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Old 07-14-2014, 10:35 AM   #1
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Suspension noise

I have an 11 month old Coachmen Catalina 303KDS. I am really starting to notice how much "creeking", moaning and groaning the suspension is making. I looked for lube points thinking maybe something is in needs of grease but do not see any. Is this cause for concern or normal? I called my dealer and he seemed to think its nothing to worry about, but another opinion Is always nice. My neighbor has a 32' Jayco and it is quiet. Difference in axles/suspension components, quality, what? It's just a little annoying more than anything. Looking to see if anyone else is experiencing this.
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An RV dealer is not going to care about chassis problems, what you got from them is the typical answer when they don't want to be bothered. Take it to a mechanic who specializes in suspension work, or to a big rig mechanic and get their opinion.

My 87 Southwind had noise, but replacement of the old wore out rubber bushing in various places stopped the noise.

An 11 month old rig should not be making noise in the suspension. There is something definitely wrong and it needs to be looked at by someone who is competent and if your dealer had been doing their job competently, they would have told you what I have just told you.

It may cost you some money to get it looked at, but you can then go to the manufacturer with a warranty claim and make them fix the problem when you know what the problem is.

In fact you may want to contact them first, they may even pay to have it looked over to save your that cost. At 11 months you do not have much time to waste in getting it fixed because once you hit that 1 year mark, no one is going to touch it, the cost to repair is going to be all on you.

Good Luck, and be persistent, so if this drags on beyond the 1 year mark you already have a case going and can keep pushing the issue.
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Mine squeeks when you walk front to back and the trailer moves front to back. I can duplicate it outside by gently rocking the trailer front to back. The squeek comes from the suspension and I have apparently sprayed every surface except the noisy one with wd40 and/or silicone. I cant find it. Most times it just disappears. I wondered if it was the brake shoes on the drum.
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You need to install a wet bolt kit. It's a greasable bolt assembly that replaces the bolts that hold the springs on the trailer. They have a zirk fitting on the end and you pump grease into the bolt and that keeps them smooth and quiet.
Or just live with it.
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You need to install a wet bolt kit. It's a greasable bolt assembly that replaces the bolts that hold the springs on the trailer. They have a zirk fitting on the end and you pump grease into the bolt and that keeps them smooth and quiet.
Or just live with it.
Sounds like a good option. I will look into that. Thanks!
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I don't believe it's a problem, things make noise. However, I second the Mor Ryde wet bolt kit. Better components all around.
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I can vouch for Mor Ryde being a great company to buy from. I had questions and they were very quick in responding to my emails as well as sending a couple of parts. The suspension system has helped with my trailer bouncing during traveling and these wet bolts work well to keep the noise down. Plus the wet bolt kit uses shackles that are about 3 times thicker than original shackles - should last for the life of the trailer. I installed by zirks on the inside so I could get to them without taking the wheels off.
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