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Old 03-15-2014, 07:38 AM   #15
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Help me get my head around this. The purpose of shocks is to dampen spring oscillations from either coil or leaf springs which would continue to "bounce" without dampening (a shock absorber) . The rubber in our torsion axles has a natural dampening characteristic. In my mind shocks would just add additional stiffness to an already firm ride.
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Did that video convince you of the benefits of shocks on a Casita?

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Old 05-01-2014, 08:49 PM   #16
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Ian,

Did that video convince you of the benefits of shocks on a Casita?

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Well I guess it didnt convince Ian.
Meanwhile we have some customer testimonials for your delight here.

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Old 05-01-2014, 09:47 PM   #17
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Ian,

Did that video convince you of the benefits of shocks on a Casita?

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That video didn't convince me either. The tires are supposed to bounce a bit and absorb the roughness. Now you might convince me if I could watch the bumpers of with and without to see how much the cabin is moving around.
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Old 05-02-2014, 07:22 AM   #18
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Well I guess it didnt convince Ian.
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Sorry Jim ... don't know how I missed this.
I would not say I am either convinced or not convinced me, but this does intrigue me. The video definitely shows oscillations dampened, my question is what are the compression and rebound rates on the shocks you are using? I would guess (and recommend) a 10%/90% or a 20%/80% where the majority of the dampening takes place on the rebound, this would allow the suspension to work and absorb compression loads without greatly increasing compression rates but dampen extension resulting in controlled oscillations. It also appears that there is a considerable amount of flexing on the outboard shock bracket, although this could be just the positioning of the camera and the illusion that the bracket is flexing.
This is something to think more about
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Old 05-02-2014, 07:38 AM   #19
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Airstreams have had torsion axles AND shocks for decades.
So true Denny and Airstreams have the reputation of being the best towing trailer money can buy.

Tires work best when they stay firmly planted on the road surface. Shocks help them do that.

I commend this company for making available shock kits for the Casita trailers. As the Vid shows and explains they will work and will help with the towability.

Has anyone installed shocks on a glass egg trailer and not noticed an improvement. Don't think so.
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Larry Gamble had the shock kit on display at the 2014 Green Eggs & Ham Rally.
From what I saw they were well designed and solidly constructed . I am seriously looking at installing a set on my 2013 Casita , If they work as well as others have testified I see them as a worthwhile investment . I have read several posts on the Casita Forum stating that after installing the shocks , the contents of the trailer is subject to far less abuse .
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As a soon-to-be TA Escape 5er owner, I'll pay attention to what my new trailer needs. I feel very confident ETI is on top of this. I have absolute confidence ETI wants every 5er TA leaving the factory is the best build possible. YMMV.
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