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Old 10-16-2003, 06:50 AM   #11
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Paul:

I'm interested in the weight you say you have on the front axle. Most front axle ratings are around 12,000 pounds - tires rated at about 6,100 each. Looks like you are front-heavy?

Dual rear axle -- appears you have a lot of capacity there. Usually 20,000 pound rating per axle.

Just wondering.

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Old 10-16-2003, 12:00 PM   #12
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Don, Yes I have a fair amount of weight on the front axle, about 11,500 pounds with 200 gallons of fuel. I'm told (any other opinions would be welcome) that it's ok to load the front suspension to close to rated capacity to improve ride quality.

Naturally, the weight distribution (front/rear) is based somewhat on the chassis wheelbase. Mine is 295 inches.

My NRC has the Freightliner Airliner front and rear suspension with 12K front and 32K rear rating. Each of the rear tandem axles is rated at 20K, however when in tandem they rate the total at 32K.

Based on the Michelin web site, I keep the front tires at about 95 psi and the rears at 80 psi. When I reduced the tire pressure to correspond to my actual weights, the ride improved.

I'd be interested in knowing how much weight other conversions have on the front axle.

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Old 10-16-2003, 12:00 PM   #13
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Don, Yes I have a fair amount of weight on the front axle, about 11,500 pounds with 200 gallons of fuel. I'm told (any other opinions would be welcome) that it's ok to load the front suspension to close to rated capacity to improve ride quality.

Naturally, the weight distribution (front/rear) is based somewhat on the chassis wheelbase. Mine is 295 inches.

My NRC has the Freightliner Airliner front and rear suspension with 12K front and 32K rear rating. Each of the rear tandem axles is rated at 20K, however when in tandem they rate the total at 32K.

Based on the Michelin web site, I keep the front tires at about 95 psi and the rears at 80 psi. When I reduced the tire pressure to correspond to my actual weights, the ride improved.

I'd be interested in knowing how much weight other conversions have on the front axle.

Paul
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Old 10-16-2003, 04:21 PM   #14
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paul, mase; as i said earlier my kingsley runs 11,680 on the front i'm real careful with my psi on the front. i've had mine [kwt2000] aligned at a first class shop and it drives great. my only concern was the tire limits. several shops have said i'm ok. i do think that by the nature of some conversions, the conversion sub frame part of the coaches is HEAVY [i know that my kingsley is].
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