Caravan and Camper Trailer Shock Absorbers
Caravan shock absorber kit by Couplemate is a favourite premium absorber kit used on Jayco, Coromal and all modern caravans in Australia.
Shockies dampen the energy from rough roads that would otherwise travel through your caravan.
A helpful tip for caravanners is to line cupboards and cutlery tray with neoprene rubber. This rubber provides a little extra shock absorption to prolong the life of electrical and other expensive equipment in the caravan.
Further, shock absorbers do not carry any leaf spring load or otherwise share spring suspension weight.
The popular myth that shock absorber kits carry trailer weight, is false.
Our best guess is the life of a dampener absorber expires within five years of purchase.
Dampener Vs No Dampener
- 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.
Your complete guide to Caravan Shock Absorbers is available here.
Purchase Alko shock absorbers here
Shock Absorber Installation
Install your shock absorber at 90 degree’s to the spring travel. In most instances, this is 15-30 degree to vertical.
Install on an axle of 15-30 degrees to the vertical and about 300mm length or half-open.
Worn parts, parts rubbing together, loose nuts, worn utensils, etc. are all signs of a trailer without a caravan shock absorber.
Specific installation instructions do vary as the ideal shock absorber mounting position will depend on wheel size and spring type. We recommend a qualified service mechanic (either vehicle or caravan) to install shock absorbers.
However, if you are looking to install Couplemate shock absorbers ‘DIY’ you can refer to our general mounting guidelines which provide an indication of best practice for installation. Download the Couplemate Shock Absorber Mounting Guide here.
Why are shock absorbers important for your trailer or independent coil spring suspension?
Do you remember Henry Ford? Ah yes, I thought that name would ring a bell.
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 – Henry sold more cars.
In fact, he sold so many, other manufacturers eventually installed shock absorbers on their vehicles.
We reckon your caravan needs them too.
Couplemate Trailer Parts sells only the best quality Caravan Shock Absorbers and caravan spare parts throughout Australia.
Customers are welcome to either pickup or take advantage of our low freight rates. Express shipping to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, and Hobart.
We also ship products to New Zealand via Australia Post Air Express.
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