Re: Simplicity indepentant suspension
I may get a bit of a roasting from simplicity suspension owners here but only five months ago I was camping at Daly Waters and the van next to me was a Lotus off road caravan, very big very high black checker plate looked good and had a simplicity suspension. The owner advised me that he had just spent a lot of money in the Alice having the brakes completely replaced and the fridge and washing machine was no longer working.
He was using his portable fridge as the van fridge had fractured a pipe and the refrigerant had leaked out.
He had just travelled the Plenty Highway and since then no fridge no washing machine and no brakes until Alice, the electro magnets had flogged out and wrecked the brakes.
He probably was going to fast but what is going on in a caravan is hard to gauge unless you get in there when it is travelling on a rough road and that is not allowed anyway, so the only time you know something is wrong is when it breaks.
I personally notice a good soft controlled van suspension is when you step into a van it may move down a bit and may rock a bit but the van with a hard suspension does not move and I am not light.
Another indicator is when things have moved in the cupboards, I personally use the toilet roll as an indicator, if it has unrolled it’s been rough. The photo below is another very good suspension, the Withers Sugar Glider air suspension more common in coil spring configuration, note double Koni shocks and proximity switches to set height via LEDs on a control station.
I think originally C&S Chassis copied Neville Withers design to make their coil spring independent suspension.