I am new to the TC Forum but have been along time class A owner. We just recently purchased a 2010 Lance 850. Nice change from a 33 ft Fleetwood. looking to upgrade my Chevy Truck. Its a mint condition 83 with the camper special package. Glove box sticker says its rated for 3231Lbs.
I have search and read may articles about shocks, still want to hear first hand stories of what you use and why. If you dislike a particular shock please let me know why. remember this will be one of many upgrades but I feel its critical being a single wheel truck.
Bilstein's are very good but nonadustable. The Rancho adjustables allow you dial up the shock depending on whether you have a load or not, and/or change the ride characteristics to suit you. I think the consensus is don't bother with the Rancho nonadjustables.
'06 F350 Lariat Supercab SRW, 6.0 PSD 4x4 Long Bed, Intake Elbow, Walker Big Truck Muffler. '06 Host Rainer 950 Double Slide, Fastguns. Firestone Air Bags, Rancho 9000s, Vision 19.5s with Hankook DH-01 245s, Energy Suspension bump stops.
Yeah, if the truck is a C/K10, you'll need more than Ranchos or Bilsteins. Those trucks liked to go frame-on-axle with only a few hundred pounds as I recall. Lance 850 ain't no lightweight by any stretch of the imagination.
If it's a camper special it's probably a C20. I have the Rancho 9000's on my truck and love the adjustable feature,but I have heard great things about the Bilstein's. I think you can't go wrong with either one. They can be pricey so shop around. We have a four wheel parts store that price matches so if we found a deal on the internet, printed it out, and got them from the store for a good price.
I recently did a similar search for information before upgrading shocks on a '88 GMC K2500 that carries a 10' Adventurer. I ended uo going with the KYB Monomax. Can't comment on actual function of the others but can say that I am very happy with this shock as a replacement for the Monroes that the truck came with. Great but a little rough with the camper off. Perfect with the camper on.
I see you are another PA resident. You are therefore much aware of how our PENNDOT loves to use salt and salt products during the winter. From what I have heard about the Ranchos, the adjustment knob can get corroded over time. I never wanted to go thru that hassle, so I went with Bilsteins. Im sure it depends on where you live, and what a person subjects them to. I am happy with Bilsteins and would buy them again.