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Escapeie

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Posted: 09/15/11 11:08am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Agree with SoCalDesertRider's reasoning. Had 78 that rode and handled better than the next one, a 89. The 89 had shorter rear springs.

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Posted: 09/15/11 11:22am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi Escapeie, take a look at Roadmaster Active Suspensiuon,

Here's a link, www.activesuspension.com

Checkout their videos.

I have just ordered a set, message info@activesuspension.com
Attn: Andrea Schewitz

She is very helpful.


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Posted: 09/15/11 03:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sinterior wrote:

Escapeie wrote:

Think you are right Rick.
The GMC build your own web site doesn't show a short bed Ext.Cab or Crew cab and the new 2012 brochure doesn't either. Neither did the 2011.
The NADA site does - probably wrong.
Will sit down with the dealer and work it out.

The 2500 [3222 payload] should be under loaded. Had estimated for absolute max weight [825=2095+1050/stuff= 3145] which should not reach.

I have backpacked in my misguided youth.


My trucks box is 6'6", and be careful of the 2500 having a 3222lb payload, that is probably a basic standard cab 2X4 with no options.

PS The truck came with Michelin LTX A/T2, 265-70R-18 load range E tires, 3525lb capacity.


For whatever reason, GM doesn't offer a 3500 extended cab 6' bed. Crew cab yes, not extended. This is why I have a 2500 with suspension mods. If you get the diesel equipped 2500 it does come with the same rear axle as the 3500, at least it did on my 2008.


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Some other considerations in the 2500 to 3500 comparison:

It looks like the 6.0 gas in the 3500 has 40 less hp than the 2500. Figure that one out??

I believe/have read that the gas 3500 comes with the larger 11.5 rear end while the 2500 has the smaller 10.5 rear diff, again gas engine. The diesel always gets the 11.5. Could not confirm this though on the GM site.


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Not sure if you saw this, but you can pick the truck and get its max payload from the Chevy truck site.

The max payload for my 2011 Silverado 2500 4x4 extended cab long bed is 3129 lbs. More than enough for my Hallmark Everest popup camper, cargo and people.

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Anyone have experience with this system?

Hi Escapeie, take a look at Roadmaster Active Suspensiuon,

Here's a link, www.activesuspension.com

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Posted: 09/15/11 09:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Escapeie wrote:

Anyone have experience with this system?

Hi Escapeie, take a look at Roadmaster Active Suspensiuon,

Here's a link, www.activesuspension.com
If you buy the 3500 truck, which comes with factory overload springs in the rear, you shouldn't need any more spring add-ons. The most you should need is Stable Load overload spacer bushings, which take up some of the excessive gap between most factory stock overload springs and the frame bumpers they contact to support the load.

I have seen the Roadmaster coil spring thingy on a Sprinter van's rear leaf springs. Some folks here say it works good, as did the owner of the van. I view it as a gimmicky band-aid for not having enough spring capacity in the stock leaf pack, or not having overload springs as part of the factory springs. If you buy the right truck for the job, you won't need to band-aid it to do the job....


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Bought a GMC 3500 srw diesel in June. Very pleased with the truck so far. Just got torklift tiedowns installed and was hoping to put the camper on this weekend but didn't because of work. Looked into puting stableloads on but couldn't find any pictures of what they looked like with the upper overload springs. One big advantage of the diesel is the fuel range . I can fill up in PA and drive past the expensive fuel in NY and use shoppping fuel perks to fill at a less expensive rate . The 20 mile/gal and extra power is also very nice. The truck came with 18" wheels.

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FF1063 wrote:

Are the newest Duramax diesels really getting 20 mpgs ?


And with a camper? I doubt it but if so sign me up. My 03 DA gets 11MPG loaded with Jeep in tow.


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