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> which suspension is the best for my dodge 2500?, Newbie wants to upgrade a bit

post Mar 7 2018, 12:10 PM
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Favorite Truck Camper(s): northern lite
Type and Brand of Truck(s) Owned: f 250
Type of Tiedowns used: torklift
Truck and Camper Setup: f 250

Hey guys,

I guess the question has been asked already a thousends of times but I can´t find a specific answer
to my truck.
I got a Dogde Ram 2500 from 2003, long box, 4 wheel drive with a payload of 2580 lbs. I know that the number can´t be raised officially. But I know some people suggest different suspension systems or other tires (which are very expansive) that increase the whole stability of your truck camper.

So my question now is: which is the best? smile.gif respectively which one give you a good price value rating for my special truck? I´m probably getting a camper which is wet and fully loaded about 3000 lbs, including driver, passenger, aso..

Thanks for your help guys..

Greets, Max
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post Mar 8 2018, 06:29 AM
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Favorite Truck Camper(s): Lance
Type and Brand of Truck(s) Owned: 2005 Chevrolet 3500 4x4
Type of Tiedowns used: Happijac with Quick Loads
Truck and Camper Setup: 2005 Chevy 3500 4x4 Edge Attitude, 4" exhaust, Airaid Air Intake, Ranchos, Air Bags, Hellwig Big Wig, Cabover struts. Lance 1172 loaded with 200 watt Renogy solar and Zamp controller

Keeping in mind that you will be overweight like many others that haul TC's do yourself a favor and don't waste your $$ on Timberens. I had the same truck and the Timbrens were like sticking blocks of wood between your frame and the suspension. I found the ass end of the truck squatted considerably when I put weight on it and at the time I was hauling a 5'r with it. I would look at air bags to allow you to level off the truck when you load it. I would also put on a Big Wig sway bar. Make sure you have E rated tires too.
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post Mar 8 2018, 01:28 PM
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Favorite Truck Camper(s): Hallmark, Northstar, Outfitter
Type and Brand of Truck(s) Owned: F-350 SRW 6.2 Supercab
Type of Tiedowns used: Happijack front, Torklift rear
Truck and Camper Setup: Hallmark Ute XL No modes to truck Torklift Fast Guns Fast guns had to be cut down to absolute minimum (14 1/2") to use with Happijac front tie down and Hallmark camper.

I did a lot of reading before purchasing Sumo springs

https://www.supersprings.com/products/sumosprings/ to replace the bump stops on my F350. I did find in comparison there were the most complaints about Timbrens being too harsh, although there were comments that purchasing the softer model resolved the issue and factory did the exchange at no cost.

I had air bags on two previous trucks but did not like messing with adjusting the air pressure depending on the load And Torklift has a warning in their brochure that comes with Fast Guns about needing to run low air pressures.

As recall, these all come with a 30-day return period so they can be returned if not satisfied.

If your total payload will be 3,000 including people and fuel, you will be running relatively light for a TC. I am at that weight with my Hallmark pop-up loaded and wet.
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post Mar 11 2018, 11:18 AM
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Favorite Truck Camper(s): Forest River Palomino SS
Type and Brand of Truck(s) Owned: 1997 Ford F350 4x4 LB SRW CC 7.3 diesel
Type of Tiedowns used: HappyJac standard
Truck and Camper Setup: 1997 Ford F350 4 door 4x4 Crew Cab 7.3 Diesel, Lance 915 loaded, 2015 Palomino SS1500 Loaded

3K pounds for a hard side is a fantasy weight and with no slides either. Sounds to me like the OP is using the 'fantasy sticker weight', not the actual weight. Time to add 1000-1500 pounds in.
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