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Old 01-12-2020, 11:44 PM   #11
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Default Re: GVM Upgrade

Originally Posted by Midwestdrifter View Post
Its pretty common for the cab-over extension on RVs to put another 200kg on the front axle. The suspension is plenty strong for it, but the spring isn't stiff enough. One option is to increase preload with an extra thick rubber spacer under the spring. In the USA several companies sell a super heavy steel spring from the front of these vehicles.
Cheers for that, luckily ours is just a van, not a box style conversion.
Will investigate the upgraded front spring though.
Cheers Chris
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Old 01-13-2020, 11:22 PM   #12
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Default Re: GVM Upgrade

Chris our Long Wheel Base High Roof 313 Sprinter Campervan has a Max 1600 on the front and 2200 on the rear, I think I could get my certified engineer to upgrade to the GVM to 3800Kg and do a similar test out to what he did with my Landcruiser upgrade ie load up with 20Kg bags of sand for the additional weight and do hi speed braking and swerving tests on a rented rural airport.

However I cannot see with the layout of our campervan how I can transfer more weight to the front unless I relocate my water tank 88Lt/88Kg, rarely will the front be loaded up with more than 1400KG. so an upgrade to 1600Kg is not worth the effort.

Note have read somewhere that the rear can be upgraded to 2400Kg max, but cannot find the info to confirm or the method.
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