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Old 03-10-2015, 07:24 PM   #1
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Adding Shocks to 36RL

Has anyone added shocks to their RW with the 7 thousand pound axles? I'm considering adding shocks to my 36RL to perhaps improve the ride. I recently had a rear tire go bad due to hitting a pothole bursting the steel belts. I also have a lot of problems with unit bouncing front to rear going down the road. 5th Wheel is new, only 2000 miles, has standard pin box and pulling it with a new 350 HD dually. I know that replacing the standard pin box with the air ride box would help, but I can't afford that upgrade.
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Old 03-10-2015, 10:24 PM   #2
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I haven't heard of putting shocks on the 36RL, but I can testify to the crummy tires that were on ours. About six weeks ago, on a piece of super-slab with no pot holes, we experienced a blowout on the factory Goodyear Marathon Load Range E tires and the coach (a 36RL) is still in the shop. The bill is up to $9,600 for the repairs. We are upgrading the tires to Goodyear 614s Load Range G. Also, we are having to upgrade the wheels as well to be able to inflate the new tires beyond 80psi. If you'll search "let's talk tires" you can maybe benefit from everyone else's experiences. I would start with getting good tires/wheels on first.I wish you luck as you rectify your problem.
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Old 03-11-2015, 01:21 AM   #3
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Has anyone added shocks to their RW with the 7 thousand pound axles? I'm considering adding shocks to my 36RL to perhaps improve the ride. I recently had a rear tire go bad due to hitting a pothole bursting the steel belts. I also have a lot of problems with unit bouncing front to rear going down the road. 5th Wheel is new, only 2000 miles, has standard pin box and pulling it with a new 350 HD dually. I know that replacing the standard pin box with the air ride box would help, but I can't afford that upgrade.
I am sure many will chime in on this but you are learning a few lessons the hard way. I to have a 36RL although it is a 2012. I bought it used but knew from studying this forum for months before purchasing mine that i had to have the trailair pin box, Goodyear G range tires and disc brakes. I hardly know it is behind me. I have not heard of anyone adding shocks.
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Old 03-11-2015, 03:49 AM   #4
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Has anyone added shocks to their RW with the 7 thousand pound axles? I'm considering adding shocks to my 36RL to perhaps improve the ride. I recently had a rear tire go bad due to hitting a pothole bursting the steel belts. I also have a lot of problems with unit bouncing front to rear going down the road. 5th Wheel is new, only 2000 miles, has standard pin box and pulling it with a new 350 HD dually. I know that replacing the standard pin box with the air ride box would help, but I can't afford that upgrade.
Jeff,

I have seen kits on the web for putting shocks on RVs. Do you already have the "air lift" bags installed on your truck? If not, that is where I would start. It's a relatively small investment that stops the hard jumps at the seams and bridges.

I also believe that the G rated tires or even H tires are the way to go. If you have the "Marathon" tires, get them off that rig if you're planing on going any distance at all.
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Old 03-11-2015, 04:34 AM   #5
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I agree on the airbags. On mine, I personally don't see any real advantage to shocks or the expensive aftermarket suspensions. I'm always amazed at how well stuff stays in place during transport.


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Old 03-11-2015, 04:44 AM   #6
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I put shocks on a 39 mb, the issues you mentioned dissappered! I also have air bags on truck as well on trailer. I get no movement from redwood when on rutted roads, bridges trucks passing....ect. Also goodyear 614 is an excellent tire for these units. I use 614 on my bobcat and dump trailers with no problems..........ever.....since 2004. Just recently sold equipment trailers that had 17.5 wheels and replaced with with new trailer's sporting 614 as I found it more difficult to find 17.5 that weren't china made....dont let the name on the side fool you.

I made my own shockmount kit, easy to find parts, and used monroe reflex shocks
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Old 03-11-2015, 12:59 PM   #7
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Can't remember which, or it might be both, LCI and MorRyde offer shock kits.

Btw, don't knock the "aftermarket" suspensions unless you've tried one. The $$ I spent for the MorRyde IS I consider to be the best improvement I've made on the rig. Besides the ride in the trailer for all the stuff, the overall handling of the rig is incredible. A lot of times I have to remind myself that I've got 40 ft of trailer behind me. The change in cornering, stopping, and overall handling is nothing short of remarkable.

Just the peace of mind of not having to be concerned with springs, shackles, bushings, etc was worth it. Just my .02.
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What air bags are the preferred? Will I have to replace my wheels to go with a better tire? I retired and went full time RV and expect to do a lot of traveling the country. I've decided that I will probably will invest in the air pin box but will have to save up for it.
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I bought the "air Lift" brand of air bags with the remote 1 control. I think it was around $350 and I paid someone around $250 to install the setup.

As for the pin box...they've come out with a new one that should be better than what most of us have. Like you I started out with the standard pin box and then about 2 years ago I bought the tri-glide and installed it myself. It made a GREAT difference.
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Old 03-11-2015, 03:05 PM   #10
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The new one is called Flex Air. It combines the pivoting head with the airbag and shock absorber.
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