Adding a Big Wig
We got this note from one of our customers and wanted to share it with you. Please keep in mind we don’t recommend you go over Gross Vehicle Weight rating (GVWR) on any vehicle.
Here’s his message:
Safely attacking winding roads with a heavy truck camper was made easy with Hellwig suspension products. We have a Lance 1191 mounted on a Chevy 3500 HD 4×4 crew cab dually pickup truck with Duramax diesel and Allison automatic transmission. Total rig weight is 14,400 pounds, which exceeds GVWR. To address this problem, we added Ranch 9000 adjustable shocks, air bags (with compressor and gauges mounted in the cab), and Hellwig standard front and rear sway bars. These modifications worked well as long as we were on relatively straight roads. Driving on rural windy roads or in crosswind conditions was sometimes a bit unnerving with uncomfortable lateral sway of the rig.
When Hellwig introduced the Big Wig, I jumped at the chance to upgrade.
The results were fantastic. We just returned from an 11,000-mile trip around the US and Canada with the upgraded rig. We spent 80 percent of our time on rural back roads that were often without straight-always for miles at a time. The rig now corners nearly flat; we don’t have the feeling that the camper will pull the rig over. We encountered strong cross winds while traveling through Texas and South Dakota and the rig never wandered or lurched when hit with 40 mph gusting winds. I once had to do an emergency avoidance maneuver and the rig went exactly where I pointed it without a complaint. Frankly, it felt like I was driving a truck without the heavy camper attached.
Bottom line: If you are hauling a lot of weight in your truck, add Hellwig sway bars (in particular, the Big Wig) to tame the weight transfer problem that you would otherwise have. This was the single most important (and noticeable) improvement we made to the truck for hauling our heavy camper.
Great Job, Hellwig!!!
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