Update on our Ranger suspension testing. Our dealer (Main Line Overland) is recommending a leaf spring upgrade to provide better handling of a full load. Our stock Ranger suspension came rated with a 1,550 lb payload (which I understand is around 300 lbs higher than a comparable stock Tacoma), but our new Fleet shell came in with a higher weight than expected (the shipping paperwork showed it as over 1,100 lbs dry - I still need to weigh it on a scale), which caught us by surprise. We had added about 200 lbs of Fleet shell options (propane furnace, flush mount stove, 160w solar, rear steps, second 6v AGM battery, Yakima tracks, second roof fan), but we were still hoping it would come in around 1,000 lbs. As a result, we'll probably end up right around our payload capacity when fully loaded wet.
So, Main Line will be installing a set of Dobinson heavy duty leaf springs (4 + 3 Leaves, 280Kg Constant Load - I believe they may be model L19-132-R). Unlike the USA, Australia has enjoyed an uninterrupted supply of Rangers over the years, so they've developed a lot of Ranger aftermarket parts. These springs might allow us to to forego installing Firestone airbags (which aren't available yet anyway), unless we decide we want them for leveling at campsites. We'll do some testing and report back.
I'm also preparing to add shore power and an Iota converter soon, along with a couple of additional 12v outlets to power a Dometic CFX40W fridge.
By the way, has anyone tried the newer Iota DLS-X converters yet? They seem more compact than the tried-and-true DLS models.
Edited by gkendrick, 26 May 2019 - 03:01 PM.