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Old 11-14-2010, 06:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Camper package

I will be towing a fifth wheel with my new truck and I was wondering if I need the camper package or not. I was told it offered rear overload springs, but it obviously does not on the F350. Is this going to make the truck ride rough? Did I need this in the first place?
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I ordered both the 5th prep and camper package. The reason was that I don't know whether I will end with a camper or a 5th wheel trailer. Rough depends on your definition of rough. I think the FX4 package rides rough and I don't think the camper package trucks ride rough. I was able to test drive several different trucks, from SWB to LWB, F250 and F350 SRW's before I made my decision.

I can't tell you any more because mine hasn't gotten here yet!!! This is all from teh short test drive at a dealership. IMHO, I don't think you can go wrong with the camper package. If anything we shouldn't sag as much when we tow or haul. And it does come with a rear sway bar.
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Old 11-14-2010, 08:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for your input. I don't think it will actually hurt to have it and it was only $133.00. I really just want the 20's and I guess I can just add them aftermarket anyway.
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You should read this - http://www.profleetsales.com/pdf_fil...er%20Guide.pdf

CAMPER PACKAGE (471)
Availability:
• Optional on all Pickups
Not available with:
• 20" Wheels and Tires, Pickup Box Delete (66D), 3.31 Axle Ratio
(on 4x4 with 17" or 18" tires) or Heavy-Service Front Suspension
Package (67H)
Includes:
• Extra heavy-service front springs (4x2) (2 up upgrade above the
spring computer selected as a consequence of options chosen. Not
incl. if maximum springs have been computer selected as standard
equipment)
• Heavy-service front springs (4x4) (1 up upgrade above the spring
computer selected as a consequence of options chosen. Not incl. if
maximum springs have been computer selected as standard
equipment)
• Rear stabilizer bar (SRW only)
• Slide-in camper certification
• Rear auxiliary springs (F-250 only)
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Should be no reason for an FX4 truck to ride rough, not sure the shocks are even "real" Ranchos which are notorious for rough rides unless driven like a Baja truck.

I specifically did not order the camper package because I wanted the softest ride possible. "Soft" is relative in a F350 anyway.

FX4 OFF-ROAD PACKAGE (17X)
Availability:
• Optional on all pickups
Not available with:
• Pickup box delete (66D)
Requires:
• 4x4
• Limited-slip rear-axle on DRW
• Electronic-locking differential on SRW
• All-Terrain Tires
Includes:
• Hill Descent Control™ on SRW
• Transfer case and fuel tank skid plates
• Rancho® branded shocks – colored front and rear shocks
• Unique "FX4 Off-Road" box decal
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Old 11-14-2010, 09:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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While I agree it shouldn't - that hasn't been my personal experience. It wasn't just one truck either! But yes, smooth and F350 aren't really two words that should be used together. It may be a cowboy limousine, but it isn't supposed to ride like a town car either.
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Maybe I'm just crazy, but I have the FX4 and camper package on my F350 DRW LWB and I think it rides smooth as silk on the highway! Now when I'm on a secondary thats a bit rough, she bucks a little, but she is so dang heavy it smooths out real quick. The only time I've noticed a real rough ride was somewhere in Alabama, on one of those sectioned concrete highways!! I almost threw up!!!

Coming from my Tundra, a Cady got nothing on me!
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:10 AM   #8 (permalink)
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SC404 - I drove over one of those roads in Southern Michigan and about needed a kidney transplant... For the record a Ford Fusion didn't ride smooth here either. About the only state I've been in that you have off-road conditions on major roadways.

Also, you are in a DRW which is heavier. I never drove a DRW as I wasn't planning on getting a DRW. All my test drives were in SRW trucks, F250 and F350. BTW, my loaner was in a Shortbed F250 with the FX4 and 20". Could this be the difference? Not that it was horrible, the other trucks were smoother.

With WEIGHT in the bed of the F250 it road smooth.

BTW - None of these heavy duty trucks ride as smooth as my 2008 Tundra did and I don't expect them too. Just like I never expected the Tundra to pull a trailer as well as a Super Duty. Different uses for different trucks. The wife said the ride in the F250 wasn't objectionable - and that is the one opinion that counts the most.
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I guess the DRW setup could make a big difference. My tundra was an 07 and rode well, but with LT tires it was pretty bumpy, even aired down. I still havent hooked up the camper yet, I can't wait to take it our for a spin!!
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In my opinion the package is well worth it for the rear stabilizer bar which is good for any type of towing or camper hauling. Unfortunately I couldn't get it on my 2011 because I wanted the 20" wheels.
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Where did you order your truck from. I live in Lansing too and ordered the day before you did. My truck will be here on Monday.
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I ordered from Central Ford Truck. You?
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Me too. You should have come with me to order. Apparently, one day cost you a couple of weeks. But, Ford has beaten all dates that the dealership has given me, so hopefully your truck will be here soon.
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I have started the search for a new truck- can you order the camper package- with the 5th wheel and FX???

Thanks in advance
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I have started the search for a new truck- can you order the camper package- with the 5th wheel and FX???

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Yes u can. I have fx4 and camper pkg. I skipped the 5th wheel prep, but it was an available option for me.
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