TopSpeed. The folding steps with the Snowriver makes for a stable entry for us and our dogs.” – Rod Fosback, 1999 Ford F350, 2008 Snowriver 108DS, “Usually we unload the camper as we tow a boat with the truck. We have owned a truck camper for several years and I can say, without exception, that we have never unloaded while in the field. An unload/load cycle takes the better part of an hour for us and causes us (mostly me) a lot of stress. Skip does highlight one main reason to unload, which is exploring the local area. Naturally we took the camper off so that we could have the freedom to come and go at will.” – Allen Brummel, 2008 Dodge Ram 1500, 2016 Northstar 650SC, “I always disconnect the tie-downs and level the camper. If we need supplies, we stop at the marina store. When we arrive at the campground, we drop the boat and trailer off then unload the camper at our site. Most customer requests are to slow down the unit. We are committed to leaving it on where possible. At the next campground, we unload for ten days to use the truck for launching boats and fishing. On the west coast, we trailer and use our side-by-side. Speed control tools may also manage an operator’s profile, requiring an access code that outlines which forklifts he is authorized to operate. While speed can be a factor in a forklift accident, other reasons often play a bigger role in the incident. I went into the back county and it was really rough.” – David Garrelts, 2000 Ford F250, 2005 Lance 845. This quickly became I royal PITA and I designed a better system. It’s probably a bigger issue in Canada than the United States. We tow a Jeep or a trailer with a motorcycle trike. Timber trucks spend most of their operation time travelling in speeds of around 80 km/h. To calculate the following figures, you first need to find the axle-length of the truck. That engine helps the 3500 crew cab produce 385 horsepower and 930 pound-feet of torque with an automatic transmission. We left the camper on the truck. “One of the reasons we purchased the truck camper was the ease of being at the campsite one minute and wanting to take off to sight see, shop or visit people the next minute. It takes about five minutes for me to be ready to go.” – Gary Scott, 2015 Toyota Tacoma, 2014 Four Wheel Camper Eagle, “We unload anytime we are going to be in an area more than a day to two. We use our camper, for the most part, as a place to sleep, economically. I will take it off to to launch the boat. “We are new to truck camping. However, when I am out mainly to utilize bike trails in one area, then I do unload. Read our full review on the 2018 Nissan Titan XD. As a result of that choice, we will be towing our 2015 Jeep Cherokee behind us everywhere we go. We left our old truck camper at a nearby campground and toured with just the truck. Of course, we are retired, so our perception of time, and the use of it, is much different than it was when we had the responsibility of our jobs.” – John Tully, 2014 Ram, 2015 Lance 855S, “I unload for short and long stays, depending if I need the truck or have full hookups. The whole reason for having a truck camper is so you can stop and/or park anywhere an automobile can. Since the truck is four-wheel drive, the camper has to be raised to the highest level the jacks are capable of to clear the truck bed. The recently released Stress Blended Eddy Simulation model has been used for simulating the flow over a timber truck at a Reynolds number of 1.1 million, based on the square root of its frontal area. We put our bikes, our backpacks, and whatever we may need in the bed of the truck and go. We take it everywhere; shopping, dining, points of Interest, etc. ","acceptedAnswer":{"@type":"Answer","text":"It depends on how big the truck is and how heavy it is to lift. We have never taken the camper off until we get to camp on the Kenai. If I need the truck to go somewhere and I’m camping for a period of time, I’ll off-load. I usually load the camper at the first of the season and unload it when we have completed our season. “I unload the Lance only when necessary. The increased number of goods transports emphasize these challenges even more, as greenhouse gas emissions from these vehicles increased by 20 % between 1990 and 2013, in Sweden. If I have the scooter with me, I have very little need to unload and take the truck anywhere anyway. As an example, forest service campsites with restrooms or RV campgrounds in area we need truck to explore. As it is a hassle to unload and load our large heavy camper I have always made excuses not to, unless there is an emergency. “Great question. It’s probably since we haven’t found a need to. It’s much easier to just lower the top and drive away. Parking can get tricky in some big cities, but I always use Google maps street view which is the best driving tool. By unloading when my trip’s purpose is to ride, I can cycle longer into the day not worried about reloading the trike and then setting out tired to try to find a camping spot. During the Texas Truck Camper Rally we looked at a new Lance 1172 and toured a new friend’s 1172. Throw the kitchen sink in terms of extra equipment and that number goes all the way up to 31,210 pounds, Even better, the heavy-duty hauler comes with a max payload rating of 7,350 pounds, head and shoulders above what both the Nissan Titan XD and the GMC Sierra 3500 Denali are capable of. If we were in one campground for two or more nights, we unloaded the camper. “Whether we drop or not depends on the situation at the time. "I go quite often to see the convoy, to see that everything is running well. It’s nice to have everything with me all the time.” – Bill Harrington, 2004 Ford F350, 1997 Sportsman. It’s easier for us to get in and out of the unloaded camper since it is a basement model which makes the floor higher off the ground. It also makes it easier to get in and out of the camper. However, if we are near our children and they have a spare vehicle, or we can fit in with them going places, we will leave our camper on. With a three-quarter ton four wheel drive mega cab Longhorn Ram diesel, you don’t even notice the extra 1,200 pounds.” – Mike Ashworth, 2011 Ram, 1989 Jayco (remodeled). Fortunately, most of the places we stay at have courtesy docks or a nice sandy bank to park the boat so we do not remove the camper very often.” – Mike Peebler, 2009 GMC 3500 HD, 2005 Lance 1181, “I only unload in the field for stays longer then three days and when black tank capacity is not an issue. I’m not too keen on launching the boat with camper on.” – Bob Presto, 2008 Silverado 3500, 2008 Lance 1191, “We travel to Alaska every year and take a two week trip from Florida. “Pedestrians and operators struggle to see each other. I’m by myself and it’s a PITA to load/unload by getting the alignment setup correctly. Of course, Tesla, the most well-known manufacturer of electric cars, has also introduced its own e-truck. Additionally, we prefer the camper be as close to ground level as possible making it easier for our family and our dog to access. We try to avoid those particular parks because we want the option. These […]. From rivets and bolts, to seats and engines, an A380 is made up of about four million individual parts produced by 1,500 companies from 30 countries around the world. We never took the camper off.” – Marcy Jones, 2015 GMC 3500, 2015 Northstar 9.5 Igloo U. If we are going to be at a site for more than a couple of days, and if the places that we want to see and visit might be more easily accessible without the camper attached, then we drop it.

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