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Old 12-16-2012, 08:29 AM   #1
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Shock absorbers on trailer

Has any one ever added shocks to their trailer? Would it do anything or just be a waste of cash
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:51 AM   #2
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They should help stabilize the ride. The RVs that we had rode very smooth. Out current TV has the Mor-ride suspension and does well without the shocks.

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Old 12-16-2012, 10:22 AM   #3
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:46 AM   #4
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Our 5th wheel comes with shocks, as I believe several other brands do as well. Do they help, don't know as I don't ride back there. I do know that when we stop after going on rough roads some stuff in the cabinets is not where I put it starting out.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:35 AM   #5
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Just like in your car,
adjusting air pressure in your tires can go a long way in smoothing the ride out
(within reason and safety to ensure the load carrying is not compromised!)

so weigh your rv, see what psi your tires need to have to carry that load and give it a bit more for safety - then ride along
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I rode in the trailer once. Never again! Very rough and bouncy.

Are you planning on riding in it?
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We once had a rear kitchen 30' 5th wheel that came without OEM shocks. It wasn't unusual to find cabinet doors open and stuff on the floor when we arrived at a campsite. Adding shocks to the existing OEM shock brackets made a pretty substantial improvement in the 5th wheel's ride as measured by a marked reduction in the disarray at the end of a trip.

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just to add to the OP's question; what are a good repalcement shock for a 5th wheel trailer?
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I once added shocks to a Jayco Designer 5th wheel I once owned. It had the brackets for shocks, but no shocks. I added them. I think it rode WORSE after that. I would constantly find drawers and doors flung open inside.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:10 PM   #10
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Thanks for the input everyone I think I will sit on this thought for awhile
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:16 PM   #11
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First one should never ride in a trailer.. Depending on where you are you can either...

1: Get away with it
2: Get in trouble if something goes wrong
3: Get in trouble if someone finds out. (Police type someone).

And things, according to Murphy, always go wrong (The one law that is never violated is Murphy's law. Things ALWAYS go wrong, sooner or later). next page.

Though I have never seen shocks on a trailer myself, And due to the above I'm not worried abuut the ride.. I do worry about other things, like control and handling and those too would be improved. Thus it might be worth it.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:34 PM   #12
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Handling and control were the thought for this. No one I there right mind should ever let any body ride in a trailer while in tow. But then again it was good for some one to mention it because over and over again people do stupid things
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Northwood products build their own trailer frames and have mounts for shocks. Our Arctic Fox has 'em. I thought it was because they are more prone to be used for less gentile camping areas and have to negotiate poor off-road conditions. No idea if they are necessary or a gimmick, but Nash and AF are hell for stout.
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In California it is legal to ride in a fifth wheel as long as there is communications available between the trailer and the driver.
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