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RE: Dually tire pressure?

This thread needs to die... Yep, I've heard enough myself.
TxGearhead 06/25/19 07:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Dually tire pressure?

DRW traction...why wouldn't a DRW have good traction? I’m sure you probably noticed how a pickup is light on the rear and spins pretty easily compared to a car for anything but dry pavement is very noticeable. A DRW is worse than a SRW because it has double the tires and tends to float compared to even a SRW. Of course, once you put 2 tons in the bed, that all changes, but it seems like this discussion is about empty. Which means more air, more tire on the ground and more floating. That doesn’t even count that the DRW tires don’t line up with the fronts so they always make at least part of their own track. In any case, I don’t think any of us buy DRWs for traction, but hey, maybe someone did. Off road, yeah maybe. Pavement? I don t think so.
TxGearhead 06/25/19 07:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Dually tire pressure?

Funny that this thread is comparing DRWs to drag cars now. :) Any way, the effect of air pressure on traction depends on a lot of factors. More contact patch can lead to more float and less traction or more traction depending on if the road is dry or not and the material surface, and of course, tread compound. In any case, I don’t think anyone probably thinks DRWs have good traction in rear either way. Also, if the harder front tire has less sidewall flex, the harder rear tire (with more air) will as well. As noted, I have 19.5s, so I’m not going to be airing down much past 70 in any case. I’d prefer my beads to stay in place. ;) DRW traction...why wouldn't a DRW have good traction?
TxGearhead 06/25/19 04:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Dually tire pressure?

LT 235/80 R17 LR E 10 ply rating. 3085# Single at 80psi. Front GAWR 6,000 CAT Scale empty: front: 5260. Rear: 3540 Cat scale with Bigfoot ready to camp: front: 5460. Rear: 7520.
TxGearhead 06/25/19 04:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Dually tire pressure?

80 front 65 rear When the truck is empty a fair percentage of the total weight is on the front tires, particularly if it's a diesel. What difference does the front tire pressure have to do with whether the truck is loaded or unloaded. Obviously by simple mathematics, the front will be carrying the greater percentage of total weight when unloaded as opposed to when the truck is loaded, which now has the greater percentage of the total truck weight. I'll bet the sticker on the door pillar doesn't recommend 80 psi for the front tires. On the '04 Dodge 3500 dually that I previously owned the recommended tire pressures were 55 front and 65 rear. And that 65 psi pressure for the rear was the recommended pressure at the maximum GAWR of a little over 9,000 lbs. So why do you put more air in the front tires than you do in the rear tires, when the front tires are carrying lesser weight than the rears? This is not the manufactures recommendation. And as I said before you are degrading the tires performance. I run 80 in the front at all times. My yellow sticker says 80 front and 65 rear. My camper adds only 200# to the front. This IS the manufacturer recommendation. How much you wanna bet?
TxGearhead 06/24/19 05:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Dually tire pressure?

36psi this morning. Rain all last night and this morning. Cool air and cool roads. Ambient air 68F. Ran to Lake Charles for about 1 1/2 hours at 65-75 mph. Tires stayed at 36. Back home in 78F temp and dry roads. Tires aired up to 38. I'll leave them at 36 until something says otherwise.
TxGearhead 06/24/19 05:46pm Truck Campers
RE: I think its almost done

Assuming you are storing outside with no cover? How did the previous Redwood full paint take that?
TxGearhead 06/23/19 07:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: I think its almost done

What brand tires did the factory put on it?
TxGearhead 06/23/19 06:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wow! Dealer Comments!

Why is it folks have a bad experience with a dealer and take the time to post, but wont put up the name of said dealer? Everyone knows who it is anyway. Or don't name the great dealer.
TxGearhead 06/23/19 06:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: TC maintenance schedule

Around here it's maintenance by the season. This is summer...no maintenance. It was 94f heat index at dawn this morning. I've got a new Progressive Dynamics converter to install....maybe in September. I might, might, load it up and go somewhere in August when my desire to wander overcomes the misery of heat.
TxGearhead 06/23/19 06:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Dually tire pressure?

