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ADA6969

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Posted: 08/21/20 11:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi, Any body have a 3500 std cab RAM DRW with an newer 1150 Arctic fox?

How does it handle?

My 02 990 Dry bath is great on it. Just ordered 2021 1150 dry bath.

Thank you, Andy


2012 RAM 3500DRW MAX TOW 4WD AUTO STD CAB ST DIESEL STABLE LOADS AIR BAGS AND RS9000XLS, ROADMASTER 1 3/8" REAR SWAY BAR 2021 AF 1150 DRY BATH TOWING 2017 JEEP RUBICON JKU BUILT. OR 2020 JEEP RUBICON JL BUILT

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They are heavy and the dry bath is a bit tight, but you will like it. The slide makes it very roomy.. Check my profile.[emoticon] Consider ditching the graphics...it will make your ride a whole lot easier to maintain the exterior in the future. Trust me here.. decals come off and then there is sun fading. Then don't forget your a rolling billboard.

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Posted: 08/21/20 11:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our 97 handled the 1140 without issue....although I was over GVW.

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Good info, I am over GVW with the 990 now. Whole other topic right??

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Posted: 08/30/20 06:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Andy,

I started with a 2007 990 wet bath on my 2007 Dodge 3500 dually with 4.10 rear, stock tires, BD exhaust brake and Firestone air bags. Never needed the airbags. The exhaust brake was the best addition I ever did for my truck. When the original shocks wore out I upgraded to Rancho 9000s

My 2017 AF 1150 wet bath required the addition of lower stableloads to address proposing and some of the sway. Adding the upper stableloads smoothed out the remaining handling issues. Shortly before purchasing the 2017 I did replace the rear leaf spring bushings. There's no problem hauling over interstate Rocky Mountain passes. However, the exhaust brake has recently stopped working and I do have to really take my time down twisty turns steep grades. Normal grades are not an issue to stop suddenly, even at 65-70 mph. The west side of Chinook Pass going down SR-410 in Washington was a bit concerning. The 10% grade down Slumgullion Pass without a decent place to pull over set my brakes to smoking and burned my brake fluid. I won't take that type Pass again until my exhaust brake issue is resolved.

Also, the center of gravity on the 1150 is much further towards the rear. I do notice a little handling diff when the black tank is full. Steering is not diminished but there is a diff feeling when all that weight gets behind the rear axle. This is also something you might want to consider if you plan to tow heavy. I did move my spare to the front bumper and haven't noticed the steering sensation this trip.

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2007 Dodge 3500, DRW, 4X4, 5.9 CTD, SunCoast 48RE, 4.10 rear, Firestone airbags, Rancho shocks, upper/lower Stableloads, Fastguns.


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I have an AF1150 which started out on a Ram 3500. Even with stablil loads and adjustable shocks, it was a bit twitchy. Finally I bought a Sterling (dodge)4500 and without any mods it handles like a dream. Conclusion: You can make the 3500 work, with mods, but you'll be right at, or beyond the truck's comfort range in my opinion.

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Posted: 09/03/20 08:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With that much weight, you will probably need to fine tune the rear suspension. I eneded up removing the secondary overloads, they made the ride unbearably ruff. Then I added air bags, and a couple more of the longer leafs in the spring pack. That worked out perfect with the 1150.


2018 Eagle Cap 1163 triple slide on a 93 Dodge D350 Cummins, DTT 89 torque converter, big turbo, 3 extra main leafs, Rancho 9000s rear, Monroe gas magnums front, upper overloads removed, home made stableloads, bags.


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Not exactly related, but I'd love to know what yours weighs when you get it and get a chance to have it weighed. We just got an 811 for my 2018 Ram SRW 3500 and I'm right at 9k on the rear axle just with that. The suspension (Airbags and lower stableloads) handles it fine, but I'm moving up to 19.5s to handle the weight from a tire perspective. I know these things are heavy, but the truck scaled at about 3500 on the rear axle unloaded, so not sure quite how I'm where I'm at and would love to see your weigh slip too. Maybe the 2021's have lead in the floors, idk lol.

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Thanks for the responses. I find it odd that there is 1/2 say it will be fine and the other 1/2 Say no. I have an 2002 990 M Dry bath now i tow a 7500 lb trailer if i dont set the cruise at 65 i will be doing 80 it handles so great. Hard to believe that a new 1150 dry bath is that much heaver then and old wood frame 990 M maybe 1k more???
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Looking at the modifications you've already made to your truck I don't think you'll have any issues.
Everyone has their own comfort level of how the truck handles with a load. With your experience in hauling a heavy camper you probably won't notice much difference.
How long of a wait is it for new camper these days ?


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