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NRALIFR

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Posted: 02/22/21 04:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Jtime wrote:

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And almost none of it has anything to do with a truck camper


So is about 90% of this forum replies.
At least less trolling than usual and I'd say the topic was pretty constructive.


I agree lol. Which tires does everyone run on your duallys or which would you recommend?

The 7.3’s came with 16” inch rims is it worth the extra coin to jump up into a 18 or 20?


I would be concerned about the clearance in the front wheel wells making that big a jump in size. The turning radius is already bad for these trucks, if bigger tires rub in a turn, it’s going to make that worse. There’s also the question of increasing the unsprung weight with the bigger tires and wheels. That can have a negative affect on the braking performance, especially with the rear drum brakes if yours has them.

There are tire options in 16” size that have higher ratings than OEM. Michelin XPS Traction is one, but I know there are others that are probably going to be easier to find. The XPS traction is turning into a rare bird, and there are only two sizes still made.

The least expensive way to get higher rated wheels is to just buy six steel Accuride wheels that were made for the E450 vans of the same year. If you want great looks too, get four Alcoa’s and two Accuride wheels. Whatever you get, make sure the wheels are hub-centric, not lug-centric. No eight to ten lug adapters either.

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Jtime wrote:

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I hate the picture capabilities of this site.
Here is mine:
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Dang!! Which model is that TC and what’s your camping weight?


Lance 1191 that is in my signature. Camping weight as in full of water for offgrid camping like I do? Not going to get the weight police going on that one, I am heavy which is why I upgraded to a DRW.


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I went with these tires, they are working great so far, especially in 4x4:
General Grabber A/TX - #04508440000
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A picture from the last trip we took in the 1995 F350. October, 2010 in California, and this was taken on a twisty road between Caliente and Bodfish. The boss lead us there because it’s such a scenic and challenging route loved by............motorcyclists. She missed the motorcycle part.

Loaded with gear for a 2-3 week trip, it weighed about 12,700.

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That's not too much.
I weight my aluminum dually at 12,800 and that was before I loaded Alaskan beer and salmon.





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But..........mine was over its GVWR by 2700 lbs so it should have exploded and wiped out an orphanage and a convent. [emoticon] [emoticon]

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But..........mine was over its GVWR by 2700 lbs so it should have exploded and wiped out an orphanage and a convent. [emoticon] [emoticon]

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So you blew your tax report as if you had 10k lb rating on dually, it was all taxation.
Duallies in most of the states come with 14.9k lb GVWR, while axles ratings total in the range of 16-17k

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Kayteg1 wrote:

Duallies in most of the states come with 14.9k lb GVWR, while axles ratings total in the range of 16-17k


No, DRWs don’t come with 14.9K GVWR. I think you meant 14.0K GVWR, but the axle ratings are even higher than 17K.

* This post was edited 02/22/21 11:55pm by jimh425 *


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Posted: 02/23/21 06:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Kayteg1 wrote:

NRALIFR wrote:

But..........mine was over its GVWR by 2700 lbs so it should have exploded and wiped out an orphanage and a convent. [emoticon] [emoticon]

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So you blew your tax report as if you had 10k lb rating on dually, it was all taxation.
Duallies in most of the states come with 14.9k lb GVWR, while axles ratings total in the range of 16-17k


No, I did something even better. I just didn’t worry about it.

I did enjoy trolling those who did, though.

Still do, a little. [emoticon]

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