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RE: KELDERMAN or LIQUID SPRINGS QUESTION

Sadly, I can't comment on LS, as I only have owned Kelderman. LS might be a bit stiffer, which could be better loaded, but worse unloaded, I don't know. I will say that these major suspension upgrades are so nice. My kelderman is an auto-level, so I never have to worry about my headlights being aimed too high into oncoming traffic like it was with the regular suspension. I think LS has a similar feature. Highly recommended. I'm not as wild about the Rancho shocks that came with the full kelderman package, so I'd suggest bilstein or something else. Find a good place to install, as I assume that makes or breaks it (I live about 2 hours from Kelderman's HQ in Iowa, so they did my install directly).
brain 12/02/21 02:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Host, Eagle Cap, Lance Suspension Requirements

Can't argue the Kelderman plug, but it's pricey, I know :-) When we first pushed the OK117DBL onto the F350, we had good luck with Timbrens and some bump stop extenders. Those are cheapest and I'd try them first. And a rear sway bar, as noted. Jim
brain 10/14/21 09:51am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Models with 3 Beds?

Whoa! Lol You camp somewhere you don’t trust your kids safety being in a tent (not really a tent, more of a popup camper) or just a helicopter dad? I can think of pros and cons to the tip outs but ….not life safety. I doubt my kids, who operate power tools, ride 4 wheelers, or regularly climb on top of the roof of our house would call me a helicopter dad, but yep, we often did camp places where I would no more put my kids in a tent or popup than hand them to strangers on the side of the road. Wal-Marts come to mind. We stopped all the time in the backlots and parked overnight. Some were in great shape, but not all. A determined attackers could have no doubt gotten in the hardside, but I'd have at least had a bit more warning to respond. I don't think they were too keen on being in a tent either, and my wife made it clear she did not feel safe with the tent option. And, that, folks, trumps all the other reasons. The model was a OK117TNT, as I recall, and differs from the OK117DBL only in the back is a fold down tent, and not a slide. We had the opportunity to take delivery of one off the lot in 2006 in Tennessee, which would have been SO convenient and we were so excited to get going on our journey in TC-land. But, there was no discussion about it. We ordered the hard slide 117DBL and drove all the way home to IA and back to TN months later to pick it up.
brain 09/15/21 07:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Models with 3 Beds?

Find one with a REAR TENT. It will be hard to find one but lance 1191's had it and some Host campers had it as an option. My 2 kids split sleeping on the floor and dine out, I wish could have found one with a good rear tent when I was looking but the tent material on the ones I found needed to be redone and I didn't have the patience at the time to source new material. Hmm, we looked at the rear tent option, but I felt it suffered from too many issues: Additional set up over the slideCan't leave the beds set up as much as the hard side optionTents more easily vandalized or compromised. Not putting my precious children there Jim
brain 09/13/21 10:11am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Models with 3 Beds?

The OK117DBL has 4 (queen, dinette, couch/bed, and bunk above couch) I assume the Eagle Cap 1160/1165 could do the same if Adventurer can do the bunk option still (they bought the business from Okanagan). We got the 117DBL for the exact reason you note (2 kids, needed sep sleeping quarters). The bunk was a HUGE fave for the kids, and it was cute to boot. It stows out of the way when not in use, but we've never stowed it, TBH. Stowed Unstowed Gratuitous (and old, as they are both grown up now) in use shot The couch pulls out to a bed, but I don't have pics of it in that config it seems (when kids got old enough to use it that way, they were camera averse... :-) We've been super happy with the setup, and we'll keep it for grandkids, should we be blessed with them. Jim
brain 09/13/21 08:02am Truck Campers
RE: Where to mount a TV?

Two options: 1) Laptop. When the SO and I want to watch in bed, my 15" laptop is plenty big if placed between us in the bed. 2) small projector. Yep, we just project on a wall or a sheet, and pipe the sound into the TC audio. The kids loved it. I put a few hooks into the ceiling and stretched a bungie cord between them. The projector is 2.2lbs, 2"x8"x6", so just strapped it in and loaded the DVD/netflix/etc on the lappie. The projector comes in handy for external film nights, and folks can listen via headphones if desired. Awesome on dark nights in BLM spaces without any lights or neighbors. The projector is 1500 lumen, so nicely bright. Jim
brain 07/11/21 04:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Timbrens,airbags!

On our 2006 F350 DRW LB, we've used quite a few suspension modifications. Here are my thoughts, FWIW: With the camper (OK 117DBL), we had Firestone bags installed with camper install IN Sieverville, TN. A bit of roll, but manageable. Truck did sit a bit low in back with camper on. A few short trips things were fine, but after a long trip to AZ, the bags failed (caught the mounting bolts and ruptured due to poor install...). When I got it home, the RV repair shop recommended a spring shop to look at the issue, and the owner suggested I skip replacement bags and look at "Extreme Service" Timbrens (that was the name then, I assume it's different now). Much less roll, more stability, and we used these until 2016 or so. Along the same time, I added bigger "bump stops" for the overloads. I think I followed some advice on here and used Energy Suspension blocks, though I know some used hockey pucks or other items. That helped as well. IN 2008, I added Hellwig overloads (I think, they are a spring with a hump in the middle to mount over the existing spring pack". I removed the Energy Suspension mods and that helped, mainly because the existing spring pack was losing some of it's capability. We quit using the camper as much in 2011, so the existing solution worked fine until 2016. At that point, the suspension was needing some more drastic attention, and so I swapped out all four points for a Kelderman Air Ride. I've always wanted an air ride with auto levelers, and I like it for our use, but it's a very expensive option and it's not for the non committed. You literally take all the suspension off your truck and replace, so it's not easily removed. I know many that have a fondness for bags, but even the air ride system has a bit more sway than I would prefer, but the Firestone air bags were even more so, in my opinion. I did not try the overload helpers like Torklift and others offer, so I can't comment on them, but I think the Timbrens are a awesome investment, because they are easy to add and remove, and they only engage under load. That helped keep the lights where they needed to be at all times. The Kelderman would probably be on the bottom of my recommendation list, mainly because it's expensive, has more roll than Timbrens or springs, and is probably more prone to issues due to the mechanicals and the air system. That said, it's an impressively cool system, and the auto-leveling system with the rear dump (lower the bed) option provides tons of truck cred :-). Boys and their toys, you know... Jim
brain 02/07/21 10:32pm Truck Campers
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