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Axle weights and traction


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I bought a rescue truck that I am converting to an RV.

Firetruck chassis with ambulance rear.  Being a firetruck chassis, the engine extends over the front axle a bit.

Traction on icy conditions is very poor.  Tires are in good condition.

Steer axle weight is 11,500.  Drive axle weight is 7060.

Gvwr is 26000 lbs.

Will adding some weight to the rear make much of a difference?  

I'm new to RVing and new to medium duty trucks.

All advice is welcome.




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Congrats, please post your progress. Many have thought about it, but only a few have actually done. 

Traction on Ice is never good. My plan is to stay put unless something really important changes said plan. 

Be sure to check the dates on the tires. They may look really good, but maybe as old as the rig depending on how many miles are on it. 

My initial thoughts this morning. 



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As you convert it to an RV, you'll be adding a significant amount of weight. That will help improve both the ride and traction. Putting some of your heavier items as far back as possible will help transfer some of that weight toward the rear and help balance out your axle weights. Jay

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