Tuesday, September 26, 2023


What’s In The Shop? RV suspension inspection and upgrade

In this “What’s In The Shop?” video, I provide a follow-up for a vehicle’s suspension that we recently inspected here at California RV Specialists. During that original inspection, we found a worn shackle link that was hanging on by a thread. This update shows the worn shackle links along with the worn-out bushing in the center equalizer found during repairs.

A full upgrade to an RV’s suspension system

The customer opted to have a full suspension upgrade by having the Dexter E-Z Flex® Kit and new leaf springs installed. This video captures the before and after of the unit’s full suspension.

Ensuring your unit’s suspension is in good working order is an easy way to keep your unit in shape. Suspension plays a major role in keeping the vibration, shaking, bouncing and G-forces under control—all of which affect your unit’s framework and the unit’s contents. The Dexter E-Z Flex System provides up to an 80 percent reduction in forces compared to a standard suspension system.

This system has several other advantages:

  • Easy to install.
  • No welding, grinding or cutting of the trailer frame
  • No special axle hangers required
  • Doesn’t change ride height

If you’re interested in installing the Dexter E-Z Flex Kit on your unit, know that it’s offered in two sizes:

We hope this video serves as another reminder to check your suspension systems! Catching things like a worn shackle link during an inspection is far less expensive than finding it after a catastrophe out on the road.



Dustin Simpson
Dustin Simpsonhttps://calrvspecialists.com/
I have worn many hats in the RV industry through the years. From an RV Technician, Warranty Administrator, Parts Administrator, Parts Manager, Service Manager and now Business Owner. I have even been deemed an RV Expert by the California court system, working on behalf of the customers, dealers, and manufacturers. My repair facility has been servicing customers at the same location since 2003. What sets us apart from the dealerships is we are here to fix and maintain what you have, and not sell you a new one. Whether you own a million-dollar unit or an entry level, my message to you will be the same, it needs to be maintained.


  1. Earlier this year I had the suspension on my trailer upgraded with this Dexter suspension kit, and have put about 2,000 miles on it since then. It performs much much better than the stock suspension. When (unavoidably) driving over bumps the trailer suspension now smoothly soaks them up instead of the trailer imposing a push or pull on the tow vehicle when the trailer tires hit them . I’m sure that the forces imposed on the trailer have been greatly reduced. Also the squeaks due to the worn out nylon bushings in the original suspension are gone (I had around 10,000 miles on the original suspension). I’m not sure why the different kits are distinguished by axle spacing; the key factor is the equalizer size. You need to match the size of the replacement equalizer to the original equalizer.

  2. Would have been nice to know how they did it or if they paid to have it done? What was the cost. Why did they have to replace the springs? It’s a shame we pay so much for RV’s and they use poor quality material.


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