Slipper springs on camper trailer

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Friend of mine is looking at buying a 4x4 camper trailer to travel the GCR but it has 7 leaf slipper springs with shockies. Do the shockies compensate for the problems with the slipper springs?
Thanks, Geoff
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Reply By: Tonyfish#58 - Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 12:08

Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 12:08
Geoff - If he is getting it for a good price - it would be easy enough to change the spring setup and not that expensive if they can do the welding.

Never have liked slipper springs myself - Cheers
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Reply By: Ann 40 - Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 12:32

Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 12:32
Hi Geoff,our offroad camper has leaf spring slipper type with heavy duty shockies,in 3 years have had no trouble,trailer also doubles as home duties as camper comes off.We cart loads of dirt,mulch,rubbish etc.....,and cannot fault,hope this helps,peter.
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Reply By: Ann 40 - Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 12:36

Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 12:36
One thing we did to trailer as extra is to weld angle bracket to trailer in front of shockies about 3 inches and attached a piece of rubber to protect the shockies on gravel roads
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Reply By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 12:59

Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 12:59
Geoff
this is my set up and have been very happy with the trailer after i put the shockies under it.it did move about b4 the shocks went under it but they made a big difference once fitted,cheers.Image Could Not Be Found
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Follow Up By: Off-track - Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 16:19

Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 16:19
Just looking at that top shockie mount; I'm thinking there might be unecessary strain placed upon it because it cant rotate/swivel in the arc that it naturally needs to?
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 17:06

Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 17:06
off-track

i put them on just be the St George trip and had it loaded up well and there was no problem with them as i checked them when we got back and all good,cheers.
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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ . . .- Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 22:06

Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 22:06
looking at the set-up I would think there would not be much shocker movement at all, as majority of movement does not appear to be *up/down* but almost *front/back* between the two mounting points you have used.

Maîneÿ . . .
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 22:31

Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 22:31
Mainey

the reason for this is if you look closely you will see that there is bugger all room vertically to put the shock.once i fitted the shocks where they are now i tested the movement of them and they actually move quite well as the follow the spring movement back and forward and up and down with the springs. the trailer used to get just a bit unsettled sometimes, but once the shocks were installed i don't even know the trailer is there when towing now :-). they have gone to St George and back and a few weekend camping trips and have given me no trouble,cheers.
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 07:28

Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 07:28
Mark,

We both know that your camper is an “On Road” model, this may explain the number of questions raised with your photo. LOL





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Follow Up By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 10:18

Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 10:18
Kev

never said it was an "off road" model.

so what is "off road"?

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 11:37

Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 11:37
Hence the number of questions/remarks as to the sturdiness of the suspension system on your camper, which I imagine would be fine for On Road and light off road use (as you have stated).

But the OP asked about Slipper Spring suspension for an off road (4x4) model ;)


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Follow Up By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 16:17

Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 16:17
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when i purchaced my camper it was displayed as "OFF ROAD".

i quess off road is a pretty broad term as far as trailers go.

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Reply By: Crackles - Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 13:19

Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 13:19
Geoff slipper springs are the least preferable option for carrying heavy loads over rough roads. The shocks will help with rebound but IMO doesn't make the springs any less suspeptable to failure. This doesn't mean they wont work as many people do tow quite successfully even without shocks.
Cheers Craig.............
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Reply By: camwill69 - Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 13:31

Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 13:31
I have seen a lot more shackles fail than i have slipper springs, remembering that there is also a lot more shackle equiped trailers around. Very cheap to carry a spare spring in case of failure. Shocks will help.

If it is the wright price grab it, you can eassily modify later.

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Reply By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 16:20

Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 16:20
IMHO, slipper springs are for the rubbish tip trips, not heavy duty touring duties. Look upon it as a cheap short cut.And if short cuts have been taken here, is the rest of the trailer up to the job.
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 19:46

Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 19:46
If the GCR is like it was this time last year....then you won't have a problem. Reckon you tow the standard garden box trailer over it when I was there..a few corrugations and some sandy sections but all in all wasn't too bad.
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Reply By: Twinkles - Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 13:23

Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 13:23
A friend and I went into Wanangatta down Zeka. His slipper spring trailer completely slipped the springs out of the guide area, more than once. It took us some time to get out because of the constant repairs. He had it changed to shackles before using it again.
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Follow Up By: Tonyfish#58 - Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 18:09

Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 18:09
That is also the experience I have had with them - After doing that once - somehow the spring jammed up and bent it into an S shape

Have not used them since - Could have been that it was not quite set up right - who knows?
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