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Vehicle Preparation

Suspension:

Driivng in Mexico presents challenges. Despite the fact the country is now criss-crossed with modern toll Highways, you are goling to encounter rough roads and hazards to your RV. Low trees and archways are some, and you need to know the height of your rig in metric. However, the biggest hazard is what is known as the Tope. This is the Mexican term for speed bump. There are over a million of them, and they are on main highways. Every time you approach any sort of habitation you will probably encounter at least 3 of them,. Most are marked, it is the one that is not marked under the shadow of a tree that is going to nail you. The smart RVer will do some basic suspension modifications to his truck, and the smartest RVer will use products from Torklift. I do not work for Torklift, but I have a lot of respect for their products. There are a lot of competative products out there that are good, but nobody stands behind them like Torklift does. Their website is www.torklift.com

One of the most vulnerable RV types to Topes, are Truck Campers. Bed mounted tie downs simply do not cut it, as you can see from the photo below. You need frame mounted Camper tie downs, and those are made by Torklift.

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Those towing trailers or 5th wheels or carrying campers can also benefit from beefing up the rear springs on their truck. There are several ways to do this, airbags, supersprings or with Torklift Stable Loads. The advantage to stable loads is that the bottom style of them are removable, and unlike airbags they provide a lot of sway control. Chances are with a set of stable loads, you will need neither airbgas nor sway bars, so they actually will work out cheaper. If you are towing a trailer, also consider looking at a superhitch and/or supertruss. This will add to your safety and allow you to tow worry free. Some trucks like the early 2000 vintage GM's had hitches that were not really strong enough to tow a trailer.

Why am I so hyped on Torllift? Well a year ago, I fell asleep at the wheel. I was doing 70 MPH on a freeway in northern Nevada. I had a heavy, high center of gravity, truck camper on board and I was towing a loaded cargo trailer. The truck was fitted with Torklift tie downs, stable loads and a super hitch. Fortunately I had a dash cam so I have a video of it you may watch below. I was wakened when the truck hit the rumble strips on the opposite side of the highway, and I reacted by swerving back onto the road. You can see that the truck remainded remarkably stable, despite the fact I was towing and was carrying a heavy camper.

What to take:

You should take a spare Oil, Fuel & Air Filter and probably a spare serpentine belt. If you have room, I also advise an extra spare tire, off rim, even a worn one. All those items can be hard to find in Mexico, and they do not import diesel pickup trucks down there. If your truck requires DEF fluid you should also be aware that that is not available either. RV parts are not available, so you may want to bring things like a spare sewer hose & fittings.