Last updated on January 11th, 2020 at 12:26 pm
Caravan shock absorber kit by Couplemate is a favourite premium shock absorber kit used on Jayco, Coromal and all modern caravans in Australia.
Shockies dampen the energy from rough roads that otherwise travel through your caravan.
Further, shock absorbers do not carry any spring load or otherwise share spring weight. The popular myth shock absorbers take some weight, is false.
Our best guess is the life of a shock absorber expires within five years of purchase.
Shock Absorber Vs No Shock Absorber
- A pair of 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
- Brackets not included.
Couplemate shock absorbers are great value @ $139.95. Al-ko shock absorbers can be purchased here for $159.95
Install your shock absorbers at 90 degree’s to the 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.
Worn parts, parts rubbing together, loose nuts, worn utensils, etc. are all signs of a trailer without a caravan shock absorber.
Why are 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.
A funny thing happened when Henry put shock absorbers on his cars; as a result, Henry sold more cars.
Henry sold so many cars all the world car, and other manufacturers eventually installed shock absorbers on their vehicles.
We reckon your caravan needs them too.
by Stephen Wotherspoon 17/08/2011 Couplemate Trailer Parts