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Old 06-18-2016, 11:27 AM   #1
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No front shocks - really?

We have a '96 Southwind on the P32 chassis, which we have had for about 6 months now and are still learning some of the things about it.

I think the ride at the front seems a little soft. It's not BAD, it just seems that it could be better.
I was researching shocks for that year chassis and wanted to know what the mounts looked like. The RV is currently at a friends house so I asked him to take a picture of the front shocks just so that I could see them. He sends me a picture of where the shocks should be and says "there aren't any front shocks". Sure enough, from what I can tell in the picture there aren't any front shocks, and it doesn't seem like there is a spot where they SHOULD be.
I haven't been under there myself to see, but I believe him as his idea of a good time is to tear apart and put back together old cars and trucks.
There are airbags, inflated to 70lbs, and springs of course, but no shocks.
So I perused the chassis manual I have, it mentions rear shocks and talks about the front airbags, but never specifically mentions front shocks.

So, I know there are lots of '96 P32s out there, do many/all of them not have front shocks and use airbags instead?
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That's odd. Even my light duty (16" wheels) '95 P32 has front shocks.

Here's the view from behind the right tire. The top goes horizontally into the frame.
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That's odd. Even my light duty (16" wheels) '95 P32 has front shocks.

Here's the view from behind the right tire. The top goes horizontally into the frame.
Those are some hella aggressive looking tires, those are on an RV?
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Those are some hella aggressive looking tires, those are on an RV?
I only wish it was 4x4 (6x6?). . I haven't had them long, but they will be getting dirty now and then. BFG AT T/A KO2 for anyone wondering.

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I don't think it would be driveable without front shocks....
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it has to have shocks, someone took them off and never replaced them. Lets see the picture your friend sent you, it will show where it is to be mounted on the lower control arm
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Thanks Guys.
Here's the picture my friend took.

Comparing it to the picture that SHO posted (thank you!) I see that mine is from the front looking back, where SHO's is from the back looking forward. I'm going to try to get out there some evening after work this week and look at it myself, because not having shocks just doesn't make sense to me.
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From that angle you wont be able to see the shock mounts very well. Whom ever ran the air line did a bad job and it looks like it could use new sway bar bushings.
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Yes, I'm not wild about the way that airline was run.
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FYI, I got my friend to take another picture, this time from the same angle as SHO's, and there really ARE shocks under there, just can't see them from the front because they're hidden by the airbags.
Thanks for the help guys!
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Yes, air line is way too tight. I like my air bag pressure around 70 also & soon will be replacing them with Henderson Springs.

Your shocks are most likely toast. I went with Bilsteins and they made a huge difference from my old completely blown out shocks.

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Yes, air line is way too tight. I like my air bag pressure around 70 also & soon will be replacing them with Henderson Springs.

Your shocks are most likely toast. I went with Bilsteins and they made a huge difference from my old completely blown out shocks.

SHO...nice Flair!
wouldn't any decent new shock be a huge improvement over blown out shocks
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wouldn't any decent new shock be a huge improvement over blown out shocks
Yeah...I was trying to be funny but ......FAIL
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I ordered some Konis. Seems like it's one of the brands that folks like. And reading reviews about how the ride changed it seemed more like what I was looking for.
As mentioned though, they've gotta be better than what's there now.
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