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Posted: 09/19/19 02:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our 3500 pickup and our new 4500 truck are both jittery/rough when empty. The hitch weight on our 5th wheel is 3000lbs. Both trucks get real smooth when connected to the 5th wheel. The 3500 rides like a Cadillac. The 4500 still gets a jitter in the front axle, I understand others have added bilstein shocks and it helps smooth out the front jitters.

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My family has had Ford's for years. We've had good luck with them but I've always thought they were a bit worse on washboard type of roads than the others when empty. The old twin I-beam were a real handful on washboards, at least now it's mostly just the back end moving around. I've driven gravel roads most of my life so I'm mostly used to it now.


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Hey, LosAngeles, our LA roads bounce us around truck or car.


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I drove my F 350 w/ 19.5's today after removing my TC for the first time in 3 mos., boy, did I get a wake-up call !!!! It was all good again by this evening, it's something we live with. I put as many miles on my mtcy. nowadays as my truck. lol

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Try an F250 for your 2500 lb camper. You don't need a F350. There is a noticeable ride difference between the 2. If you had a 3500 lb camper then yea F350.

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LosAngeles wrote:

Hi all

When test driving a 2019 F350 crew cab 8 ft. box - - it is empty, of course.

I find the ride a *little* jittery and bumpy when doing an ordinary road test, driving on ordinary paved roads.

I am curious - once we have a 2,500 lb (wet) pop up truck camper in it, along with camping stuff, etc…. will the ride be *slightly* less jittery and bumpy?

Yes I know it is a work truck…. i have reasonable expectations. I’m just curious as to if the ride improves a bit with some weight in it. (or not)

Thanks! :-)

Where is this 2500# camper you speak of???


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dhull wrote:

Try an F250 for your 2500 lb camper. You don't need a F350. There is a noticeable ride difference between the 2. If you had a 3500 lb camper then yea F350.


Only difference is the overloads, which will not come in contact unladen.

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billtex wrote:


Where is this 2500# camper you speak of???


Not sure How this relates to the thread....

But

We get the camper in the spring.

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LosAngeles wrote:

billtex wrote:


Where is this 2500# camper you speak of???


Not sure How this relates to the thread....

But

We get the camper in the spring.


I believe 'billtex' was questioning the weight of the camper not its current location.


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You guys question too much _____ that is not pertinent nor your business.
He!!, the OP is looking at 1 tons and planning on a small camper (from what we know) and someone is already trying to pick a theoretical gvw fight with him.....
Pure entertainment here.


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