Caravan Suspension Change

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 19:02
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I have a Patrol 4.2 towing 18'6" Windsor Escape poptop. To make the whole unit level, I was wondering if it was OK to change the independent suspension from spring under to spring over - will give and extra 50mm and will match towbar height better.

Also want to increase water storage by adding extra tanks. What would be better - stainless and no guard or plastic plus guard?
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 19:33

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 19:33
Is it single axle or tandem.
Doe it have beam axles or truly independant as in
trailing arms or what.
Hard to give an answer if you dont really know the question.

Íf its single axle and beam axle it can be done but entails altering brakes and length of brake lines etc. Not quite as simple as turning the axle over.
Probably need a blue plate to make it legal also.
Would probably be easier to lower the towbar as in a WDH which will level it up as well.

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Follow Up By: ozhank53 - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 20:26

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 20:26
Sorry, in my haste and memory leaks, forgot this vital bit of information.

It is a tandem axle with independant suspension (A frame with leaf springs).

It is an dirt-road/off road - Gary Kratzman used one to tour the Kimberleys a few years ago. I'm not worried about catching the wind, as it sits nicely in behind the canopy on the back of my patrol
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Reply By: DesF - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 19:44

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 19:44
Hi I had the same problem with my Jayco Eagle behind the Pajero. I just got a longer ( down) tange made at the towbar place @ Salsbury, I think it was only about $35.00 .
Now sits level , also the 6x4 was at the same angle and thats Ok too.
Underslinging the axle can tend to make the van a bit top heavy. and also catch the wind more ,
Cheers Des.
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Reply By: philldeb - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 04:31

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 04:31
I changed the axles from on top of the springs to under the springs to raise the van by about 55-60mm and did not make 1 ounce difference the towing and made it better through gutters etc 24f jayco
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Reply By: Member - David M (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 10:04

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 10:04
Friend had this mod done and was very happy with the results until he came to erect his full annex, which didn't seem to reach the ground. Something to keep in mind.
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