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Old 11-09-2013, 09:15 PM   #11
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Those kodiacs usually had air driver seats, the westen hauler one might have air on the cab, I believe some of the monroe trucks did. I would doubt on the regular flatbed truck though.
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Old 11-09-2013, 09:20 PM   #12
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Those kodiacs usually had air driver seats, the wedten hauler one might have air on the cab, I believe some of the monroe trucks did. I would doubt on the regular flatbed truck though.
That's only the front seat, though, right? Not sure if it matters for the OP- we travel with 2 kids and often another adult or two. Dealers thought we were nutty for not wanting captains chairs and opting for the bench up front instead.
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Old 11-09-2013, 09:31 PM   #13
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Yes the ones I've looked at were drivers only, or the converted trucks (western haulers and monroe) had cab mount air ride available. On a regular cab c4500/c5500 it may have the 60-40spit bench with the drivers side spit on air.
-Of course there may have been upgrades on any of these so it may be different.
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Old 11-09-2013, 09:34 PM   #14
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Those kodiacs usually had air driver seats, the wedten hauler one might have air on the cab, I believe some of the monroe trucks did. I would doubt on the regular flatbed truck though.
Thank you all for this GREAT insight. Whats a wedten hauler? How do I tell them apart? Is there a primer online or something?
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Sorry I ment western hauler- fat fingers on a little samsung phone.

The white truck with the black non-skirted flatbed is just a standard upfitted flatbed.
The western haulers will usually have skirted, paint matching beds, usually also have upgraded trim inside, sometimes different wheels, running board and other accessories and are usually labeled "western hauler" somewhere on them.
The monroes usually have dually looking beds- like on a 3500hd or similar but usually longer to match the 4500-5500 chassis, and other custom ammenities.

You should be able to see cab mounts by the bed or under the firewall with the hood tilted forward.
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I owned a Kodiak 4500 with a Western Hauler bed. Factory installed Link Air Suspension. I had custom front springs made, and it still rode like a tank. I installed the additional tanks on the rear bags, and little to no help. The Air Ride Seats seemed to accentuate the rough ride.

The wife was to the point where she wouldn't even ride in it, and I'm speaking of while towing. Unladen she would bounce off the headliner. LOL Thank goodness I had the steering wheel to hang on to.

With regards to towing, with the 6 speed Alison it was great, and the exhaust brake and larger brakes made stopping much better than the one tons that I've owned.

We now are back to a RAM one ton Cab and Chassis with a hauler bed, but have also downsized our 5th wheel (from a 40' Weekend Warrior Toy Hauler to a 8289WS).

I would strongly recommend that you test drive a 4500 before buying.

Here is a picture of what I had:

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I owned a Kodiak 4500 with a Western Hauler bed. Factory installed Link Air Suspension. I had custom front springs made, and it still rode like a tank. I installed the additional tanks on the rear bags, and little to no help. The Air Ride Seats seemed to accentuate the rough ride. The wife was to the point where she wouldn't even ride in it, and I'm speaking of while towing. Unladen she would bounce off the headliner. LOL Thank goodness I had the steering wheel to hang on to. With regards to towing, with the 6 speed Alison it was great, and the exhaust brake and larger brakes made stopping much better than the one tons that I've owned. We now are back to a RAM one ton Cab and Chassis with a hauler bed, but have also downsized our 5th wheel (from a 40' Weekend Warrior Toy Hauler to a 8289WS). I would strongly recommend that you test drive a 4500 before buying. Here is a picture of what I had: [/IMG] RodeoGeorge
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I posted a picture and can see it. Can you not see it?

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Got it now. Very cool looking. Comments on the ride etc. are very significant. I hadn't really thought about that.
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Got it now. Very cool looking. Comments on the ride etc. are very significant. I hadn't really thought about that.
Another thing to consider is insurance. I've been with USAA for years, and when I called them to insure my "Chevy Kodiak 4500 Truck" was told that they could not insure it because it was over their 1 ton limit. The referred me to their "partner" for larger vehicles (Progressive) and I was going to have to obtain a costly commercial policy.

Well, at that time, I titled and registered my vehicles in NM. When I went to Santa Fe to do their Rodeo I went to the DVM there to Title the truck. The woman at the DVM did not know how to title it, but found the Western Hauler yellow sticker on the door jam that listed it as a "RV". So NM titled the truck as an RV, I called USAA to insure my "Chevy 4500 RV", and obtained the insurance through them without a problem.

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