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Old 09-25-2015, 08:45 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by Timmy Jim View Post
Wolverine, it sounds like a path we must try sometime! Knockando, it would be fun to cross paths! Brandon 2, I would like to check into the stabilizer. Not that there is too much wandering, but admittedly there is some. It may be worth installing. You have to have a little wander due to inertia, but there are a couple of places that I think it might pay off. If anybody is heading over Donner pass toward Sacramento, there is about two miles or so of really wicked wear in the asphalt that was laid over the concrete at some time. Reminds me of a wagon trail, where the tires from the big rigs have made furrows in the road that are VERY squirrely to drive through. I tried to ride the ridges, but that was even worse, so I just slowed down and used the edge of the right shoulder to provide some stability. When there is lighter traffic on the weekdays, you can get over in the left lane where there is little wear. Just be careful!
Timmy Jim,,, If you go that way,,, Platte River Campgrounds is GREAT !!!
You can check it out on-line !!! Lots of very private spots !!!
Next time we get up there,,, I want to travel to the tip of the Leelanau peninsula !!! Lots of very nice Start State Parks in Michigan !!!

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Old 09-25-2015, 09:24 AM   #32
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Couple of 2 cents worth.

Don't think you will need a steering stabilizer on a Chevy chassis. Had a brief period of problems with my Chevy 4500 steering about a year after purchase. Took it to my local mechanic. First 4500 chassis he had seen. Looked underneath and said it was built right, couldn't add anything meaningful. Pulled front shocks and found one that was fully collapsed, open-close with no resistance. Replaced and all is good.

2nd. Chevy swivel seat is available as an aftermarket item. Don't think the federal certification was done in time to make it into the factory runs. It works well and I highly recommend it. Be sure to get the "factory" seat swivel, not the after market seat swivel. Different bolt patterns.

3rd. My understanding is that the pause in Chevy chassis is just that, a pause, because same facility is making the new small pickups, a higher margin product, and Chevy has backorders for the pickups.

4th. The Chevy 4500 is 14.2k GVWR, 19.5 GCWR. The Ford 450 is 14.5 GVWR, 22k GCWR. Don't know the Ford 350 GVWR off hand, but think maybe about 12.7k. In any case, the G4500 and E450 are basically the same haul, but not tow capacity.. The 2300 is about 10K empty and you are unlikely to overload any of the 3 chassis. Doubt anyone needs more than 5k towing, but could be a consideration in Ford's favor.

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Old 09-26-2015, 05:16 PM   #33
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Word is Chevy is discontinuing the 4500 series, Per GM Truck and Bus.
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Old 09-26-2015, 08:30 PM   #34
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We were camping in Oliver BC and parked next to a Jayco Motor Home, 29 foot. Drive train was a Ford E-450. The owner mentioned that he had installed a steering stabilizer at the time of purchase and it made much better tracking for the front end. This guy has been a mechanic for many years. Definitely something to consider and its not a big ticket item.

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