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Rear suspension setup with camper?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by banketh, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. Jun 25, 2019 at 10:54 AM
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    banketh

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    Hey all I'm seeking some advice on how to correct the rear sag on my 01 with a camper in the back. The camper weighs about 900lbs when loaded and I leave it in the truck year round as I live in it. I currently have a Boss front suspension and OME 2" rear lift with AAL. I was going to have the front end lowered to level the truck (also relieving stress on the cv angle) when the shop suggested possibly adding air bags to the rear or having a custom leave pack made for the weight.

    Does anyone have a recommendation on which route might be best? Seems like lowering the front end to reduce some stress on those components would be good so i'm leaning towards that option (also the cheapest). But I'm going to be living in this for at least the next year so i'd like the best long term solution.

    Would air bags be a good solution or having a custom pack built be better?

    I'm also disabled atm and need to be conservative with costs as I can't work until I get some surgeries done20190625_112333_HDR.jpg 20190625_112346_HDR.jpg 20190625_112358.jpg 20190625_112415.jpg
     
  2. Jun 25, 2019 at 11:08 AM
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    900 lbs, that’s a lot of weight. Don’t know about your truck, mine is spec’ed for something like 1000-1300 lbs occupants and cargo. Airbags aren’t cheap, compressor and all. Sounds like a tossup costwise between springs and airbags. Are you riding on your bump stops?
     
  3. Jun 25, 2019 at 11:16 AM
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    How often are you taking the camper off the bed? If you leave it in there permanently, the custom pack is your ideal solution. Airbags were designed for variable weight - air up for heavy loads, air down for light. If you occasionally need to pull the camper out, run air bags.

    I'm not sure what the cost to make the pack is, a set of quality air bags will run in the neighborhood of $300. Add a couple hundred more if you want the convenience of a compressor to drive them.
     
  4. Jun 25, 2019 at 11:23 AM
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    SumoSprings are a cheap(er) compromise in meanwhile. You’ll eventually need HD springs and potentially the airbags too.
     
  5. Jun 25, 2019 at 11:23 AM
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    Here's a better pic of the rear leaf, it's not riding on the bump stops but is def taking some abuse.

    From what I recall the load capacity in the bed is 1400lb

    I leave the camper in the bed year round, and do some occasional off roading and mountain driving i.e washboard roads etc. 20190625_121017.jpg
     
  6. Jun 25, 2019 at 12:45 PM
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    I think you're good they're not even touching the overload leaf
    Sure you're get better travel and a more comfortable ride with stiffer springs but nothing super alarming in my opinion

    The main concern I'd have are the brakes with all that added weight

    do you have pics of your cv angle ?
     
  7. Jun 25, 2019 at 12:49 PM
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    airbags
     
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  8. Jun 25, 2019 at 2:04 PM
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    Yeah overall the truck has done excellent with the camper, a slight loss of power and a slight loss of braking power but overall doing pretty good. i wasn't overly concerned about the rear which is why i thought lowering the front would be the easiest and cheapest, as well as maybe give the front end a bit of a break

    here's the cv angle

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