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Old 11-11-2013, 10:05 AM   #121
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Shock absorbers?

I hope it's okay to revive this thread; I have a question about the new 5.0 which I believe has not been previously addressed...

The new 5.0 will have tandem beam axles and leaf springs. One of the advantages of rubber-sprung suspension over leaf springs is better damping, and the way to address that is with shock absorbers. Shocks are readily available for leaf-sprung beam axles, but are best installed at the factory.

Will the new 5.0 have shocks, either as standard equipment or optional?
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Probably best to talk to Escape, if you are interested in the new 5.0, as Reace will know best. I imagine they would have shocks. It would be pretty bouncy otherwise.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:15 AM   #123
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According to: Flexiride Rubber Torsion Axles shocks are not necessary due to the rubber's natural vibrations absorbing capabilities.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:24 AM   #124
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Neal, is that what they are going to use in the 5.0? Like Brian, I thought I had heard a reference to leaf springs. Maybe a post Reace made?
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Post#1 mentions tandem spring axles due to variety of truck heights and easily adjustable.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:42 AM   #126
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Thanks for that Jim. I knew I heard it somewhere, just never bothered to look.
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According to: Flexiride Rubber Torsion Axles shocks are not necessary due to the rubber's natural vibrations absorbing capabilities.
Approximately right - actually, shocks are sometimes used with rubber sprung axles (especially outside of North America) but are just not as badly needed as with steel leaf springs. As the others have explained the new 5.0 will use leaf-spring axles... that's why I asked. With the change from rubber springs to steel springs, shocks would be appropriate, but I have not seen any mention (one way or the other) of plans for them.

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Probably best to talk to Escape, if you are interested in the new 5.0, as Reace will know best.
Yes, the information should come from Escape, but Reace can respond here (he started this thread), and any member who might have already received this information from Escape could pass it on. I expect those people might be following this thread.

It is not urgent for me, but those who are already in the production schedule might want to ask about this before options need to be finalized, if the answer has not appeared by then.

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I imagine they would have shocks. It would be pretty bouncy otherwise.
Cargo and utility trailers with leaf springs typically do not have shocks. Premium travel trailers do typically have them, but many (my guess is the majority) do not. Yes, with shocks the ride is better controlled and smoother, both of which are felt both inside the trailer (by your valued stuff) and in the tow vehicle.
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I believe Airstreams use both torsion and shocks on their units.
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I believe Airstreams use both torsion and shocks on their units.
Yes, and they have consistently done so for decades. They are the one significant volume example of shocks with rubber "torsion" axles in North America, although that combination is routinely available in Europe. Airsteam has Dexter Torflex suspension arms custom-modified for them to accommodate the shocks.
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It is not urgent for me, but those who are already in the production schedule might want to ask about this before options need to be finalized, if the answer has not appeared by then.
My bet is that most people could care less about this, and trust that whatever Escape does will be fine. I know I never once concerned myself with any frame, shell, suspension, or tire thoughts. I just made sure I got most of the options I wanted, if possible.

We can over evaluate things, which only leads to unwarranted concerns, and stress.
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