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post #11 of 14 Old 02-17-2017, 09:07 PM
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We have two Promasters. One has the Nokian Hakkapelita which are good, but the other has BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A and are outstanding.
We have lots of snow up here, and always make it around even in 5 inches of slushy snow.
I am definitely sold.

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1500 2014 Diesel low top 136'' white
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What kind of loading did you have in your van when you experienced the good traction? I would imagine that as you get near GVWR the situation would not be quite as attractive with more than 50% of the vehicle weight on the rear axle.
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Just a modest load of stuff in the van. All my usual camping gear plus the deep cycle batteries and the apartment fridge. 4 to 500 pounds perhaps. Flat terrain around here.

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What kind of loading did you have in your van when you experienced the good traction? I would imagine that as you get near GVWR the situation would not be quite as attractive with more than 50% of the vehicle weight on the rear axle.
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This is how the weight distribution turned out on my conversion:

Bare van
Front 3013 lbs (64%)
Rear 1717 lbs (36%)

After conversion:
Front 3167 lbs (55%)
Rear 2597 lbs (45%)

Full up with 2 people onboard and full tanks
Front 3713 lbs (55%)
Rear 3022 lbs (45%)

This is for a 136 WB, high roof, 1500 camper van conversion.
http://www.buildagreenrv.com/our-con...of-conversion/

So, for a camper van conversion you probably still end up with more weight on the front axle, but if you were hauling heavy cargo and getting up closer to full GW, it would swing to more weight on the back.

I'm purposely not rotating my Vancos to give me an excuse to get rid of them sooner

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post #14 of 14 Old 02-18-2017, 11:55 AM
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Well Im not sold..
I was spoiled by 4wd..my old fleet van was a GMC savannah 4wd...even with tons of miles and at the end of its life.. it was MUCH better in snow with just street tires..


My new fleet PM has Arctic Claw XSI snows on it..( never heard of them..very little on the internet)..
my rating , as well as the other guys in the fleet...not so good..
we have bunches of tools, weight , etc..in the fleet vehicles,,,poor performance..got stuck in a customers driveway...
overall the PM goes well over the road, and in a snow & ice free climate.. I would recommend for fleet service..


so I'll guess that lower weight , and WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION is key

The trouble with doing nothing, is that you can't tell when you are finished..
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