20 Inch Wheels and Tires for Heavy Pickups

Are 20 inch wheels and tires better for handling heavy loads? Is the firmer ride on rough surfaces (both paved and not) worth the additional lateral stability? How about for all-around, dual-sport, and overland uses? I’ve never run 20 inch wheels before, preferring the proven off-highway formula of less wheel and more tire sidewall. About a week ago I bought … Read More

Dodge Ram 2500 PSI

Oscar sent me a message asking the following TPMS question. Question: “I have a question involving the TPMS setting on my truck… I need to change the threshold on it; I have taken it to a dealer but they don’t want to do it.” Answer: Oscar, My understanding is that dealers will not, or cannot, adjust TPMS thresholds on a … Read More

Dodge Ram rear coil spring overview

The factory rear coils on a Fourth Generation Dodge Ram Cummins 2500 are super easy to chnage. I removed them and added TUFTRUCK TTC-1225 heavy-duty replacement rear coil springs. Part one James Langan Copyright James Langan/RoadTraveler All Rights Reserved Resource: TUFTRUCK

Lower Gears vs More Power

Question and backgrounder Our 2001 Ford 7.3L Power Stroke Diesel engine has been modified, mostly for better efficiency, with new injectors, fuel and oil pump upgrades, intake and exhaust mods, and a tuner. Exhaust gas temperature (EGT) is not currently a problem. The truck has a 6-speed manual transmission, with an aftermarket South Bend Clutch. We have a Four Wheel … Read More

Truck camper suspension upgrade planning

Flatbed camper truck suspension tinkering and changes are not risk free, and I like to say that often “modifications lead to modifications.” Followup mods might be desirable upgrades, or unwelcome consequences. Application specifics matter. Assuming that standard tweaks which work well on the typical unloaded/lightly-loaded truck are also good for a much heavier outfit, are often naïve. Copyright James Langan/RoadTraveler … Read More

Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) filling made easier

Filling the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tanks on my 2014 and 2017 Fourth Generation Ram/Cummins 2500 trucks is sometimes problematic, the DEF filler necks don’t swallow the reductant as well as fuel tanks gulp diesel. It’s worse on the ’17, which has an aluminum flatbed mounted with much less filler neck fall, however filling the DEF tank on the unmodified … Read More