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Old 03-22-2015, 05:52 AM   #1
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Looking for Smoother Ride

I've taken a few short trips with my new 323LKTS, and have noticed the truck bouncing during travel. I have the Mor-Ryde rubberized pin, and that is an upgrade from my old fifth wheel. But I will be taking a 3,000 mile trip in July and want a smoother ride for that long of an excursion. What do the experts here in the forum suggest? Air suspension upgrade for my 2003 F250? I appreciate all your advice.
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Old 03-22-2015, 06:05 AM   #2
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I had a similar issue when we got the TT and installed a Roadmaster Active Suspension - it made a HUGE difference and we were comfortable for just under 5k miles last year. An added bonus is that it didn't affect the unloaded ride.
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Old 03-25-2015, 07:33 PM   #3
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Rear airbags will make a huge difference, NO MORE BOUNCING. I have RIDE RITE on my F250 and would highly recommend them. I have the onboard air compressor on mine also, so you can add or adjust the air pressure anytime/anywhere.
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We pull the 5th with our '13 F350. Weighs 12700# with 3020 on the pin. We also have the mor-ryde and our experience is pretty smooth. This is for just over a year and about 7000mi. I'd start by weighing your TT & 5th to make sure you are within your weight limits and the 5th is balanced. You describe "bounce", if it's an "up and down" motion in the 5th, maybe you have an out of round tire. If it's in the TV perhaps your shocks need replacing. Are your short trips over the same road? The elevated part of I-10 between Baton Rouge and I-12 beats us silly, think it's the slight arching of the roadway sections. All this said bags may turn the tide for you. Please let the forum know what you do.
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Old 03-26-2015, 04:12 PM   #5
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We're tugging our 15 38FLSA with my SRW without bounce issues. What hitches are you all using?

I'm on a B&W companion, with a turnover ball, so I have bed space when I want it.

But, when we pull it's smooth, even on I-35 and it's wavy construction - the B&W + the Moryde = nice.
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We're tugging our 15 38FLSA with my SRW without bounce issues. What hitches are you all using?

I'm on a B&W companion, with a turnover ball, so I have bed space when I want it.

But, when we pull it's smooth, even on I-35 and it's wavy construction - the B&W + the Moryde = nice.
We also have a B&W but it mounts to the Ford factory under-bed system.
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Old 03-28-2015, 07:57 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the advice. After reading your posts and doing some further research, I'll be installing Firestone air bags this week. Due to cost, I'll not be installing the on board compressor right away, but will look to add that at a later point. I've been told by my installer it can be added fairly easily. After buying the new fifth wheel last month, I seem to be a little short in my "accessory" account!
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Old 03-28-2015, 08:02 AM   #8
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To answer your questions, my shocks are less than 2 years old. I've now towed the fifth wheel more than 1,000 miles, over multiple roads. All seem to give me the unwanted bouncing. I use a Curt 20,000 lb slider hitch that is 2 years old. And although I've not weighed the fifth wheel, it is the same weight as my older (2006 Forest River Cardinal) fifth wheel, and the same hitch weight. The biggest difference is that my new Jayco is 3.5 feet longer. I am, however, getting much better (1.5 - 2 mpg) fuel economy with the new Jayco.
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I'm sorry, I meant to say it is the same weight per the specs as my former fifth wheel.
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I have a Anderson ultimate 5th wheel to gooseneck, the ride is great. I have helper leafs on my dually which I prefer rather than airbags. No jerkiness with the goose neck or noise.
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