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Old 06-22-2015, 04:41 PM   #1
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Need new shocks on my '12 Sanibel 3500

I've got about 20,000 miles on my '12 Sanibel 3500 and it needs new shocks. I've found regular replacements-Lippert heavy duty shocks- but they don't seem to be all that heavy duty to me. Has anyone found a heavier duty shock than Lippert installed at the factory??

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Old 06-22-2015, 05:03 PM   #2
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Lippert makes the frame for the Sanibel as well as many other models. So I guess that they put their own shocks on their frames. I had this problem with my old 5th wheel and was able to remove one shock that it into NAPA and they were able to cross the old shock to many models made by others.
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Take one to NAPA or any other parts store. They can cross to a Monroe which is better and only costs a few dollars more. I think you will find that the old shocks are bent, frozen up or have no action. That's what happened to the ones on previous rig after only a few thousand miles.
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Thanks, these are just worn out, I'll check with NAPA and see what they can do.

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Old 06-30-2015, 09:44 AM   #5
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Thanks, these are just worn out, I'll check with NAPA and see what they can do.

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I would be interested in hearing what you found at NAPA.
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Old 06-30-2015, 09:51 AM   #6
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You can measure the compressed length and extended length of your old shock and find a Monroe replacement.
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I've been disappointed with parts counter people for years, if they don't have a make/model/year to put in their computer they can't find anything BUT I got them to give me their book and I found only one shock with the same specs and it was a basic passenger car shock #5157-NAPA brand made by Monroe. I don't think it will be enough dampening on a #15000 5th wheel... Hopefully my shocks from Lippert will arrive today so I can get them on tomorrow morning early before it hits 100*.

If the shocks were just mounted with eyes on each end better replacements would be easy to find.

I suppose I'll get another set on the way when i get about 10,000 miles on these.

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I've been disappointed with parts counter people for years, if they don't have a make/model/year to put in their computer they can't find anything BUT I got them to give me their book and I found only one shock with the same specs and it was a basic passenger car shock #5157-NAPA brand made by Monroe. I don't think it will be enough dampening on a #15000 5th wheel... Hopefully my shocks from Lippert will arrive today so I can get them on tomorrow morning early before it hits 100*.

If the shocks were just mounted with eyes on each end better replacements would be easy to find.

I suppose I'll get another set on the way when i get about 10,000 miles on these.

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I sincerely doubt that Lippert shocks are as good as Monroe and the valving will probably be the same. IIRC, they are probably 65/45 valving. IMO, I would go with Monroe as they probably sell to Lippert and have been making shocks longer than Lippert has been in existence.
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There should have been a name and part number stamped on the bottom of the shock.
Lippert likely doesn't even make there own shock as suggested.

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