Might be buying a camper...

Discussion in 'Towing & Trailer Tech' started by steved, May 15, 2013.

  1. steved

    steved Former Member

    Decided the old 5vr was going to be too much trouble to make it work with this new truck...the trailer is just too short, and I've done all that can be done (short of major mods) to make it ride right behind this 2500. Its an 89, and its meant for a 1500...the axles are flipped, extended spreader bar installed, biggest tires are on...still lacks about 2 inches. So it will be up for sale soon...

    The wife and I thought we might want to go smaller, and sort of set our eyes on one of the off-road pop-ups. I don't intend to off-road with it by any means, but more for the tougher tires, heavier frame, higher ground clearance, and the front mounted platform for storage. We found several options, but most needed to be ordered as they are considered a "specialty" camper. We did find a Coleman E3 local to us, will look at it tonight...probably pull the trigger on it.
  2. TimTom64b

    TimTom64b New Member

    I have a forest river work and play toyhauler... just the little 18 ft but really like it. It has a full aluminum roof... since its a toyhauler so when its dirty inside I just grab the pressure washer. When we camp we haul everything in it... bikes, ATVs, you name it... I never have to load anything in my truck. I love this camper... and would recommend to anyone.
  3. steved

    steved Former Member



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    We signed on the dotted line today, should be able to bring it home next week.
  4. silverhobey

    silverhobey New Member

    now, that's what I'm talkin' bout' !!! great lookin rig !!! Brian from Canada:party:
  5. TimTom64b

    TimTom64b New Member

    I like it... its nice with the storage in the front... maybe able to haul some toys on there too.
  6. steved

    steved Former Member

    The platform is big enough for a quad, rated at 800#s. The "fence" around that platform comes off and becomes the ramps for loading.

    I figured for coolers, extra stuff, firewood, bicycles, etc...it should work pretty good.
  7. csltrains96

    csltrains96 New Member

    Just keep an eye on your actual tongue weight and don't exceed the trucks allowable tongue weight when you load up that front storage area.
  8. 95C1500

    95C1500 New Member

    Have a link to the website? I've always loved those.
  9. steved

    steved Former Member

    This actual camper hasn't been made since 2011, because Coleman/Fleetwood went out of business. The rights were bought by Somerset, who still makes a version of the E3.

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    Kinda hard to exceed the tongue weight when the max tongue is 900#s...4400 GVW with a 3500 axle means there is a max of 900 pounds resting on the hitch. That should hardly make a difference for a 2500HD...
  10. steved

    steved Former Member

    Well, I own it...its tucked away in the garage.

    Had to put new tires on it, the OEs were weather checked in between the tread blocks (mud tires); so I opted for load range E Hercules ST trailer tires in a 225x75R15 flavor. The OE tires were basically right at there max load rating, and were actually hot by the time I got home (a slow 35 mph trip on about 25 miles of secondary roads). I'm hoping the STs provide a lower rolling resistance, and give me a little mileage.

    I started touching up things like paint (hitch, jack, and step) and getting things lubed up. I already figured out that I will need to do some soldering on the brake circuit because of the crimp connectors. But that will come in a few weeks, after the first shake down run this coming weekend.
  11. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    That looks great. How about some indoor shots of that?
  12. steved

    steved Former Member

    To give you a feel for how big this thing is behind the truck...

  13. steved

    steved Former Member

    Here are the stats, keep in mind this was towing from Reading to north of State College in PA...camper weighs right about 3,000 pounds, and I had an easy 1,000 pounds of cargo between firewood, family, water, food, and camping stuff. I maintained highway speeds, which was a good thing; temperatures were in the mid to upper 90s.

    - Oil temperature spiked at 231*F pulling Seven Mountains (it normally runs around 210*F).

    Seven Mountains is about a 3 mile drag, which is about as steep as they get in PA...it'll bring most semi's to a crawl, even unloaded ones. This was the only place the truck dropped into, and held, 3rd gear on the stretches of open highway.

    - Trans temperature spiked at 189*F on the same pull...was typically less than 170*F, even with the winch blocking most of the lower opening in the bumper.

    - Coolant spiked at 206*F on the same pull...don't believe your gauge, these trucks run about 195*F for most driving.

    Its climbing most of the way there, coasting down most of the way back...used nearly 1/2 tank getting there (about 150 miles) and right about 1/4 coming home. Some of the low mpg on the trip up was from heavy traffic around Harrisburg. I actually found that using tow/haul cost me more mileage than it was worth on the open road...unless you are getting over 65mph, it won't shift into 6th. I ran T/H up, and normal back...the truck doesn't seem to care either way.

    I'm probably going to talk to my truck guy and see what he's charging for gears...might see about swapping to 4.10s or even 4.56s.

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