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Old 04-09-2013, 04:56 PM   #1
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Can you Beef up your carrying capacity?

Many of us have a concern with the low numbers on our carrying capacity of our rigs. I was wondering if there is any way to improve that. I know that the capacity is a function of tires, suspension, frame, etc. I know I can add a few hundred pounds of capacity by just switching to aluminum wheels, but what else can be done?
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Axles - would be the biggest way to increase the capacity. Along with axles would be the tire size change to coordinate with the axle.
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To really improve the carrying capacity you need frame/suspension/drive train improvements, but more importantly are the numbers on the sticker on your RV. This can only be done by the manufacturer.
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I would imagine his coach had the standard Q shoe which would accept the extra weight.

Realistically - the cost to change to the components would not make financial sense.

I would either use it in its original configuration or purchase a new coach with a tag axle. The coach will weigh more with the tag, but will allow more carrying capacity.
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wnytaxman; You might check into it but I keep hearing others talk about a retro fit that FR is doing on the Berkshires and replacing the front axle and suspension to increase the weight allowance on the front axles. They're doing it at the Freightliner ship in S.C.
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Thanks Lindy. I'll check with Buffalo RV and see if they can give me any more info on that. We did Camp Freightliner in Gaffney right after we bought our rig and it was a great class and the service at the shop was perfect.
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I would imagine his coach had the standard Q shoe which would accept the extra weight.

Realistically - the cost to change to the components would not make financial sense.

I would either use it in its original configuration or purchase a new coach with a tag axle. The coach will weigh more with the tag, but will allow more carrying capacity.
Earl, I agree. This makes more sense than anything. If you want haul more stuff, buy something bigger.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:50 PM   #10
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Earl's just trying to get me to buy a tag axle so he can check it out when we tailgate at Penn State this fall!

There's only two things standing between me and a bigger rig and one of them is my wife and the other is the pile of dollars a bigger one would cost.
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