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Old 08-19-2022, 06:25 AM   #1
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Thinking of installing shocks

We have a 2020 Jayco Eagle 321rsts and are thinking of having a shock absorber system installed. With the pounding our trailer has been taking on long road trips we are hoping it will save on the trailer and create a better ride for trailer and truck. Have seen an etrailer video about the Roadmaster shock absorber system they sell. Seems intriguing. Since I have a bad back and just had hand surgery, doing the install is not an option. In my younger days it would have been a lot of fun. Not so much now. LOL. My questions are: Has anyone installed a shock absorber system on a 5th wheel and what differences did make or not make? Also if you had someone else install it, what was the approximate cost of the install? As always I appreciate any response you might have.
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Old 08-19-2022, 06:46 AM   #2
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You might do a search for Roadmaster shocks on this forum as there are several past threads about it.

I put a set on our Pinnacle last year and the improvement in the ride to the truck was pretty significant. My assumption is that translates to the ride in the fifth wheel also. I do notice that things don't move around as much as they used to inside it. Our Pinnacle already had the cross brace for the MorRyde shackles so while I was at it I added the MorRyde X Factor braces to the front and rear spring hangers. I did it all myself but any competent shop who can follow instructions should not have a problem installing them.
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Old 08-19-2022, 09:10 AM   #3
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I paid $300 to have my Roadmasters installed. I would not own a fifth wheel without them. My fifth wheel rides better than my truck!!
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Old 08-19-2022, 11:24 AM   #5
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Have you considered MorRyde's Independent Suspension system? Not cheap but worth the investment. Has improved the ride on my Pinnacle three-fold.
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Old 08-19-2022, 12:45 PM   #6
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have you considered morryde's independent suspension system? Not cheap but worth the investment. Has improved the ride on my pinnacle three-fold.
the moryde independent is probably the best suspension upgrade on the market but at $10k plus you wouldn't want to put it on something you weren't planning on keeping for a while
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You are correct about investing that much on something you are not planning on keeping, but frankly I believe the ride improvement justifies the cost. In 2018 I paid $6700 for both the 8K IS system and disc brakes. I hope they haven't increased that much.
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Old 08-19-2022, 05:47 PM   #8
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I’m in Canada so I’m sure it will be over $10K Can$. They don’t have any Canadian installers
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Old 08-19-2022, 06:52 PM   #9
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This is from eTrailer webpage:
For your 2020 Jayco Eagle 321RSTS with the factory shock prep I recommend the Lippert Heavy-Duty Replacement Shock - Yellow # LC283280 as they will do a great job at absorbing road shock and offering a smooth ride for a more enjoyable towing experience.

Here is a pretty good youtube video that shows how they are installed.

I bought 4 Monroe Shocks (part# 555025) and had them installed on my 321RSTS by a local RV service shop and labor charge was $150 and it's great. I recommend them... cheap upgrade. I think Lippert buys their shocks from Monroe.
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I installed a set of sumo springs on our 2022 Pinnacle 32RLTS and they have done a pretty good job. Not quite as good as the shocks I installed on our 2020 Eagle HT 28.5RSTS but still an improvement. I wish the 32RLTS was like the 28.5RSTS and had the shock prep. That was an easy install. But that's why I went with the sumo springs. Easy install on the 32RLTS and a noticeable improvement.
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Thanks everyone for your responses. It helped us decide what we are going to do. I hope to have shocks installed before we leave for FL for the winter season.
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For your 2020 Jayco Eagle 321RSTS with the factory shock prep I recommend the Lippert Heavy-Duty Replacement Shock - Yellow # LC283280 as they will do a great job at absorbing road shock and offering a smooth ride for a more enjoyable towing experience.

Here is a pretty good youtube video that shows how they are installed.

I bought 4 Monroe Shocks (part# 555025) and had them installed on my 321RSTS by a local RV service shop and labor charge was $150 and it's great. I recommend them... cheap upgrade. I think Lippert buys their shocks from Monroe.
I'm doing the same as Stan and Sharon, going to call for an appt this week! Also will have the MORyde X factor Crossmembers installed at the same time. Can't wait!
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Old 08-20-2022, 09:09 AM   #13
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I installed shocks on my 2021 eagle 319 MLOK, before shocks were installed trip to Florida things in rear mount residential refrigerator bounce all over the place.
Next trip to Florida with shocks installed everything stayed in place in refrigerator. Bought the Monroe shocks trailer was already shock prep about 1 hour for all four well worth the money.
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We have a 2020 Jayco Eagle 321rsts and are thinking of having a shock absorber system installed. With the pounding our trailer has been taking on long road trips we are hoping it will save on the trailer and create a better ride for trailer and truck. Have seen an etrailer video about the Roadmaster shock absorber system they sell. Seems intriguing. Since I have a bad back and just had hand surgery, doing the install is not an option. In my younger days it would have been a lot of fun. Not so much now. LOL. My questions are: Has anyone installed a shock absorber system on a 5th wheel and what differences did make or not make? Also if you had someone else install it, what was the approximate cost of the install? As always I appreciate any response you might have.
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As a DIYer I was also thinking about adding Roadmaster shocks to my 2020 26RK travel trailer. Without shock prep in place a fair amount of frame drilling.
As an alternative first step I'm installing elastomer equalizers (MorRyde CRE 3000) - as well as upgraded shackles and wet bolts. I was told by MorRyde that their tests showed the CRE3000 were just as effective as adding shocks...but for me ease of installation is a big plus.
I'd like to hear any other comparisons between adding shocks and the CRE 3000 to your TT. Figured that I could always add the shocks after putting in the CRE3000 if I needed more improvement.
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My 5 th wheel came stock with cre3000 suspension but when l added shocks it made a bid difference how the trailer rode.
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Old 08-24-2022, 01:55 PM   #16
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Thanks for the info Langewi

Can you tell me what specific improvements you noticed when you added the shocks with the CRE3000 already in place?

I may end up going that route as well.
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Trailer road much smoother, before shocks things in rear mounted residential fridge would bounce all over the place things would fall out when opening doors after shocks travel same 1000 mile trip everything rode in place.
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Shocks are a great upgrade. Rides smoother, improves tire life, and reduces spring failure.

I fabricated my own shocks.
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I am leaning towards the Road Master shocks with their slipper spring system. Outside if an independent suspension, I think it may be the best solution.
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I will be installing the road master kit to my 321RSTS this weekend. I will post after the install on how difficult it was.
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