Originally Posted by Dirty Harry
My cargo rating is 1350. I carry an 8' Northstar weighing 1800+ ready to go camping.
I did mod the truck. It has air bags, extra rear leaf and E rated tires and wheels. Handles fine!!
I would probably stick with a pop up.
I would too!!!! Have you ever weighed your rear axel, or truck in total. I am guessing that you are both over the truck's GVW AND the GAWR at the rear.
Truck campers and F150s (1500's too) are not mated well. The dry weight of 95% of those are at the truck's maximum rating. Add to the camper your pots, food, water, firewood, ... plus your occupants or whatever you will be carrying, and you will be over the truck's weight limit.
Adding bags/springs... does not increase GVWR, it just levels the ride. E rated tires are better than P but usually do not add to the GAWR/GVWR.
I'd recommend a pull behind.