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Rickyrocket
Explorer
Explorer
I don't know why travel trailer and 5th wheels don't have shocks.Ive searched and found a couple of kits, has anyone installed one of these? They're pretty pricy and I really want to know if it was worth it.
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lenr
Explorer II
Explorer II
The MORRyde SRE4000 is the best rubberized equalizer out there. It allows more axle movement (watch their video.) It eliminated virtually all chucking on our fifth wheel. Their SRE3000 is similar to all the others. You have to have enough clearance above the tire and it raises the trailer 1.25". I'd do it before shocks because so simple.

JIMNLIN
Explorer
Explorer
Our 1st 5th wheel rv trailer was a new 1984 29' Aljo (no shocks) 4400 lb tandem axles rear bath pulled with a 2500 chevy 5.7 engine 4L-60 tranny.

This trailer pulled easy with no bucking. A empty flat bed GN/pintle/bumper ball trailer can kick occupants in the cab even with my one ton drw trucks.
However every trip all the contents cabinets/drawers in the rear bath were scattered every where.

In 1990 I added shocks (Kit from Monroe) on each axle.
Ride in the cab had no change but no more contents scattered in the rear bath.

Our last two 5th wheel rear kitchen rv trailer came with shocks. No issues with ride or shook up contents in the rear kitchen.

Small Light weight trailers (rv or non rv) with lighter axle capacities probably don't need shocks.
"good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment" ............ Will Rogers

'03 2500 QC Dodge/Cummins HO 3.73 6 speed manual Jacobs Westach
'97 Park Avanue 28' 5er 11200 two slides

Rickyrocket
Explorer
Explorer
JBarca lot of good info there, I'm leaning towards making my own brackets also,thanks.

profdant139
Explorer II
Explorer II
For what it's worth, I had the dealer add shocks to my leaf spring suspension. My trailer is 12 feet long and weighs 2500 pounds wet. It tows nicely.

Not sure the shocks are really necessary, but they give me extra peace of mind. We got the trailer new in 2012 and have towed it about ten thousand miles a year since then, over all sorts of roads.
2012 Fun Finder X-139 "Boondock Style" (axle-flipped and extra insulation)
2013 Toyota Tacoma Off-Road (semi-beefy tires and components)
Our trips -- pix and text
About our trailer
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single list."

JBarca
Nomad II
Nomad II
Rickyrocket wrote:
I don't know why travel trailer and 5th wheels don't have shocks.Ive searched and found a couple of kits, has anyone installed one of these? They're pretty pricy and I really want to know if it was worth it.


Hi,

If you are on leaf spring suspension and plan on keeping your camper for a long time, shocks are worth it in my opinion when installed correctly.

My camper is 32 ft. long and is now 20 years old since it was made. We bought it used in 2007, and it did not come with shocks. I added them, and back then, there were very few to no kits available, so I made my own. See here for how I mounted my Monro Magnum gas shocks. https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24776971.cfm

This is what shocks did for my camper. Before shocks, any size bump I went over at most any speed above 20 mph, I would get six oscillation cycles up and down of the camper. Just looking in the rearview mirror, you can see the entire length of the camper doing a wave up-and-down cycle effect from the start of the bump. The bigger the bump, the higher the camper flexing, which would last six cycles to tame it back down.

After the shocks were installed, the six cycles went down to one cycle of up and down, and that was it. Yes, that dramatic. The steel frame and camper body flexing were reduced from six to one.

I also went with the rubber equalizer, now using the Trail Aire, but I had the Dexter before that. Both rubber equalizers tame the sudden jolt and bang of force into the suspension when you hit the bump. However, the rubber equalizer will not change the number of camper frame flex cycles. Shocks and the rubber equalizer do different things; both are good things to do to help lower the stress on the camper's body and trailer frame.

Both shocks and the rubber equalizer help the camper last longer by lowering the flexing stress into the trailer frame and the camper's body. If you trade the camper every 3 to 5 years for a new one, you may see less benefit.

Heads up, many shocks are mounted wrong by the RV manufacturer. A shock closer to horizontal will have little effect as opposed to one mounted more vertically like they are intended to be. If you are mounting your shocks, read up on the mounting angle from the shock manufacturers, not the RV manufacturers.

