Goldschmitt launches new supsension upgrade kits for motorhomes
Three new systems are set to be launched by Goldschmitt for Fiat Ducato, Mercedes Sprinter and VW T6 motorhomes and campervans, aimed at improving ride quality.
The first, RouteComfort Evo, is a set of intelligent comfort suspension struts for Fiat Ducato, Citroën Jumper and Peugeot Boxer-based motorhomes and campervans. They are a development of the RouteComfort series, which were developed for lightweight vehicles such as campervans and coachbuilt motorhomes with short rear overhangs.
Goldschmitt said that, while the standard suspension on models based on the Ducato (and identical Boxer and Jumper) is “rather annoying” because of its vibrations, judders or even jolts, the Goldschmitt RouteComfort suspension struts give a much smoother ride due to their significantly softer spring constant and specially tuned shock absorbers.
Now the struts have been upgraded and, compared to their predecessors, the new RouteComfort Evo struts are equipped with special shock absorbers that ensure optimum damping in all road conditions thanks to their automatic damping force adjustment. The manufacturer says the new system even ensures extremely stable and safe handling to dampen intensive body movements.
The new suspension struts are available for the Ducato, Boxer and Jumper from model year 2006 onwards and are expected to cost in the region of £1,000 when they arrive in the UK. In addition, they are an integral part of the new CamperPLUS packages, which are optionally available with additional coil springs or additional air suspension.
Goldschmitt has also launched a new retrofit air suspension system for the Mercedes Sprinter-based Hymer SLC (super light chassis). This means that, in future, full air suspension (two and four-channel) systems are retrofittable not only on the Hymer B-Class models based on Fiat Ducato (SupremeLine) but also on Sprinter variants (MasterLine, ModernComfort I, ModernComfort T).
In addition to extra ride comfort, the new systems are equipped as standard with the innovative AirDriveControl air suspension control that includes a touchscreen control panel, which has preprogrammed driving levels or manual positions, among other things. In addition, AirDriveControl offers fully automatic levelling (Auto-Level) when stationary as well as a unique weighing function to determine the axle loads of a motorhome.
Finally, the German manufacturer has turned its attention to campervans with the launch of a new, more comfortable full air suspension for the rear axle of VW Transporter-based campervans. Besides the proven variants with robust double bellows, the new version uses large-volume conical bellows, which provide greatly enhanced ride comfort on the rear axle. Like the systems with double bellows, the new comfort air spring can also be combined with the proven air suspension struts on the front axle.
The popular OmniRoad suspension, which gives the VW Transporter greater off-road capabilities, can also be combined with the new comfort air suspension on the rear axle.