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Old 03-29-2014, 02:03 PM   #1
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Adding shocks to a 5th wheel

I am picking up a new Columbus 365 RL and I would like to get the groups opinion on whether it's worth putting on some shocks to it. The interstates can be brutal!

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Old 03-29-2014, 02:16 PM   #2
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IMO, you can't do anything to improve the ride more than add shocks. I designed my own mounts for the ALKO torsion axles and am VERY pleased with the addition. It was more than worth the effort and money. Others will argue differently as they don't think a trailer needs them. Oh ye of little faith.
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Old 03-29-2014, 03:12 PM   #3
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UPS delivered shocks and mounting kits for my 34' Sabre Silhouette yesterday. My mission is to get the best riding, longest lasting tire life I can provide. Balanced the wheels with a trusty bubble balancer (twice a year) this morning and manually adjusted the brakes then greased the axles. The other option to stop trailer chucking was a $1000 air ride pin box, but that does nothing for tire wear. Ordered shock kit from Camping World for less than $400, of course I now need to get busy with the hand tools.
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UPS delivered shocks and mounting kits for my 34' Sabre Silhouette yesterday. My mission is to get the best riding, longest lasting tire life I can provide. Balanced the wheels with a trusty bubble balancer (twice a year) this morning and manually adjusted the brakes then greased the axles. The other option to stop trailer chucking was a $1000 air ride pin box, but that does nothing for tire wear. Ordered shock kit from Camping World for less than $400, of course I now need to get busy with the hand tools.
You will be pleased once they are installed.
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I am still trying to evaluate if the Dexter EZ Flex on my Cedar Creek will work almost as good as shocks. I'm thinking 14,000 lbs. doesn't bounce around as much 5,000.
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I am still trying to evaluate if the Dexter EZ Flex on my Cedar Creek will work almost as good as shocks. I'm thinking 14,000 lbs. doesn't bounce around as much 5,000.
The Dexter EZ Flex does not keep the trailer from bouncing on the suspension, it just softens the rear of the front springs and the front of the rear springs.
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