Hope this helps

John
2005 Ford F350 Super Duty, 4x4; 6.8L V10 with 4.10 RA, 21,000 GCWR, 11,000 GVWR, upgraded 2 1/2" Towbeast Receiver. Hitched with a 1,700# Reese HP WD, HP Dual Cam to a 2004 Sunline Solaris T310R travel trailer.

goducks10
Explorer
Explorer
valhalla360 wrote:
goducks10 wrote:
My Outdoors RV TT came with shocks and a CRE3000. Rides like a Caddy over bumps. The only bumps I feel when towing are from the trucks rear tires hitting rough patches.
Those aftermarket kits are expensive but worth it if you're having ride issues with the trailer. I put shocks on my last 5er as a DIY. Bought the shocks and welded brackets.
If you have a standard non cushioned equalizer then I'd install a cushioned one 1st. That may help enough.


Never had shocks on a trailer and don't feel bumps on the trailer. The only exception was a utility trailer riding empty but once you put some stuff on it, it settled right down.


Had a 2010 Heartland POS TT with the Wide Traxx wheel spacing and no cushioned equalizer. Felt every but when the TT went over it. Added shocks and that took a good bit of it out. At the time it was all but impossible to find a cushioned equalizer for the wide axle spacing.

valhalla360
Nomad III
Nomad III
deltabravo wrote:
As far as I know, Northwood and ORV (Outdoors RV) install shocks on all of their trailers.

valhalla360 wrote:
Never had shocks on a trailer and don't feel bumps on the trailer. The only exception was a utility trailer riding empty but once you put some stuff on it, it settled right down.


Torsion axle utility and Cargo trailers ride much smoother empty compared to leaf spring trailers.

I bought https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrrbY37Xrs4 for a song back in 2018 when Home Depot surplussed it.

I use it weekly now.


It was a cheap utility trailer bought used for $200.

The travel trailers and 5th wheels, I've towed, have had no issues with "feel" while driving. Just got back from a 12,000mile run to alaska and back.
Tammy & Mike
Ford F250 V10
2021 Gray Wolf
Gemini Catamaran 34'
Full Time spliting time between boat and RV

deltabravo
Nomad
Nomad
As far as I know, Northwood and ORV (Outdoors RV) install shocks on all of their trailers.

valhalla360 wrote:
Never had shocks on a trailer and don't feel bumps on the trailer. The only exception was a utility trailer riding empty but once you put some stuff on it, it settled right down.


Torsion axle utility and Cargo trailers ride much smoother empty compared to leaf spring trailers.

I bought https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrrbY37Xrs4 for a song back in 2018 when Home Depot surplussed it.

I use it weekly now.
2009 Silverado 3500HD Dually, D/A, CCLB 4x4 (bought new 8/30/09)
2018 Arctic Fox 992 with an Onan 2500i "quiet" model generator

ScottG
Nomad
Nomad
Shocks help with the tug feeling of things like expansion joints or pot holes. Makes for a more enjoyable towing experience and is like night and day.
I've heard that systems like MORryde equalizers have the same effect.

valhalla360
Nomad III
Nomad III
goducks10 wrote:
My Outdoors RV TT came with shocks and a CRE3000. Rides like a Caddy over bumps. The only bumps I feel when towing are from the trucks rear tires hitting rough patches.
Those aftermarket kits are expensive but worth it if you're having ride issues with the trailer. I put shocks on my last 5er as a DIY. Bought the shocks and welded brackets.
If you have a standard non cushioned equalizer then I'd install a cushioned one 1st. That may help enough.


Never had shocks on a trailer and don't feel bumps on the trailer. The only exception was a utility trailer riding empty but once you put some stuff on it, it settled right down.
Tammy & Mike
Ford F250 V10
2021 Gray Wolf
Gemini Catamaran 34'
Full Time spliting time between boat and RV

ScottG
Nomad
Nomad
My Arctic Fox does.
My last TT didn't so I added them. Well worth it.

Boomerweps
Explorer
Explorer
My plan is to add trailer Sumo Springs IF the bounce gets too much for me.
They should absorb the compression hits like a shock absorber, easy install, less wear and tear.
2019 Wolf Pup 16 BHS Limited, axle flipped
2019 F150 4x4 SCrew SB STX 5.0 3.55 factory tow package, 7000#GVWR, 1990 CC Tow mirrors, ITBC, SumoSprings,

Rickyrocket
Explorer
Explorer
I haven't had issues but there's baby carriages with beefier suspension. I was looking for a real person's experience and I thank you for your replies.

goducks10
Explorer
Explorer
My Outdoors RV TT came with shocks and a CRE3000. Rides like a Caddy over bumps. The only bumps I feel when towing are from the trucks rear tires hitting rough patches.
Those aftermarket kits are expensive but worth it if you're having ride issues with the trailer. I put shocks on my last 5er as a DIY. Bought the shocks and welded brackets.
If you have a standard non cushioned equalizer then I'd install a cushioned one 1st. That may help enough.