HELP SPRINGS

Submitted: Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 22:59
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G,day,
we purchased our new 5th wheeler for our business/home .Can any body recommend a good spring Company near the Gold Coast or further South ? We have the new Hino 616 auto wide cab NOT the right vehicle.I must change springs and void the chassis warranty.We were told once we were hitched up 650kg down pressure on the turntable our ride would be good,bloody terrible.
My fault trusting people.Please no wise cracks I have been giving myself uppercuts daily I can't say how unimpressed my wife is.Just some help would be appreciated.
Steve.
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (W.A) - Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 23:37

Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 23:37
Stephen
Nice little rig that , I had a look at them on the web, OK so if I had one and needed extra Spring support I would go Air Bags

www.ferret.com.au/articles/0f/0c01080f.asp

or this way

www.fireflex.com.au/about_us.htm
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (W.A) - Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 23:49

Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 23:49
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Been thinking of what your doing, Geez this is a truck after all, not a bloody ute, it's meant to carry weight and 650kg don't sound much to me, if anything put more on it and it should ride even better , My suggetion would be is see how it performs first, :::We were told once we were hitched up::: tell em to go stick their head back in the sand,

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen H (NSW) - Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 10:52

Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 10:52
Thanks Doug,
Hino just keep going around in circles about our problem. I know towing big rigs you suck the fuel,if we add more weight we then increase our lousy fuel consumption.When you get the owners manual it states not recommended for towing.
Cheers.
SWH.
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Reply By: sparrow - Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 09:22

Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 09:22
Hi Stephen,
If you decide you need to change the springs,give King Springs at Ernest on the Gold Coast , a call.Their phone numberis 5539 6700.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen H (NSW) - Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 11:03

Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 11:03
Sparrow,
thanks mate.If we can help you with any product please contact.We are a mini caravan/camping show on wheels selling every thing possible ,we supply members and other clubs a better price.
SWH.
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Reply By: Mikee5 (QLD) - Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 09:40

Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 09:40
Hino 616 looks like a truck to me. Probably rides like a truck. Rear axle load limit 4400kgs. You are putting 650kgs on it. Probably really harsh ride. If you go for softer springs you will probably reduce the load carrying capacity and may have to re-compliance as it will no longer have the same GVM. make yourself aware of the implications of what you plan. As an afterthought lower tyre pressures may reduce harshness???
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen H (NSW) - Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 11:00

Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 11:00
Mike,
thanks mate,I was saying if we touch springs it voids chassis warranty.Hino won't assist after we had done approx 800k's we asked for assistance reply was,bring the truck back and we will give 30K back 25k down the drain.We have tyre pressure as low as possible.I have had 3 spinal operations go very wrong and this will just about kill our new business,we are a mini caravan/camping show wheels giving many clubs the chance to purchase just about any item at a better price.
Thanks mate.
SWH
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Reply By: SARocks - Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 16:56

Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 16:56
Steve I sold trucks for years. cannot see why the Hino would not be suitable tug for fifth wheeler. lighter ply radial tyres may help. playing with springs would be just that playing and they cannot tell you what the results will be. probably rides perfectly well for a truck. changing springs and experimenting will mean deep pockets. doubt you could improve on whats fitted as standard.
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Follow Up By: SARocks - Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 17:04

Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 17:04
how about suspension seat. possibly best and cheapest change.
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Follow Up By: WANDERING - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 10:30

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 10:30
Thanks,
I was thinking about Stratos seats, problem bouncing around has and still causes damage to our 5th wheeler.
I spoken with a few dealers ,they said they would not sell out truck for towing a 5th wheeler. I do appreciate your help.
Steve.
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Reply By: Mikee5 (QLD) - Monday, May 21, 2007 at 10:40

Monday, May 21, 2007 at 10:40
SARocks beat me to it with his follow up but I don't know if follow ups go to you or just the poster. I was thinking about your crook back and the harsh ride and thought 'suspension seats'. The long distance truckies usually have them and Bostrom I think is the name of the business that make them. It may be the best and cheapest option plus you can remove them when you offload the Hino, and put them into your next vehicle.
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Reply By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Monday, May 21, 2007 at 10:53

Monday, May 21, 2007 at 10:53
I was about to suggest the same thing.

I put KAB air suspension seats in the F250 it's gone from being among the worst to being the best comfort ride I've ever had. Beats most cars.

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Follow Up By: WANDERING - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 10:35

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 10:35
Thanks,
we would still have problem with damage to our van,
Thanks.
Steve.
Happy Wandering.
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