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Posted: 11/08/22 06:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looking for feedback from other 5th wheel owners who have invested in the suspension/brake package offered by MorRyde. Is the upgrade worth it? We will be travelling long distances once I am fully retired next fall, and after visiting their company in Elkhart my wife feels that the improved braking power & smoother ride will be worth the extra 8-9 grand, but I am not too sure. Are there other options we should consider? BTW, a long RV road trip up to Alaska is in our plans within 2 years. We are thinking of getting the work done next summer BEFORE the Alaska trip. All responses will be appreciated. Thanks!

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Every person I've seen that has posted, has had nothing but positive things to say. But you kind of expect that about something you've spent so much money on. [emoticon] Whether they're worth the money is, IMO, kind of a tough call. If you plan to keep the trailer for 10 years or more, and travel many miles, and you don't mind spending the money, then it might not be an issue for you.

I got rid of the poor Lippert EquaFlex equalizers and installed the EZ-Flex from Dexter, and heavier rated springs. To me the trailer rides very well, but it's all pretty subjective.

OTOH, I doubt that there's any question about the performance of the disc brakes. That strictly boils down to "Do I want to spend the money?".


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Can't speak for the IS part but disc brakes are well worth the investment.
Once you have disc brakes you realize how poorly the magnetic drum brakes perform.


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I know of a couple of people that had the IS installed, and they say you can leave a glass of wine on the counter while traveling, and when you arrive, it's still standing no matter how reckless you drive!
No, really, you have a nice new Alliance? I'd go for it. And disc brakes are a no brainier. But I understand there's a long wait in line for the IS at Morryde.
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For a heavier RV the IS is the ONLY way to go!!! Left unit is 8k and the other two are 7k.

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We've had the MORryde IS and disc brakes installed on two fifth wheels. As full-timers who travel a lot (rather than staying in one place) I wouldn't be without it. If my Google search pulled correct information, the GVWR for your fifth wheel is 10,122 lbs. - a bit on the light side for even the 7K MORryde suspension units. If I were in your shoes, I'd have the disc brakes installed and pass on the $6,500+ for the IS.

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EDIT: OK - apparently you updated your RV info while I was typing. What I said, but the decision on the IS is yours. We really like it.


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Can’t comment on the IS, although what does that mean? Torsion axles instead of leafs? I see the advantage for longhaulers, lots of miles. Otherwise it’s a “meh” upgrade for the occasional user.
Brakes, if you had a good diesel with a good exhaust brake I’d say the brakes would be a nice addition but wholly unnecessary and more complicated (obviously more complicated which = more $).
Given you’re planning on pulling that unit through the biggest mountains on the continent with a gasser, makes having trailer brakes that are overachievers somewhere between a very nice luxury and possibly absolutely necessary.


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This is the 3rd larger Fifth wheel that we have had the IS and discs on… My wife is real good at not wanting to spend a buck , especially on things that she does not care to know how they work…. After the 1st one, she said to me that “ she would never want to own a fifth wheel without the IS and discs”…. thats huge coming from her…..


our 2016 Redwood was totaled ( had the IS ) and when we got the 2020 from the factory, we had the IS installed before we did anything….

We do leave out coffee maker and salt and pepper on the counter during travel…

Just our opinion..

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As you can see, not only do you gain braking power, you eliminate possibe future issues by getting rid of the axle tube, springs, shackles, equlizer, u-bolts, shackle bolts, ect….


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IS = Independent Suspension. A more controlled, comfortable towing experience from what I've heard. The Disc Brakes are going to happen - Safety First - but the suspension upgrade is what I am struggling with. Just not sure if it will be worth the extra 5 grand or so. I know people who have put shocks, timbrens & even sumo springs on their units instead of swapping out the entire axles/wheel assembly. Any other thoughts???

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