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klr650goldwing

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Thanks everyone, I really appreciate your input here. We found a local repair shop and they got us back on the road. So now we can finish the trip. When we get home we can install heavier springs all around etc.


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klr650goldwing wrote:

Thanks everyone, I really appreciate your input here. We found a local repair shop and they got us back on the road. So now we can finish the trip. When we get home we can install heavier springs all around etc.


What did they do to "get you back on the road" ??


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To Fj12ryder :
"Oh Bosh" doesn't make you right and me wrong.
I bought a brand new Montana fifth-wheel. I took it from Buffalo NY to Florida and back and I also took it from Buffalo to California and back. On the way home it was dog tracking so badly I stopped to see if something was broken. I brought it home and had a local manufacturer make a new axle of 250 thousandths wall thickness. The original was a Dexter 188 thousandths thick. At same time I put brass bushings and wet bolt kits. I took it to Florida and with a high pressure grease gun couldn't get grease into them and that axle was bent. At that point I made an appointment with Mor/yde and had the problem corrected properly and installed Disc brakes. I will change my wording . Everything prior to Mor/yde was a band-aid and pissing into the wind.
PS:I also had an extra leaf added to each left spring and it still didn't sit right. AGAIN Mor/yde

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FWIW Grand Design is notorious for undersizing the spring packs on their trailers.


Along with the frame, axles, so on and so forth. Buyers don't see any of that, they see all the junk plastic Lippert bling GD can install with the savings from the undersized important stuff.


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To Fj12ryder :
"Oh Bosh" doesn't make you right and me wrong.
I bought a brand new Montana fifth-wheel. I took it from Buffalo NY to Florida and back and I also took it from Buffalo to California and back. On the way home it was dog tracking so badly I stopped to see if something was broken. I brought it home and had a local manufacturer make a new axle of 250 thousandths wall thickness. The original was a Dexter 188 thousandths thick. At same time I put brass bushings and wet bolt kits. I took it to Florida and with a high pressure grease gun couldn't get grease into them and that axle was bent. At that point I made an appointment with Mor/yde and had the problem corrected properly and installed Disc brakes. I will change my wording . Everything prior to Mor/yde was a band-aid and pissing into the wind.
PS:I also had an extra leaf added to each left spring and it still didn't sit right. AGAIN Mor/yde
Yeah, you found it worked for you, but I have no desire to go that route. There are choices, thank you very much. Yours isn't the only one that works.


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PButler96 wrote:

fj12ryder wrote:



FWIW Grand Design is notorious for undersizing the spring packs on their trailers.


Along with the frame, axles, so on and so forth. Buyers don't see any of that, they see all the junk plastic Lippert bling GD can install with the savings from the undersized important stuff.
Guess we'll just have to agree to disagree on this one. I'm happy with mine, not as happy as I would be if the OP had gone with the 8,000 lb. axle option, but c'et la vie.

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fj12ryder wrote:

GIB2 wrote:

To Fj12ryder :
"Oh Bosh" doesn't make you right and me wrong.
I bought a brand new Montana fifth-wheel. I took it from Buffalo NY to Florida and back and I also took it from Buffalo to California and back. On the way home it was dog tracking so badly I stopped to see if something was broken. I brought it home and had a local manufacturer make a new axle of 250 thousandths wall thickness. The original was a Dexter 188 thousandths thick. At same time I put brass bushings and wet bolt kits. I took it to Florida and with a high pressure grease gun couldn't get grease into them and that axle was bent. At that point I made an appointment with Mor/yde and had the problem corrected properly and installed Disc brakes. I will change my wording . Everything prior to Mor/yde was a band-aid and pissing into the wind.
PS:I also had an extra leaf added to each left spring and it still didn't sit right. AGAIN Mor/yde
Yeah, you found it worked for you, but I have no desire to go that route. There are choices, thank you very much. Yours isn't the only one that works.


If you are going to use the RV very much, the Mor/Ryde IS is money well spent rather than the Band-Aids on the spring suspension system.

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Your opinion, but not shared by me. I got along fine for 11 years with the exact system I have now. Done once, and no need to do again.

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The new springs, and EZ Flex equalizer are working great. We came down through Oklahoma/Texas on Hiway 69, and OMG, was it horrible. The trailer did well though, we forgot and left the fish in its small carry cup on the shelf in the kitchen area, and it was still there when we stopped. We had no jerking at bridge connections that we had with the Lippert Equaflex equalizers, and the old springs. We just never felt like the trailer was jerking us around like before. I'm very happy so far. Well worth every penny spent.

We do have our first ding though, Peggy was backing up the truck and forgot the tailgate was up. Oops. You can't see the tailgate with the toolbox in the way. Need a new skin looks like. Oh well, stuff happens.

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Turns out we did have a broken spring, which caused the lean angle. Found a shop that just happened to have a used spring of the right size. That took care of it for now. Should at least get us home.

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