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Old 02-23-2014, 03:25 PM   #1
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Shocks and/or leaf springs on Casitas

For those with Casitas, have you been following Larry Gamble's thread on the CasitaForum about the shock kit Orbital is building for torsion axle Casitas and Larry's thread about changing to a leaf spring axle?

Cool beans!

IF you are a member, and you have to be to view the thread, it starts right at this direct link: What's in the Works How we stay busy at the shop, post 265
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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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Old 02-23-2014, 04:29 PM   #3
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Ian, it would be best to read the thread. Sounds like there may be a YouTube video coming up, showing the same trailer going down the same lumpy road at the same speed. One with the shocks and one without. You'll be able to judge for yourself.

Larry seems excited about it...
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That video is coming very soon.
Before and after under more or less controlled conditions
It should make a believer out of you.

And Dan just reported back on his weekend jaunt with the shocks fitted.
Since this forum has a family audience I wont repeat his excitement here.
Suffice to say he is very pleased with them.

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Old 02-23-2014, 06:47 PM   #5
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Thanks for responding Jim. I think the vid is going to be great to watch. I don't own a Casita and will never own one now, but know plenty of folks are looking to smooth out the trailer, especially when towing down rough roads going boondocking.
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:12 PM   #6
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Don't speak so soon, Donna- doesn't this mod start out with the same axle you're getting on your Escape (x2)? In fact, I think that most if not all present day fiberglass trailers run the Dexter. Since most are so similar below-the-floor one would think this mod could be done om any one of them.

If results are as impressive as they sound, one would think that the setup would be just as beneficial for any torsion-equipped trailer whose owner intended to use it in the conditions this was designed for.
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It appears the new Escape 5er is going with leaf springs Francesca. Although leafs can be made better with shocks as well. Orbital is first building for the Casita brand, then I bet they'll move on to Scamp and then maybe on to other brands...
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It appears the new Escape 5er is going with leaf springs Francesca. .
Really? The online brochure only says " Tandem Axle Suspension (Size TBA)". I didn't realize that type was up in the air as well as size!

Thanks for the correction...
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Airstreams have had torsion axles AND shocks for decades.
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Yes Francesca. In the original post from Reace he spoke to perhaps going to leaf springs because it's easier when determining the correct height for the different truck beds to tow level. Different height perches and hangers, since they're adjustable. No final decision has been made yet... as far as I know. I've pointed out Larry Gamble's thread about his experiment using leaf springs on his Casita to Reace. All of us that have a 5.0TA on order on sitting on pins and needles!
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The kit is now available and YouTube video is posted. See the thread from Orbital here: CasitaForum, Bolt on shock absorber kit and see the video here: YouTube, Casita Bolt on Shock Kit Demo Be sure to turn up the sound.
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Thanks Donna (our honorary West-Coast agent!)
I started a new thread on Casita Club to unclutter Larry's original thread

Bolt-On Shock Absorber Kit - Orbital Machine Works - The Casita Club Forums

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Thanks Donna (our honorary West-Coast agent!)

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Hardly, I'm just all over the all molded forums reading and gaining knowledge and trying to provide good info to members.

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First batch of Casita Shock Absorber kits are shipping today...

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