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Old 09-21-2016, 04:17 AM   #1
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Replacment shocks

I posted a question on the Spartan section concerning Koni shocks but had only one reply. My chassis is a Spartan Summit under a Carribean. Fully loaded I am near 22000 lbs . I have been running Bilstien shocks. Thinking about going with Koni's.
Are they worth the extra cost? Are they that much better and do they help the handling that much?

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Old 09-21-2016, 07:09 AM   #2
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I have used NAPA shocks for 6 years and I think that they are as good as any.
I think that Rv owners are hood winked by other brands.

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I just upgraded our OEM Bilstein shocks on our '05 Sea Breeze with new Koni's all around - we have nearly 50,000 miles on our RV.

I think I read all the posts - with user reviews for Monroe, Bilstein, Koni's and Roadmaster shocks. It seemed to me, that the ride and performance of the Koni's had the best reviews - so we went with Koni's

For me the ~$225.00 difference between the Koni's and Bilsteins's - when factored over how long we plan to still keep this RV - was small enough that we bought the Koni's.

I've taken a couple of short rides in the RV and can feel the improvement. The big tests will be our trip this weekend to The Big E, and then in 2 weeks - a trip down to Williamsburg, VA.
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:24 PM   #4
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This RV shock review was done a few yews ago in Motorhome magazine and is an
interesting read.
Shock Therapy: RV Shock Absorber Test
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For my 99 Dolphin Koni's were the best choice. Replaced low mileage Bilsteins with them. Wife and I were amazed at the difference in the ride. Only installed them on the front about 1.5 years ago. Took me a long time to decide to spend the money, very happy I did. Will do the rears someday. Ultra RV Products has them for a good price and free shipping.

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Koni's are well worth the price. For my coach (28K GVWR) they last longer and provide a better ride.
IIRC the article in MH Magazine decided the Bilstien's were the preferred product. However as one reader on this forum noted, Camping World sells them and MH magazine and Camping World are parts of the same organization so there could be some bias there.
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Old 09-23-2016, 04:59 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by GREGORYJ View Post
This RV shock review was done a few yews ago in Motorhome magazine and is an
interesting read.
Shock Therapy: RV Shock Absorber Test
WOW, What a great shock review. Once our budget recovers from upgrading to a new to us coach shocks are on the top of my list. As I sometimes error with the cost more must be better this time i will most likely not.

As always this forum teaches me new things.

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