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Old 01-24-2015, 12:08 PM   #1
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Difference with or without Shocks

Knowing that the purpose of shocks is to dampen the leaf springs have any of you notice any great different when towing. I'm assuming that a lot is determined by the tow rig mind being a 17' box van (sucks for jack knifing or putting in tight spots but saves lodging when going to do art show) and a 76 4X4 Ford Ranger. I have a 1999 Prowler 26H with SSlider and I see that the first owner bought that option just wondering your thoughts.

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Old 01-24-2015, 01:29 PM   #2
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Lots of TTs have torsion axle suspension instead of leaf springs. My cargo trailer has Dexter TorFlex axles and therefore doesn't need shocks.

But my TT came with leaf springs and no shocks. I added shocks shortly after my first long trip with the TT. And towing differences are very subtle, but stuff in the trailer tends to stay put with the shocks, instead of being scattered all over the trailer after a rough ride.

Installing shocks on my trailer was no picnic. The welder/fabricator had to fabricate new plates for the bottom of the springs and include a bolt sticking out for the shock to fasten to. He then welded a gusseted bolt to the frame for the upper connection of the shock. Here are the shocks I installed:
Amazon.com: Monroe 557003 Gas-Magnum RV Shock Absorber: Automotive

Works great now. We made a 4,500 mile trip in November without any problems with the TT.

Grumpy ole man with over 50 years towing experience. Now my heaviest trailer is a 7,000-pound enclosed cargo trailer, RV is a 5,600 pound Skyline Nomad Joey 196S, and my tow vehicle is a 2012 F-150 EcoBoost SuperCrew.
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Old 01-24-2015, 02:12 PM   #3
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I've owned trailers with and without shocks. I can't tell any difference.
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I think it's much more important to get the trailer wheels balanced. Mine needed a substantial amount of lead. That vibration is bad for the whole rig, from wheel bearings to beer cans.
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Old 01-25-2015, 11:11 AM   #5
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You may not notice the difference but your stuff in the trailer will. and there may be less wear and tear on the trailer too since there is less violent bouncing trying to tear cabinets loose etc.
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Last two sets of trailer tires have been balanced. They wear evenly and stuff doesn't doesn't jump around inside.

If shocks are part of the deal, great. If not, I don't bother to add them later.
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Old 01-26-2015, 11:57 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone for your views and sure we would all like to hear more. I already own the trailer Timetogo. I've hauled many of utility and car haulers with just the springs and their fine for the use but if you look back the first thing to go or upgrade is leaf springs they just were designed for dampening (uncontrolled) and then along came shocks in cars they were replaced and in trucks and trailers shocks helped control that dampening plus allowing for more carrying load especially on heavier TT like my Prowler.
So like a lot have mentioned I don't believe you'll fill the different but you will see it in the longevity of you trailer and it components.

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