Originally Posted by Lumatic
Neither of my trailers appear to "bounce around" and I have not had any unusual tire wear except or damage except from a bent spindle. Respectfully, Is your comment based on personal experience or hearsay. I am still waiting to find someone who has had any kind of damage from old shocks.
I wonder the same thing and don't have the answer.
Thanks for asking, and I appreciate the question.
I've seen the odd tire wear first hand (weird cupping) on my own cars and trucks when I didn't have money to replace worn shocks, and have had utility trailers slowly bouncing behind me. Part of the reason for a damper is to keep the tire in contact with the ground, too. This helps with safe braking, cornering, etc. It also ~seems~ that it would help with dampening sway [that's opinion/question].
When I was a teenager, we thought it would be fun to take them off of a car and see what happens. The car kept bouncing and was nearly impossible to control. That lesson probably biases my opinion.
It might not be as big of a deal on the Dexter design or with the low center of gravity of the AS, but given the choice, I'd prefer to have them. Especially if the trailer came with them. I'm interested in hearing from other Airstreamers who may have had this experience, too. Thanks again for asking.