Well, almost 20 years since I bought my last RV, I'm trying to find my dream last exploring rig. I had class C's, class A's and the last one was a Chinook 21 foot. This time I really wanted to go the 4WD truck and camper route, to get back in to see some places off the beaten path. (Not that I didn't take my motorhomes places most probably wouldn't have).
Thanks to covid, I ended buying my F150 online, paying in advance and traveling to go get it when it arrived. It's completely my own fault, but I was misled a bit as to my truck having the payload package. While it does have the HD towing package that has increased payload, better tires etc., it's not the full payload package, but the 7050 # one. So after a trip to the scales I find that my max payload is going to be just shy of 1900 lbs.
So, here's my dilemma. I really do want at the least a toilet and sink, and a shower would be nice. I've looked at several mostly popup campers, FWC, Northstar, etc., mostly online, and with all of them, once I add some options, I'll be up over max payload wet, by at least a couple hundred lbs. The manufacturers and dealers all seem to be very laissez-faire about it, with suggestions of air bags or possibly springs. A lot of pictures on the websites show similar campers on trucks with lower payloads than mine, so is this just the norm to be a bit over? While I'm an old RV'er, I've never had a TC.
I did look at the Supertramp campers, which are much lighter than the FWC, etc. They look interesting, if silly expensive, but that's not my main concern, they're new, and when I asked them last May, they had only completed a couple of them.
What should I do? I picked my truck based on overall length that would work best for my garage, a Supercab half door with 6.5" bed. The others wouldn't be ideal for my situation. Do I sell off the truck and start over, or can anyone offer any other suggestions or pointers? Money isn't the object, within reason, I'm no spring chicken, I'd like to get this right.
Thanks for any ideas!