Rancho Suspension is a well-known name in the aftermarket lift kit industry, but did you know that for quite some time Rancho didn’t offer a 6-inch suspension for IFS vehicles? Well, guess what. This old dog has a new trick.
We had the chance to take Rancho’s special show truck out for a week of abuse testing, and we are going to be hard-pressed to return it since we had so much fun. This is a brand-new ’14 GMC Sierra half-ton, and it has Rancho’s new 6-inch suspension. This is the same truck they take to all their shows and put on display, and for some unknown reason they agreed to let us borrow it for a weeklong vacation evaluation. We put about 1,500 miles on the truck and really enjoyed the way it rode.
“We enjoyed the way it rode”
In our part of the country it’s very common to see new lifted trucks, and the style of these new GM trucks when lifted really appeals to us. The new engine laughed at the added weight and tire size this truck was fitted with, and we can honestly say that we never felt we needed a truck larger than a half-ton for the type of use we put it through. Overall we think this particular recipe of lift and truck will be just what many truck buyers are looking for.
Travels With Batman, Baxter & Lulu on DED
Famed American author John Steinbeck wrote a book titled Travels With Charlie back in the ’60s about a trip around the U.S. with his dog Charlie, in a GMC truck, with a slide-in camper. We recently copied this idea with a Four Wheel popup camper, the Rancho Suspension GMC, and three dogs named Batman, Baxter, and Lulu. It wasn’t around the whole country, but it was a few days of exploring dirt tracks and coastal towns of California. We spent nights in the camper with a warm heater, hot running water, and plenty of room for furry critters to lie about. During the day we rumbled down dirt coast roads and climbed up steep muddy NorCal trails, and the lifted crew cab never missed a beat or even noticed that the camper was on its back.
The Hawk model camper we tested has an aluminum frame and heavy fabric upper sides that collapse to give it a low overall height when in travel mode to help sneak under branches and reduce the center of gravity height. When popped up it offers over 6 feet of interior height. Our version had two large beds, perfect for two or three adults or one adult and three dogs. Other versions offer a shower and toilet options. Each camper is built to order in the Four Wheel camper factory in Woodland, California. Our only major issue was requiring a step stool to get in and out of the camper on the lifted truck.
Look for an upcoming episode of Dirt Every Day on the Motor Trend channel on YouTube (goo.gl/nBtui, or scan the code at right with your smartphone) to see our travel adventures and find out more on the Four Wheel camper.