New sus­pen­sion the ‘miss­ing link’

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Ve­hi­cle Com­po­nents, which man­u­fac­tures in­de­pen­dent trailer sus­pen­sion and offroad cou­plings, has just re­leased its lat­est sus­pen­sion in­no­va­tion, the Cruise­mas­ter GT (Grand Tourer) to the mar­ket.

Adding to the pop­u­lar Cruise­mas­ter range, the GT is de­scribed as ‘The

Miss­ing Link’ be­cause it of­fers the mar­ket a true in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion op­tion for on-road car­a­vans and camper trail­ers.

Ve­hi­cle Com­po­nents re­cently un­veiled its lat­est devel­op­ment with man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Chris God­dard and his son and op­er­a­tions man­ager An­drew lead­ing the charge with the new de­sign. They “be­lieve that within three years, 80 per­cent of all car­a­vans could be fit­ted with in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion such as GT”.

The new light­weight Cruise­mas­ter GT is an ad­vanced trail­ing arm, coil in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion de­signed pri­mar­ily for on-road tour­ing vans and campers pro­vid­ing a re­al­is­tic al­ter­na­tive to tra­di­tional leaf spring and rub­ber tor­sion systems at a very eco­nom­i­cal price.

“We at VC have spent plenty of time de­vel­op­ing offroad and semi offroad sus­pen­sions, but saw a need for GT al­low­ing on-road vans to now ben­e­fit from the same tech­nol­ogy,” God­dard said.

Cruise­mas­ter’s new GT sus­pen­sion of­fers up to 2000kg ATM for sin­gle-axle trail­ers, and up to 3100kg ATM for tandems, there­fore, be­ing suit­able for use on the vast ma­jor­ity of RV trail­ers.

On the GT, VC said: “GT in­cor­po­rates a to­tally new, unique and patented short swing arm cast in one piece us­ing spher­oidal graphite. The lighter the sus­pen­sion arm the faster it can re­act to bumps and un­du­la­tions al­low­ing ex­cep­tional sta­bil­ity and con­trol fur­ther aided by the coil springs and VC’s own spec­i­fi­ca­tion gas filled damp­en­ers. The smaller, light­weight com­po­nents don’t need loads of sus­pen­sion travel, nor the as­so­ci­ated long springs and shock­ers. Hav­ing no weld­ing in the arm it­self al­lows closer wheel cen­tres.”

Fur­ther­more, the sim­pli­fied con­struc­tion pro­vides a stronger and more ef­fi­cient sus­pen­sion at a very eco­nom­i­cal price.

Ve­hi­cle Com­po­nents is well known for rig­or­ously test­ing its prod­ucts out in the field prior to re­lease.

“As with all VC prod­ucts, an ex­ten­sive Aus­tralian-based test pro­gram was de­vel­oped,” VC’s en­gi­neer­ing man­ager Deon van Deven­ter said. “Due to its unique na­ture GT has had the most ex­ten­sive prod­uct test­ing pro­gram in VC’s his­tory.”

State of the art com­puter mod­el­ling and sim­u­la­tion has pre­ceded a 22,500km big lap of Aus­tralia where the new sus­pen­sion was tested in real time over a wide range of con­di­tions util­is­ing man­age­ment and data ac­qui­si­tion (MoTeC) systems to fully eval­u­at­ing per­for­mance, re­li­a­bil­ity and ver­sa­til­ity. The test unit was then taken to the An­gle­sea Aus­tralian Au­to­mo­tive Re­search Cen­tre prov­ing grounds for fur­ther test­ing and eval­u­a­tion. The GT passed the An­gle­sea test­ing with fly­ing colours. The test­ing com­pleted be­ing equiv­a­lent to 100,000km of real world use.

The sim­ple con­struc­tion also pro­vides ex­cep­tion­ally small ser­vice re­quire­ments with only a sin­gle grease point per unit, plus the stan­dard wheel bearing main­te­nance regime. It is very easy to fit both for new trail­ers and to retrofit to ex­ist­ing units.

Cruise­mas­ter GT is de­signed, tested and man­u­fac­tured in Aus­tralia.

All prod­ucts come with a two-year man­u­fac­turer’s war­ranty and pro­vide a full ser­vice net­work through­out the coun­try.

— John Wil­lis

Ve­hi­cle Com­po­nents’ Chris and An­drew God­dard un­veil the Cruise­mas­ter GT for the first time at its me­dia launch.

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