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Old 10-20-2015, 11:39 AM   #11
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I do not understand how a spring company can claim that putting a shock kit on a any trailer could make things "worse" any trailer system weather spring or torsion has road shock and vibrations that will be transferred to the frame of the trailer that will then go into the structure of the trailer that will then go into the truck pulling it.
One of the biggest issues with trailers it that the systems used are so old that is it dose little to help not doing damage to the coach, and the bigger and heavier it is the worse the damage can be. So i would try a second company for advice even though i know they are supposed to be respected company.
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This was a small repair shop in Colorado Springs. I didn't have it in me to argue with them - basically, if they didn't want to do it, I didn't want to spend that money with them.

I have now swapped emails with folks via the website link that Turbs provided and it looks like there is a shop in California near where we'll be staying in December. I'll take it there and have them do it.
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Old 11-24-2015, 06:54 PM   #12
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Sonny was superbly helpful in me getting this ordered. Very attentive and helpful over email and on the telephone.

But really, I'm just bumping this thread to remind myself that it's here and to comment on it after next week once the install is completed.
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Old 12-01-2015, 05:47 PM   #13
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Dropped the camper off at the service center this morning (actually got there last night and slept on the street out in front of their place- pretty nice that they have two 50amp plugs for folks). The tech's first glance at things is that my hard propane line (it runs the length of the camper) will be in the way of the mounting brackets. They're going to have to move it and see how they get on.
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Old 12-05-2015, 06:18 PM   #14
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I checked on the camper yesterday and found that the JoyRider installation was going painfully.

First, a hard propane line was in the way on one side. They had to plan for re-routing it around that area.

Second, with an I-beam frame, the holes drilled in the brackets would have meant that the corresponding holes in the frame wouldn't line up. They ended up having to weld the brackets in place.

Third, the original u-bolts weren't nearly long enough, so they had to replace those.

And finally, the installation instructions call for 14" of uncompressed space in the shock (or something). One of 4 made it to 13 3/4"; the remainder were low 13s or in the 12s. I think the last discussion was drilling a new hole in the bracket or something.

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Looks like it wasn't as smooth as expected. But at least it appears the installers handed the issues. That leaves me with a couple of curious questions. Did Sonny consult on the work around? Most important, how's the ride?
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Looks like it wasn't as smooth as expected. But at least it appears the installers handed the issues. That leaves me with a couple of curious questions. Did Sonny consult on the work around? Most important, how's the ride?

I don't know if they've reached out to him. They still have the unit so I haven't taken it for a test drive yet. It'll definitely be put to the test here in SoCal - these roads aren't "bad" with potholes or anything, but they're definitely not smooth.
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I don't know if they've reached out to him. They still have the unit so I haven't taken it for a test drive yet. It'll definitely be put to the test here in SoCal - these roads aren't "bad" with potholes or anything, but they're definitely not smooth.
Nope, if you take I5 NB starting at Bakersfield for the next 15 miles. That will definitely test your new shocks

That was my mistake when I headed to Oregon, should have used 99 north instead and connect to I5 up in northern California . :banghead:
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Old 12-06-2015, 05:35 AM   #18
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Question, why not just make longer axle brackets to get the 14" travel? Plenty of clearance under the axle.
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Old 12-06-2015, 07:08 AM   #19
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I installed my joy riders in about a day hardest part was drilling the frame. was told never to weld any thing to frame .will void war.
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Word of warning. There is not plenty of room under the axle. Do not have anything below scrub line of rims. If some part of suspension is below scrub line and you get a blow out, that part could grab the road and all hell would happen. Trailer is no different than a vehicle when it comes to scrub lines.
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