Adam is and finscrew you’re missing the point. No one is suggesting running 40psi in the rear fully loaded down, although that may still be a safe pressure for a dually with a moderate load. But running high pressure in the rear when empty is just plain silly. I mean, it won’t hurt anything but if you’re running empty for a while and have the means to air down and then back up easily when you need to then why would you subject yourself and your truck to the abuse? THANKS!
TxGearhead 06/23/19 06:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Dually tire pressure?

Side question for Ford owners. My 2017 dually have tire valves at such angles that none of standard chucks work. The straight tip is too straight and will not seat well on inner valve. The angled one is too angled and same situation. The small holes in my alloy wheels are not giving much play. I tried to bend straight chuck, but broke thread instead. So anybody found a chuck that fits well? I had/have similar issues. My Ram had both valves located next to each other, coming out the same hole in the alloy wheels. Last time I had them rotated I had them separated to 180 degrees apart. I had Milton extensions on the inner valve and saw some evidence of them hitting the outer valve. The inner valve is rubber, the outer SS. I talked to Discount Tire about replacing that inner valve with a metal one. You know....the extensions causing the polar moment of inertia to sling the extensions around and cause the rubber stem to fail. Not that I would overthink it or anything. I'm at 36 psi. Running to Lake Charles again tomorrow. Report forthcoming....
TxGearhead 06/23/19 05:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Interesting delam issue - revised 6-24, more pics

Eagle cap might be able to tell you where the structural cross members are located. Then do Gritdogs method.
TxGearhead 06/23/19 05:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Unloading and camper support

Look at a Bigfoot owners manual, which I believe they have on the Bigfoot website. There are specific areas that Bigfoot wants supported. Basically across the front, at the kick-out skirt area, and as far back as possible. The Camco aluminum screw jacks should work. Probably will need support under them....16" x 16" plywood should work.
TxGearhead 06/20/19 08:03am Truck Campers
RE: Dually tire pressure?

Those of you that are running 70-80 psi in the front of your Dodges or Rams what does your door tag say for the fronts? Mine says 65psi and that is what I run but they always look a little low. What benefit do you get out of the higher pressure? 80 front 65 rear When the truck is empty a fair percentage of the total weight is on the front tires, particularly if it's a diesel.
TxGearhead 06/20/19 07:34am Truck Campers
RE: Disc brake temps

Anyone ever looked into Vault hubs? Dexter bought them out a couple years ago. I have them on my tandem axle bay boat trailer. Uses a hybrid oil/grease. No maintenance with a 10 year warranty available. About every saltwater boat trailer around here is using them. Not sure of weight ratings.
TxGearhead 06/19/19 08:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Truck camper mileage

11-13, but who cares? You gonna sell your truck and camper because you get 11 instead of 13? I'll drive near 80 empty. Plenty of 75mph speed limits in Texas. With the camper, I keep it under 70, most of the time.
TxGearhead 06/19/19 08:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Dually tire pressure?

Jimh425 the ride quality is most certainly not in my head. As for as why I have a Dually, it is for the cabover camper. I don't drive around with the camper on it all the time. Airbags? What airbags? If you're running airbags you need more truck. I dropped the rears down to 38psi this morning, drove 250 miles at freeway speeds, 65-75mph. Pressure rose to 42psi per the Ram tire monitors. 95F ambient temp. Think I'll take them down to 36.
TxGearhead 06/19/19 07:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Dually tire pressure?

I run 75-80 in front, loaded or unloaded. I may have some extended interstate running today. I'll lower the rears to 36-38 and see how it acts.
TxGearhead 06/19/19 05:42am Truck Campers
RE: Dually tire pressure?

Yeah with the 5th or the Bigfoot I air them up. At 65psi it beats me up. Bad streets and 3 back surgeries. I might dip down into the high 30psi and see how it feels and what kind of pressure they build on the road. Tow pro....y'all been getting rain? I'd like to get back to Spruce Creek. Was there last fall and it was up and muddy.
TxGearhead 06/18/19 05:57pm Truck Campers
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