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What type of suspension does your camper ride on?

Independent Coil
510 (31.2%)
Independent Leaf
65 (4%)
Independent Air
30 (1.8%)
Solid Axle Coil
8 (0.5%)
Solid Axle Leaf
867 (53%)
Solid Axle Air
9 (0.6%)
Rubber Independent (AL-KO)
89 (5.4%)
Independant Asymmetric Link (MC2)
44 (2.7%)
Tandem Roller Rocker
6 (0.4%)
MS Series Suspension
8 (0.5%)

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Re: WHAT TYPE OF SUSPENSION DOES YOUR CAMPER RIDE ON POLL?
« Reply #75 on: September 02, 2013, 07:38:30 PM »
Currently have original leaf slipper springs on my 1980 jayco dove. Tossing up about changing to eye rebound leafs or an alko torsion style setup....any advice??
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Re: WHAT TYPE OF SUSPENSION DOES YOUR CAMPER RIDE ON POLL?
« Reply #76 on: September 02, 2013, 07:42:40 PM »
Shackle springs and add shocks could be another option.
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Re: WHAT TYPE OF SUSPENSION DOES YOUR CAMPER RIDE ON POLL?
« Reply #77 on: September 02, 2013, 07:48:06 PM »
Shackle springs and add shocks could be another option.

Is it worth the hassle of adding shocks or will a decent rebound leaf offer a similar end result?
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Re: WHAT TYPE OF SUSPENSION DOES YOUR CAMPER RIDE ON POLL?
« Reply #78 on: September 02, 2013, 07:57:03 PM »
Depends on what you want to achieve.
And intended use, what space you have underneath etc.
Shocks are needed if you opt for a softly sprung shackle spring(or coils).
Rebound spring is the easiest option.
I like the alko rubber for simplicity.
Dampening is kind of built in with alko.
PS. Just my opinions, I am no mechanic.
I tried slipper springs, rebound springs, then tried shackle springs with shocks.
Suited my needs, but your needs could differ, of course.
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Re: WHAT TYPE OF SUSPENSION DOES YOUR CAMPER RIDE ON POLL?
« Reply #79 on: September 02, 2013, 09:17:17 PM »
Depends on what you want to achieve.
And intended use, what space you have underneath etc.
Shocks are needed if you opt for a softly sprung shackle spring(or coils).
Rebound spring is the easiest option.
I like the alko rubber for simplicity.
Dampening is kind of built in with alko.
PS. Just my opinions, I am no mechanic.
I tried slipper springs, rebound springs, then tried shackle springs with shocks.
Suited my needs, but your needs could differ, of course.

I appreciate your opinion. I have been swaying towards the alko torsion axle as I have a mate pulling one off a boat trailer...however am concerned that I believe they are not a serviceable item.
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Re: WHAT TYPE OF SUSPENSION DOES YOUR CAMPER RIDE ON POLL?
« Reply #80 on: September 02, 2013, 09:38:38 PM »
I don't think there is much that can go wrong on the alko set up.
If it is free or cheap, and the right ride height and track width for you, it is worth a try.
Can always change it out if you hate it.
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WHAT TYPE OF SUSPENSION DOES YOUR CAMPER RIDE ON POLL?
« Reply #81 on: September 05, 2013, 10:03:57 PM »
It's interesting that the industry keep pushing independent suspension systems, yet 60% of us are running solid axle leaf setups!
« Last Edit: September 05, 2013, 11:18:06 PM by iantz »
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Re: WHAT TYPE OF SUSPENSION DOES YOUR CAMPER RIDE ON POLL?
« Reply #82 on: September 15, 2013, 09:38:51 AM »
7 leaf Al-Ko.
45mm square.
Parallel bearings.
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Re: WHAT TYPE OF SUSPENSION DOES YOUR CAMPER RIDE ON POLL?
« Reply #83 on: October 21, 2013, 03:19:35 PM »
Hi boys and girls, I have a desert edge with independant rubber and i wouldn't p..s on it if it was on fire. You need to have it fully loaded to work properly otherwise it bounces around too much and recks your gear inside.

Hi guys (and ladies) first post for me. I've been a member for awhile and been busy doing a lot of reading/research as I'm about to build a camper, well modify and renovate an old cub I have. I've found it very helpful for info and advice Tx, great site. In fact one reason I've taken so long to get started is, every time I read a topic I see another great idea I'd like to incorporate.

