Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t handle like Project SC300. But with these three small changes there was a significant and noticeable difference in the handling of the van. It doesn’t wander on the highway anywhere near as badly as it used to, and it’s especially better when towing a load. It corners smoother. It’s totally awesome. The shocks probably could use a heavy duty upgrade, and that’s in the cards, but we’re not there yet.
There are two drawbacks, though. FIrst, the rear of the van now sits higher because of the helper springs. That meant that the cheap tri-ball trailer hitch we used to use for the horse trailer was sitting everything way too high, so we needed to get a drop hitch.
Speaking of hitches, you definitely definitely definitely want to visit your local trailer (hitch) supply place to talk to them about your setup. The hitch is one of the most important things to get right, both from a sizing/class perspective as well as from a weight and height perspective. A hitch that is too high prevents the trailer suspension from doing its job correctly, and a hitch that’s improperly loaded (due to improper load in/on the trailer) can result in a scary nightmare death trap. You don’t want that.
The second drawback is that when the van is completely empty, it rides a little bouncy in the back. Since the van is rarely used for anything but towing or hauling, it’s not a particularly big problem. But if you were using your tow vehicle as your daily driver, it is something to be aware of. It’s not bad. It’s just noticeable. It might be less noticeable in a truck than in the van, though.
So what’s next? Well, we have a bunch of yucky A-pillar gauges that are wired like crap and are starting to flake. So it’s time to upgrade some electronic components and see if we can’t clean things up a bit. And, man, the lighting sucks. And the running boards feel like they’re going to give out when you step on them.
But we are well on the path to being…
You know it…