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RE: Shocks... KYB Monomax versus Rancho 9000, equivalent?

Continuing to evaluate the new KYB Monomax shocks after having driven Rancho stock versions for 200K. The old shocks were definitely worn out and the difference is very noticeable. Side sway is much less and very controlled. Front to rear rebound is damped much better with virtually no cycling, so great improvement there. Going over railroad crossings, mismatched pavement transitions at intersections and parking lot curbing are much more controlled. While traveling through storms I had less problems with impact from high winds — the same was true for passing semi’s. While not a cure-all for suspension problems they added a measure of control that was missing. With my camper wet weight around 3200 lbs and the Torklift suspension aids my truck behaves well. I am contemplating a Hellwig sway bar to replace stock as a final piece of the puzzle, but am not sure I really need it. So how would these shocks compare to new Bilsteins or Ranchos? I don’t know without a direct comparison, but I am pleased with how they perform.
Ranger Tim 08/26/22 07:32am Truck Campers
RE: Shocks... KYB Monomax versus Rancho 9000, equivalent?

I replaced the factory Ranchos with the KYB Monomaxes right before my current cross-country trip. So far I am happy with the improvement. They are quite compatible with my upper and lower Stableloads. The ride of the truck unloaded is not what most people would tolerate, but I drive heavy equipment a lot and don’t mind the stiffness. Loaded performance on the interstates in the eastern states (terrible roads) is better than the original, but they were dead after 200K miles, so I don’t have a good comparison to other new shocks. I would do it again with the KYB’s if necessary. I doubt I would take the time to dial in Adjustable shocks each time I unloaded/loaded anyway.
Ranger Tim 08/19/22 07:30am Truck Campers
RE: Need some help with Fox Landing

The Fox Landing is useful to those with a desire for a minimal parking lot profile and should be easy to remove and sell. Lots of Northwood campers were sold without it so there is a good market for them.
Ranger Tim 08/19/22 07:15am Truck Campers
RE: Road tripping for used TCs

Most RVs need timely and regular maintenance. Most RVers don’t pay attention to it. Winterization and freeze protection, roof inspections and pre-emptive caulking, careful cleaning and proper storage, all these things are usually neglected. I can usually tell the condition of an RV sight unseen after five minutes of conversation with an owner. Newbies may not fare well even after “reading up.” Most RVs are examples of varying degrees of poor design and construction. Even though I like mine very much I think it is in many respects marginally built — it could have been so much better for so little additional care/cost. That’s what really separates the premium brands from the rest of the crowd. When and if I sell I will buy my last one and someone will buy my current one — used but in top condition.
Ranger Tim 05/08/22 09:10pm Truck Campers
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