The caravan shock absorber kit dampens the energy from rough roads that otherwise would travel through your caravan.
Caravan shock absorbers do not carry any load. The popular myth caravan shock absorbers take some weight, is false.
Our best guess is 30% of shock absorbers will fail within five years of purchase. Failure will be due to exhaustion of the shock absorber.
Note: Not suited to off-road use due to the short stroke required by caravans used in highway mode.
- A pair of Caravan shock absorbers
- Install at an angle approximately 15% off the vertical, top to the rear of the trailer.
- Closed = 255mm Open = 380mm.
- Bolt size is 12mm
- Compression 80% Opening to 20% Closing.
- Shock absorbers are oil filled.
- 1600kg per pair.
- The normal operating position for these shock absorbers is 300mm.
- Bottom brackets can be flipped to gain or reduce the distance.
- Brackets not included. Click the image to buy shock absorber brackets.
Your shock absorbers should be installed 90 degree’s to you spring travel. In most, this is 15 degree to vertical.
Install on an axle of 15 degrees to the vertical and about 300mm length or 1/2 open.
We cyclic test every batch of trailer shock absorbers to destruction to support the best quality of your equipment.
Worn parts, parts rubbing together, loose nuts, worn utensils, etc. are all signs of a trailer without a caravan shock absorber.
Why are caravan shock absorbers important for your trailer?
Do you remember Henry Ford? Ah yes, I thought that name would ring a bell.
Ole Henry never put shock absorbers on his cars until he got sick of the rough ride. He also needed to sell more cars.
A funny thing happened when Henry put shock absorbers on all his cars, he sold and sold and sold more cars.
Henry sold so many cars that all the world car manufacturers now put shock absorbers on their cars.
We reckon your caravan needs them too.
by Stephen Wotherspoon 17/08/2011 Couplemate Trailer Parts