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Old 02-11-2019, 06:48 PM   #1
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As a new Paseo owner, Iím discovering some things I could use some advice on.
Has anyone found mud flaps which will fit the dual wheels? I see comments about the Winnebago having stainless steel wheel liners which may cause issues with fitting flaps but mine, 2017 Transit/2018 Paseo doesnít have them. Steel liners that is.
Second, the low ground clearance is a real nuisance when going through even minor dips such as entering or leaving driveways. Iíve installed drag wheels, which gives me some comfort believing I wonít be damaging the rear-end stuff, but the loud noise when dragging is embarrassing at the least.
I see some have put bigger tires on their Paseos to gain some additional clearance (which might further complicate the aforementioned mud flap issue) but itís something I would consider.
For some reason, the Transit Winnebago uses for the Paseo comes with 195/75R16C LT tires, while other T350 HDís without duals come with 235/65R16. If changing tires size, is there a concern about the stock alloy wheels vs. steel wheels? By just a quick feel without crawling under the rig it seems like thereís about an inch clearance between tire sidewall and the leaf spring.
While checking the right front tire I noticed an unprotected plastic reservoir with what appears to be cooling fluid. I assume it would be a good idea to install some sort of shield to guard against rocks thrown up by the front tire, as I sprinkle ĺ minus rock on our ranch driveway.
Any suggestions for these ponderings would be welcome.
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As a new Paseo owner, I’m discovering some things I could use some advice on.
Has anyone found mud flaps which will fit the dual wheels? I see comments about the Winnebago having stainless steel wheel liners which may cause issues with fitting flaps but mine, 2017 Transit/2018 Paseo doesn’t have them. Steel liners that is.
Second, the low ground clearance is a real nuisance when going through even minor dips such as entering or leaving driveways. I’ve installed drag wheels, which gives me some comfort believing I won’t be damaging the rear-end stuff, but the loud noise when dragging is embarrassing at the least.
I see some have put bigger tires on their Paseos to gain some additional clearance (which might further complicate the aforementioned mud flap issue) but it’s something I would consider.
For some reason, the Transit Winnebago uses for the Paseo comes with 195/75R16C LT tires, while other T350 HD’s without duals come with 235/65R16. If changing tires size, is there a concern about the stock alloy wheels vs. steel wheels? By just a quick feel without crawling under the rig it seems like there’s about an inch clearance between tire sidewall and the leaf spring.
While checking the right front tire I noticed an unprotected plastic reservoir with what appears to be cooling fluid. I assume it would be a good idea to install some sort of shield to guard against rocks thrown up by the front tire, as I sprinkle ĺ minus rock on our ranch driveway.
Any suggestions for these ponderings would be welcome.
I built my conversion using the T350 extended, not HD. That is the van with the SRW 235/65/16 tires.
The main difference between the two is that my van has a lower GVWR...9500 pounds, vs 9950 for the 350HD based Paseo.
FOr what it's worth increasing to a 17" tire will only get you an extra .5" ground clearance at the wheel, and probably pretty close to that at the rear end.

We do plan on changing tires, but mainly for better winter and rough road performance, not to raise the height.

We mainly boondock out in the middle of nowhere. I haven't had all that much trouble with scraping the rear, but I did add airbags from AirLift. When Annie the Van is fully loaded, I run about 30PSI in the bags. On really rough roads I have raised the bags to about 95 PSI, which gets me almost another 4" of lift in the rear.
I don't know if bags are available for the DRW.



If I understand which reservoir near the front right wheel you refer, that's for the windshield washer liquid.
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The Coachmen CrossFit (350 HD DRW) comes standard with SuperSprings on the rear and SumoSprings on the front. AFAIK, the net effect is a higher ride height.

FWIW - Mine Crossfit hasn't dragged its tail yet, in 4000 miles of travel. .
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I don't know if bags are available for the DRW.
Checked Airbag website; doesn't fit duals, but I'll keep looking. Thanks for the tip.
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We had Supersprings and SumoSprings installed on the rear of our paseo, and it raised the rear 2" at the hitch. No more tail dragging. Also improved the handling considerably. Less sway in curves, less effect from side wind, and less pull from passing tractor trailers.
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Wow, sounds like the perfect solution. I just checked out their website but, since you've done all the product testing (and the risk associated there-in) is it Supersprings in the rear and Sumosprings up front?
Sounds like you're using both kinds in the rear?
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Wow, sounds like the perfect solution. I just checked out their website but, since you've done all the product testing (and the risk associated there-in) is it Supersprings in the rear and Sumosprings up front?
Sounds like you're using both kinds in the rear?
Rear axle only, and yes both Sumo and Super springs. We installed SSR-121-47 SumoSprings and SSA42 SuperSprings. This is the same setup that comes from the factory on Coachman Crossfit (same Ford Transit chassis).

I really only did it to fix the sagging rear, the handling improvements were a huge bonus. We are almost always towing a 2000 lb 5x8 cargo trailer with our two dual sport motorcycles inside, which has about a 250 lb tongue weight. And we usually are boondocking, which means carrying a full load of water and propane. So our rear axle is loaded pretty close to its maximum.

I did the install myself, in the driveway, using a 3.5 ton floor jack and a bunch of 3.5 ton jackstands. I have a gravel driveway, so I set the floor jack on a 3/4" piece of plywood to give it a good base.

I made my own spring compressor (should have used angle steel instead of flat steel, the tension was enough to bend the flat steel, so it was a single use tool):



Here is the installed Superspring:



And the installed SumoSpring:



Before measurement of clearance at the hitch:



And after:



As you can see, right at 2" of clearance gained at the hitch. This is with a half full water tank and half full propane tank, nothing else in the van.
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Bill, wonderful pictures. (someday I'll have to learn how to post pictures - it's still on my to-do list) Did you install both super and sumo at the same time, or did you try one, then add the other? Because I doubt I'll ever pull a trailer or boat (famous last words) do you think the Sumo would be sufficient to give me an extra two inches or so at the hitch?
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Bill, wonderful pictures. (someday I'll have to learn how to post pictures - it's still on my to-do list) Did you install both super and sumo at the same time, or did you try one, then add the other? Because I doubt I'll ever pull a trailer or boat (famous last words) do you think the Sumo would be sufficient to give me an extra two inches or so at the hitch?
Thanks Alec! When you are creating a post, there is an attachment button up next to the "Fonts" line. With that you can upload and attach image files. Then you can use the little button with a picture of a mountain on it to embed those uploads at various points within your post. After uploading, you will see a bunch of links to your uploads, and you use those links in the embed.

I don't think the Sumosprings alone will gain you much static height at the hitch. They will reduce dragging though, because the weight transfer to the rear that happens when you nose up an incline will result in less compression of the suspension (so you won't be hitting the rear bumpstops at every driveway). From what I've read, I think you get at most about half an inch of lift from the Sumo's alone. Most of the height gain is because the Supersprings reduce the amount of sag in the leaf springs from the loaded weight of the van. The Supersprings put the front to rear stance of van back pretty close to the stock stance without the Winnebago build out.
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Also, as far as the Sumos in the front go, where this would help would be if you are experiencing porpoising under heavy braking. We haven't really noticed any issue with this, so I haven't done the front yet. Raising the rear could increase the likelihood of this though, so I will be watching for it...
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