Originally Posted by Bedlam
1.) Every October, Rancho has a 4 for 3 deal on shocks.
2.) I used them on my F250 when I switched to 19.5" wheels.
3.) I never changed the front setting whether loaded or not because the front axle weight really did not change.
4.) My OEM shocks went for almost 100k miles.
Thanks Bedlam! As usual your reply is informative and helpful.
While your current 5500 rig is nice, I was always impressed with what you were able to do with that F250.
Agreed. In most cases the front axle weight actually gets a little lighter with the camper on the truck.
My 3500 has 23k miles on it so I'd assume the OEM shocks are fine, just not adequate for the task at hand.
Closing thoughts. . .
Since my rig and the OP's are identical and we seem to have a common problem I figured it wouldnt be too bad if I jumped in on his thread here.
The only handling issue I have had with my rig is the weird side to side rocking that develops when traversing any slightly wobbly terrain. It only shows up at a speed of about 2 or 3 MPH but if you are in a line of campers traversing a trail (even a mild trail
) it gets embarrassing since the side to side oscillations get worse and worse until I have to come to a complete stop to let the truck settle down, And obviously, on a single-track trail I'm holding-up the entire line of campers behind me every time I stop.
It did it before
I installed airbags and a Roadmaster HD antisway bar, and it does it after
I installed the bags & bar.
I typically run 30 PSI in the bags and they are not tied together. Note that even with zero PSI in the bags my truck doesnt squat so the bags (IMHO) aren't even necessary.
Posted above is a side view of the fully loaded camper with 30 PSI in the bags.
Notice no squat. It actually looks quite trim. Rides great except for the 2 to 3 MPH off-road rocking issue.
* GVWR is 11,700 Lb.
* Scale weight fully loaded is 12,200 Lb.
Typically I'm 500 Lb over my GVWR on winter trips, and about 200 over during Summer.
Posted below is my typical Summer weight, keeping in mind that my front axle is rated at 6000 Lb and the real at 7000...
Sorry for hogging the thread but IMHO having some technical details to work with is a lot better than just a generic question.
Thanks for your comments or advice on all this, and perhaps the info will help the OP too.