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Above: SumoSpring Rebels installed on Gary and Lisa’s 2005 GMC 3500 Sierra

TCM: Why did you get the SumoSprings Rebel?

Gary: Before SumoSprings were in the picture, I loaded the camper on my truck and drove it around the neighborhood.  It was okay, but I wanted to manage the sway potential, as it is a relatively heavy unit.  I had used traditional air bags for over ten years with the Lance campers.  They worked well, but I wanted something better.

The RV dealer told us about an innovative speciality truck spring manufacturer; SuperSprings.  I researched SuperSprings’ products on the internet and gave them a call.  When I learned that SumoSprings were manufactured from a solid urethane material, and saw how the product operated under load, I was impressed.  As luck would have it, the manufacturer was only forty-five minutes up the road from us.  That’s when I made an appointment with Gerry Lamberti, CEO of SuperSprings International.

Gerry and I talked technically about the application and he recommended their new SumoSpring Rebel product along with a set of their SuperSprings.  The SumoSpring Rebel is actually a two piece, upper and lower unit.  With the two piece system, the SumoSpring Rebel allows the frame and axle to be fully-independent when the truck is unloaded.  When the truck camper isn’t loaded, the rear truck suspension handles as it would completely stock.

I use the truck camper about five weeks a year.  The rest of the year I use the truck around town.  If I had a suspension enhancement system that was always active, I’d lose my kidneys like I experienced back in 1977 with by modified Chevy three-quarter ton.  With the SumoSpring Rebel system, the camper rides well unloaded.

When the truck camper is loaded, the SumoSpring Rebel system engages to properly balance the rig.  Of course the SumoSpring Rebel, like all SumoSpring products, cannot rupture like a traditional air bag.  That’s another big advantage.  The teaming of the SumoSpring Rebel and the SuperSpring is a superbly performing system.

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Above: Camping at Trinity Lake has been a family tradition for the Creps

TCM: Tell us about your truck camping lifestyle.  What do you like to do with your new Eagle Cap rig?

Gary: Every year we go on a two week family vacation with our boat.  We primarily go to Trinity Lake in northwest California.  Our kids are the fourth generation of our family to enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, water skiing, wakeboarding and boating on that beautiful lake.

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Above: Lisa and Gary like to go water skiing on Trinity Lake

California is so diverse geographically and geologically.  We enjoy exploring Death Valley, the vastness of the Mojave Desert, the Owens valley, and the Sierra Nevadas.  We have traveled to Lassen in Northern California and the coastal ranges.  We have gone wine tasting and camped on the beach.  There’s also the southern deserts of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the Salton Sea State Recreation Areas.

We have not been able to go on as many weekend trips as we would like, but we expect to change this with the Eagle Cap camper.  To emphasize our new commitment, our first trip was an over the weekend stay on Rincon Beach in Ventura, California.  That was fantastic.

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Above: Gary and Lisa tow their boat for river and lake trips

TCM: Do you take the boat all the time?

Gary: The boat comes with us on all river and lake trips, short or long.  The truck and camper easily handles the load so it is not a bother for a short trip.

For us, camping is enjoying the phenomenal geographic diversity in our country.  We love going on adventures seeing the unique geologic and historical features of this country.

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