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kfp673

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Hello All,

We have an Outback 325BH for a bit over a year now. I have read threads over the years on this forum about trailer suspension upgrades and I'm trying to understand more to help me decide if I should consider upgrading suspension on a fairly new trailer. I was in the parts department of the dealer recently and asked about it and it did not sound like something they do often, but on forums it seems like a popular move.

So what are the real world advantages of trailer suspension upgrade? What are the recommended brands? And for those of you that have done it on your travel trailer, is it truly worth it?

The reason I am considering it is I feel like I either pick up or have to tighten screws, realign things, etc after every long haul. I wonder if improving the ride of the camper will make the interior hold together longer?? Also, how does it impact towing? I dont have any complaints in how it tows, but you dont know what you dont know. And do most replace axels at the same time or just leave factory unless there is a problem?

Finally, is suspension a job I can o myself? I have the tools including air tools and floor jacks. I'm fairly handy but at the same time not a mechanic.

Thanks all!

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I replaced my equalizers with dexter EZ Flez equalizers amd a wet bolt kit with bronze bushings (they have a complete kit). One of the best mods I did to our 35ft TT. When I removed he old pieces everything was so loose I finally knew why he trailers always had a bit of sway that I could not get rid of. All the bolts were worn to the point of being dangerous, this was after approx 5k miles! The plastic bushings were gone. You can't feel or see this looseness when it's one the ground. When it was sitting on jack stands you could push the axles side to side easily. I think I paid around $200 from Amazon years ago. Definitely worth every pennny!


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I have never done this as a premptive strike. But, it is not a bad idea. All 3 of my TTs have ended up with upgraded running gear, due to the stock stuff failing.

Hard to say what you should do.. A lot probably depends on how often you use it, and how hard.
I will say that the stock stuff needs to be babied.
I too give a thumbs up to the shock absorbing equalizers made by Dexter and Lippert. They both operate under the same principle and both get good reviews. They are of course a wear item, but last a good long time.
If doing this. there are some differences in measurements and ratings between the two brands, so pay attention to that. All else being equal, buy the ones that are the cheapest,
I have run the wet bolts, and though they are an upgrade, I now run the Lippert Never Fail bushings. I like them a lot better. No greasing and they last a long time.

Want the very best? Get the MorRyde setup with disc brakes. Not cheap.

Personally, I would just upgrade as needed due to failures. You may not have the TT long enough to make it worth while upgrading as a prevenative measure.

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The only change I made to my new TT was to add wet bolts and bronze bushings. You could heart a difference at low speeds because the creaking, grinding sound was gone when we hit bumps. With the new bushings and bolts, there is no noise so I am guessing a lot less wear.


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My TT came with the MR 3000, wet bolts and shocks. Floats like a butterfly.

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After an 8,000 mile trip last spring to the northeast USA, & Canada, we upgraded to the MorRyde CRE 3000 system. Last month, we completed a 3,800 mile trip to Banff & Jasper National Parks. The trailer did seem to tow smoother. We have some towels that hang in the rear bath that used to shake off the hooks, now they stay on the hooks. Not real scientific, but the only indicator that I have.

As far as loose screws, I carry a small tube of Loctite Blue (not the Red) and put a small drop on any screws that have worked loose.


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BarabooBob wrote:

The only change I made to my new TT was to add wet bolts and bronze bushings. You could heart a difference at low speeds because the creaking, grinding sound was gone when we hit bumps. With the new bushings and bolts, there is no noise so I am guessing a lot less wear.


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Might I offer a suggestion? Prior to spending big bucks for a suspension upgrade, have a reputable shop balance your tires. Try it for a while and if you still have the original problem, go with the suspension upgrades.
I installed an accelerometer in my Jayco TT and measured before and after dBg readings. Balancing the tires made a substantial difference in lowering the numbers.


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Thanks all! Appreciate the info! I will search for some install videos to see if I am comfortable with this install.

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