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Posted: 02/13/20 12:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

much love for Torklift StableLoads? / Upper, lower or BOTH?

Hi all

We have a 2020 F350 8 foot bed gasser, with the camper package (so an extra rear leaf spring)

We get our new Hallmark 9.5’ pop up camper soon-ish. Loaded (wet) weight should be maybe about 2,800 lbs (approx) so no safety issue with our load,

…however Hallmark thinks we MIGHT need or benefit from Torklift StableLoads. I believe they would install them for us, (i think for no extra charge) during the camper install.

The camper will be on the truck 100% of the time. The truck will basically never be empty.

From my research it looks as if Torklift StableLoads would improve the ride of our rig, and have lots of benefits, both comfort and maybe even emergency maneuver stability… for not a huge cost.

Should we just err on the side of caution (and comfort) and go for the StabeLoads from the start?

As Hallmark will install them for us, at no added charge I think, there is a *solid incentive* to just go for it.

and if you were in our situation - would you go for Upper, lower or BOTH?

The StableLoad website leads me to believe that the “LOWER OVERLOAD” solves 90% of all issues, so maybe just those might be a good place to start?

any general thoughts or experiences to share?

Thanks! :-)

https://www.torklift.com/rv/stableload

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Posted: 02/13/20 01:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you only need a bit of help would go with upper as they nicely preload the suspension.

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I have a 2016 F250 ,6.2 gas with the camper, plow, and tow packages, Super Cab with a 6’7”box . I carry a Northstar Freedom (approximately the same weight) and I have the overload springs and lower Stabiloads. Additionally, I have Timbrens in place of my stock axel stops. This combination allows me to load the camper and not have to realign my headlights. It also has ended any sway and rocking issues. We have about 35000 miles loaded with this combination and have enjoyed most of them. There were a few off-road miles that we survived, but I wished I had been elsewhere, (although I did perfect my close eyed driving technique).

If you are going to permanently mount your camper and use it off road, you might want to consider removing your jacks.

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On my 250 the lower worked good, on my 350 the upper worked good, depends on the setup. For you I would wait and see how it rides first, the uppers are easy to install after the fact if needed.


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I'd go for both. Easy enough to remove if you don't like em. The lowers are hard to install if your springs need drilling. I have uppers on mine.


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Bear in mind that you have truck with aluminium bed, so much lighter in the rear than pre 2017 Superduties.
I needed nothing for my 5500- 6000 lb camper sitting on F350 dually, but add double hockey pucks on upper overloads - just in case.
Now closing on 30k miles they start showing some wear, meaning they do work.
But then my camper still leans forward, so I have to put planks under front for level parking.
Maybe removing the pucks would solve the issue?





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The upper address sag better and the lower address sway better. It is hard to say if you will have either problem, so do you really want to buy something you may not need? The lowers are easy to install if your lower spring is predrilled. If they are not and someone is offering you free labor to install them, that may be a worthwhile purchase. The upper ones are easy to install but you may have to move back a plastic fender liner in some trucks to access the overload perches.

I had to use both on my 2005 F250 to level out a 4000 lb camper. The F250 of that era sat 2" lower in the rear than the F350 but had the same suspension when optioned with the camper package.


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Wait until you get the camper on it, loaded full, then decide if you want or need anything and what would work best.
And the back of your truck is not considerably lighter than the previous style, not that you’re comparing anyway.


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I agree with Bedlam--I would load it up and see what you have....I did that on the TC in my sig in 2016 and it was instantly obvious I needed something.....
My progression was:

1. Timbren's...did nothing, took them off.....
2. Upper and lower stableloads.....
3. Air bags (7500 lb bags).....

After the above, which I did over 5-6 trips and about 3K miles, I got it dialed in just fine.....That was 3 yrs ago, 30k miles, and all is still fine......Every rig is different depending on loading, total weight, etc....

One note: I did the homemade stableloads route.....A lot on the internet about it as well as the Lance Owners site........After 3 yrs/30K miles, they are still in place, doing the job and holding up well......Just a thought to save some money if necessary.....


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on my 18 ram dually with ArctixFox 990 I had the lowers.
When your empty you can turn them with a wrench and they disengage.
What more could you want?
oh, and the ones I had were stainless also.


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