Re: Timbren vs. Airbags
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And you were on the Interstate (by the looks of it) with that load, lucky you and others I guess.
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There is nothing wrong with that load. Why can't people remember people doing the same thing with trucks of the 70's and 80's. There suspensions were more HD than ours so the loads didn't squat them as much, so they hauled more.
If you are heavy and drive prudently then your fine. A pick-up will stop 25K with no trailer brakes in a decent amount of time as long as you are going straight. Not something I look forward to, but it has happened and the truck did it fine.
I don't understand why people jump up and down screaming that is unsafe when the US DOT and the individual state DOT give them the tags to do it. I have stayed over night next to a 1 ton Dodge with 41900 lbs on his door with ICC and DOT numbers. Is that safe? Don't know, but I would have liked to drive the truck to see how it did.
Most I have ever done was 33K worth of boat, trailer and truck. While I could not go fast (55mph on flats and lots slower on the hills) the truck pulled it fine (81N PA and NY were bumpy), stopped fine, turned fine, and got 11 mpg doing it.
Sorry for the rant, but I guess we should build bubbles to live in and never experience anything unless there is zero risk. I actually enjoy seeing guys trying to do more with less. Complacency is never a good thing.
1996 F-250 extended cab long box five speed. Home made Tymar, 203 Stat, 60 gal in bed fuel cell, 315/75's, no muffler, ebpv welded open 3" to 3" DP, Babies. 290K, still chugging, and still smoking when cold.
UPDATED 1/1/09 Replace so far. 1 LUK flywheel+clutch, 2 thermostats, 2 set of brakes, 1 set of calipers, 5 CPS, 3 sets of tires, 2 Transfer pumps, 1 Injector modual, 1 Computer, 2 Alt, 2 sets of batteries, 1 Water pump, 6 Belts, 1 PS hose, 2 Sets ball joints, 2 set u-joints, 2 carrier bearing, 2 Speed sensors, 1 oil pres sender, 1 temp sender, 4 sets of e-break cables, 1 front fuel tank, 2 rear fuel tanks, 2 set of glow plugs, 7 Glow plug relays, Oil galley o-rings, Turbo pedistal o-rings, EBPV o-rings, 3 sets of Injector O-rings, 1 Vac-pump, 1 new carpet, 1 total paint job.Total $$$ in repairs v/s miles driven = 4.6 cents per mile. Add fuel to that it jumps to 16.5 cents per mile over the life of the truck.