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Old 08-28-2014, 01:24 PM   #1
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Shocks need replacing

I think the shocks on my 5er needs replacing (12 years old!) and I wonder what others have done about new trailer shocks? Replace with the Dexter parts or after market?

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Old 08-28-2014, 05:58 PM   #2
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Most fifth wheel trailers don't even have shock absorbers. Sorry I cannot be of assistance.
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Old 08-28-2014, 07:33 PM   #3
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A good quality shock whether it be Dexter or aftermarket will work. Make sure they are the proper length so they don't over extend or bottom out.
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Monroe is a good place to look-they make lots to see!!
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The replacement would probably be Monroe #555001. Rockauto.com is a great place to buy. Set of 4 shipped is somewhere around $128.

Remove one note type of ends and measure compressed and extended lengths. They have charts to compare to.
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Old 10-02-2014, 02:32 AM   #6
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Take one of the old shocks off and there should be a name and a number on that shock. Send that to Rockauto.com and they should be able to match you up some good shocks, and yes fifthwheel with shocks ride a lot better. Cheap RV's don't have shocks.
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I have shocks on my Bighorn but they seem to be mounted at a strange angle. I wonder if they really help my rig. Good luck with your repair.
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Last winter I replaced all 4 shocks on our unit due to bottom studs and leaked failures.
The shocks I used were stock at O'Reilly auto parts. The shocks I used were used on the front of 80's Chrysler rear wheel drive cars. Perfect good quality gas shocks to me.
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I replaced mine with Monroe 555025 RV Shock Absorbers. I bought them from Amazon. Absolutely check the compressed and extended lengths to be sure they are the ones you need. You may need the 555001.
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Did the new shocks make a difference in the towing/ride of the trailer? I haven't had the chance to change mine and I'd like to know how high up the list should the new shocks be?

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I don't use shocks for the towing features. But shocks do protect the trailer spring axle vibrations. In addition balancing the wheels would have more importance to the wear and tear of the suspension.
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I always balance my trailer tires! When the tire guys sez "why? It's just a trailer...", I say "balance them!" - they then say "...okay..."

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