Increase the driving safety of caravan trailers
Camping holidays are more popular than ever before. This is shown not least by the increased figures for caravan registration. Their owners are usually very concerned about safety and willing to invest in useful extras. Newcomers in particular are happy to have the unfamiliar driving experience made easier and risks mitigated. One safety factor that even old hands seldom consider is shock absorbers with significantly increased damping force compared to standard. One product from this category is the registration-free gas pressure shock absorber BILSTEIN B6.
For experts it is obvious why an increase in damping force makes driving a rather heavy caravan noticeably safer. Due to the high drawbar loads as well as traction and leverage forces at the trailer coupling, the standard shock absorbers are quickly at their limit in dangerous situations, as they have not been optimised for this load. The damping force is no longer sufficient to ensure safe, comfortable and agile handling. Even if the tow hook has already been fitted at the factory, the standard suspension does not necessarily offer enough safety reserves. High-performance shock absorbers such as the BILSTEIN B6 almost always bring about a significant improvement here. If shock absorbers are due for replacement anyway, there are hardly any additional costs compared to normal standard replacement components.
Of course, shock absorbers with extra damping force also pay off when towing other trailers or in combination with bicycle racks or heavy roof loads that shift the vehicle’s centre of gravity upwards. This can cause the car to sway dangerously or react too sluggishly, especially when swerving quickly or in alternating curves. With high-performance shock absorbers optimised for trailer operation, drivers are protected from unpleasant surprises even with caravans and trailers, and reach their destination safely.