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billyray50

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Posted: 08/09/12 06:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Found out this morning that passager side outer tie rod,upper and lower ball joints, and F center link need replacing. Also weighed my 2006 Dodge 2500 CTD 4x4 qaud cab longbed with 1 ton axle at cat scale today. Steer axle : 4340 lb..Drive axle :2740 Lb. Gross weight: 7080 lb. Going to weight truck/camper tomorrow. Will update.

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Posted: 08/09/12 06:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Get those components replaced and you should notice a difference...

...also, was your weigh-in with a full fuel tank and tailgate off? I usually do these 2 things when getting a base weigh before putting a camper on.


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Posted: 08/09/12 07:12pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes full tank, tailgate off, and me at 180lb...

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Posted: 08/09/12 07:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

hey thanks for the update! i always wonder on some of these posts what happened.
you should have her in tip top shape in no time.


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Posted: 08/09/12 07:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hope so..will see the total weight tomorrow.We really like the new Adventurer 86 FB. Thanks.

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Lance claimed a "dry weight" on our 9' 10" camper of 2,600 lbs. Ready for a two trip to Yellowstone its about 4,000 lbs. Seems like its about a 90% /10% split between the rear and front axles. If yours is an 8' 6" camper, a higher percentage of weight (>10%) will be carried by the front axle. I would guess it will be more like 25% / 75%.

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Posted: 08/09/12 08:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

These trucks always have something happening in the front end that affects the steering and handling.

They eat ball joints for desert, chop on the universal joints, and use sway bar bushings and end links for tooth picks...

Also they love to destroy their track bar bushings, flex their steering boxes for exercise and grind up their front wheel bearings.

Mine is waiting for its latest meal, 2 juicy front sway bar end links...

If you have the little 5.9 diesel its worse, under designed front end components can't take the strain.

After market people love them...


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Posted: 08/09/12 08:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

woodhog wrote:

...They eat ball joints for desert, chop on the universal joints, and use sway bar bushings and end links for tooth picks...

Also they love to destroy their track bar bushings, flex their steering boxes for exercise and grind up their front wheel bearings...

Yes, it is the cross we must bear to have the best powerplant under the bonnet (LOL)

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HAHA!!! Great analogy!! But I too Love that 5.9 Cummins Turbo diesel!!

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Posted: 08/09/12 09:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good viewpoint Bradw. My model does have the optional comfort step bumper and it also has new foward wet bath that does have different weight distribution. The COG looks good though on my truck.

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