Camper Trailer Suspension System Selection Guide

Posted on: 25 September 2020


When most people are choosing a camper trailer for their needs, the suspension system is one of the last things they consider. Yet, the suspension is a core component that impacts the load capacity, stability, and maintenance needs of a trailer. It also affects ride quality and safety. 

With all the critical trailer or vehicle performance parameters that suspensions influence, it's vitally important to get the correct trailer suspension for your situation. 

Knowing what to look at when comparing the trailer suspension options available on the market is critical for matching the right suspension to your trailering needs. Ultimately, what you choose depends on two main factors: what and where you tow.

Here's a further discussion on how to select the best suspension system for your camper trailer.

Choosing a trailer suspension based on what you are carrying.

A trailer's axles and suspension determine how much weight you can safely carry on your trailer. When you are selecting a suspension for your trailer, you should match it to the weight of the heaviest loads you'll be carrying.

Your trailer axles and suspension system should have the adequate load capacity to pull the loads without getting damaged. If your trailer has two axles rated for 1000kg each, for example, then it means that the suspension can support a weight of up to 2000kg. Trailers with more axles are generally favoured for heavy-duty applications because they help with load distribution.

It's a good idea to choose a trailer suspension that offers more load capacity than you need to avoid getting caught short.

Choosing a trailer suspension based on where you are towing.

The nature of the terrain you are going to travel also influences your trailer suspension selection. The appropriate suspension system should be designed to handle your terrain type well.

Off-road conditions pose a greater threat to trailer safety and the safety of the cargo aboard because they affect the drivability of the tow vehicle. If you intend to use your trailer off-road, a mechanical system suspension may be a suitable choice for you, as it is built to withstand the abuse associated with off-road conditions.

If you plan on hauling your trailer only on the highways, air suspension systems can provide a smooth and comfortable ride as you come across speed bumps and humps.

Still feeling confused about which type of camper trailer suspension system is right for your needs? Contact a local trailer parts supplier for advice about camper trailer suspension systems.