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#1 kiptrot

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 08:27 AM

Appreciate any feedback and/or reviews from anyone that has had this installed on their Casita. Pondering on whether to get this done.

#2 NASA42 B

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 11:00 AM

kiptrot....

 

If you go to the upper right corner of your screen when on this site, you'll find a white  search area.   Type in " Shock absorbers ", and change "this topic" to "forums", and you'll have plenty of feedback to read.   Use of the search function is one of the appealing features offered here!

 

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Edited by nasa42a, 16 July 2016 - 03:19 PM.


#3 Euphoria

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Posted 17 July 2016 - 08:49 AM

I have them and, to me anyway, they do make a big difference.


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#4 Meadowlark

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Posted 20 July 2016 - 04:04 PM

We have the shocks made by Orbital Machine Works and swear by them. Before we had the shocks, it didn't matter how smooth the ride was, there would be things on the floor of the Casita. After the shocks were installed, we don't find anything on the floor.  It really made a difference to the ride of the camper.

I would suggest, if you do get the shocks, to have them professionally installed. I guess I should qualify that. I had them installed because my back doesn't bend so well anymore, and my husband wasn't interested in dinking around with it. As is always the case with installing, repairing, modifying or adjusting anything, there's going to be glitches and setbacks, and having them installed meant that those setbacks weren't confronting ME.


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#5 Babs&Chris

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Posted 26 July 2016 - 06:19 AM

We have had the shocks about a year, and we think they are great.  I have followed my husband in the car as he towed the Casita both before and after the shocks, and I can see a visible reduction in the amount of bounce.  We hope that by dampening out the bouncing we will reduce sidewall wear on our tires, but that remains to be seen.


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#6 Wally Z

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Posted 26 July 2016 - 06:58 AM

I'll just say, ditto to previous postings.


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#7 Hot Toddy

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Posted 30 July 2016 - 04:42 AM

I considered them for a good long while, but then decided against them because we have never had problems with things bouncing around the Casita in tow and finding them on the floor upon arrival. Things just tend to stay in place where we put them. I opted to have the tires balanced for $10 and that seems to work fine for us.

 

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#8 Euphoria

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Posted 30 July 2016 - 09:11 AM

I was never that lucky. I had the tires balanced from day one, but every time I opened the trailer door after driving a while, the side dinette cushions would be lying on the floor and several items were in total disarray throughout the trailer. Since I added the shock kit I've had very little "disturbance in the force." Glad I bought them. They are a bit pricey, but extremely well built. You really get a good product with this kit. Very well engineered and very tight tolerances in the construction.


Edited by Euphoria, 30 July 2016 - 09:12 AM.

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#9 Joe Romas

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Posted 06 August 2016 - 01:24 PM

We've had them for three years and on the very first trip we noticed a big difference in ride quality of our TV.

Previously there were always cushions on the floor in the Casita.

During the 1800 mile trip this past month there was NOT ONE popped rivet and that's rare for us.

 

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#10 Chris C

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 11:34 AM

I bought into the "hype" about them and figured they had to improve the way the trailer bounces around.  It helps, I have to admit.  Now instead of 15 things on the floor and a couple of doors and the drawer open now we only have 12 things on the floor and maybe one door open.  Personally, I'm sorry I spent the money and effort.  Just my experience, and yours may vary.


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#11 Euphoria

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 11:54 AM

Did you have the tires balanced?


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#12 Chris C

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 02:24 PM

Yup!  They roll as smooth as butter.


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#13 Euphoria

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 03:55 PM

Well, sorry your experience with the shock kit was less than you expected. For myself, and most others, the "feedback" has been mostly very positive toward the beneficial effects of installing them. I guess there will always be those who won't, or don't, like something, but to each their own.


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#14 Chris C

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 04:07 PM

No sweat.............I drive a lot of rough roads.  Like I said, while it's not perfect, it is better than it was.  I just wouldn't spend the money or go to the trouble again if I bought another Casita.


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#15 f_stop

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 03:45 AM

i bought into the idea of shocks early on... and as others have reported i enjoy not doing that obligatory picking things up from the floor after a bit of driving.  while this alone may not be justification for the expense and labor (my install was self inflicted),  i do feel they will, in the long run, reduce popped rivets and spider web cracks in the gel coat and that is a good thing.  

 

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