Originally Posted by crispyboy
Rancho shocks are not air shocks. These are gas shocks with controlable valving.
I'm very sorry.
I reviewed my post to see how I got there. I had even viewed the Rancho website (and, in particular, the write-up on the 9000), before I wrote my post. I don't have any idea now what may have been in my head — beyond responding to your ability to dial in adjustments from the dash and an old preconception.
I didn't mean to offend, and I appreciate your taking the time to correct me.
Y'know, you may even convince me to change over if the 9000 does what I need it to do. In addition to dragging Airstreams around, I also have to load a buncha heavy dive gear quite often, really changing the expedition's character as I load as much as 1,000 lbs. of dive gear. It's hard to believe how six steel 100 cubic foot tanks, plus two dive scooters (over 100 pounds each), plus other miscellaney can add to two divers' gear.
This added weight, and the switch from several Overlanders to the heavier 31, sure makes the switch from suburbans to the expedition seem foolish.
To make my foolishness worse, I even go offroad periodically (but never to the stage 5+ level the TR writer seems so fond of) in search of trout, abalone, lobster, or different/better camping.