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Thank you all, I’m getting a better understanding- it was a little difficult but has helped as I started looking at individual weights. So yeah— my dual tires have a great safety margin- 11,100 lbs. on the rear. I’m watching my rear GAWR. I’m gonna shed some weight off the front- remove my front hitch assembly for the winch and snow plow. I just realized I’ll be shedding weight by removing tail gate which I beefed up with 3/16 steel tread plate for driving attic cat in and out. So I’ll post my CAT scale ticket from this morning, with full tank 38 gallons diesel, and me and a buddy in the cab (550 lbs or so......) — then I’ll post my door pillar tag. I am taking a road trip Thursday to go look at a T/C 3K dry weight (est.)

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Just more or less to let you guys know your comments have been helpful as I try to understand this.

BTW- I know this isn’t the right thread- but I was blown away by some of the night pictures in the new 2020 truck calendar— Awesome!!


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GAR, if you didn't realize, removing the hardware off the front of your truck (unless you don't use it anyway) will yield little to no real world gain for hauling a TC.
As the vast majority, if not all, of the camper weight is on the rear axle, theoretically the extra weight out front of the front axle is very slightly reducing your rear axle weight. (Not enough to amount to anything either way


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Grit dog wrote:

GAR, if you didn't realize, removing the hardware off the front of your truck (unless you don't use it anyway) will yield little to no real world gain for hauling a TC.
As the vast majority, if not all, of the camper weight is on the rear axle, theoretically the extra weight out front of the front axle is very slightly reducing your rear axle weight. (Not enough to amount to anything either way


Thank you! No- I wasn’t sure. I was surprised how close to Front GAWR the truck already was— but I do know the Diesel engines add a lot of weight compared to gassers.

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Dry my camper took 40 pounds off the front axle.

Loaded for camping with my small ATV trailer in tow they took 100 lbs off my front axle.


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Thank you! No- I wasn’t sure. I was surprised how close to Front GAWR the truck already was— but I do know the Diesel engines add a lot of weight compared to gassers.

True statement, but you said snow plow mount, so think of it this way, you haven't been worried about hanging the plow off the front up to this point and this is a lot less weight than the plow.

That said, at least back in the day, our plow trucks did see alot of increased front end parts wear. Ball joints, springs, etc. But these trucks plowed commercially every winter.
IMHO it would save a bit of front end and front tire wear to remove those components, but leaving them on with the camper installed won't accelerate the front end wear.

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specta wrote:

Dry my camper took 40 pounds off the front axle.

Loaded for camping with my small ATV trailer in tow they took 100 lbs off my front axle.


That’s becuse you don’t have a real truck with duals and a long wheelbase...


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burningman wrote:

specta wrote:

Dry my camper took 40 pounds off the front axle.

Loaded for camping with my small ATV trailer in tow they took 100 lbs off my front axle.


That’s becuse you don’t have a real truck with duals and a long wheelbase...


Neither do you.
Long wheelbase comes with 550/5500 series trucks.





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burningman wrote:

specta wrote:

Dry my camper took 40 pounds off the front axle.

Loaded for camping with my small ATV trailer in tow they took 100 lbs off my front axle.


That’s becuse you don’t have a real truck with duals and a long wheelbase...


I have a real truck.

I have zero desire or need for a dually or a truck that's takes a football field to turn around in.

I guess though if you have a Dodge you need dual wheels to carry anything.

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