5500 camper vehicle - Dodge Diesel - Diesel Truck Resource Forums

4500 / 5500 - Chassis Cab Trucks Talk about your commercial trucks here. We realize there are differences with these compared to the regular pickups, so we have provided a place to discuss the commercial versions only.

5500 camper vehicle

Reply

 
 
 
Old 04-01-2015, 12:15 AM
  #1  
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Pasadena, CA
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
5500 camper vehicle

Has anyone ever done anything like this with a 5500? (The picture is an F-550.) Will the 5000# camper and the 2000# utility bed be enough weight to make it a comfortable ride or should I consider an air suspension? Does an air suspension have a deleterious effect on the handling? Should I get the 2 stage air suspension or splurge for the 4 link system?

Will the center of gravity of the camper being right over or slightly behind the rear axle be a problem?

5500 84"CA, modified 11 ' service bed, 11.5' slide-in camper, towing a 6000# trailer.

REXCH8 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2015, 02:27 AM
  #2  
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Auburn, WA
Posts: 1,012
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
I'm pretty sure 7klbs will make a 5500 ride as cushy as its capable of. If I was doing one like this, I'd get a flatbed and a camper without a rear overhang. Then you could move it all the way fwd and have a back porch.
Could still put 16' of side boxes under the camper sides and underside boxes too if super storage is needed.
Grit Dog is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2015, 08:36 PM
  #3  
Registered User
 
P Kennedy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Ft. McMurray Alberta
Posts: 615
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
We originally had our 10' camper on the 9'6 steel deck on the 3500 C&C with 4' steel tool boxes on each side. I had made wooden sides that slipped in the stake pockets and secured with a screw, we could carry our generator, fuel, tool box, 2 chainsaws, etc. The truck came with the factory sway bar on the rear and our gross was between 14,100 and 14,350 lbs. Rode like a dream, handled great and we could go a lot of places you can't with a trailer. Between the small bathroom and endless leaks we abandoned ship. We now have a 5th wheel but I put full air ride on the truck for running empty. I have a picture but it is such a pain to post here.
P Kennedy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2015, 05:34 PM
  #4  
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Pasadena, CA
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
stakebed? great idea!

That's a great idea. Using a stakebed and making custom length stakes that will fit under the camper. It won't look very good, but it should work. I like saving money as long as it's safe. Thanks!
REXCH8 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2015, 10:06 AM
  #5  
Registered User
 
P Kennedy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Ft. McMurray Alberta
Posts: 615
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I don't know why you say it would not look very good ours was painted black on a dark grey deck and the stake sides completely filled the gap under the camper. We got a lot of compliments and it road like a Cadillac compared to empty and with the factory rear sway bar handled better than any standard dually pickup with a camper. My truck now has full air ride from Reyco and it is an ambulance kit. Winter project is dump the factory turbo and make it reliable all the time.5500 camper vehicle-dsc01717.jpg
P Kennedy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2015, 12:44 PM
  #6  
Registered User
 
Danderson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: San Diego
Posts: 3,347
Thanked 21 Times in 18 Posts
Originally Posted by REXCH8 View Post
Has anyone ever done anything like this with a 5500? (The picture is an F-550.) Will the 5000# camper and the 2000# utility bed be enough weight to make it a comfortable ride or should I consider an air suspension? Does an air suspension have a deleterious effect on the handling? Should I get the 2 stage air suspension or splurge for the 4 link system?

Will the center of gravity of the camper being right over or slightly behind the rear axle be a problem?

5500 84"CA, modified 11 ' service bed, 11.5' slide-in camper, towing a 6000# trailer.

I believe Expedition Portal has a 5500 build. It's a good site for travelers and their rigs.
Danderson is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2015, 01:52 PM
  #7  
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Pasadena, CA
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
5500 flatbed

I'm looking into doing something like Kennedy. It's cheap and allows me to use the truck for construction work and hauling. A dedicated service body will cost me $20000 for a new one and then it won't be good for general hauling.
REXCH8 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2015, 03:11 PM
  #8  
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 1 Post
I gots me one. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

deminimis is offline  
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to deminimis For This Useful Post:
Danderson (05-03-2016), MrFusion (03-02-2017), nibroc (08-08-2016)
Old 01-15-2016, 12:25 PM
  #9  
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 28
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Taking bed off.

I see many. 3500 5500 with some kind of deck covers. For fifth wheel towing Is it worth it. How much weight is saved. Also. I have 3500 sec gen dually. I haul a lance camper. But due to weights can't go heavier. A 4500 is possible but used r hard to find. What is done to haul campers with no original bed
Drivesmopars2 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2016, 11:33 PM
  #10  
Registered User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Pasadena, CA
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I don't think there is any way to place the camper directly onto the chassis of the truck. The bottom of the camper can't be exposed to the road; it needs to be protected. On top of that, the chassis rails of a bare truck are 34" apart, too narrow for a camper's 48". I think the flatbed is a good platform for a camper. Here's why.

The camper is easy to remove and reload because it sits on a flatbed. There is no narrow pickup truck bed or wheel wells to worry about.

The swing down gates can be held parallel to the ground making a nice table for a buffet line or even a platform for sleeping off of the ground. The tables also make a pretty good shade to sit under when it gets too hot and sunny here in the AZ desert.

The 4x8 space in front of the camper is a good place to store the spare tire, firewood, and lots of gear. 4x8 is almost the size of a full size pickup truck bed. It even doubles as a camping area in case of a sudden downpour.

The dual rear wheel Ram 5500 with flatbed is really stable. There was no swaying in 25 mph cross winds.

If I ever get tired of truck camping, the rig is quite salable as a stakebed to anyone in the building trade.

There's a lot of storage capacity on the sides and in front of the camper. There are also 4 underbed tool boxes.
REXCH8 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2016, 08:19 PM
  #11  
Registered User
 
Danderson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: San Diego
Posts: 3,347
Thanked 21 Times in 18 Posts
Originally Posted by deminimis View Post
I gots me one. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

That be very nice. Cool rig.
Danderson is offline  
Reply With Quote
 
 
 
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
sjester
2nd Gen. Dodge Ram - No Drivetrain
6
04-21-2009 09:44 AM
Wulfdiesel
3rd Generation Ram - Non Drivetrain - All Years
22
10-21-2007 07:19 PM
Mike D
General Diesel Discussion
4
07-13-2007 08:23 AM
RamThatStroker
General Diesel Discussion
28
05-29-2003 08:38 PM
doomgaze
General Diesel Discussion
20
01-06-2003 03:12 AM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: 5500 camper vehicle


Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.