Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Creswell, Oregon
I have an 11 CCSB 3500 LTZ (11500 GVWR) an I run an 10 Arctic Fox 865 camper which weighs about 3200 dry and pushes 4000 when fully loaded with me, my wife, our gear, water, propane and all my wifes shit plus the canoe and our mini dauschund (10 pounds). When loaded up like that my combo pushes that limit at the scales. I am running at or slightly over on the michelin 265's the truck came with and of course they are inflated to the max psi. I use torque lift tie downs and have added stable loads to my helper springs and recently a hellwig big wig anti-sway bar (I highly recommend all), and a front steering stabilizer, otherwise the truck is stock (with the stable loads the truck does not need air bags to ride level). I had this same camper on my 05 2500 and I can say there is a huge difference overall (it had to have air bags at 70 psi to run level - then it bounced like hell). With the hd frame, upgraded springs, brakes, front end, exhaust brake, etc. the truck handles this weight very well. I am comfortable in all conditions, including high winds, winding mtn roads, rough highways, freeway and all. I have run the truck with this load now for about 5000 miles of my total 13000 on the truck, average mpg is 12.5 with the camper on. Power, of course, is just outstanding, i rarely see the truck shift down or hunt, it just pulls. Overall I am very pleased. I can say without hesitation that the 11 - 12 3500 SRW will handle a very heavy truck camper extremely well right up and slightly beyond its design maximum load capacity. Even with the factory shocks and tires. I will say that when these tires and shocks wear out I am going to buy a 285 or 295 series with a 3750 load capacity just to give me more of a margin on the tires. I also plan on doing a set of bilstein shocks. Otherwise I am going to keep the truck stock. Oh and by the way, we LOVE the Arctic Fox camper also. This thing is simply posh and the quality is top drawer. I highly recommend having a look at one.
11 CCSB 3500HD LTZ 4WD - Blue Granite / Ebony
05 CCSB 2500HD LT 4WD - Dk Blue / Grey - SOLD
Last edited by envelopo; 05-30-2012 at 10:40 PM.