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Old 04-25-2015, 03:21 PM   #1
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Dexter axle shock absorber

I know the topic of how to determine when a new axle replacement is in order has been beaten to death...

I've scoured the forums and determined that my 1992 Scamp 16 axle is still holding up. But probably just barely (as I believe it is 23 years old). I have plenty of space between the wheel & wheel well using the "fist" method. I do not see any tire marks inside the wheel well from the tire scraping. I still need to measure the angle of the axle arm.

That being said, we do notice our cushions & some equipment becoming displaced inside the camper during travel. I assume that means there isn't much cushion left in the axle. I read on a forum that Dexter makes shock absorbers for their axles? I saw some debate on whether people would use both a torsion axle & shock absorber. Knowing the age of my axle and the displacement of equipment, is this something I could benefit from to take the edge off? Is this even an option, or did I misread the thread? Thanks!
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Old 04-25-2015, 04:46 PM   #2
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I can't say for sure that Dexter offers shock absorbers for their axles. A company called orbital machine works, does make shock kits for Casitas which have Dexter axles. Contact them. They are a good outfit. We used to sometimes find our side table and the cushions on the floor but not anymore. They may offer something for scamps.
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Old 04-25-2015, 06:18 PM   #3
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My 1988 Scamp had plenty of clearance between the tire and body, and no evidence of rub but the axle was still DEAD, DEAD, DEAD. Putting shocks on an axle with NO movement to it would not have done anything.
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Old 04-25-2015, 06:54 PM   #4
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My 1988 Scamp had plenty of clearance between the tire and body, and no evidence of rub but the axle was still DEAD, DEAD, DEAD. Putting shocks on an axle with NO movement to it would not have done anything.
Ahhhhh ok understood! I suppose my next check then will be the movement in the axle...having someone bounce inside or on the bumper?

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Old 04-26-2015, 04:33 PM   #5
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On the Dexter site enter shock absorber kit in the search box and it will show two different kits. They may not be intended for the torsion axles, though. I'd go with the Orbital Machine Works versions. They make a fair amount of mods for Casitas and have Scamp versions for at least some.

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Old 04-28-2015, 11:07 AM   #6
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I have an interest in adding shock absorbers to my 2014 Scamp 16 ft. The people at Scamp seem to think it doesn't make any difference. What I hear Steve saying seems to say otherwise. We always have a lot of displaced cushions and the like whenever we travel with our Scamp. We are leaving for a 4 week 6000 mile road trip in less than 3 weeks and want to rectify this problem shortly. I want to hear a resounding yes! from those of you who have had good results from the addition of shocks on your FGRV.
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Ahhhhh ok understood! I suppose my next check then will be the movement in the axle...having someone bounce inside or on the bumper?

Thanks for the replies!
That works Another way is to look at the position of the axle arm the number of degrees it is pointed up vs parallel to the trailer frame. The higher it points up the higher the likelihood you need a new axle.

Also whether or not the torsion arms move at all when jacked up - little to no movement when taking the weight off the tire would suggest a shoot axle.
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I have an interest in adding shock absorbers to my 2014 Scamp 16 ft. The people at Scamp seem to think it doesn't make any difference. What I hear Steve saying seems to say otherwise. We always have a lot of displaced cushions and the like whenever we travel with our Scamp. We are leaving for a 4 week 6000 mile road trip in less than 3 weeks and want to rectify this problem shortly. I want to hear a resounding yes! from those of you who have had good results from the addition of shocks on your FGRV.


Jim,

I believe you emailed me earlier today @orbital machine works, and I have replied to your email.
Bottom line is we do not make shock kits for Scamps - mainly because of the abuse I got on this thread
when I was asking if there was any interest, after we made a kit for Casitas.
In case anyone with a torflex axle would care to see what they are missing, you may want to take a peek at these waveforms


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Jim,

I believe you emailed me earlier today @orbital machine works, and I have replied to your email.
Bottom line is we do not make shock kits for Scamps - mainly because of the abuse I got on this thread
when I was asking if there was any interest, after we made a kit for Casitas.
In case anyone with a torflex axle would care to see what they are missing, you may want to take a peek at these waveforms


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Jim I'm sorry to hear of your thoughts of abuse by members here. From what I've read from members who have installed your shock kits, it has worked out very well for them. I think the video shows the difference in performance perfectly. It does seem that a lot of owners are more into smaller mods/upgrades for personal use than adding something that would let the trailer work easier. I haven't had to many things rearrange themselves during a trip but I am leaning toward adding your shocks to my rig. If for nothing else but to ease the frame jolting and metal fatigue.
Have no idea how many you've sold to Casita owners but despite what some folks have said, I really think the Scamp owners would come through for you if you made them up to fit their rigs. I installed your lift kit on my SD17. The quality/fit and finish were top notch.
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I would still want shock kit for my Scamp, but I have a Flexiride axle now.
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We found a shock retro kit through the Monroe dealer in our area (Napa Auto Parts)
have leaf spring axle so worked well.
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That works Another way is to look at the position of the axle arm the number of degrees it is pointed up vs parallel to the trailer frame. The higher it points up the higher the likelihood you need a new axle.

Also whether or not the torsion arms move at all when jacked up - little to no movement when taking the weight off the tire would suggest a shoot axle.
Thank you Carol!
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We found a shock retro kit through the Monroe dealer in our area (Napa Auto Parts)
have leaf spring axle so worked well.
From what others have messaged me, anything from Dexter was for a leaf spring as well
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