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Old 08-28-2017, 09:01 AM   #15
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Yeah, the camera is a HUGE asset when hitching, and it would be sorely missed! Haven't looked into tying a third party camera into the onboard system, but that's anyone's first choice. If going with an independent model, any recommendations are welcome (although that probably belongs on another thread.).
Check out http://thevap.com episode 280 they review the Swift Hitch Camera.

On theVAP.com there is a discount code ( theVAP12 ) that gives you $30 off at Amazon on the Swift Hitch SH04 camera BUT you only have until 8/31/17 to get it.

Here's a link to the camera at Amazon ...

https://www.amazon.com/SH04-Wireless...7236777c668280
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Old 08-29-2017, 07:49 AM   #16
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Yeah, the camera is a HUGE asset when hitching, and it would be sorely missed! Haven't looked into tying a third party camera into the onboard system, but that's anyone's first choice. If going with an independent model, any recommendations are welcome (although that probably belongs on another thread.).
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Having the camera integrated into the whole Ford system is what makes it cool. Lines that show where you are going from the steering link up are part of that. Being able to push a button and see all sides of the truck as you park are part if it as well. Duplicating that stuff will be hard without a Ford camera.

Be very sure you get a camper package on the truck. It maxes out some of the springs and suspension parts. It also is not very expensive.

One thing that a fancy hitch might get you is pushing the trailer back further from the back of the truck. That would let you run the larger camper. There's *never* to much room in one of those. Still some weight and limits math to do no matter what.

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Old 08-29-2017, 07:55 AM   #17
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My truck and Alaskan combo didn't need weight distribution to handle this camper! My goal is to get the front and back axles to be loaded as equally as possible and within their GAWR. You could load up and drive it to some scales to check your weights first, that might help you decide if you need a weight distribution hitch.
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Old 08-30-2017, 12:47 AM   #18
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THANKS FOR THE ADVICE, EVERYONE!
Good news on the camera issue: Called Alaskan today, and they said the 8' overcab would fit an 8' truckbed WITHOUT losing the tailgate! Keeping the camera while also reducing weight seems like a win-win! (I had favored the 8.5' version until I heard losing 6" on the dinette would save the camera.)

-As to the WD hitch question, I'm going to try to get by with the Equalizer I have. If it feels edgy, then I'll spring for a more expensive (though superior) hitch. If I order the F-350, I'll definitely add towing and off-road packages (ulp...��)

It may be a while before any of this happens, but I'll post an update when that changes.
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Sounds like a good plan, Jerry, thanks for the update. And thanks also for the link for your camper earlier in the thread. Please update us when you are all set up, as your rig is something we may end up doing in the future as a trailer-free solution.

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Hi

If you keep the tailgate, the "door" to the camper will be a bit interesting to use. Also, getting the tailgate down with the trailer hitched is not a sure thing. I like the idea of getting into the camper while hitched. It's not a big deal to other people....

Not a deal breaker, but some things worth thinking about.

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Ha! Thanks, Bob! When I started to "build" an F-350, I was reminded that it's a $300+ option, and the truck bed step & assist is close to another $400(!). So there is little advantage to trying to keep the length to 8', since I would need to pay for camera and step anyway. I'll explore wired camera setups and probably buy Alaskan's version of a scissor-step. Anyone have suggestions for a wired camera and/or step access into a truck camper! Stealth camping seems less stealthy with a scissor stair deployed from the back door!
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Ha! Thanks, Bob! When I started to "build" an F-350, I was reminded that it's a $300+ option, and the truck bed step & assist is close to another $400(!). So there is little advantage to trying to keep the length to 8', since I would need to pay for camera and step anyway. I'll explore wired camera setups and probably buy Alaskan's version of a scissor-step. Anyone have suggestions for a wired camera and/or step access into a truck camper! Stealth camping seems less stealthy with a scissor stair deployed from the back door!
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I would not pay 20 cents for the Ford version of the steps that store in the tailgate..... They might work for children.

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I would not pay 20 cents for the Ford version of the steps that store in the tailgate..... They might work for children.

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I would not pay 20 cents for the Ford version of the steps that store in the tailgate..... They might work for children.

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Why might they only work for children?
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"Hold my hand while I climb up into my truck bed". Said no man ever.
Well, when you're over 65, you might change your...perspective.
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Well, when you're over 65, you might change your...perspective.
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Over 65 check
Over 300 lb check
Over 6' 3" check

Steps that pop out of the Ford tailgate .... not so much. They are *mighty* flimsy.

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