I have the independent rubber suspension on my work trailer and it works really well (because it's pretty well loaded all the time) so when I built a box trailer to cart a load of fire wood etc, I used the same suspension and found the same problem Raptor describes. I realised they have no progressive loading and so if you have it set up take a load, anything below that they are useless, in fact I usually carry large drums of water in mine if empty simply to stop it bouncing all over the place at speed. I wouldn't write them off though as the other trailer works well.

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Re: WHAT TYPE OF SUSPENSION DOES YOUR CAMPER RIDE ON POLL?
« Reply #84 on: January 05, 2014, 07:32:17 AM »
Shocks with leaf springs definitely make a difference over rebound springs.
Our grain feeder trailer is on the fourth set of suspension. First was slipper which wore through the slip pads and chassis and bounced everywhere. Second was rebound springs which were better but it still bounced around. We changed again when we decided to fit bigger tyres when we had to start getting over more rocky area. It now has land cruiser shackle springs and large bore shocks. I'm really surprised how well it sits over some rough terrain.


My 2c, if you're going to the effort of re mounting springs, add shocks as well.


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Re: WHAT TYPE OF SUSPENSION DOES YOUR CAMPER RIDE ON POLL?
« Reply #85 on: March 06, 2014, 07:17:54 PM »

G'day Lounge Lizards!

I have retrofitted cruise-master independent suspension on my 2004 Jayco Hawk Off-road camper.

PS, i will start my camper trailer thread soon.

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Re: WHAT TYPE OF SUSPENSION DOES YOUR CAMPER RIDE ON POLL?
« Reply #86 on: April 09, 2014, 02:06:37 PM »
Al-ko independent on my new (old ) dingo offroad camper trailer, cant really comment on the ride or handling apart from towing it from Moe to St Helena via Noojee/ Yarra Junction. Towed nicely just the same, i wasnt specifically after independent suspension but happy to have it if it works.
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Re: WHAT TYPE OF SUSPENSION DOES YOUR CAMPER RIDE ON POLL?
« Reply #87 on: June 28, 2014, 08:53:06 PM »
1500Kg Gaffa under my Downunder Camper. Was a breeze across the Old Cork Rd & the Loop Track at Kroombit Tops.

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Re: WHAT TYPE OF SUSPENSION DOES YOUR CAMPER RIDE ON POLL?
« Reply #88 on: February 04, 2015, 06:13:58 PM »
running on twin shock independent trailing arm with coil spring! tows like a dream over everything I've hit so far.

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Re: WHAT TYPE OF SUSPENSION DOES YOUR CAMPER RIDE ON POLL?
« Reply #89 on: March 11, 2015, 02:28:14 PM »
I am interested in building up trailer with asymmetric trailing link suspension / MC2. Does anyone know if there are any kits out there for this?

I can't seem to find much. Trak told me they'd sell me a Mate Chassis for $7-8k....don't know if that's good value or not?

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Re: WHAT TYPE OF SUSPENSION DOES YOUR CAMPER RIDE ON POLL?
« Reply #90 on: July 23, 2016, 01:25:21 PM »
Trackabout Safari SV with the independent suspension.

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Re: WHAT TYPE OF SUSPENSION DOES YOUR CAMPER RIDE ON POLL?
« Reply #91 on: July 25, 2016, 08:02:21 PM »
Need to re vote or vote more than once as I have a new toy  8)

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Re: WHAT TYPE OF SUSPENSION DOES YOUR CAMPER RIDE ON POLL?
« Reply #92 on: July 25, 2016, 08:08:31 PM »
Im glad to see leaf springs still hanging in there  :cup:
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Re: WHAT TYPE OF SUSPENSION DOES YOUR CAMPER RIDE ON POLL?
« Reply #93 on: July 25, 2016, 08:25:18 PM »
Im running independant trailing arm, air bags and twin Rancho RS9000's.
Van rides like a dream over all surfaces, and I can drop height and level van with it on setting up camp.
Wouldnt have anything else if I had to start again.

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« Reply #94 on: September 07, 2016, 06:56:21 PM »
Square 45mm axle with leaf slippers.Added shock absorbers for Gunbarrel Hwy trip but never gave  a problem without them on the Gibb,Tanami Rd etc.Tows straight and I never see the camper bounce.
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« Reply #95 on: September 07, 2016, 10:33:36 PM »
New Breakaway came with Vehicle Components independent.

BUT .... I would be happy with Alko rebound leaf. NO shocks needed although it doesn't really make things worse.


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