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Posted: 06/30/22 08:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I changed out my Equalizers to Dexter EZ Flex with bronze bushings and wet bolt kit. Best thing I did. I know they make a similar design to replace the shackles. Definitely worth it. It smooths out the ride and bridge expansion joints are about invisible!


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It’s a new trailer. You have the best possible scenario already. No improvements needed.
Make sure all the bolts are tight if it’s truly new. Make sure there’s ample grease in the bearings, tires are right pressure and lug nuts are tight, brakes work well and start driving. Not a thing you should need to worry about changing or touching for the next 10k miles.


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To answer your question, is it practical? No. Some of these suggestions are ludicrous.
Some of the suggested upgrades aren’t even available for a single axle trailer!
If you want to be pro-active and improve the ride and safety of your trailer, replace the tires with a quality tire like Goodyear Endurance or Maxxis M8008. You might be able to move up a size to a tire with a little more load capacity. Regardless what tire you get, have them balanced. Properly inflate them and religiously monitor them.
Install a quality hitch and set it up per instructions, and properly load your trailer as mentioned in the posts above. Get rid of the cheap tires.
Now load up, hook up, and hit the road. Go make some memories.


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dodge guy wrote:

I changed out my Equalizers to Dexter EZ Flex ...

OP said single axle.

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sometimes adding products to a truck/trailer combo just to be pro active can backfire.

Having pulled single axle cargo trailers between multi state jobsites sometimes even made my one ton drw trucks ride harsh compared to 16k-22k GN flatbed trailers.
Proper hitch weight for that combo, with a single axle trailer, is critical especially with a soft suspension 1/2 ton truck.


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OP, the suspension on nearly all bumper-pull RVs and 5th wheels is state of the art directly from the 1920's. VERY rudimentary. It's one of the major causes of tire failure.

- pics would help with suggestions as has been mentioned. These suspensions lack two major things: dampening of vertical movement and the prevention of lateral movement. Something like a panhard bar and a set of shocks can rectify this, but only if you have appropriate mounting points.
- Tires, while a great upgrade, won't address either of the above items.

Good luck! Update with what you're doing.

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amxpress wrote:

To answer your question, is it practical? No. Some of these suggestions are ludicrous.


You mean like adding a panhard bar to the trailer? LOL
The amount of weird, false info put forth on here is the main reason I stick around....to try to help folks like the new guy who started this thread who is getting recommendations to essentially start fabbing custom parts and adding stuff that doesn't even apply.

Absolutely amazing.

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

dodge guy wrote:

I changed out my Equalizers to Dexter EZ Flex ...

OP said single axle.


Yes, not sure on Dexter, but I know there are others out there that offer a similar type shackle for single axle.

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Pro-active means fixing problems that don’t yet exist.
Waste of $$ in this case, IMO.
Tow it, get the WDH dialed in first. THEN consider suspension changes.
Shock absorbers are add on only with trailers.
Trailer tires are not balanced since there is no need for comfort. But balancing them will make for a smoother ride and less vibrations being sent through the trailer.
Shocks would lessen side to side rocking and how hard the road impacts affect the trailer and it’s cargo.


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Single axle camper. New F150. WDH? Lol. Why?

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