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#21 mobilelists

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:51 PM

Can someone point me in the direction of a discussion on what is the best all around 1 ton truck for a flatbed camper? One that would see much highway and dirt/gravel roads driving to streams and little to no rock climbing.

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 10:59 AM

Can someone point me in the direction of a discussion on what is the best all around 1 ton truck for a flatbed camper? One that would see much highway and dirt/gravel roads driving to streams and little to no rock climbing.

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That's such a difficult question because everyone has a different bias.  One thing I've heard is that if you could get a cummins engine, with an Alison transmission on a Ford platform you'd have a great platform :-)   

 

I will say that I investigated which 3/4 ton truck could be "converted" to a 1 ton the easiest.  Reasoning being that in some states/areas  1 tons are registered/taxed at commercial rates.  The Ford was the easiest; add leaf.  The only big differences I could figure out was that the 1 ton rear diff was larger.  On other manufacturers they use coil springs, etc. and that's a bit more difficult to change (than adding a leaf).  


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Posted 28 September 2020 - 01:10 PM

Can someone point me in the direction of a discussion on what is the best all around 1 ton truck for a flatbed camper? One that would see much highway and dirt/gravel roads driving to streams and little to no rock climbing.

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I like Ford trucks, but that said... they’re all quite good.  Pick the engine type, cab style, trim level and wheelbase you want, and go for it.


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Posted 28 September 2020 - 11:55 PM

New or used?  Gas or diesel?


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Posted 29 September 2020 - 12:34 AM

Thanks for the input.  I am trying to make sense of the regulations at my state's motor vehicle site as to what is commercial since that could be an big factor.  A 3/4 ton would work for just the truck camper but we will need to pull a 2000# trailer at times with the camper installed.  Right now we are looking for new gasser.  Diesel is great, I have a Sprinter.  Mileage and power is just fine, but as I travel to different fishing locations it starts to become an issue. Granted the Sprinter may be the least forgiving of bad or biodiesel, the new Detroit trucks probably will also have issues. As for brand, it is too hard to narrow down at this point.  It would be used for long highway travel from out east to the west fishing areas and then on those access roads. We always had GM growing up and have an old 3500 on the farm that keeps running despite the massive rust.  Still the PR related to Fords make them look to be the choice of flatbed campers.

 

Assuming that I don't add another tractor/vehicle rebuild to the list, which I can't, it would mean a new one. Looking at the truck sites I notice that there is not an option listed for a chassis without a bed except for the commercial.  Is there a way to order one without the bed and also save money?


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