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Old 03-06-2016, 11:25 PM   #1
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SS-550 overall thoughts?

Looking to buy soon and had a few questions. I have a 2010 Tundra Crew cab. Comparing other company offerings the 550 seams like a well built camper at a very affordable price.
-Looking at the specs my truck should fit fine. How much of the camper will hang out the bed? I pull a boat.
-What effect did the camper have on mpg?
-Are there manual cranks for the roof and leg electric jacks if they fail?

Thanks for the help!
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Old 03-08-2016, 09:42 AM   #2
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Started out with this camper on 1/2 ton with mods to suspension and was very comfortable with it but recently found a F250 that I just couldn't turn down.
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Old 03-08-2016, 12:55 PM   #3
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Ben, I have already installed a rear sway bar which takes all the roll out of the truck taking fast turns or making quick corrections. My only thought is I may have to install airbags. Tundra has a 2,000 weight limit in the bed.

Any pointers or mods you would recommend? I know I'll be adding solar to it eventually. Porta potty work good stowed under the seat?
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Of all the half ton trucks that I think would come close to handling a truck camper, the Tundra comes closer than any. Having said that, the 550 shows to have a dry weight of 1600 lbs. Do you know what the payload of your Tundra is? I was at the local Toyota dealership recently and looked at one, just because I was there with another vehicle and had nothing to do, and I recall the Tundra having a payload of 1850 lbs +/-.
By the time the Palomino is loaded, truck loaded, passengers loaded, and a boat trailer tongue weight added, I'm betting your truck will be well over its payload.
Can the Trunda handle it? Probably for short trips with significant modifications such as heavy shocks, sway bar, and overload springs or air bags. Would I attempt a long trip? probably not.
Will the dealer say it will work? Of course, they always do. Forgive me for sounding like the weight police,....I stay away from that roll, but by the time the Tundra is loaded for a trip, I'm betting that it will be well over the listed payload by hundreds of pounds.

But like ZZTop said; ".....I could be mistaken."

After the truck is loaded for a trip, stop by a scale. At least you will know what you have.

Have fun..
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Exactly what David said. Like I said I was comfortable with it on the F150 and would still be on there if not for the deal on the F250.
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Old 03-30-2016, 12:07 AM   #7
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Looking to buy soon and had a few questions. I have a 2010 Tundra Crew cab. Comparing other company offerings the 550 seams like a well built camper at a very affordable price.
-Looking at the specs my truck should fit fine. How much of the camper will hang out the bed? I pull a boat.
-What effect did the camper have on mpg?
-Are there manual cranks for the roof and leg electric jacks if they fail?

Thanks for the help!
I've got the same truck. I already have airbags for my travel trailer. I also plan on buying a 550 so I can take the boat. Our bed is 5'8" to the tailgate and the 550 has a 7' floor so you'll have about a foot overhang. I have the TRD package but not the sway bar. I hear it's a noticeable improvement.

So all in all with airbags and a sway bar you'll only spend about $600 if you DYI. I'll also add a backup camera that I can plug into the existing system. Wiring harness is about $40 and an eBay camera for $20.

I'm not the weight popo either but I currently haul an 8,000lb tt with my Tundra with zero issues. Have fun!
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I put a 550 on a 1st Gen Tundra 4WD CC hauls real nice with hellwigs, ride rites, new Bilsteins all around and Toyo M-55 "E" tires. So Far so good.

HOWEVER. !st trip out the electric roof failed. Really bummed about that.
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Old 06-27-2016, 04:52 PM   #9
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Yes there are manual crank options for both the jacks and the roof lift system.
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