Comfort Ride suspension systems

The next time you hit the road, why not do it in comfort? Comfort Ride shock absorbers and leaf springs by Roadmaster cut road energy transmission by up to half, which equates to a lot less shake, rattle and roll in the trailer — and up front in the truck.

The complete system consists of two main components:

  • Shock absorbers — a patented, adjustable mounting bracket allows the shocks to be mounted vertically, where they have the leverage to limit up-and-down motion on both compression and rebound. Comfort Ride shock absorbers are angled 15 degrees to the outside to provide sway control. The trailer’s weight stays centered over the tires, which helps control sway by limiting lateral suspension travel and side-to-side rocking.Comfort Ride shock absorbers fit tandem axle trailers and fifth wheels, and are available for 2-3/8″, 3″, and 3½” axle diameters. MSRP is $550.
  • Slipper leaf springs — a central hanger isolates each axle, so the two springs are no longer connected, and the spring ends ride on rollers. Each spring is free to absorb and dissipate energy, in effect creating an independent axle system for superior ride and handling. Comfort Ride slipper leaf springs fit tandem axle trailers and fifth wheels; kits are available for various axle ratings up to 8,000 pounds. MSRP is $975.

Shock absorber kits can be purchased and installed separately, but in conjunction with the slipper leaf springs, the whole is greater than the parts — the two components will significantly reduce the cause of these common symptoms:

• Chucking — the truck rocks forward and aft when the trailer goes over uneven pavement (dips, frost heaves and the infamous bridge expansion joints);
• Axle roll-up — during braking, the trailer’s rear tires are lifted enough to cause a loss in traction (and a rise in the driver’s blood pressure); and
• Suspension rebound — when one tire goes over an obstacle, the trailer tips sideways. After the tire clears the obstacle, the leaf springs (and the trailer with them) rebound like a pogo stick.

Comfort Ride suspension products are available through NTP-Stag and Meyer Distributing.

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Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at

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  • JIM says:

    Hi Iread your article on comfort ride slipper springs and shock absorbers in the last Trailer Life magizine and am very interested in the system. I have a 1999 36ft Alpelite 12,000 lb 5th wheel that I have pulled 70,000+ miles over the last 18 years. In the last 8 yrs I have broken 3 springs and 2 rear spring hangers. It had shocks on the axles also. I recently moved the dexter 7200lb axles under the springs and removed the shocks (as they were in rough shape). I was in a time bind so did not replace the shocks, which were about new along with all four springs at approx. 35,000 miles. The reason I moved the axles above the springs was to get more heigth on the trailr so I could lower the nose. I had minimum clearence on the truck so I couldn’t lower the nose without raising the rear. It ran a little nose high so i belive there was more wieght on the rear axle maybe causing the hanger and spring failures on the rear axle.
    When I took a 1500 mile trip after raising the trailer and no shocks, there was more disaray inside the trailer then before so I am looking at ways to improve the ride and reactions on the trailer so your article really caught my attention. I would like more info on it if any is available. Thanks.
    Jim Brenay 28225 N Dixboro Rd south Lyon,MI 48178

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