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Unread 03-08-2013, 01:29 PM   #1
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24 ft camper. Suspension questions.

WE have recently put a down payment on a 24 ft. Camper and I am concerned about the suspension in my jeep. I know that the jeep can pull it. It has the v8 and the good transmission. I am wanting some suggestions for the rear suspension. What should I upgrade ? Coils? Rear only ? I am not a man of unlimited means and I work Very hard Monday through Saturday for my money so am not going to go buy some $2000 suspension upgrade. Ease five me some suggestions. Thank you.

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Unread 03-08-2013, 01:35 PM   #2
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Please give ** not ease five. Auto correct.
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Unread 03-08-2013, 01:40 PM   #3
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Give us more info. How heavy is the trailer? Do you have any mods on your Jeep now? You have the V8 and towing package I assume? Why don't you think the stock jeep will handle it?
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Unread 03-08-2013, 01:40 PM   #4
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Some specifics on the weight and tongue weight of the trailer would be helpful.

At that size, I'd at least go with a weight distributing sway control bar hitch setup.

A good cross breeze will have you all over the road.

Great weight distribution explanation here.
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Unread 03-08-2013, 01:43 PM   #5
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I'd look into getting a set of these:

http://www.jcwhitney.com/air-lift-10...FVGf4AodJhwADg

I have a similar setup on my Tacoma, mounts between the leaf spring and the frame. Fully adjustable for you load, and they work wonders for towing/hauling.
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Unread 03-08-2013, 01:57 PM   #6
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addco thicker rear sway bar for sure, turn the O/D off unless descending a hill or your on flat highway
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Unread 03-08-2013, 03:45 PM   #7
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No mods and as to trailer weight I believe it to be 3,000- 3,500 and as to tongue weight I have no idea sorry guys it's not brand new so I dont have a book or anything. Was thinking bout lifting the jeep anyway so figure now would be a good to
E. would four brand new 2 inch lift coils help with towing or is ther other things I should get as well . I have around 900 saved up so your input is greatly appreciated. The camper is getting here later toady so I'll try to figure out weight specifics
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Unread 03-08-2013, 04:27 PM   #8
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No mods and as to trailer weight I believe it to be 3,000- 3,500 and as to tongue weight I have no idea sorry guys it's not brand new so I dont have a book or anything. Was thinking bout lifting the jeep anyway so figure now would be a good to
E. would four brand new 2 inch lift coils help with towing or is ther other things I should get as well . I have around 900 saved up so your input is greatly appreciated. The camper is getting here later toady so I'll try to figure out weight specifics
The tongue weight is of greater concern than anything else assuming it has working trailer brakes and you install a controller. You do realize that the Jeep is a unibody right?
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Unread 03-08-2013, 04:54 PM   #9
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Unread 03-08-2013, 06:29 PM   #10
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No mods and as to trailer weight I believe it to be 3,000- 3,500 and as to tongue weight I have no idea sorry guys it's not brand new so I dont have a book or anything. Was thinking bout lifting the jeep anyway so figure now would be a good to
E. would four brand new 2 inch lift coils help with towing or is ther other things I should get as well . I have around 900 saved up so your input is greatly appreciated. The camper is getting here later toady so I'll try to figure out weight specifics
I doubt 2" lift coils would make much of a difference for towing. I imagine the rear end would still sag the same amount, lifted or not. Some lift coils increase payload capacity (such as Old Man Emu), but most are just taller for increased ride height. I'd definitely look into stiffening up your rear suspension.
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Unread 03-08-2013, 07:56 PM   #11
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BDS are rated at 240. Heaviest I have seen so far. Would help with the sag. Most hitches are not rated for much more than 500lbs tongue weight.
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Unread 03-08-2013, 09:55 PM   #12
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We installed airbags on my dads WJ for towing our camper. If you're competent enough to pull the springs, they are easy to install. I do not have airbags in mine, but with the weight distribution hitch it really doesn't squat at all. Its a 19' trailer IIRC. I would try it stock first and see if you need to upgrade. I would definitely invest in a weight distribution hitch before anything else.
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Unread 03-09-2013, 11:24 AM   #13
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From a fellow WJ owner who has towed many types of campers here is what I would suggest.

First this all assumes you don't wheel the GC very hard or need tons of flex. I would replace the stock coils with a set of Old Man Emu heavy-rate springs front and rear. Will lift the jeep a couple of inches which is good as the trailer will bring it back down. I would install an Addco rear sway bar as previously mentioned. I would then install a set of Bilstein HD shocks all around, and finally get a proportional brake controller. Ensure your brakes, axle fluid and t-case/trans fluids are all clean and topped off. Being 24-feet long, I will imagine the empty weight of the trailer near 3K lbs with a gvw near 5k or slightly higher.

For a trailer that size, a weight distribution hitch will be almost a necessity and with sway control will make the jeep a lot less stressful to tow with. I ran this basic setup and towed my 22-foot camper from AZ to WI without issue.

Hope this helps.
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