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Old 01-07-2024, 12:32 PM   #1
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Surveyor 202RBLE Suspension

I'm considering purchase of the Surveyor 202RBLE this spring. It has the perfect layout and size for me. The only possible drawback is the leaf spring suspension. I currently own a IBEX 19QBS and it has torsion bar suspension which has a very smooth ride.

Should I be concerned about the leaf springs? I know they have been used a very long time and are reliable. I also did some research and was suggested I replace the stock equalizers with rubber absorbing units. This would supposedly give it the equivalent of torsion bars.

What are your thoughts?

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Tom
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Old 02-29-2024, 04:21 PM   #2
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I have a 2021 202RBLE Great little camper love the Floor plan.

Torsion suspension is superiors to leaf springs but leaf springs are tried and true and simple to repair.

I did replace My equalizers with the rubber absorbing units.

Last summer we towed the trailer from Eastern Texas Glacier national Park. Over 5000 miles in total the leaf springs were fine. As with everything in an RV just give everything a good look over between trips and you can usually catch any issues that might come up before hand.

Over all we love the camper an as with any camper they will have issues but most can be managed fairly easy.
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Old 02-29-2024, 05:45 PM   #3
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X2 on the tried and true leaf springs. I don't trust the molded rubber on the torsion axles.
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Old 02-29-2024, 10:18 PM   #4
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Thank you for your assessment. I placed a down payment on the 202RBLE last week. I will pick it up in May. I can't wait!
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Old 03-01-2024, 03:44 AM   #5
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Torsion suspension is superiors to leaf springs but leaf springs are tried and true and simple to repair.


True on both counts. As far as the OP's question it's not the leaf springs per-se, but the attachment / workmanship / materials used by everyone's favorite frame supplier/vendor, Lippert. I am pretty sure every single time I have read a thread here or in other forums about a leaf sprung axle failure, other than maybe bushings, it involved some issue with the frame itself starting at the hanger attachment points. Issues like bad welds, lack of proper reinforcement, light gauge of materials, etc. If I was going to change equalizers I would also be doing bushings with wet bolts.



I'll take a torsion suspension any day over conventional FWIW, have had 4.
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