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Dually Conversion Q's

10 January 2018 - 12:44 PM

I've talked about my Dad's '02 3500 before, and while he's not currently driving, we still have it.  Its a one owner, mid 60k original mileage, and near perfect still except for some fading clear coat on the roof that's developed recently.


My oldest is ready to start driving this year, and the wife and I have been looking at vehicle options for him.  One thought we had was to convert the 3500 dually to a single rear wheel and let him drive it.  Its slow, good economy, dual airbags and should be safe.  Its perhaps a little bigger for a new driver, but should be safe.  I did a search on conversions but had to piece together info, and I called a local diesel shop but they didn't have much to offer either.  From what I've pieced together, here's what I need to change to make this work:

Front hubs

Rear axle

Wheels (including the spare)

and we're looking at a small flatbed to replace the bed.


Has anyone done this before?  is this a stupid endeavor that will just end up with a messed up truck after all is done?  By converting it to a single rear wheel (and likely using a 2500 rear axle) will I need to have it inspected by the State Patrol?


If this truck had normal mileage for an '02, I wouldn't bother, but the low mileage and family history has made me at least think about it and start researching.





WTB Polaris Outlaw IRS 2009-2011

19 September 2017 - 01:36 PM

My boys have gotten into MX racing (quads) and since then we spend almost no time riding trails anymore, but try to his the practice tracks frequently.  I still like to ride, but with my lower back issues, its gotten more difficult.  Rode a buddy's Outlaw IRS and with the long travel IRS and the relatively light weight (compared to some of the utility based quads), and the Outlaw worked fairly well for me on the track.


After doing some research, I'm looking for a 2009-2011 model to purchase for myself.  Just tossing this out there in case anyone has one they don't ride anymore, or knows of one somewhere.  Have cash in hand.




Camping generator /inverter

03 July 2017 - 09:54 AM

Well, last weekend we were at the MX track with no a/c and temps in the mid 90's. Whew!
My trailer doesn't have a built in generator so I'm looking at portable units. What do you recommend that will run RV ac but still quiet (or fairly quiet)?

New truck

05 June 2017 - 09:47 AM

Pulled the trigger and sold the '03.  Used that as a down payment, and traded in my commuter (which needed replacement), for a new 2017 Ford F250 Crew Cab 4x4 XLT with the 6.7 diesel and 6 speed auto. 

I need to get ~1000 miles on it before I can tow heavy with hit, but so happy to have a truck that is legally capable to tow my heavy little trailer, has the built in exhaust brake, as well as get a real back seat for my kids.  This backseat has nearly as much legroom as a Megacab.

Color is called Bronze Fire - it looks like a rootbeer colored metallic in sun, and darker maroon in shade. 

My middle son (in the pic attached) "helped pick out" this truck, so he's a happy camper too.

Truck is quiet, drives great, lots of power, and we'll see what kind of fuel economy it delivers. 




2017 Diesels - could use some help

25 May 2017 - 10:49 AM

I hate that manufacturers quit making paper brochures - I can't find something simple on their dumb websites that should be simple and easy.


I am trying to find the max trailer towing capacity for conventional/bumper pull trailers.  Most of the ratings (if I'm understanding the information on the websites) appear to be based on 5th wheel (but I'm not sure).  Calling my local dealerships has proved to be a waste of time - the sales people don't seem to know either.  Perhaps some of you have already researched this and know the answer?  Or have a good point of contact at a dealership that is well versed on their products.


I'm looking at the following:

2017 Chev/GMC Dmax 4x4 3500HD crew cab single rear wheel short box WT or LT model

2017 F350 Crew Cab 4x4 single rear wheel short box XL or XLT

2017 Ram 2500 4x4 Crew Cab single rear wheel short box Tradesman or SLT (considering due to the rear coil suspension and ride quality for daily driver use)

2017 Ram 3500 4x4 Crew Cab single rear wheel short box Tradesman or SLT


I think the Chevy is 13k lbs;  and the Ram appears to be ~17k lbs.  That seems like a huge difference to me, so I'm wondering if the Ram (based on the fine print) only shows 5th wheel capacities vs conventional/bumper pull?


Thanks in advance for any wisdom shared.  I used to think of myself fairly technically inclined, but these new truck websites must be built to be intentionally vague...  Back in the early 2000's they used to just publish a simple table that showed the truck configuration/engine/trans/ratio combo and its capabilities for conventional vs 5th wheel - easy and clear!  Why not now...  LOL