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Load Support for Slide-On Campers and RV's
Camping season is approaching, and after this brutal winter we are all just itching to get our Campers and RV’s back on the road to enjoy some sun. Nothing is worse than having your road trip interrupted by car trouble so preparing your vehicle for the spring and summer season is essential. You want to make sure the camper is ready for long trips, and that the truck you are towing in is capable of handling the weight. There are several add-ons you can purchase to use on your truck pulling a Camper or your RV to improve your ride quality and protect the suspension. If you are purchasing a new camper, you will want to keep these tips in mind as well; your truck might need some preparation for its first trip with its new addition. We will go over several precautionary steps you can take to fix your sagging truck and ensure you have the safest and most enjoyable trip this summer.
Air bags are great for any type of truck or camper; they are fully adjustable, easy to use and can offer up to 5000lbs of level load support. These are especially great for slide on campers and RVs that may be side heavy, air bags can be set up to inflate separately. You can get an On Board Control System that allows you to control each air spring individually, then adjust the bags side to side to make sure that the vehicle remains level. If you are pulling a 5th wheel or gooseneck you can tee the lines together, or get a Single Path Control System , allowing you to inflate both bags equally from one port. This makes adjusting the bags easier since your weight will always be centered in the bed.
Helper Springs will also work well for any of these applications. They come in both constant rate, which provide the same amount of support all of the time, and progressive rate, that will automatically adjust to the load on the vehicle. Hellwig Helper Springs offer these in different capacities ranging from 500-3500lbs. Many of our customers find the hellwig 3500 lbs helper springs an ideal choice. You can increase the tension for the helpers to engage sooner, but they do not give the same adjustability that you can get from the Air Bags.
A Timbren Kit will work best if your vehicle is dropping at least 2” under load. If you have not yet purchased your trailer or camper it is best to get it fitted first to make sure the sag is enough for the Timbren to make contact. If you have enough drop, the Timbren is a fantastic choice for additional load support. Kits like the FR350SDE kit by Timbren add up to 8600lbs of support, are available for nearly every vehicle, are easy to install and require zero maintenance effort. When the vehicle is unloaded the Timbren will not make contact and your ride will remain the same. When the vehicle is loaded the Timbren will engage and provide the necessary amount of support to keep the vehicle level and reduce sway.