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slackercruster

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Would Timbrens help me out?
« on: August 09, 2011, 07:44:54 AM »
I'm at 90% of GVWR with truck camper, water, gray tank, gear, people in my F350. Heard about Timbrens and wondered if I need them? Or are they for guys nearing 100% of of their GVWR?

gwcowgill

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Re: Would Timbrens help me out?
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2011, 07:26:38 PM »
Timbrens might help you control sway or stiffen up the suspension but no matter what you add, you will not increase the load carrying capacity as rated by the manufacturer. There are other factors such as brakes, frame, wheels, tires and other suspension parts to name a few.
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PancakeBill

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Re: Would Timbrens help me out?
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2011, 07:54:11 PM »
Timbrens will help a lot with sway.  Tightens up handling.
Bill & Jolene W & Koda

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Toads: 1997 Honda Accord & 1986 Westfalia
FMCA F-401354
1995 OMI Dobro F-60
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Full Monte

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Re: Would Timbrens help me out?
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2011, 08:19:00 AM »
Yes, go for the Timbrens.  You might consider leaving most of the water at home and filling up when you get to your destination.  Water is heavy and expensive to haul in gas mileage.
We use a Brita water filter on our kitchen sink faucet to avoid problems with drinking water.  Have not had a problem with it so far.  We carry about 10 gallons of water just to have enough for radiator problems or overnights forced by breakdowns.
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Nickmar

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Re: Would Timbrens help me out?
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2011, 01:08:58 PM »
Full Monte,

This seems to be the only way I can reply to your personal message even though it has nothing to do with this topic. Please email me (now enabled) about the RV books. Thanks. Dave

Tony_Alberta

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Re: Would Timbrens help me out?
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2011, 04:12:17 PM »
You might consider leaving most of the water at home and filling up when you get to your destination.  Water is heavy and expensive to haul in gas mileage.
Not really.  The incremental fuel mileage by an extra 1000 pounds is a pretty small factor compared to wind resistance.   

carolinacamper

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Re: Would Timbrens help me out?
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2011, 06:44:35 PM »
Uh, will somebody explain to me what Timbrens are. I might need them too  ;D.

I'm new to TC. I have owned three towables and now have an '02 Lance 1130. This is a totally new concept to RVing. I now go looking for "out of the way" places to camp. Which challenges your skill and survival in a totally different way. No water, no shore power, no sewer, no cable, no neighbors slamming doors at 7am, no problem.

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Darrell & Cindi Burgess        (Maggie too)
2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Dually Cummins manual six speed
2007 37' Grand Junction 5er & 2002 Lance 1130 truck camper
2008 Kawasaki 900 Vulcan Classic LT
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PancakeBill

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Re: Would Timbrens help me out?
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2011, 11:03:20 PM »
Timbren is a brand name, some of what they make are dense neoprene bumpers to replace the bumpers for the overload springs.    Google thm.  They make them for all set ups.
Bill & Jolene W & Koda

Old Faithful, Yellowstone Association Bookstore
1997 Southwind 35P
Toads: 1997 Honda Accord & 1986 Westfalia
FMCA F-401354
1995 OMI Dobro F-60
WA1RI

rjdodger

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Re: Would Timbrens help me out?
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2011, 02:46:51 PM »
Timbrens are just a less expensive, no adjustable version of Firestone or any other brand air bags.

carolinacamper

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Re: Would Timbrens help me out?
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2012, 01:49:38 PM »
Thanks for the insight. I have the "Air Lift 5000" with onboard compressor. So I guess I'm all set.
Darrell & Cindi Burgess        (Maggie too)
2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Dually Cummins manual six speed
2007 37' Grand Junction 5er & 2002 Lance 1130 truck camper
2008 Kawasaki 900 Vulcan Classic LT
RVers since 2000

PancakeBill

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Re: Would Timbrens help me out?
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2012, 05:05:04 PM »
The air bags help suspension, the timbrens help limit travel and stiffen it a bit more.  I had air bags and I have had timbrens.  I look at the timbrens to be the first upgrade, then the bags.  I wouldn't skkip the first step.  Mine were about $70 /pr, took 5 minutes to install. 
Bill & Jolene W & Koda

Old Faithful, Yellowstone Association Bookstore
1997 Southwind 35P
Toads: 1997 Honda Accord & 1986 Westfalia
FMCA F-401354
1995 OMI Dobro F-60
WA1RI

carolinacamper

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Re: Would Timbrens help me out?
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2012, 07:43:22 PM »
Thanks Bill,

Now I get a better picture of what they are. They replace the stock "bed to axle" bumpers next to the I air bag system I Installed myself so I'm guessing this would be a job I could handle too. I'll google them and find them for my 3500 Ram. Sound like it's well worth the $70 or so.

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Darrell & Cindi Burgess        (Maggie too)
2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Dually Cummins manual six speed
2007 37' Grand Junction 5er & 2002 Lance 1130 truck camper
2008 Kawasaki 900 Vulcan Classic LT
RVers since 2000

 

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