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So I just bought a new 2006 2500 extra cab long bed 4x4. I have a 34 ft Hitchhiker that I haven't had a chance to weigh yet. I'm starting to worry that I may be on the edge of pin weight capacity. In the event I am, I have heard (through those professionals on other sites ... Sure!) that it may be possible to improve rear tires as well as maybe add another leaf spring to increase payload capacity..........So should I sell the whole mess and buy a cabin in the woods or is there a chance I can make the two match up without possibly killing myself and others by overloading? Help?, Ideas,
 

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I've seen Toyo tires for 3,730 lbs each. I replaced my single overload spring with a 5 pack from a local shop. Truck sits level or a tad high in back with 5,500 lbs of truck camper in it.
 

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or you could put the 3500 spring pack in.
 

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Springs or tires

So is it springs or tires?
 

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Seemike;1559363;1559363 said:
So is it springs or tires?
The tires that came with the truck will carry all that the axle can handle. 800 lbs is about all you will want on the pin without adding Timbrens www.Timbren.com or air bags to keep the truck level. I carry about 3,000lbs on the pin with Timbrens.
 

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I tow a 33' Weekend Warrior fifth wheel, gooseneck 4 horse trailer, and a 20' box trailer. Truck has air bags with BFG 265's, "E" rated. The pin weight is approx 3000# on the fifth wheel. Most of my miles are towing, very pleased with this truck and the way it tows.
 

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i have a 2500 CC Short Box. I tow on a very regular basis. i tow 5th wheel mainly. trailer gross weight is 10,000lbs. i use a dump trailer in cottage country . narrow roads that are hilly and icy. Do to the roads i load heavy on the front of trailer. I have Firestone air bags. On board air comp. just load up adjust air to level .Have a good day. Lower pressure when empty. This is the 4th truck using air bags. No change in ride,truck stays at same level. The front end will stay thank -you. front end alinement will not change with load or empty change. this has worked for me for over 400,000 miles on 4 trucks.
 

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I haul two tons in the back of my truck every day for work. I ended up adding another leaf between the top spring and the bottom pack. Ride empty is stiff now, kind of like my old F350 srw. How ever it really handles the weight nicely. I got the springs bent up at a local heavy duty spring shop and I installed them. If ride quality when empty really conserns you air bags are probably your best bet.
 

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SD-455;1559410; said:
The tires that came with the truck will carry all that the axle can handle.
Wrong. The rating in the door is due to the factory tire size. The axle is rated to carry much, much more. If you want to add another 800 pounds to your rear axle capacity, put on a set of 265E's
 

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Seemike;1559301; said:
So I just bought a new 2006 2500 extra cab long bed 4x4. I have a 34 ft Hitchhiker that I haven't had a chance to weigh yet. I'm starting to worry that I may be on the edge of pin weight capacity. In the event I am, I have heard (through those professionals on other sites ... Sure!) that it may be possible to improve rear tires as well as maybe add another leaf spring to increase payload capacity..........So should I sell the whole mess and buy a cabin in the woods or is there a chance I can make the two match up without possibly killing myself and others by overloading? Help?, Ideas,
Easy question, you don't have enough truck...assuming you want to stay within GVWR. All the tires, airbags, booster springs, gadgets and gizmos cannot change your GVWR of 9200. To find the true cargo capacity of your truck, check the sticker on the rear door pillar driver's side, the one that talks about tire ratings and capacities. There will be a section that tells you what the maximum capacity (counting passengers and cargo) of your truck is. That's it...unless you want to be like the guy on the other thread whos dually weighs 40k combined....he's only 16000 over weight!! If you decide to tow overweight, talk to your ins company and an attorney, ask what can happen if you are in an accident and it is your fault, then decide if it's worth it.
 
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