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Old 01-21-2017, 11:45 AM   #1
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Soft side TC on 2014 - 2017 Ram 1500

Soon i will pick up my ss550 with my 2015 Ram 1500 quad cab 6' 4" bed.

I know about half ton rams not recommended for slide in campers...but it will be o.k.

Anybody else tried this or related combination?

If so, comments and pictures would be interesting to me.

When i have mine together, i will post here.
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Old 01-28-2017, 10:15 AM   #2
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It should be ok. Not sayin it will be 100% but the wet weight of the unit (loaded with food, propane water battery and 'stuff' is within the capabilities of a 1500 Ram pickup.

You do have an issue with the rear suspension and I would consider modifying it with air bags or some sort of sway control or the camper might be a handful out on the road.
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Old 01-28-2017, 10:41 AM   #3
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Sidecarflip,
Should have personal info next week after i retrieve the camper.
Have done some work on truck in preparation.
Tie downs, Hellwig anti sway bar and timbrens. Will see how that works before going further.
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Old 01-28-2017, 11:33 AM   #4
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Don't know what Timbrens are / is but the sway bar is a good idea. You might want to upgrade your tires as well to an LT (10 ply rated tire). The stiffer sidewall equates to less sway. I believe your Ram has coil springs in the back, not leaves so you need to bolster the capacity of the coils, I assume that is what a Timbren does... The 550 isn't all that heavy.

Ship weight (dry is 1594). You need to add 500 pounds for battery, propane food and your 'stuff'. That puts you at basically 2000 pounds payload weight. and your truck with some suspension mods should be able to handle it.

As a side note, you need to look at your door jamb and ascertain the actual payload weight. subtract the occupants (you and yours) that will tell you what the OEM rates the truck for as far as payload without any suspension mods.

You are considered 'payload'....lol
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Old 01-29-2017, 09:22 AM   #5
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Flip, Timbrens are basically over size bump stops that replace the factory bump stops. When loaded they compress and help stabilize the truck. I put a set on my F250 and it lessens the squat when the camper is in. They work sort of like solid non adjustable air bags.
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I learned what timbrens were on my 14 ram. Used to squat like crazy with a 7k pound bumper pull even with weight distribution. Went to a local suspension shop and wala problem solved. I was warned they would stifen up the ride, but I never noticed a difference. Made the truck stand up with the weight of the camper on it.
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I run Firestone air bags myself, but then I also have a 1 ton F350 with a large stack of leaves in the back...front too. I primarily use the bags to eliminate sway, Usually I run 30 pounds in them.
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Take your truck to a scale and get a real number with full gas tank and driver. Subtract that weight from 6,900 and you'll know your true payload. If the camper weighs 1500 empty you will probably be overweight. Get separate axle weights and don't exceed 3,900 on the rear one.
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I learned what timbrens were on my 14 ram. Used to squat like crazy with a 7k pound bumper pull even with weight distribution. Went to a local suspension shop and wala problem solved. I was warned they would stifen up the ride, but I never noticed a difference. Made the truck stand up with the weight of the camper on it.
Timbrens remind me of the old school Freightliner 'Velvet Ride' suspension. No springs at all, just solid rubber blocks on the axles. No matter how much weight was on the suspension, they never squatted at all. Problem was, with no suspension compliance they rode like no suspension at all...rough.

Never could figure out why it was called 'Velvet Ride'. Should have been called 'Solid ride'.
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Timbrens remind me of the old school Freightliner 'Velvet Ride' suspension. No springs at all, just solid rubber blocks on the axles. No matter how much weight was on the suspension, they never squatted at all. Problem was, with no suspension compliance they rode like no suspension at all...rough.

Never could figure out why it was called 'Velvet Ride'. Should have been called 'Solid ride'.
Because, due to the buck board ride, your head would hit the roof and after enough times your eyes would see fussy velvet, thus the Velvet Ride effect.

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