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Old 06-19-2021, 10:52 PM   #1
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Suspension kit with shock absorbers for a travel trailer

Would a suspension kit with shock absorbers reduce the wear and tear on a travel trailer when it drives down the road and rattles everything including the screws free?

Currently the GD 17mke TT im thinking of buying has leaf springs and some kind of shackle made by dexter. Looks low cost.
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The better brands of trailer have wet bolts that attach the suspension which use bronze bushings and a bolt that is drilled so grease can be applied periodically to keep the bushings lubed up. They typically have beefier hardware as well. More economical brands use a bushing made from Delrin plastic which is installed dry and is not very durable, some wearing out in as little as 10,000 miles.

Shock absorbers make a huge difference in how well the trailer rides as does tire balancing.
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Old 06-20-2021, 08:14 AM   #3
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GD is notorious for cheaping out on their suspensions. Head over to the the GD owners forum and many over there are adding wet bolt kits and the Morryde CRE3000 along with shocks or Sumo trailer springs.
GD's not alone though. Most of the industry is building trailer suspensions and frames as cheap as possible. Most are made just good enough to get you past their warranty.

GD doesn't weld gussets above the spring hangers on the XKE line. That may not matter since the TT is on the light side.

I would add a CRE3000 equalizer to start with along with wet bolts. If you still have stuff flying around inside the TT then add shocks.

FWIW my TT came with all the above and floats down the road. We have stuff hanging on the walls with command strips and hooks and they've stayed on the walls for the last 2.5 years.

That being said 10's of 1000's of RV trailers go down the road without suspension upgrades and nothing falls apart. It won't hurt to add upgrades but depending on how much you use the TT will determine how necessary the upgrades are.
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My thinking is, as soon as your TT leaves the dealership, install the very best suspension kit you can afford.
It will pay for itself with less repairs due to vibration.
Is this not common sense? What am I missing?
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Old 06-21-2021, 01:17 PM   #5
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My thinking is, as soon as your TT leaves the dealership, install the very best suspension kit you can afford.
It will pay for itself with less repairs due to vibration.
Is this not common sense? What am I missing?
Or you could just buy a trailer that comes with that stuff....

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Or you could just buy a trailer that comes with that stuff....

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Or you could just buy a trailer that comes with that stuff....

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I haven't seen a TT yet that has a suspension designed within the last 50 years. Even the aftermarket kits are a band-aid on what is a poor and barely adequate design. This is why we have endless discussions around towing, WDHs, and tires. They're all trying to make up for the poor suspension on the TT.
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I haven't seen a TT yet that has a suspension designed within the last 50 years. Even the aftermarket kits are a band-aid on what is a poor and barely adequate design. This is why we have endless discussions around towing, WDHs, and tires. They're all trying to make up for the poor suspension on the TT.
Check out ORV; Mine came with the a reinforced I beam frame, integrated A frame, Off Road X4 Suspension Package c/w KYB HD Gas Shocks, MorRyde CRE 3000 Suspension (3" of Addtl Vertical Travel) MorRyde Shackle Kit w/ Bronze Bushings & Greaseable Fittings.... tows like a dream, even without a WD hitch!

If you want better, there is always Black Series but be prepared to pay for it.



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For whatever this is worth, I put shock absorbers on my leaf spring suspension. (Actually, the dealer did it for me.) And it does make a difference in tire wear.

Was it worth the cost? I don't know -- I don't have a way to measure the benefit. But it provides me with some peace of mind, which is worth something.
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I haven't seen a TT yet that has a suspension designed within the last 50 years. Even the aftermarket kits are a band-aid on what is a poor and barely adequate design. This is why we have endless discussions around towing, WDHs, and tires. They're all trying to make up for the poor suspension on the TT.
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Biggest issue with ORV is that they have a very limited dealership west of the Rockies. They're a small time company and if they did have dealerships across the US like the Elkhart gang they probably could never keep up with demand.
Once customers see the difference 1st hand ORV would be swamped with orders.

Is an ORV as good suspension wise as say an Aussie built TT? Heck no but they are a big step above all other TT's. I read lots of brand forums and one of the bigger issues is frames and suspension. You almost never read about ORV frame or suspension issues.
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I installed a Road Armor equalizer, HD shackles and wet bolts and the Moryde shock kit. The only objective evidence I have that it helped is that the ceiling fan pull thingies no longer end up in the ceiling fan light. Sure tows a lot nicer.
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Off Road / Off Grid Performance

Custom Built Off Road Chassis (USA Sourced Steel)

Integrated A-Frame Construction (Ground Clearance)

HD X-Tall 24″ Power Tongue Jack w/ LED Light

Off Road X4 Suspension Package

HD KYB World Class Gas Shocks

MorRyde CRE 3000 (3″ Addtl Vertical Travel)

MorRyde Shackle Kit (Bronze Bushings & Greaseable Fittings

GoodYear E Range 10 Ply Radial Tires

HD Axles w/ Off Road Brake System

Off-Grid Solar Ready Roof Port for up to 510 Watts

Door Side Portable Solar Panel Port for up to 200 Watts

Battery Disconnect w/ Interior Protected Switch

78+ Gallon Fresh Water Capacity

Progressive Dynamics 4 Stage Converter w/ Built In Charge Wizard

Biggest issue with ORV is that they have a very limited dealership west of the Rockies. They're a small time company and if they did have dealerships across the US like the Elkhart gang they probably could never keep up with demand.
Once customers see the difference 1st hand ORV would be swamped with orders.

Is an ORV as good suspension wise as say an Aussie built TT? Heck no but they are a big step above all other TT's. I read lots of brand forums and one of the bigger issues is frames and suspension. You almost never read about ORV frame or suspension issues.
I think they're also incredibly heavy and expensive if I remember correctly
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Off Road / Off Grid Performance

Custom Built Off Road Chassis (USA Sourced Steel)

Integrated A-Frame Construction (Ground Clearance)

HD X-Tall 24″ Power Tongue Jack w/ LED Light

Off Road X4 Suspension Package

HD KYB World Class Gas Shocks

MorRyde CRE 3000 (3″ Addtl Vertical Travel)

MorRyde Shackle Kit (Bronze Bushings & Greaseable Fittings

GoodYear E Range 10 Ply Radial Tires

HD Axles w/ Off Road Brake System

Off-Grid Solar Ready Roof Port for up to 510 Watts

Door Side Portable Solar Panel Port for up to 200 Watts

Battery Disconnect w/ Interior Protected Switch

78+ Gallon Fresh Water Capacity

Progressive Dynamics 4 Stage Converter w/ Built In Charge Wizard

Biggest issue with ORV is that they have a very limited dealership west of the Rockies. They're a small time company and if they did have dealerships across the US like the Elkhart gang they probably could never keep up with demand.
Once customers see the difference 1st hand ORV would be swamped with orders.

Is an ORV as good suspension wise as say an Aussie built TT? Heck no but they are a big step above all other TT's. I read lots of brand forums and one of the bigger issues is frames and suspension. You almost never read about ORV frame or suspension issues.
I'm in an ORV Facebook group (two of them actually) and while the ORV and the Lance try to be different, the ORV is still a barely adequate leaf-spring set-up with unboxed hangers, no way to align the rear wheels, terrible brakes, and no dampers unless you get the custom suspension option, which is only offered on certain models. Yes, ORV makes their own frames, but the axles are Dexter, as are the brakes and bearings.
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I think they're also incredibly heavy and expensive if I remember correctly
Nope, not "incredibly heavy" just not compromised for the half ton crowd. Pricing was about the same as the Rockwood I cross shopped

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