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Old 09-02-2013, 09:29 PM   #1
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has any scamp fifth wheel owners put shocks on to stop the bounce?
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:39 PM   #2
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they have 5th wheel hitches with shocks that help with the connection, but if the unit has torsion axles, shocks are normally not used, they are saved for spring set ups.
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they have 5th wheel hitches with shocks that help with the connection...
Too bad the Scamp 19 is not a fifth-wheel... but that's another recent contentious issue.

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... if the unit has torsion axles, shocks are normally not used, they are saved for spring set ups.
Although rubber suspensions are better damped than leaf-spring suspensions, and so shocks are more needed and thus more commonly added to leaf-spring systems, there are lots of shocks on "rubber torsion" suspensions. Airstream has used "rubber torsion" axles exclusively for decades (and are currently using Dexter's Torflex), and they put shocks on them as standard equipment.

Although European rubber torsion trailer suspensions have shocks available as optional equipment, they are generally not sold here. Since Monroe discontinued their bolt-on shock absorber retrofit kit, adding shocks to North American rubber suspensions has been a custom fabrication exercise... which has been done by some FiberglassRV members.

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I've personal seen three trailers with torsion axles and shock absorbers. Larry Page's Scamp 5er, Gene Layton's 17' Casita and Merle Lilly's Scamp 5er with dual axles. See the picture of Merle's in the third page of this PDF: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/d...mAxleSetup.pdf
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It is possible that the rubber in the Scamp's suspension is worn out, and that with a new suspension (axle) the bounce would be substantially reduced, even without shocks.
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Mine doesn't have much trouble with bounce, but I have a new axle and a fifth wheel hitch with poly shock absorbers.
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they have 5th wheel hitches with shocks that help with the connection...
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Too bad the Scamp 19 is not a fifth-wheel...
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... I have a new axle and a fifth wheel hitch with poly shock absorbers.
Although a stock Scamp 19 is not a fifth-wheel, Jared's trailer is.
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Sorry, should have mentioned that. I also keep my trailer tires at 60 psi, so it would ride even better with less.
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