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TxGearhead

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Posted: 07/04/18 02:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For me it was a tossup between Northern Lite and Bigfoot. I had 1 of each in my "sights". The NL was in Washington and the Bigfoot was in Maryland. I went for the Bigfoot. One issue with Bigfoot...the bed is a queen short. So if you're a tall boy your feet might hang over. No problem for me.
I'm thinking I gained a couple hundred pounds on my front axle with the Bigfoot fresh water tank full.
So you prefer to modify a SRW rather than just go to a dually? Any particular reason?


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Posted: 07/05/18 08:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

......Good morning all....Have looked at both NL & BF, But will look at Northern Lite again! We’re not tall, so short queen is OK... So if I get the SRW GMC 3500 Crew Cab Long Box & beef up tires / rims, suspension, sway; looks like I should be able to carry a NON-Slide BF or NL....

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Some of you folks crack me up. Some people just don’t want or cant fit a dually into their garage, commute or lifestyle.
Isa dually better? Sure. Would a FL60 and a 38’ 5ver be better? Of course.....more room, you get that big truck feel, etc.

BUT that doesn’t mean a srw is the wrong choice. Sometimes life is a bit of a compromise.


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Posted: 07/05/18 09:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Grit dog wrote:

BUT that doesn’t mean a srw is the wrong choice. Sometimes life is a bit of a compromise.

Thanks for inserting some sanity. Same idea for long/short bed.
Depends on the intended use -- not pre-conceived, non fact based opinions.


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Posted: 07/05/18 01:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

...So looked again at NL, and might consider their 9-6 Classic SE LB & 10-2EXCD LB...Might be worthwhile to visit both factories this fall.....Still thinking SRW.....

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Well the numbers are the numbers. You can put mud flaps, different tires, or anything else on a SRW truck, but you can't change the numbers. I've done it. I had a cabover on a light duty 1982 F250. Had to add overload springs, but I went all over the west with it. Did it drive OK? Yeah mostly. Was I overloaded? Yeah legally. Would I do that again? No.

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If you go the SRW route do yourself a favor and start out with 19.5 wheels and tires(245/70R19.5) At least then you know that you are not going to suffer a blow out from the load.


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Posted: 07/05/18 10:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Buzzcut.....Already planned...Thanks....

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I have a 2017 GMC 3500 4 wd reg cab srw with 6.0, 5th wheel package.

It weighs 7000# with myself and a full tank of gas, 3000# on the rear axle. The tires are 18" which gives me around 4000# to put on the rear axle. There are tires that can raise that value also.

Brand new we pulled a gooseneck trailer with van on top which weighed around 10k#, pulled 70 mph easily, got 7 mpg and that is break in mpg avg unloaded/loaded.

I have gotten a high of 15.1 mpg mostly highway and around 13 mixed so far unloaded, 3000 miles so far. Key to this is getting your alignment checked and spec no more then .060 in total, My machine wouldn't do the large tires so I stringed it for straight ahead with maybe a little toe in, you can tell the difference driving while new when everything is still tight. A truck this heavy with big tires is going to be sensitive to alignment and how it effects mpg, coming off the assy line they set them pretty coarse. The 7 mpg was factory alignment and it looked like it was a good 3/16".

Getting the engine broke in quick is a key also, after the trailer pull I drained the oil and watched the glitter come out with the oil.

I have the Bigfoot 10.4 I am getting ready to load, so I'll see how this works out. I also put a Hellwig sway bar on the back and the truck has the snow plow prep package.

I really like the tight turning radius of the reg cab long bed chevrolet.

Another thing, if you have the 5th wheel prep package or aftermarket, you can make a plug to insert into the 5th wheel hole that extends above the bed enough to keep the plywood sheet from moving. I made a plug out of hedge on a lathe then center your plywood sheet and put a hole through it.

And you know what, if things get a little out of hand hauling the camper, I'll just go a little slower. I know, hard to believe.

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Posted: 07/09/18 05:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Marcela.... please keep me posted on the 10.4 & handling....

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