Three most common handling issues when towing or hauling

To help reduce poor handling and enhance the suspension of a vehicle, it’s proven that the StableLoad suspension stabilizer not only significantly improves all aspects of ride quality, but also provides overall safer experience on the road.

b2ap3_thumbnail_SL_Product_Box_OU.pngStableLoad suspension upgradeWe’ll take a look at the most common complaints of poor handling experienced when hauling a truck camper or towing a trailer to show why StableLoads are the first suspension modification you should turn to.  StableLoads engage and activate the stabilizing effects of your vehicles factory overload leaf springs, providing the support needed to handle extra weight.

StableLoads easily install on any vehicle including trucks, vans, SUV’s and light commercial vehicles that come equipped with factory overload leaf springs.

To put the capabilities of the StableLoad suspension stabilizer to the test, let’s examine real life experiences of people who tow or haul often.

Cue the StableLoad Challenge: an opportunity to see if others noticed improvement in ride quality from driving a Ford F-150 truck both with and without the StableLoad suspension stabilizer.  bruceThe challenge allowed attendees at a rally to experience the Ford F-150 truck’s suspension with a 2,800-pound load in the back.

Rally-goer Bruce Pound took the challenge to learn more about the capabilities of the StableLoad. During his test-drive with the StableLoad suspension stabilizer turned on, he mentioned how the StableLoads make a difference when it comes to the three most common handling problems.

Issue #1: Side-to-side Swayside-to-sideSide-to-side sway
When a vehicle is under significant load, the suspension is unable to provide proper support causing the truck to sway from side-to-side. As a typical complaint from those who haul campers, the camper creates a “top-heavy” feeling and it’s difficult to gain control of the vehicle, especially at higher speeds.

“I can tell a difference in the suspension itself,” said Pound. “You don’t feel as if you’re swaying -- the side-to-side sway isn’t there.”

To aid suspension and level the vehicle, many people turn to airbags. However, the side effects of installing airbags will actually increase side-to-side sway and amplify bounce motion. With airbags payload is balanced on an area roughly the size of two footballs, lifting the weight completely off the factory suspension, taking the truck’s factory spring suspension completely out of use. StableLoads put your suspension back into effect and work with factory overload leaf springs to trigger exactly what they’re built for.

Issue #2: PorpoisingporpoiseBounce and porpoising
Misalignment increases stopping distance, ability to steer without delayed response, increased tire wear and more negative characteristics. This results in the front and back motion known as ‘porpoising.’ A heavy load in the back of your vehicle tends to put additional weight on the rear axle, causing the truck to sag and the nose of the vehicle to tilt upwards. This unnatural positioning impacts the drivability and handling of the vehicle, causing forward and backward rocking.

The first thing that Bruce Pound noticed during his test-drive was the aspect of braking more effectively.  The distance needed to stop the truck was noticeably less and the porpoising effect when trying to stop the vehicle was completely eliminated.

“With the StableLoads the braking feels a lot smoother,” said Pound. “When I hit the brakes with that one [Ford F150 without the StableLoads], there was a lot of rocking.”

Issue #3: Body RollbodyrollVehicle body roll
When maneuvering winding roads and sharp corners, a vehicle carrying added payload is much harder to control. Vehicles with high center of gravity like truck campers or higher ground clearance are notorious for pitching and leaning over each side when turning.  

When cornering during the test-drive, body roll of the vehicle was significantly reduced.

 “There is a definite difference,” said Pound. “This was a much smoother ride.”

As the load transfers toward the outside of turns, StableLoads allow you to keep control of the vehicle’s direction by increasing stability.

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One solution solves all three of these common handling issues, plus additional benefits.  The StableLoads also help by leveling the vehicle and eliminating sag, which can cause serious side effects not only to your ride quality, but the truck itself.

Torklift International StableLoad suspension stabilizer is the only suspension modification that can be adjusted for use. With the ability to literally turn the StableLoads on and off by engaging and disengaging them in seconds, enjoy the convenience of returning to your comfortable factory ride when you’re not towing or hauling.

Engaging StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer

The StableLoad Challenge made a huge impression on each rally-goer that took the challenge. Watch the full video of the StableLoad Challenge:

Click here for more information on the StableLoad suspension stabilizer.

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Wrestling your steering wheel? Work with the truck suspension rather than against it

Have you experienced white knuckle driving? You find yourself clinging to the steering wheel in effort to gain control of the vehicle when drivability and ride quality is so poor. Hold on too tight and the knuckles of your hands turn white from forcing blood from the capillaries. Sound comfortable? We think not.

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White knuckle grip on steering wheel

Poor ride quality is caused by inefficient support in the vehicle’s suspension, most likely from the effects of a larger quantity of payload. Towing a trailer or hauling heavy loads like a truck camper can have significant effects on how your vehicle drives, especially at higher speeds.b2ap3_thumbnail_caution.png

What might cause you to grip your steering wheel?
     -  Severe truck sway
     -  Fishtailing trailer
     -  Rocking motion like you’re in a boat (body roll)
     -  Top heavy feeling – tipping over

Not only is this unsafe for you and other travelers on the road, but it can also cause heightened anxiety and stress for the driver. To fight these unruly characteristics, work with your factory suspension by installing the Torklift International StableLoad suspension stabilizer.

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Lower StableLoads engaged and disengaged

The StableLoads are tested and proven to solve multiple drivability issues by pre-engaging the stronger factory overload leaf springs. When the truck’s factory leaf springs are activated, poor handling characteristics are dramatically decreased.b2ap3_thumbnail_footballs-airbags.png

Many people turn to airbags to level their vehicle and correct handling when towing or hauling. However, the side effects of installing airbags will actually increase side-to-side sway and amplify bounce motion. This happens because airbags take the weight of your payload and balance them on an area roughly the size of two footballs. The power of the truck’s factory spring suspension is completely taken out of use.

The StableLoads put your suspension back into effect and work with the factory manufactured overload leaf springs to showcase exactly what they’re meant to do. Check out our article on how StableLoads affect your factory overload leaf springs for more detail on how this process is so effective.

b2ap3_thumbnail_on-off-suspension.pngA favorable feature of the StableLoads is its ability to be easily adjusted on and off. The aspect of engaging and disengaging allows you to return to your factory ride when you are no longer towing or hauling. Other suspension modifications are permanent or challenging to adjust, leaving you with stiff ride quality when unloaded. Click here to see how the StableLoads can be adjusted in seconds.

To see if others could notice an improvement in ride quality with the StableLoad suspension stabilizer, we gave those who tow or haul the opportunity to take the StableLoad Challenge at a recent rally. The challenge allowed test-drivers to experience the Ford F-150 trucks suspension with a 2,800-pound load in the back. The challenge required driving the loaded truck both with and without Torklift International’s StableLoads.

Test-driver Mary Wrubel was blown away at the difference in ride quality. Watch her experience in this never-before-seen footage from the StableLoad Challenge:

Without the StableLoads:
 “I know there’s something back there, swaying back and forth. It does a lot of wobbling,” said Wrubel. “Woah! I wouldn’t want to drive this for any length of time without something… a lot of bouncing.”

With the StableLoads engaged:
 “Oh wow! What a big difference.  You could go miles and miles and miles and miles with this,” explained Wrubel. “No wobbling.  Boy, that feels amazing – that’s nice.”

Be sure to view the full video of Torklift International’s StableLoad Challenge and see how the experience made impressions on other rally-goers who took the challenge.

Click here to learn more about the StableLoad suspension stabilizer.

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