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Burford over hang ground clearance

Post by naki585 on Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:57 am

Hi.

Can anyone please tell me in inches/mm what the ground clearance is at the very rear of a Burford.

I would like to know the distance from the underside of the body to the ground when the vehicle is level.

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Re: Burford over hang ground clearance

Post by Gromit on Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:29 am

An interesting question Keith. I'm intrigued. scratch head

Tell us why you want to know, and that might help in giving a more practically useful answer.

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Re: Burford over hang ground clearance

Post by naki585 on Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:42 am

Hi.

The reason why I would like to know is the approach to our driveway has a slight rise from the road. My concern is that the A/S will bottom out on the road. 

We bought our Burford out of town and weren't able to drive it down our driveway. All the other measurements will be ok. Just the approach angle I am not sure of. But hey if it's a problem I can always fit adjustable air bag suspension.

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Post by Gromit on Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:02 am

Thanks Keith

Can't answer your question, but there's always a way round it. A pair of wooden ramps to span the dip would be one way, or get the mini digger out!! snigger

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Re: Burford over hang ground clearance

Post by Molly Motorhome on Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:21 am

Keith,

If you can wait until 27th June I can measure mine.
We have VB-Air on ours so it will be with the van level.  I can also set the suspension to high and see what extra you get.

The ground clearance on a non-air van will depend on how much you are carrying and ours, pre Air, didn't run level expecially if we were fully loaded with water and free camping.

I have to say adding the VB-Air was the best thing we could have done for the ride quality, it transforms the van especially given the state of the UK roads.  Not sure about New Zealand roads smile!.

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Post by naki585 on Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:27 pm

Thank you Charles.

That would be great.

The roads over here are rubbish as well and we don't have the traffic that you do, but in saying that, there is an awful lot of British Lion supporters in rented motorhomes here at the present.

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Re: Burford over hang ground clearance

Post by Molly Motorhome on Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:11 pm

Ok,

Level ride the clearance to the underside of the rear GRP is 16"
With the air set to maximum hight it's 18"

I have a towbar on mine that recuces the clearance by 2" and I've only once kissed the ground and that was pre-air.

What clearance have you got at the moment?

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Re: Burford over hang ground clearance

Post by naki585 on Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:38 pm

Hi Charles.

Thank you.

That is good to know.

On the weekend with a friend acting as a lookout we managed to get the Burford all the way down our drive way and park it. This is great, as now the Burford is flat and level and we can run the fridge prior to going away in it.

At some point we may install air suspension as this will improve ride comfort and ride height.

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Post by Molly Motorhome on Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:42 pm

We added VB-Air and E&P levelers to the van and it transformed the ride and stability.

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Re: Burford over hang ground clearance

Post by Keith Coombe on Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:28 am

Hi Just read your post I made some skid plates for mine and bolted them on the back of the chassis.They work well and protect the back panel.
Regards Keith Hastings New Zealand.
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Re: Burford over hang ground clearance

Post by Gromit on Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:41 am

Keith Coombe wrote:Hi Just read your post I made some skid plates for mine and bolted them on the back of the chassis.They work well and protect the back panel.
Regards Keith Hastings New Zealand.
Morning Keith

A good solution as long as you treat the rear of your van with respect, and don't ground it too vigorously. 

A member on another forum went one better and fitted little wheels instead of skids. Then he seriously grounded the van and it raised the whole of the rear end and rippled the side panels. so_sad That cost him an awful lot of money, and although it's unlikely to happen it's worth bearing in mind.

Some vans (probably most?) have a rear extension to the main chassis which is not as strong as it might be!

Just a thought.  smile!

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