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Message posted by UKTech on 03/6/2011 at 9:44pm
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Hi all

Anyone got any idea what damper I would have on my 1991 Fleetwood Garland 148/2 SB or how I can identify what it is please as I think mine is knackered.
Are these easy to replace, that's if I can get one.

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Hi UKtech , what makes you think yours is knackered .

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Replacement dampers are available from any trailer parts supplier. Take your old one in to match up. Dampers are available for various weights so you need to provide approx weight of caravan.

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Quote: Originally posted by wizard9956 on 04/6/2011

Hi UKtech , what makes you think yours is knackered .

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I get the 'clunk' noise as I pull away which makes me think it's the damper that's damaged, unless you can tell me different.
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Get hold of hitch & push in compressing rubber bellows. It should be very hard to push in & pull out but it should slide smoothly. If it goes in & out easily then your damper will need replacing.

The plastic bushes that hold the damper tube can expand over the yrs & stop tube sliding smoothly, also tube can go rusty. The nipples should be greased twice yrly. When you take apart, clean tube with emery cloth to shiny metal & you might need to ream out bushes slightly. Before fitting damper ensure greased tube slides smoothly in bushes.

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It may be that your brake drums need adjusting although this would show as a knock when braking , it may be worth a try before replacing the damper .
Do the check Tentz has posted this will give you a good idea if the damper has gone .

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Thanks for the advice.


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Have checked damper today and it goes in and pulls out very easily with no restriction at all so I guess I was right in thinking it was knackered.
I checked it by looking underneath the tow frame but it's just a rusty tube under there.

Can these things be repaired or do they have to be replaced as a complete unit? If this is the case can anyone identify which one it is please?

The manufactures plate on the side of the van next to the door tells me that the maximum weight is 1100kg (the van weight is 890kg).


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The damper will be inside the big sliding tube see Here , you'll need to remove the hitch head , and possibably the fairing to access the rear damper bolt . It should be straight forward to replace , only bit that may be a little difficult is when replacing the hitch head bolt that goes through the damper as you have to compress the hitch to fit the bolt .

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Quote: Originally posted by wizard9956 on 05/6/2011

The damper will be inside the big sliding tube see Here , you'll need to remove the hitch head , and possibably the fairing to access the rear damper bolt . It should be straight forward to replace , only bit that may be a little difficult is when replacing the hitch head bolt that goes through the damper as you have to compress the hitch to fit the bolt .

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Thanks Wizard
Only thing I need now to find out is what one I have to get. I dare not take mine off until I've got a new one so will wait to see if anyone can tell me the one I need.




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You need to take old damper to a supplier to match up, they will need to know make of chassis & approx weight of caravan. When you remove hitch, caravan should be standing on front steadies not jockey wheel, to prevent chassis distortion.

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Message posted by michael on 06/6/2011 at 12:48pm
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may help.click on info for measurements if chassis is not known.

http://www.westerntowing.co.uk/cgi-bin/ss000001.pl?page=search&PR=-1&TB=A&SS=damper&ACTION.x=3&ACTION.y=6



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