Originally Posted by Stevemo
There have been some "recent" developments in RV Lift Kits and 4x4 Conversion Kits so I thought I would put together a bit of an infomercial. It is no longer necessary to piece together random truck parts to lift your van.
Boulder has Chevy kits and you will see some Roadtrek 4x4 conversions in their gallery. I haven't found much information on them but here they are:
U-Joint Offroad has Ford Econoline 4x4 stuff:
4x4 Van Conversion kits
Weldtech has Ford and Chevrolet. They have several videos of RV lifts including Roadtreks and 4x4 conversions of Chevy vans. They also have lifts for Ford Econolines.
I have a 2004 Roadtrek Popular 190 which sits pretty low. Roadtrek used to sell rear leaf spacers as a part solution but I'm not looking pretty seriously at a Weldtech kit to do all 4 corners. You can start at a 2" lift or go up to 5" plus the height of taller tires. I have installed a rear Hellwig 7635 swaybar on my RV which has helped the ride a lot but obviously no gains in ride height.
I assume there is somebody out there doing newer Fords, Nissans, and Mercedes. Feel free to add to the thread if you have more info!
Have a 2004/5 Roadtrek 190 Versatile.
I don't have 4 wheel drive or any interest in it - too much stuff inside, Roadtreks make enough noise already.
My journey to insanity & back, every photo & answer is here;
I RECOMMEND; WELDTEC with a 3 or 5inch lift kit, SUPERSPRINGS for some of their products & BILL ERB at VALLEY SPRINGS in that order if he can help you coil wise.
In 2013 I had Supersprings try a Spacer up front (didn't work), & I had them give me Supersprings on the rear, for a time driving around like a Stinkbug. But I raised the rear 2 3/4 inches. But I did get their Sumosprings for the rear (different product), & their Bump Stops which I just replaced after 5 years.
No matter whether you use Weldtec or not, Supersprings will have an accessory product you can benefit from & these guys are such a pleasure to work with.
GERRY LAMBRETTI of Supersprings in Santa Barbara, CA (800) 898-0705
Then after having my truck dismantled by 6 different 4x4 shops who found themselves unable to do a workaround with the Chevy I drove 500 miles & worked with
BILL ERB at Valley Spring Works Dixon, CA. (707) 678-3944
Who after reading through the 20 plus pages of a thread mostly authored by Booster & Photog called me & said "Get up here on Sunday morning & I will make two sets of Coils for you, your vehicle will sit perfectly. And they were perfect, I still have them on my rig - see the thread at the top. He said the first pair should take you up 2.74inches & they did.
I had him powder coat my Supersprings in the rear RED & the new coils RED to represent the blood, sweat & tears getting the Roadtrek to this point.
The guy is a Coil Genius, some people here didn't have such a positive experience with his product but I dod & found him to be generous, committed to solving your problems & very smart.
All the US Car & Truck vehicle manufacturers when they make a Lemon suspension wise, have units flatbedded this Location, he discovers the work around & then the manufacturers make wholesale modifications to his specs, in factory.
He does all the design & testing for the Power Company Rigs & other heavy vehicle needs, etc.
Then I read about Weldtec & wanted more.
WELDTEC DESIGNS & JEREMY - (619) 596-9831
886 Gable Way, El Cajon, CA 92020
Was going to get the 2inch lift but when I got down there discovered their 2in coil over wouldn't work so I went with 3 inch spindles up front, 2 inch spacer in back & 4 new Bilstein Shocks. Plus I ended up buying a set of 18inch 275/65R18 Method Rims & with Goodyear Wrangler AT/S Tires. I had just installed 4 new Yokohama Geolander tires*** & had the alignment done at install - when I went to have the Alignment done a week later after the Weldtec install the guy wouldn't charge me - said I didn't need it.
Unbelievable performance, lift & ride from the first minute!
Weldtec was the the finished product, havent had an issue since but did break an Idler Arm a year later but Jeremy got on the phone immediately & walked me through the repair.
Just this year the right rear (passenger) Bilstein Shocks broke the cheap Chevy underbody & a friend fabricated & welded a perfect repair.
The idler arm failure wasn't caused by Weldtec nor were they responsible for the soft Chevrolet underbody failing. The shock was probably me having the passenger side roll over the top of sidewalks in parking lots, etc - my driving, not Weldtec.
Just the other day I called Jeremy & said I want to go 5inches but it would mean adding the coil over spacer, upgrading to Fox Shocks all around (my Bilsteins are too short), adding a one inch higher block in back & its a $1000 or so upgrade in parts & labour - maybe if I get another Stimulus Check. I do know he has reserved a brand new set of Chevy Coil Springs from a unit he modified to replace the Bill Erb oversized springs.
*** the only bummer & it has nothing to do with Jeremy or his present employees is that I left my Roadtrek Rims & new Tires down there because Beau the Head Installer at the time*, promised me that if I buy the Method Rims he could sell my tires with Rims for $400 plus in a week on Offer Up.
The Fool sold the tires & rims & pocketed the money - I was down there a year later & Beau & that crew had been fired.
Below is a picture of the repaired shock issue (had to buy a new shock also).