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ajriding

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Posted: 09/12/19 07:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

emcvay wrote:

smarty wrote:

Remember that dually's suck when it comes to off roading


Depends on who's driving [emoticon] and whom you ask [emoticon]

Mine isn't a true 'offroaders' rig mind you and I don't have plans to try a jeep trail but it did fine on our rough road to the cabin though not as easily as our thinner SRW.

My only real issue at this point is the stable loads I installed need to be cut down about ½" so the overloads don't enguage without the camper on


Dirt roads and gravel roads are not off-road, they are on a dirt road, or on a gravel road.
When people want to go off road with a TC they probably mean actually off of the road be it gravel, dirt, asphalt or pavers. Rocks that are out in the wilderness which you do not see on a prepared road are a biggie since they will get stuck in the duallys. The width is another as many off road tracks are actually trails that were made by previous drivers leaving tracks for you to follow. They are almost always SRW tracks, so having two extra wheels makes this more difficult too, and near impossible if the track is too narrow and walled in by obstacles… So off-road means not on a road. thanks

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Has the 8 speed transmission. taking the advice of the(weight police) I am trying to stay under 3190 lbs payload the SS1500 weights 1900 + 200 with accessories dry. Sumo Super Springs (progressive spring rate) 2660 lbs capacity. The tires are are off road 33in look small because of 12in clearance Thanks for the complements That is a Tradesman with near maximum options the sweet spot in value in my opinion decent cloth and plastic interior loaded paid only $39820 after $3000 rebates + tax title etc. Why pay $70000 for a Laramie then take it off road.

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Posted: 09/13/19 11:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very nice start to a sweet setup! Your rig will be about as off road capable as any truck camper combo could realistically be.
Good times ahead!


"Yes Sir, Oct 10 1888, Those poor school children froze to death in their tracks. They did not even find them until Spring. Especially hard hit were the ones who had to trek uphill to school both ways, with no shoes." -Bert A.

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ajriding wrote:

emcvay wrote:

smarty wrote:

Remember that dually's suck when it comes to off roading


Depends on who's driving [emoticon] and whom you ask [emoticon]

Mine isn't a true 'offroaders' rig mind you and I don't have plans to try a jeep trail but it did fine on our rough road to the cabin though not as easily as our thinner SRW.

My only real issue at this point is the stable loads I installed need to be cut down about ½" so the overloads don't enguage without the camper on


Dirt roads and gravel roads are not off-road, they are on a dirt road, or on a gravel road.
When people want to go off road with a TC they probably mean actually off of the road be it gravel, dirt, asphalt or pavers. Rocks that are out in the wilderness which you do not see on a prepared road are a biggie since they will get stuck in the duallys. The width is another as many off road tracks are actually trails that were made by previous drivers leaving tracks for you to follow. They are almost always SRW tracks, so having two extra wheels makes this more difficult too, and near impossible if the track is too narrow and walled in by obstacles… So off-road means not on a road. thanks


There is 'off road' and there is 'off-road'....if you mean people who want to drive where no one has driven before, ok. Nuff said. However, most people think of 'off road' in different terms (and you cannot define that just because you want to).

My drive 'off-road' was on a dirt trail (at best) that other 4x4's had driven on but no one was going to take a caddy down that 'road'. Goat trail might be better description but it was wide enough for a truck camper...my driveway isn't much better. Yes, it's a 'driveway' but just barely. Sure a car can sometimes make it up there (in the summer, in dry weather, if one is careful) but as my sister once found it, that car might also get stranded until someone with a 4x4 comes along to help her get back out (and she never even made it half way). Campers, hard side ones, do often go places they shouldn't and I've seen dually's go placed you'd never imagine...but then I also used to drive a Duece and a half [emoticon] [emoticon] No the dually isn't going to hit the trails at Moab with the jeeps or crawl over rocks but it will go 'off road' which generally means to go off of a maintained public road (county dirt paved or whatever)....


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Posted: 09/16/19 12:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, this is a reoccurring theme on forums.

People say "off road" and then 100's chime in thinking that a DOT dirt road or gravel road is what "off road" means. No, these are still roads. These roads do not require any special equipment. They are "off pavement" but that is not a real topic.

If people are confused by the blurry line between DOT maintained roads and user-made non-road trails, then they probably are not or will never go off road anyway, so we can just skip any replay to such a post and save the space

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Than you have forest roads and logging roads.
When I never had intention to leave pavement, when Great Canyon campground was full, I took advantage of forest road behind the park gate.
Truck gauge show it at 14% and that was the most off-roading my RWD made to date.
It was beautiful there btw and on following day, at canyon trail I meet the guy who paid lot of $$ to have his chair sitting over neighbor sewer pipe.

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