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Old 11-10-2008, 05:33 PM   #1
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I posted this once, but I just realized I did not post it in here. Sorry! Rookies!! I want to replace the shocks on my 1998 Tradewinds. I would really appreciate your suggestions and why you are making the suggestion. Thanks and please forgive the double post.
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I posted this once, but I just realized I did not post it in here. Sorry! Rookies!! I want to replace the shocks on my 1998 Tradewinds. I would really appreciate your suggestions and why you are making the suggestion. Thanks and please forgive the double post.
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Old 11-11-2008, 03:12 AM   #3
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For what it's worth...when I replaced the tires on my Dolphin, I also replaced the shocks.
The factory shocks were so worn that with 2 of them, the mechanic actually had no trouble pushing the cylinder(s) in and out. Completely ruined. 27,000 miles. With the new ones, there is an improvement in stability (beached whale syndrome) but the motorhome is top-heavy anyway.....I used Camping World and they have Girling (spelling?). Others like Koni....up to you.
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Old 11-11-2008, 04:43 AM   #4
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I put Bilstein gas shocks on my MH and they are great. They are guaranteed for life. They really helped in crosswinds and when trucks pass.
Check them out at
http://www.bilstein.com/rvs.php
Camping World sell them also
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Old 11-11-2008, 06:36 AM   #5
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We don't have the same MH as you, we have 2004 Dolphin. We bought it used with 10,000 miles on it. On our first trip we knew we needed to change shocks. We changed to Bilsteins and it handled much better although the ride was a little harsh. Koni then introduced the FSD shock for Workhorse chassis. After reading all the wonderful posts here on the net about Koni's and how much better they were, we changed the new Bilsteins for the Koni's. Really made a big difference. The Koni's ride smoother, less roll in & out of driveways and hug the road better on staight aways & curves. I bought our shocks @ www.shox.com. The Bilsteins I have are BE5-A010-HO & BE5-A011-HO. If they will fit your Tradewind You can have them for Free. Just PM me.
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:12 PM   #6
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Koni's if price is not a concern, otherwise go with the Bilsteins. Also, owners that have a soft riding P chassis like me, don't notice the Bilstein stiffness like another chassis might, that is kinda rough to start with.
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:22 PM   #7
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I replaced my shocks with Bilsteins. I agree with Belgians post. They are harsh. Belgian and I have the same MH. I wish I tried the Koni's which seem to be well regarded.
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:43 PM   #8
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Had Bilsteins on our W24 when new. Changed to the Koni FSD's and have never been happier. The billies are to stiff for the W24, In My Opinion. Flame suit ready. The first stop on the first trip we made in the Dolphin was going to be getting rid of the Dolphin. That all changed when I put on the Koni's. We like'm a lot.
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