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Caravan Shock Absorbers

by | Aug 17, 2014 | Trailer & Caravan Safety | 2 comments

Caravan Shock Absorbers

Caravan damage from roads can be disastrous.

shock absorber diagramThe science of Caravan/Camper shock absorbers is all too simple. Remove energy created by rough roads by the use of a dampener.

Dampeners are called Caravan Shock Absorbers and are available here.

In the early last century, Henry Ford thought shock absorbers were not essential equipment on his cars.

Henry said, “The driver and passengers are the shock absorbers”.

Caravans, Trailers, Recreational Vehicles and Off-Road Utility trailers all suffer from vibrations caused by corrugated rough road conditions.

Road Vibrations and Fatigue

Road vibrations cause not only excess wear and tear on caravan components like bearings but also excessive wear and tear on household components inside your unit.

Caravan shock absorbers help reduce bearing wear by dampening the road shocks transmitted through the bearings.

You might also like to read about vibration fatigue in your caravan.

The visual impact of wear and tear on your household components is quite evident after a trip in the outback.

Rough road conditions can affect the fit and operation of quite expensive components like refrigerators, stoves, and other items in your caravan.

Caravan Shock AbsorbersCouplemate Trailer Parts, a long-time Australian supplier of caravan shock absorbers and vehicle and camper Trailer suspension parts, is pleased to announce its latest product release, a line of shock absorber products specifically for Caravans and Off-road Campers.

Americans have been hitting the wide-open road with recreational vehicles and off-road equipment for years.

Enjoying this lifestyle has been a part of being a “Grey Brigade” fraternity.

Future generations are embracing the culture of hitting the open road, as Mum and Dad have done.

Couplemate Trailer Parts is well-known as the manufacturer of “The Marriage Saver” or Trailer Guide.

Exceeding the allowed range of Spring Movement (rebound)

Couplemate Trailer Parts also suggests that without shock absorbers, your RV or trailer will have a “bouncing” ride during off-road trips. Energy is stored in the spring and then released to the trailer, possibly exceeding the allowed range of spring movement.

The image below is the correct way to install your shock absorbers using our shock absorber bracket kit.

To assist with controlling excessive suspension movement without shock absorption requires stiffer (higher rate) springs, which would, in turn, lead to a “harsh” ride.

Shock absorbers allow soft (lower rate) springs to control the rate of suspension movement in response to bumps.

Shock absorbers dampen the motion of the unsprung weight in the direction of spring travel.

Caravan springs do not absorb shock, as springs only store and do not dissipate or absorb energy.

Science has not changed since Henry Ford’s days. If it’s got wheels, then it probably needs shock absorbers.

© Steve Wotherspoon 17th August 2014


  1. Alan Murrie

    Henry Ford thought shock absorbers were NOT NOT NOT essential equipment on his cars.

    • Steve Wotherspoon

      Quite right Alan, thank you for the pickup. Steve Wotherspoon


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