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cheftim

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Posted: 09/21/20 05:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks all.

TriBeard, heading to a Cat scale on Friday. I'll report.

billtex, -->Not sure The advantage of adding SS’s to a 1 ton. Why not take full advantage of the OE spring pack?

Can you help me out with what you mean there? Are you suggesting adding leaves to the current pack?


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cheftim wrote:

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billtex, -->Not sure The advantage of adding SS’s to a 1 ton. Why not take full advantage of the OE spring pack?
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Because the springs are marginal for the weight. That can happen even if you are within the load rating. Supersprings are a low cost solution. You can bolt them on yourself and there is some adjustability.

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If you want to change your springs, I suggest going to a spring shop for a custom solution if you have a spring shop in the area. It’s probably going to be about the same cost or even less than SuperSprings.


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cheftim wrote:

Thanks all.

TriBeard, heading to a Cat scale on Friday. I'll report.

billtex, -->Not sure The advantage of adding SS’s to a 1 ton. Why not take full advantage of the OE spring pack?

Can you help me out with what you mean there? Are you suggesting adding leaves to the current pack?


My point; if you have a 3/4 ton you can gain some spring rate by adding leafs, supersprings, etc to get to a spring rate = to a 1 ton.

With a one ton I would suggest utilizing the existing spring pack (bottom overloads, upper overloads) to their fullest before i started adding any springs. You can accomplish this with a number of products; lower/upper stableloads, etc that when setup properly will not effect unladen ride.

The problem with adding springs is you WILL compromise the ride quality when unladen. If you intend to leave the TC loaded all the time, maybe not an issue.

My last (3/4 ton) truck had supersprings, airbags, sway bar. It handled the camper fine (not as good as our newer 1 ton), but it was fine. But man, the ride was nasty. I mean NASTY. But i added all that because I was starting from a 3/4 ton.
Which is also why we now have a 1 ton...with no mods that effect unladen ride.

I guess the summary (IMO) is the approach to Suspension mods to a 3/4ton truck should be different than a 1 ton truck.

Good luck, i know there are a lot of different opinions on this topic. After my last experience I did not want any mods that would effect unladen ride. And i accomplished that 100%.

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Posted: 09/21/20 09:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

billtex wrote:

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My last (3/4 ton) truck had supersprings, airbags, sway bar. It handled the camper fine (not as good as our newer 1 ton), but it was fine. But man, the ride was nasty. I mean NASTY. .....


I had great success with the supersprings and the ride was greatly improved. The airbags were a disaster because they caused excess sway. That was with a 3/4 ton truck. For my 1 ton truck I have only added Timbrens and they seem to work. I would not have any hesitation to add SS if I felt I needed excess capacity.

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Here is our truck camper set up. Been very happy with it.
2013 Ram diesel HO, crew cab long bed dually
lower stable load
Firestone air bags (dual control).
Hellwig Big wig rear sway bar
stock tires

Camper Arctic Fox 1140 wet

Weights
empty
front 5120
rear 3580

loaded
front 5300
rear 9500


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Well,

Hit a Cat scale last Friday.

Front: 4680
Rear: 7820
Total: 12500

Had one of the propane tanks empty on the ride up.
Drained all water and waste water before we left.
Me the wife and the dog.
Fridge full, Q grill in back hold, 3 chairs on back ladder, some tools in the small passenger side compartment, nothing much in the basement. We carry the usual dinnerware, glasses, etc.
Clothes for the weekend.
Nothing in the back seat of truck but the 80 lb mutt.

Might be the camper was an inch shy of hitting the bump stops against the bed front but can't see that having any real impact.

Had the bags set at 35 psi for the ride up and it seems to be the sweet spot for that load. Minimal sway for the load.

I've decided that I'm just not an air bag fan though. Would rather have spring steel under me.

I'm also not comfy with the overload I'm currently carrying and feel obligated to rectify that for our own safety and others.

I'll bump the wheels and tires up so they're at least at 4500 per.

Going to add the SuperSprings. Looking at their ordering page, they show capacities as such:

3500 PSP-7 (included)
1750 Half Kit
1900

Probably being dense here, but that 3500 lb capacity for the set?

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FWIW,

I removed the camper the other day and hit the dump scale again.

Full tank of gas and my fat ass and nothing else: 7350 lbs.

Cat scale had be at 12500 lbs with wife and dog and provisions.

12500 - 7350 = 5150

Minus ~400 lbs for wife, dog, and provisions says the 2017 AF 990 with one tank of propane, 3 empty liquid tanks, and provisions was around 4700 lbs.

Pretty close to the AF stated wet-rate and what Geo*Boy sees with his rig.

* This post was edited 10/01/20 12:23pm by cheftim *

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I haven't seen anybody ask it so here goes, are your airbags independent of each other, or are they sharing the same air fill location and connected to each other? Airbags need to be independent of each other and if connected will worsen sway. Having gotten that out of the way. Firestones worked well for me but to ride level, I had to fill them to 80 PSI so the airbags were doing most of the work. I have a large rear sway bar and Rancho 9K's but I still got frequent bottom outs on back roads. Solution, I removed the stock 3000 # rated OEM springs and installed 6+1 leaf 4400 # rated rear leaf springs. The Truck and camper ride close to level now requiring only about 10 pounds air in the Firestones. The Firestones don't reach the spring unless the camper is on the truck because it sits higher now but that is ok, The Firestones are still attached to the frame mounts and when the TC is loaded and with 10 pounds air, they ride on the springs also lifting about half an inch making the tuck level. The airbags are also a third support point for the frame distributing the TC weight better than just the front and rear shackle mounts alone would do. It took myself and a friend a few hours to do the whole job, both sides. Price was about 150-200 each and 250 shipping from Texas from SD Springs, check the name, SD something, Bedlam's recommendation. They are working great after I think 2 years now and I have no complaints about the ride whether the TC is on or off. Here's the installation video if your interested, others here may have seen this video before. Rear Leaf Springs Installation


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Hoping I am wrong, but Looking at the Picture in your signature, I see an Arctic Fox 990 on a 'Short' bed Single rear wheel drive F350. Correct? If so, you need either a F350 class DRWD(dually) truck with a standard 8' bed or a different camper (arctic fox 8xx series). I am pretty sure the 990 requires an 8' bed (check with factory).


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