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Old 10-02-2015, 12:49 PM   #1
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Shocks on triple axle toy hauler

Recently I discovered a shock kit designed for trailers to compliment the spring system. Pricey though.

After watching my old toy hauler fall apart over time, I thought maybe these would have value.

Any experience or thoughts on this?

Thank you.
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Old 10-02-2015, 03:55 PM   #2
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Anything that can help absorb the jolt is worthwhile to me. Short of having the MorRyde IS system, a good rubber equalizer system, or the Trailair CenterPoint system and shocks is the way to go if you can pay the price.
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Old 10-02-2015, 04:04 PM   #3
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If you have access to any type of equipment or even make some bolt on plates out of wood then take them to a metal shop it will cost you a lot less to build shock mounts than to buy kits. I've done it for a few TT and it's fairly easy.

If you are the least bit interested I can send some pictures of what I've built and how to do it. It wouldn't cost you more that the price of 4 shocks and some metal plates at probably $13 to $20 each.

If you're still hesitant send me some pics of your set up axles, frame suspension etc from different positions and angles and I'll give you some pointers of where and how to do it. I can even give you a call and talk you through it. It's really not all that difficult.

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TeJay, I would be very interested in seeing what I can do on my 2016 388 Momentum to add shocks. Well that effect my warranty? I can weld and make anything with a little guidance.
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Old 10-02-2015, 05:29 PM   #5
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I can send you more pictures and communicate a lot easier by e-mail. Send that then I'll send you what I have for pics on my TT which we traded a few years ago.

Then you can send me some pics of the axle set up and we can go from there.

When attaching to frames it's best to drill and bolt if possible. Welding is OK but it may compromise the strength of the frame. I've done it but with three axles you've got some weight. When I bolt to a frame if I make a 2" X3" plate for a bracket I always make a 2" X 3" plate and put it on the other side of the frame rail as additional support. I may make the bracket out of 1/2" plate and the backing plate out of 1/4" but you get the idea. All bolts are 7'16" or 1/"2, torqued and blue lock tight as well.

Over on the Ford F-53 forums I put together a rear track bar design from some that I had seen on line. A commercial one can cost $400-$600. This was about $45. Been on the MH for about 10,000 miles with no troubles. I posted some pictures and 0ver 40 individuals asked for pictures/directions so I created it's own thread so I wouldn't have to re-type everything.

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Old 10-02-2015, 06:54 PM   #6
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Hello Tejay. I am interested. How do I send you an email or do I just give you mine?
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Old 10-02-2015, 07:07 PM   #7
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Here is a system ready to go. Yes, more expensive that fabrication, but set up and ready to install...

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I always assumed you could just use 2 sets of shocks for 3" axles:
Shock Kit for 3-Inch Axle Tube - Lippert Components Inc 281281 - Shocks - Camping World

Is this not correct?

Your kit looks much beefier - I'll do shocks eventually, wet bolt first..
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CB, from what I've read, the Lippert kit has far too horizontal of an angle to be effective. This is the advantage of the Joy Rider.
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Only have a dual axle trailer and I see it has the mounts for shocks incorporated already. Is there a noticeable difference to adding them?
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Start with balancing the wheels/tires first.. go from there.
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