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Truck camper use
Recently bought a truck camper that weighs 2750 dry and is quite tall and 9.5 ft long.
the first haul with it was less than satisfactory. I have listed a few concerns that you all can hash through and give some advice on hopefully.
the first problem I had was my cab lights getting creamed every time I hit a dip or wowie (technical term) in the road. I took off the lenses for the rest of the trip. I will delete the cab lights no biggie there. I dont want the camper any higher as the result of spacers.
My Gear Vendor (plus stock 4.11 final) worked beautifully on the level, but even the slightest incline required me to turn it off because the lower RPMs was not producing enough boost to keep me rolling and EGTs were getting over 1300. this was about 70 mph by the way. is there a better turbo arrangement than stock that is not too expensive? a local shop in Salt Lake said I could get a smaller turbine housing to get better boost at lower rpms for just a few hundred... but Im guessing my EGTs will still be a problem until I get an IC (see where this is going??? haha)
my last concern is having SRW, what is all of your thoughts about appropriate tires... I want 10 ply rated and want to run them at 80psi obviously, but what brands do you folks recommend? for the price. any experience, please.
Im getting helper airbags installed and have frame mounted tie downs, but there is still some uncomfortable sway Id like to reduce.
any experience here is greatly appreciated.
1997 F-350 Crew Cab LB 4X4 PSD, 5" exhaust, gauges and stuff.
2004 VW Touareg V10 TDI 350HP 600LBFT, water/meth