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Putting a Camper on a 2004 Doublecab

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Trotline, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. Aug 16, 2010 at 5:20 PM
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    Trotline

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    Hello everybody this is my first post,
    I have a 2004 Doublecab Tacoma, and I just recently bought a Northstar Pop up cabover camper that weighs about 1200 pounds.

    When I put on the camper, it almost bottoms out the stock suspension, the leaf springs bend the opposite way.

    I have looked at several options such as leaf springs kits, air shocks, add a leafs, and blocks or shackles. I plan to do some mild off roading with the camper, Dirt Roads nothing major.

    I don't plan to use the camper all the time, maybe ONCE A MONTH, and I dont want to have a stiff ride when the campers not on it. Got a baby in carseat.

    Im thinking Air shocks with add a leafs would be cheapest and easiest.

    Thanks for any help or ideas !!!
     
  2. Aug 16, 2010 at 5:52 PM
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    YotaDan

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    For street driving, Air Bags would work good. But if you are going off-road you don't want to risk tearing a bag. So you may want to look at a set of Timbrens. Also new shocks with stiffer valving will help control the additional weight.
     
  3. Aug 18, 2010 at 6:19 PM
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    Trotline

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    thanks Ill check out timbrens. Has anyone used those air bags that mount to the leaf springs???
     
  4. Dec 16, 2010 at 1:42 PM
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    MisterKofa

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    1200 pounds is getting pretty heavy on a Tacoma. All Terrain Campers makes a similar pop up camper that weighs a few hundred pounds less and is stronger for off road use. I bought one and love it! I got mine from this nice guy, Jay: http://www.jayaronowcampersales.com/
     
  5. Dec 17, 2010 at 9:43 PM
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    Trotline

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    I eded up putting the Firestone Ride Rites, bilstein hd shocks, and a kurt reciever hitch, love it.
     
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