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Old 09-10-2018, 08:45 AM   #1
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Shock absorbers

We have a 2018 Eagle HT 306RKDS. With the rear kitchen, the pantry is on the rear wall of the trailer. Though we travel almost exclusively on interstate, US, and state highways, the plastic shelf supports in the pantry have twice failed and a shelf collapsed. We have replaced them with metal, but I am wondering if adding shock absorbers will reduce the bounce and avoid further problems. Has anyone had success with adding shocks to their rig?

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Old 09-12-2018, 09:35 AM   #2
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I have the same trailer and looked at adding shocks, was told it would offer minimal help. I don't have the issue as a severe as what you have but the kitchen does bounce.

We are using fridge bars in the fridge to stop movement there.

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Old 09-12-2018, 10:29 AM   #3
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I have 28 BHBE and have added wet bolts and shocks. My wife leave coffee maker on counter by the sink and sometimes we leave dish tray full of dishes and they haven’t fallen on the floor. Before adding the shocks I would make sure everything was put away and secured.
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Old 09-13-2018, 04:12 PM   #4
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It is always a problem with rear kitchens.. Hit a bump and the rear is like on a lever so it is magnified.. I had a rear kitchen once wont do that again...
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Old 09-14-2018, 10:19 AM   #5
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No problems with our rear kitchen 306RKDS after many thousands of miles. We've always stored everything (throughout the trailer---including the fridge) inside small storage bins which keep everything properly situated (and reduce stress to the shelf). It's very rare we find anything out of place.

Not sure why your shelving units are breaking--especially since you've replaced them with metal supports. We regularly stock our entire kitchen and pantry shelving units completely full of various utensils, appliances, and heavy canned goods for month-long trips with no issues.

I would think it would be easier and less costly to somehow better reinforce your current shelving units (vs. installing shocks---which may or may not help). Unless the interior support walls (inside your pantry) are failing, I would think there has to be a way to better secure those shelves to the walls.
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Old 09-14-2018, 11:05 AM   #6
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Had 06 Toy Box had shocks, now 16 5er no shocks! Can not tell any difference. Thanks
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Old 09-14-2018, 11:46 AM   #7
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Upgrade to the Moryde SRE4000 equalizers. They’ve been getting excellent reviews on 5ers and TT tandem axle trailers. Sometimes less costly. $400.
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Old 09-20-2018, 07:29 PM   #9
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Thanks for the thoughts, all. Trailer came stock with CRE3000 equalizers, so I doubt that an extra inch of suspension travel with the 4000s will make much difference. One vendor suggested too-stiff springs; surely Jayco wouldn't mess that up! Still thinking shock absorbers are the most likely to provide improvement.
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Old 09-20-2018, 09:00 PM   #10
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In the past, I've seen the spring bolts and equalizer bolts tightened so tight that nothing wanted to pivot like it should. That causes a really rough ride and is hard on lots of stuff, suspension, frame, and everything else.

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