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Old 11-13-2015, 03:50 PM   #1
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Shocks or No Shocks?

I received my Dexter Axles today. I ordered them with shock brackets and they arrived without. Should I go ahead and install without the shocks, or should I take them some place locally and have some brackets put on?
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Old 11-13-2015, 03:54 PM   #2
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Personal opinion. Have the brackets properly mounted. The person I bought my Bambi II axle thru made sure the mounts arrived welded properly on my axle.
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:17 PM   #3
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I received my Dexter Axles today. I ordered them with shock brackets and they arrived without. Should I go ahead and install without the shocks, or should I take them some place locally and have some brackets put on?
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Weld the shock brackets on before you install the axle.

I cannot tell who sent you the axles, but if we did, the shock brackets would have been sent separately.

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Old 11-13-2015, 09:46 PM   #4
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Got ours rom Andy, InlandRV. I welded my own from Andys kit on. On our 34' Excella, that was about 3" from the axle plate to the location we welded the new plate. You can mount further out so you can have more clearance and may be able to mount your shock after axle install. I could not. So mounted shock to axle before install. This keeps the "shock" parallel... If I have to remove in future I will bend the plate.
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Old 11-13-2015, 11:26 PM   #5
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Shocks ... there is a reason why they were invented and continued to be used.
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Old 11-14-2015, 11:55 AM   #6
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Uwe Salwender, Area 63 Productions, advises that shocks on Dexter TorFlex axles are decorative. He has tested with and without shocks and finds no difference. In my opinion if the axle supplier thought you should add shocks they should have welded on the brackets in the right spot prior to shipment. Of course everyone is entitled to their own opinion and should do whatever they think best.
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Old 11-14-2015, 01:17 PM   #7
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Shocks or no?

I am the original owner of my 28 year old 25' Excella. Replaced the shocks this year for the first time, with those recommended by Airstream (horizontal mode), and notice a significant difference in the amount of sway and bounce that occurs when someone is walking around in the unit while it is parked. This can only mean there must be considerably more sway and bounce when traveling with no shocks or with those that are too old to function properly. IMHO, it is well worth using shocks to reduce the amount of stress on the trailer that is present without them. I purchased mine from Inland RV.
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Old 11-14-2015, 03:23 PM   #8
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Put the dampers on

You need the damping, put the shocks on. Towing is problematic enough without creating an additional issue to contend with.
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Old 11-14-2015, 05:23 PM   #9
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Uwe Salwender, Area 63 Productions, advises that shocks on Dexter TorFlex axles are decorative. He has tested with and without shocks and finds no difference. In my opinion if the axle supplier thought you should add shocks they should have welded on the brackets in the right spot prior to shipment. Of course everyone is entitled to their own opinion and should do whatever they think best.
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Did he use a flat bed trailer for testing?
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The difference is "night and day"!!! I have new axles and shocks.... Traversing roads that once bounced all over... Now, smooth.
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Old 11-14-2015, 07:26 PM   #11
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Our 22 ft tandem axle Safari came from the factory with no shocks and performs flawlessly :-)
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Old 11-18-2015, 03:18 PM   #12
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We just got new ones and asked for the 32 degree additional lift. Sorry if that verbiage is not quite correct. Being installed as we speak. Old ones and new ones in photograph. Went with Monroe Gas Magnum Shocks.

Lots of threads here on Axles and Shocks. Andy from Inland RV and Colin Hyde great sources and resources.
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I fairly well documented the ever popular "Welding of the Shock Bracket" in my epic, best selling, award winning, thread to end all threads, "Resurrecting Big Bertha; How I Spent $30,000 on a $2,000 trailer"... Pictures and all (to keep it interesting for our north central Florida friends).

I recommend installing them. Someone much smarter than me decided they needed to be there... Now electric brakes on the other hand, there's some weight you can do without! Your truck has brakes! Why bother with them on a trailer?

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I fairly well documented the ever popular "Welding of the Shock Bracket" in my epic, best selling, award winning, thread to end all threads, "Resurrecting Big Bertha; How I Spent $30,000 on a $2,000 trailer"... Pictures and all (to keep it interesting for our north central Florida friends).

I recommend installing them. Someone much smarter than me decided they needed to be there... Now electric brakes on the other hand, there's some weight you can do without! Your truck has brakes! Why bother with them on a trailer?

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