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Old 02-18-2005, 08:32 AM   #43
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Mick9064:
The new Ford 2005 F350 4 x 4 Super cab SRW with 18" wheels has a payload of 4,300 lbs. This would put me just under the max with my Bigfoot 10.6. I am 500 lbs over with my present 2001 SRW.

I drive the truck 4 weeks a year with the camper on. My question is the DRW that much more of a pain for every day city driving to work?

I welcome some thoughts. Thanks. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
There is no doubt the dually will get you a better ride with the camper on. However an SRW will get you much better handling off road with an empty box. If you want to keep your SRW may be should find some heavy duty tires. Michelin has E rated tires that are rated to 3400 lbs. I had them but not long enough to give a objective opinion. I traded for a dually.
You easily over the limit with your Bigfoot 10.6 even on the dually. My total weight is 12480 lbs. This includes all the stuff in the camper and the crewcab. So I'm 1080lbs over the limit. I suppose I should take an inventory and get rid of things I could do without.
Are you sure you're only 500 lbs. over??

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Old 02-19-2005, 06:43 AM   #44
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Three years ago I found out just how easy it is to overload with a slide-in. We spent 2 mos. being snow birds. On the way home I saw a DOT weigh station in southern Or. with just a read out so I pulled in. I weighed 12500. My PU's scale weight (on title) is 7300 and the dry weight listed on the tag on the camper is 2110. I knew I had some extra weight (maybe 500 lbs) but had no idea it was that much.


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Old 02-23-2005, 07:52 AM   #45
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This has been discussed many times. The REAL rating of the rear axle is the same for many SRW and DRW trucks. The Dodge uses the exact SAME axles for their 1 ton DRW and SRW. The rating on the door reflects the combined OEM tire capacity. If one were to add better tires (19.5) one raises the effective axle capacity.

My 19.5 wheels/tires are rated for 4500 lbs each. The real Dana 80 axle rating is over 10,000 pounds.

Too many people treat GVWR as the holy grail without understanding what it is comprized of.
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I don't argue the strength of the axles. I think the tires are weak link. If the tires max rating is 3000 lbs, you can do your math very easy.
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Old 02-23-2005, 12:06 PM   #47
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You're right the tires are the limiting factor.

Here is my math

Tire - Michelin XDE-MS H rated 19.5/245/70 4940 lb rating. That times two = 9880 per axle.

In my case the wheels are the limiter - just rated for 4500 lbs each - still that gives me 9000 lbs per axle.
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this topic has reminded me of a question I have been meaning to ask for a while.
for my truck the front axle can carry 5400lbs and the rear axle can carry 9000lbs, why is the max GVW 12,000lbs not (5400+9000) 14,400lbs?
what other system or component is limiting the max GVW?
thanks for any info.
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Looks like just about everything was covered in all the posts reguarding SRW Vs DRW issues. Tire wear became an issue with my dually. Rotating them is very costly since I have polished "mag" wheels, you'll have to break down the tires from the wheels to keep the rotation the same. The outside dual wears faster then the inside. So far I have replace the front tires twice for one set of rears Plus Ford recomends in my 2000 owners manual p.199....",if your vehicle is equiped with dual rear wheels it is recomended that only the front wheels be rotated side to side. More to consider when purchasing a DWR.

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