Air Bag suspension report
Mainly because it was requested by Noel, but it was going to come anyway...
Just literally finished unpacking the troopy after a short trip to Mali for Christmas and New Year. It was really about showing my parents Dogon country and the trip was amazing. The vehicle was seriously loaded. There was no attempt to skimp on festive cheer or comforts, we intended to Bush camp almost every night, and we didn't intend to suffer!
The airbag suspension (firestone ride rite kit) performed really well. I was able to put it on a harsh setting to reduce body sway on the asphalt and then drop down the pressures alongwith tyre pressures to deal with corrugated pistes (and sometimes no pistes) and stony tracks. About 5 days in I got under for a good check of everything and found the r/h bag was chafing on a brakeline connection. Now this I should have sorted/realised before, and the bag was worn about half through the rubber! I repositioned the brakeline and the bag didn't leak or fail at all - despite some massive impacts and the weight steadily increasing due to handicraft purchases by my partner and my mum!!! - good wine in Ouagadougou didn't help either. I will probably change the bag sometime just to be safe, but no rush as if it was going to pop then it would have done by now. All in all I am well impressed. Other kit that performed really well was:
National Luna 40L Fridge - bloody marvellous!
Dutch Oven - used every night for meals and after for baking the next days bread.
Chinese camping chairs and table - with hot coals under the seats on the 31st 'cause it was so cold!
Clipper Battery status meter - worked really well, telling me amp hour used, state of charge etc.
Lightforce driving lights - very good!
Only thing that failed was the ridiculously cheap and nasty switch for my longranger sub-tank...
Happy New Year to everyone,