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Old 05-09-2020, 08:32 AM   #15
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spdracr39 - I do not think your statement is correct about little trucks towing big campers. The reason I say this is everytime I see a little truck towing a big camper it is in the right lane going 62mph in a 70mph zone.

I know 4 ex semi truck drivers. Funny they all have dually trucks to tow whatever they want to tow.

It does matter what people tow with because they do it on public roads.

So I call 'Bogus' on you previous post.
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Old 05-09-2020, 09:05 AM   #16
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Tire load

Tire load rating is different on the 2500 to 3500. No matter what springs, airbags or anything else that helps with thinking you can haul more weight you can't get around tire load. The Chevy 3500s run a tire load of 3525 lbs per tire. The 2500s have a 3195 lb per tire. So one has a rear gawr of 6100 and the other 7100 lbs. 2018 specs. You will run out of payload on a 2500 quickly compared to a 3500.
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Tire load rating is different on the 2500 to 3500. No matter what springs, airbags or anything else that helps with thinking you can haul more weight you can't get around tire load. The Chevy 3500s run a tire load of 3525 lbs per tire. The 2500s have a 3195 lb per tire. So one has a rear gawr of 6100 and the other 7100 lbs. 2018 specs. You will run out of payload on a 2500 quickly compared to a 3500.
You can get around the tire load easier than getting around the springs/airbags etc. Just change the tires. 2018 Chevy 2500 come with a variety of tires depending on the specific model. It is entirely possible that a 3525 lb rated tire will fit on his current wheels. If not wheels can be found. There's a really nice set of 18" wheels that will fit a 2018 Chevy 2500 on craigslist in my town.
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Springs, axles, drive shafts, u-joints, there is more to it than the springs.
I seriously doubt the 2500 rides a lot better than the 3500. For ride quality (unloaded) some rancho 9000s with a soft setting and 55-65 psi in the tires will soften it up quite a bit. Loaded bring everything back up (tires/shocks) and tow comfortably.
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Springs, axles, drive shafts, u-joints, there is more to it than the springs.
I seriously doubt the 2500 rides a lot better than the 3500. For ride quality (unloaded) some rancho 9000s with a soft setting and 55-65 psi in the tires will soften it up quite a bit. Loaded bring everything back up (tires/shocks) and tow comfortably.
Depends on the year. Its cheaper for gm to produce more of the same than to use lower quantities of parts.
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Its a truck folks. it rides like a truck. I drive and MDT unloaded every day. Yeah it bounces and rides rough. End of the day cant change fact its a truck. It designed to work and carry loads.
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Its a truck folks. it rides like a truck. I drive and MDT unloaded every day. Yeah it bounces and rides rough. End of the day cant change fact its a truck. It designed to work and carry loads.
That’s what I tell DW about our Sprinter 3500. It’s a truck. It rides like a truck. I may convert the rear from leaf spring to air suspension, but as built in the factory, it’s a truck. Ride in the front if you want a soft ride.

I don’t think she cars enough to spend the six to ten grand, though.
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I can buy tires that fit my GMC 2500 oem wheels that have a 4080 lb capacity.
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I changed my tires to a 3750 capacity
I drove 6 hours from Ohio at 70 mph with no issues in a 35 mph side wind.
It was way more stable and easy to drive than I thought it would be.
I passed a dually with a bumper pull. Headlights in the air and rear sagging almost a foot. That shows anything can be loaded improperly.

Mine sat dead level with 4000lbs on the front 7100 on the rear and 14000 on the trailer.
Smooth easy ride
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