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Posted: 11/28/14 08:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi Class B'ers!

I am new here and wanted to share some Pics of my Used Camper I just got! I also would like to hear opinions on the best tires for a 6,100-10,000 GVW van. I think I will need new tires soon! Thanks very much!!!!

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Don't know about tires but, that is one good looking van.Thanks for posting

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get the best michlin M S 2 in either 8 or 10ply will do you a great job.

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Congrats! Nice rig. Enjoy your travels.
How about some interior pics? [emoticon]

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10K pounds GVW? What axle are you running under the rear. If you look to gross out at 10,000 pounds, you definitely need at least 8 ply tires. Pop your rear hub cap off and look at your axle. If it's a full floating axle, yes, you can go 10,000 pounds. That will have a portion of the axle sticking through the wheel. The axle doesn't carry the weight on those but the heavy wheel bearing does. If the axle is flush with the wheel, you have a semi-floating axle. On these the axle carries the full weight in the rear.

My Class B weighs in at 6100 pounds with a full fuel tank but otherwise empty tanks and a semifloating axle. A 4 or 6 ply truck tire will work on these. I've had numerous Dodges through the years and they are really tough trucks. I've also seen semifloating axles snap from being over loaded.


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Thanks Ol'Grouch!!

I have some scale weights on it and they are right around 6100 like yours- empty tanks as well. I will pull the hub cap today and check it out! I am looking at Copper Tire Discoverer AT's for price value and generally good reviews, what tires are you running?

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Nice rig. I put Hurcules Terra Trac AT 2's on my Class b. They are a very aggressive tread and very stiff sidewalls. They handle 2980 lbs each and were $580 mounted balanced out the door. Also have road hazard. Really firmed up the ride with little noticeable road noise.

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We have Copper Tire Discoverer AT's on our Excel. Love them for both off road and the highway, no added highway noise and great handling. Very good tire for wet pavement, and bonedocking in National Forests!!


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Thank you Stan and Mark/Linda! I am leaning to the Coopers, but I will def look into the Terra Trac AT 2's as well!

Today I vacuumed and dusted and got 3/4 done, windexed and Lysoled LOL!

Cleaner and smells better now and I am airing it out tonight a bit as well! Tomorrow I'm on the fridge and a couple more cupboards with a trip for some propane on Monday so I can confirm that all of the appliances work. I will test house power and 12 volt for the Fridge as well after it is cleaned out as well.

Thank you for your interest and writing with advice- I will need a TON!

Mike

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Whatever tire you choose , get LT's with as stiff sidewall as you can find to keep wallowing to a minimum. I thought I was going to need to upgrade my shocks to Bilstiens but the tires solved the handling issues.

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