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Old 04-17-2015, 09:58 PM   #1
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Shock Absorbers for Travel Trailers?

A question for the gearheads on the forum....yes or no for shock absorbers? I have an Outdoors RV Black Rock 19B, which leaves the factory without shock absorbers. The equivalent upscale Creekside gets them. Question is, are they necessary? I have owned only two travel trailers; neither had shocks. Never had a stability problem with either, but I do note the Black Rock is a better tow.

I understand the arguments for shocks, but, has anyone done direct testing?

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I think with shocks you will see a lot fewer items being tossed around in the cupboards and refrigerator. Especially if the kitchen is located at the rear of the trailer.
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A question for the gearheads on the forum....yes or no for shock absorbers? I have an Outdoors RV Black Rock 19B, which leaves the factory without shock absorbers. The equivalent upscale Creekside gets them. Question is, are they necessary? I have owned only two travel trailers; neither had shocks. Never had a stability problem with either, but I do note the Black Rock is a better tow.

I understand the arguments for shocks, but, has anyone done direct testing?

Thanks,
Nick B
Had a 2010 Kodiak 23 ft tandem axel no shocks. Bought a Wind River 250 RDSW tandem axel with shocks about 3500lbs heavier and 7 ft longer trailer. The shocks appear to dampen the ride/ bounce. Also have rubber suspension on the Wind
River. I have noticed a better tow with the the Wind River..not so much kangarooing. It just feels better having shocks. No direct testing just my opinion for what it's worth.
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I myself want to install shocks but since the TT never came with them do I drill a hole on each side that a shock should go and what brand do I use?
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Old 04-18-2015, 01:02 AM   #5
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Monroe makes shock retrofit kits.

MONROEŽ COMMERCIAL VEHICLE :: Trailer Retrofit Kits
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They haven't been made for years.

Check this listing for a great price: Monroe Trailer Retrofit Kit - Shockwarehouse.com
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