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Posted: 07/22/19 11:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

emcvay wrote:

Can't say I've tested them out in any hard breaking but the new truck barely seems to notice the camper is up there!


Only ever done one full on hard stop with our TC loaded. About 4 years ago we were coming down the mountain from Silverton, Co to Durango when a big black bear sprinted across the road directly in front of us. We were also pulling a 7,500 lb car hauler with a jeep on it. We were a little over 18,000 lbs total about 60 mph coming down about a 4-5% grade. Had about 3 seconds of HARD breaking (antilock brakes chatter, truck and trailer tires smoking) before we crossed the bears path. Rig stayed straight and we missed him by a few feet. We were in our drw; I would not have wanted to make that same stop in the srw we had previously.

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Decided to get a set of upper stable loads for the dually. Just to point the lights a little better as it does squat about 3 1/2" before adding water.

Going to take a 1200 mile shakedown trip in it this weekend and into next week to see mom and dad (dad is 89 and not doing well).

That should really tell us how it will do on the 2000 mile trip next month and I'm hopeful I'll get the stable loads first (before this weekend) but am not worried since it handles the camper very well box stock. Again, just want the light to point down a little as the camper lifted the nose 3/4" after squatting the rear.


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Posted: 07/24/19 06:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I was towing in a very strong cross wind with my srw today. I likely would have appreciated a dually today.


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Posted: 07/25/19 07:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

emcvay wrote:

Decided to get a set of upper stable loads for the dually. Just to point the lights a little better as it does squat about 3 1/2" before adding water.

Going to take a 1200 mile shakedown trip in it this weekend and into next week to see mom and dad (dad is 89 and not doing well).

That should really tell us how it will do on the 2000 mile trip next month and I'm hopeful I'll get the stable loads first (before this weekend) but am not worried since it handles the camper very well box stock. Again, just want the light to point down a little as the camper lifted the nose 3/4" after squatting the rear.
If you like the way it handles now why not just adjust the headlights ? I'm thinking of taking out my homemade overload blocks for a better ride . I'm still slightly tail high without them .


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I agree with Ticki2. Your truck is going to sit high in the back unloaded, then hopefully level when fully loaded, this is the nature of how springs work
I get a kick out people jacking the truck up to unloaded height when fully loaded.

I measured my lights on garage door empty, than loaded camper and adjusted lights to match unloaded condition. used sharpy to mark direction up down on fender with number of turns. I carry torx bit screwdriver in console.


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IT handled well without them so you make good points but it did raise the fronts 3/4" and sagged the rears 3 1/2" and wasn't fully loaded with water and food etc. So, I added the StableLoads (got in today) and gained 1 1/2" back in the rear and lowered the front back down to about normal. In essence the truck now sits level with the stable loads in and drives well (perhaps even better since the overloads are now fully engaged and they were not before.

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Driveway slopes to the nose at about 3" on the camper level/bubble which is the same now as it was on the old truck ready to go [emoticon]

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Full water, full food, 90% on fuel, 70%/99% on LP) just have to add a few clothes and hit the road [emoticon]

Decided to camp one night in a state park on our way south to see Mom and Dad (Dad's not well) which will be our 1200 mile test drive before we hit the road for two weeks and better than 2000 miles in August [emoticon]

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Probably been asked a lot here, but what are you running on tire pressures? Seems like 80PSI in the back is right as it gives max cap but the fronts shouldn't need 80psi. I noticed at 75psi they climb over 80 in normal driving conditions so found that interesting but planning on leaving the fronts at 70 or 75 for now which seems close to Ford recommended settings and the back at 80 as above.

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Yes, really no comparison. 990 is a beast.
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Congrats on the new truck, I am jealous of you guys that have the room to park a DRW truck. My parking at my house is so tight I wouldn't be able to get it into my parking spot, and I don't want to park on the street as a neighbor just had their three week old car totaled when some crack head came around the corner and plowed into it. Now if they had a crew cab short bed DRW available that would just fit.

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Looks good....we're still up in the air on what direction to go in.


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