December '18

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46 • RV PRO • December 2018 rv-pro.com A F T E R M A R K E T L ate-model pickups can seemingly do it all: haul a heavy load, pull a large fifth wheel or trailer and chauffer the entire family in comfort – all while abiding by federal fuel economy regulations. They are functional, versatile and attrac- tive – but not above improvement. Tow without the appropriate aftermarket suspension system, and "prepare to have the trailer drive you," says Jack Kay, owner and president of Torklift International in Sumner, Wash. Among other things, stopping distance is increased and there is a risk of extreme swaying, fishtailing and sagging. Fortunately, several aftermarket suppliers – including Dynamic Suspensions, Roadmaster Active Suspension, Super- Springs and Torklift – offer tried-and-true aftermarket products specifically designed to work in tandem with a vehicle's rear leaf springs to enhance payload and towing capacities, decrease or eliminate sway, improve ride quality, limit wear and tear on the vehicle, as well as reduce the overall cost of ownership. What's more, representatives for those companies say offering such a solution to customers can create crossover marketing opportunities and healthy profit margins for dealers and service shops that sell and install those products. Torklift's StableLoad "Instead of creating an uncomfortable and even dangerous ride with a trailer, an aftermarket suspension upgrade can help or eliminate the issues associated with towing and/or hauling," Suspension Upgrade Torklift President Jack Kay (right) explains the features and benefits of the company's StableLoad product, which is designed to enhance a pickup's factory suspension system to make ride control safer and more comfortable when carrying or towing a heavy load. Selling and installing aftermarket products designed to work with a pickup's factory rear leaf springs can provide customers with improved ride quality while offering a nice profit center for retailers. By Stefanie Galeano-Zalutko PHOTOS COURTESY OF DYNAMIC SUSPENSIONS, ROADMASTER ACTIVE SUSPENSION, SUPERSPRINGS AND TORKLIFT INTERNATIONAL

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