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Posted: 07/30/20 01:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With my truck empty, the Timbrens don’t come into play at all. The suspension in a 1 ton dually is pretty stiff. Like Jim, I really like my Timbrens.

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Due to the inboard placement, Timbrens increased sway on my old truck. I corrected it with Energy Suspension devices installed on the overload bump stops. My new truck got upper Stable Loads and upgraded anti-sway bars only.


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As a newbie truck camper (first truck and first camper) this whole issue of suspension moss has me totally confused, although this thread is definitely helpful. We’ve just completed our first major trip with our rig - 2019 Ram 3500 dually + Northern Lite 10 2 (4500 lbs wet) - with no mods thus far to the suspension. Overall the ride has been quite good except for some front to back rocking when passing over bigger bumps. Feels quite stable side to side. With the camper on the truck the bed goes down but only to the point where the camper is pretty much level since the bed has slope when unloaded. Is this too much sag? Would one of the suggested mods help the front to back rocking? The truck will be driven unloaded at least half the time.

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TCjeff wrote:

As a newbie truck camper (first truck and first camper) this whole issue of suspension moss has me totally confused, although this thread is definitely helpful. We’ve just completed our first major trip with our rig - 2019 Ram 3500 dually + Northern Lite 10 2 (4500 lbs wet) - with no mods thus far to the suspension. Overall the ride has been quite good except for some front to back rocking when passing over bigger bumps. Feels quite stable side to side. With the camper on the truck the bed goes down but only to the point where the camper is pretty much level since the bed has slope when unloaded. Is this too much sag? Would one of the suggested mods help the front to back rocking? The truck will be driven unloaded at least half the time.

If this should be asked in a separate post I apologize!


Jeff-with that truck and camper you probably don’t need any suspension enhancements. If your headlights are not pointing to the sky and you have not dropped more than 2” or so, I wouldn’t worry about it.

Keep in mind; your rear needs to sag a few inches just to get back to level. (This is truck dependent- could be 2” could be 4”...)
I am losing about 4” with my Eagle Cap (heavier than your camper and a SRW truck) so my goal is to gain about 2” to return to “level”.

There will be a certain amount of “sway” when you throw several thousand pounds of high COG cargo in your bed. You will get used to this. It’s not going away.

Any mods you do will compromise your ride either unladen, laden, or both (depending on what your do).
IMO best case is don’t do any mods if you don’t need to.

You have a (very nice) middle weight camper on a DRW truck probably well within payload. I would probably leave it as is.

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Posted: 08/03/20 10:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With the camper loaded, you want your upper overload springs to engage which help with porpoising and sway. If you still have sway after engaging the upper overloads, you most likely need a heavy stabilizer bar.

Because each truck and camper is slightly different and what people bring with them varies, there is no correct answer what to do before you try the camper on the OEM setup. Once you have a couple trips completed, you may find some traits of handling should be addressed and then we can make suggestions that will not drain your wallet with questionable improvement.


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Posted: 08/03/20 08:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Camper is pretty much dead level when loaded in the truck bed. So far I’m very comfortable with the handling. Sway is not an issue. Only a bit of porpoising which I am prepared to live with for now. So no mods for now I guess.

Thanks billtex and Bedlam!

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