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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-10-2010, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Question Slide-In Camper For Ranger??

Does anyone [preferably Canadian] that sells slide-in campers for Rangers?

If not ... has anyone made one??

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*Truck being used is 1988 Ford Ranger XLT 4 X 4 - 2.9L - 3" LIFT
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-10-2010, 08:21 PM
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Just my opinion, but wouldn't a slide-in camper put alot of stress on a 21 year old frame? Especially considering that a lifted vehicle already has a higher centre of gravity.
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There are some lite campers out there. BUT a ranger does not have the payload capacity to haul a camper. Buy a cheap tent trailer, probably a similar cost.

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Seen a guy with his older generation Ranger booting it to hit a green light on a left. All of a sudden, his camper is laying all over the ground and the box side is bent over. Scary! But I still laughed my a$$ off. I wouldn't do it, especially on the older ones.

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^^ That's a nice fat insecure load ticket right there!

I had my current camper on my previous '93 Ranger (extended cab 4x4, 4.0L 4x4) and it was just fine. I had a 2" lift on the truck with no sway bars so corners were, well, interesting.. but it worked fine. I wouldn't hesitate about installing one on an '88 either. I installed mine on my '09 Ranger 4x4 with airbags and it worked very well, fuel mileage being the biggest issue (6-7 mpg loss on average). I honestly kinda miss having it on my truck, but DD'ing it 80 km/day sucks with the extra 1400 lbs.

From my personal experience I'd say buy a camper trailer instead. Compact campers are fine but they're more expensive than the same full size one I find, people think they're premium or something (more rare I guess). You can haul more safely than you can carry, plus you'll have at least 12 - 13' in a small trailer whereas you're looking at a max of 7' in a camper so interior space is a lot different. Plus, its much easier to hook up and drop a trailer than a camper. I'm going to be putting my camper up for sale pretty soon in hopes of finding a smaller 13' Boler or Escape style trailer and going that route. I can haul the quad in my pickup still. LR

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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-13-2010, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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I see Ford makes a 'tent' attachment for Rangers ....already have truck cap ...

think I'll just throw in a mattress
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-13-2010, 07:45 PM
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I just bought a brand new Ford Ranger tent on Kijiji for $175. It was still in the box. Ford sells them and so does Wee-kender out of BC. Might be worth a look for you. Wee-kender also has air mattresses that fit around the wheel wells. I plan to get one next month.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-14-2010, 01:24 AM
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my dad has a box tent that is like a tent trailer that just slides into the bed with the tailgate up and that is not that heavy me and my dad lift it into the back of the truck and when it is down it is just like a canopy on the truck cheep to if you can find one
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-14-2010, 09:45 AM
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with a slide in camper you will be over your gross vehical weight and way overweight for the rear axle.... and another thing to think about is the rear tires if there rated to carry the extra weight, you can be pulled into a scale (or roadside) and be charged if overweight although its rare.

this place has smaller campers..... still on the heavy side for a ranger

theres also lift axles out there made to hook to your hitch to move the weight around

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