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RE: Have 3 inch clerance/new truck/ need 6 for level fiver

It's not the radius, it's the whole axle diameter, plus the thickness of the spring pack, plus the height of the original bottom spring pad, plus the height of the new top spring pad. You're moving the bottom of the spring pack from where it is, about 3" below the bottom of the axle tube, to where it will now be, about 1" above the top of the axle tube. This example is assuming both spring pads are about 1" high and the spring pack is about 2" thick and the axle tube is about 3" diameter. Going from bottom to top, it's the spring pack thickness (2"), plus the bottom spring pad height (1"), plus the axle tube diameter (3"), plus the top spring pad height (1"). This totals 7", in this example. Axles can be all different diameters. Spring packs can be all different thicknesses. Spring pads can be all different heights. So it is entirely possible to end up with a measurement less than or greater than this example. Another example could be a 2-1/2" axle, 1/2" spring pads and a 1-1/2" spring pack, which would make 5" instead of 7".
SoCalDesertRider 07/29/16 09:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: balancing tires

I have the beads in the front tires of my International, 22.5" wheels. They work fine, no problems, don't notice anything weird about them at all. They silently do their thing.
SoCalDesertRider 07/29/16 09:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lance 1010 on 3500 SRW?

If the advertised 'wet weight' is 3500-3600 lbs, it'll be well over 4000 lbs in actual use.
SoCalDesertRider 07/29/16 09:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Foam Board Bed Mat For Torklifts

Many here have put hard foam board under their campers. I've never tried it, but many here say it works good. I use plywood, with holes cut out for my gooseneck hitch hole and safety chain loops.
SoCalDesertRider 07/29/16 09:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Be Careful with Long Campers

I think that happens to just about every extended length camper sometime in it's lifetime. I tore up my 10.5' camper more than once and I wasn't the first one to damage it either. That's why my next 2 campers were 8 footers!
SoCalDesertRider 07/29/16 09:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Durivas 250s

Hankooks are good and not too expensive.
SoCalDesertRider 07/29/16 06:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fruit Storage in a TC

Maybe one of those webbing bags, hanging from a hook, in a spot where it won't smack the walls while driving...
SoCalDesertRider 07/29/16 05:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Service body and flat beds??

Check the registration laws of your particular state, and ask your insurance agent about the insurance. My F350 cab/chassis required a $1M commercial policy, which cost about double what my F350 pickup cost to insure with $300K limit. This was for a '97 F350 4x4 diesel dually cab/chassis 11,000 GVWR, versus a '92 F350 4x4 gas single wheel pickup 9200 GVWR, both with the same insurance company, same driver, same location, same full coverage comprehensive, etc, except the commercial policy did not offer roadside assistance, which the pickup policy did. Once you do get a commercial truck policy though, the price doesn't change much from one commercial truck to another. My International cab/chassis doesn't cost much more to insure than my F350 cab/chassis did, while the International is newer and worth twice as much as the F350 was and the GVWR is 3 times higher than the F350's (11,000 vs 33,000).
SoCalDesertRider 07/29/16 05:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What do you use as a stop here marker?

You could use a barb wire fence t-post as a marker, pound into the dirt next to the edge of the driveway, at a point that when you pull some part of the vehicle even with it, you know to stop.
SoCalDesertRider 07/29/16 05:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Tires

Hankook makes good commercial truck tires that are not too expensive.
SoCalDesertRider 07/29/16 05:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Have 3 inch clerance/new truck/ need 6 for level fiver

Most pickups are too saggy for their payload ratings, both new and not so new.
SoCalDesertRider 07/29/16 01:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Service body and flat beds??

One thing to consider is the hours of engine use. Many commercial service trucks have low mileage, but have high hours, because they run the engine all day on the job, powering winches, booms, compressors and other job-related equipment. There is usually a procedure to check the hours of newer diesel trucks. You would have to consult the owner's manual, or ask on a brand-specific forum, to find out how to check the hours on a truck you're interested in. Some trucks with flatbeds or service beds started out life originally as pickups and had the beds replaced. Others, started out as incomplete cab/chassis trucks, which were then sent to an aftermarket upfitter and finished as a complete vehicle, with the bed and other equipment. Depending on your state's laws, the cab/chassis truck may be considered a commercial truck, requiring commercial truck registration and insurance, or it may not. In AZ and CA, cab/chassis trucks over 10,000 GVWR are automatically commercial trucks, for registration and insurance purposes, regardless of how they are used. I had two F350's, otherwise nearly identical, except one was a pickup and one was a cab/chassis truck. The cab/chassis truck was roughly double the cost on registration and insurance, versus the pickup, both in AZ and CA.
SoCalDesertRider 07/29/16 01:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dolly Towing a 04 Chevy Tracker

I can't imagine tow bar mounts for a Tracker costing $2000. Buy a universal tow bar for about $150, which comes with it's own mounts, and have a local welder fabricate some brackets to weld the tow bar mounts to.
SoCalDesertRider 07/29/16 12:55pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Air ride!

I like that the full air ride suspension kit you used uses the truck's original spring hangers and places the load fully on the hangers, which is where the truck frame engineers intended the load to be placed. With the common add-on air-assist bag kits (Firestone, Air-Lift), they take load off the springs and place it in the middle of the frame, which is where the frame is weakest, particularly with '99-up F250-550 truck frames. There is a half-circle scallop removed from the lower flange of the frame channel, above the axle, to allow for shock clearance. The scallop is so deep that there is practically no lower flange left on the frame in that area. That is where the frames crack. That scallop is the same spot that the air assist bags place their additional stress on the frame.
SoCalDesertRider 07/29/16 08:31am Truck Campers
RE: Rough ride

If you have a light hitch load on the truck, you may be bouncing on and off the truck's rear axle overload springs. Lots of folks use overload spring bump stop extensions to get the overloads to contact sooner and stay contacting anytime the truck is loaded. This stops the on again, off again of the overload springs and reduces some of the bouncing of the truck's rear axle.
SoCalDesertRider 07/29/16 08:09am Towing
RE: Proper Shifting to Reduce Engine Temperature

Gears are a torque multiplier. When you shift to a lower ratio gear, you have greater torque multiplication. Therefore, the engine doesn't have to work as hard when operating in lower gears. This means less heat made by the engine.
SoCalDesertRider 07/29/16 08:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Question about mud flaps

When I worked at the RV park, most folks with motorhomes pulling toads had those full-width big hairy mudflaps under the rear bumper, in addition to the individual mudflaps just behind the rear wheels. I guess the big hairy ones work better than the solid rubber ones? Alot of the trucks pulling travel trailers and fifth wheels full time had those big hairy full-width flaps too.
SoCalDesertRider 07/29/16 07:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Question about mud flaps

Most states have mudflap/fender tire coverage requirements in their motor vehicle codes, usually applying to all vehicles on the road. They are seldom enforced.
SoCalDesertRider 07/29/16 07:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Have 3 inch clerance/new truck/ need 6 for level fiver

...since it would be the diameter of the axle plus the thickness of the spring pack.Plus 2 times the height of the spring pads... If you have a 3" diameter axle tube, 2" thick spring packs, and 1" high spring mounting pads, the lift ends up being 3 + 2 + 1 + 1 = 7
SoCalDesertRider 07/29/16 07:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Grrrr... Safety chains

Naa man, just hacksaw off those little hooks and replace them with some heavy duty clevis hooks that fit. Get some with the safety latches... Here is an example http://www.curtmfg.com/part/81560 Thanks! JeremiahThat right there is what I use, works great.
SoCalDesertRider 07/28/16 11:50pm Tow Vehicles
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