Hello all, Camper stories, I'm ready.
I have an F-250LD 4x4, with all the trimmings, except the lariat leather.
I carry a FourWheel Camper ! The only way to go for F-150's (or any half ton) http://www.fourwheelcampers.com/
They weigh in around 900 lbs for a short box model. My truck has a 2440lb payload capability. With my camper, wife, 2 kids, + gear, we're up to around 1300 - 1500 lbs max.
Not sure what f-150's typical payload cap is.
Mine drives/handles like a cadillac. When I take off the camper - its a sports car!
But I specificly bought a f-250LD with the smaller payload pkg I for this setup. (Rather than payload II, cause when empty, look out, I is a bit STIFF, II is even more stiff - can't image owning a 3/4 HD or 1-ton, their empty ride is, well, park it and walk). Made mine even more acceptable with Velvet-ride Shackles and IAS shocks.
DougH is right. Keep it light! I get away with more, cause I'm an f-250.
However, I have seen many FourWheel Campers on F-150's! In fact, this is the norm. The 4wheel campers guys say I'm one of the few who actually thought about it before buying it. Most just use their 1/2 tons, and live with it - slossy ride/handling. Some get add-a-leaf's. But doable!
HINT: Try to keep your payload (camper, you , gear) at no more than 60% of vehicle max. That way you your well within the 'range' of usefulness. Remember the vehicle maybe "capable" of the max, but when you get there, Your A$$ is DRAG'N. Not much fun to drive in this mode, much less go on vacation.
Hope this helps
'98 F-250LD SC 4x4 5.4 E4OD, tow, LS, Superchip, gibson exhaust, K&N FIPK, velvet-ride shackles, edelbrock IAS shocks,
and soon to get rid of stock 245/75r16 and go with 265/75r16 Pirelli Scorpion A/T's on stock (7lug) rims.