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Old 05-04-2011, 12:51 PM   #1
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fifth wheel trailer shocks

has anybody ever heard of shocks on a trailer ?

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Yes. They may be standard equipment (typically on above-entry-level RVs) or optional.


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Old 05-04-2011, 03:21 PM   #3
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Yes, I have a 2009 heartland sundance with shocks on it. Don't ride in it so I can't tell you if they help. Lol
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The torsion suspension systems don't need shocks, the older leaf spring trailers used shocks to control the bouncing that occurs over rough roads.

I had a 1971 AMC Hornet that had coil springs in front and leaf springs in the rear. As an experiment when replacing the shocks, I took the front shocks out and drove around the neighborhood. There wasn't a lot of difference with and without the front shocks, I could tell the front end was a little bouncier. Installed the new front shocks.

The did the same thing in the rear, removed the rear shocks and went for a test drive. The leaf springs had me bouncing all over, I went around the block and called it quits.

NOTE: the AMC Hornet did not use the shocks as a suspension component, only to control movement.

Shocks on a leaf sprung trailer will help keep the silverware in the drawer.
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If you want a smooth ride for your 5'er then shocks are a necesity.
All those broken dishes you read about are in non-shocked trailers.
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Some of the newer models with the Mor-Ryde suspension do not have shocks.
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My 97 Kountryaire came with factory installed Mor-ryde suspension and shocks installed on dexter Axles (triple axles)

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