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Old 10-12-2014, 06:18 AM   #1
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Suspension fixes

This is a take off of the thread "Towing a 33 Foot Trailer vs 33 FT Fifth Wheel".
It got me wondering what options I can have to help eliminate the "bounce" I get pulling my TT with my 1/2 ton Silverado?
I already have an equalizer hitch, love the camper and power is not a problem but after a few miles down the road I feel like I'm back in my NAVY days on the carrier in the sea of Japan. That was no fun either..
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Old 10-12-2014, 06:49 AM   #2
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I installed Roadmaster Active Suspension and it made a world of difference. It improved the unloaded driving characteristics of the truck too. There are other options such as shocks, Timbrens, etc., but I think the Roadmaster is your best option.
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Old 10-12-2014, 07:34 AM   #3
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If your bouncing up and down I would recommend changing ball height or torsion bars position or both. Something is not right. Tonge weight is not correct or height or combination of both. I would start with shortening chain by one link..take a short drive and see what that does.
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Old 10-12-2014, 07:52 AM   #4
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I have to agree with TX. Take it in to a good RV shop and have them trouble shoot your setup. Since you have posted no info on your setup my only other thought is how old is the truck and more importantly the shocks..
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Old 10-12-2014, 08:45 AM   #5
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Thank you for your replies. My truck is only four months old. The setup is a Reese equalizer hitch installed by the Jayco dealer. Not to say it could not be the problem or the "bounce" I feel is simply normal. Another issue could be the roads we pull the camper on. Most are back country and not freeway.
Still, if there is something I could do to help I'm willing to add it to the truck. I'm interested in the Roadmaster Active Suspension robkelly mentioned.
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Old 10-12-2014, 08:52 AM   #6
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Bounce is not normal. I would guess you need to drop a link on the chain. These are easy to set up. Sometimes the person at the dlr has no clue. I would do it for you if your close.
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Old 10-12-2014, 09:08 AM   #7
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Texashighsheriff what do you mean "drop a link". Make it looser or tighter? Right now when I lift my bars it takes all my strength to do it and that's with the trailer and ball high up to take tension off. Then after lowering it looks like the trailer is in line with my truck. I use a steel pipe for leverage.
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Droppin a link will make it tighter. Your ball may be to high or low causing you to need to much tension to level. I would start by raising your ball one notch and leave the chain as is and start from there. This is after you mentioned how much torsion you already have.
I have never had bounce unless not adjusted correctly.
What is the height of your ball when unloaded.
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Old 10-12-2014, 10:05 AM   #9
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I'm not sure my camper is set up at the site and I am not there. I'll check.
I understand what your saying but I always thought the bottom line is when everything is in place and set up correctly the TT should be level and in line with the tow vehicle which mine is.
That is really interesting is you feel no bounce. This is not the first camper that I have felt it on and thought was normal and a reason people go to a 5th wheel.
If I drop a link and make it tighter I don't think I could attach it. Unless I used a 20ft bar for leverage. It's that hard to do.
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Take you TV/TT combination under "loaded" conditions to a CAT scale and weight it. This is the only way to confirm all your weights (tongue weight, TT weight, etc.) and to insure that your WDH is adjusted correctly...., plus the CAT data will confirm that the WDH is properly rated for your loaded tongue weight.

Since your RV dealer installed your WDH and assuming they did it correctly, it was then adjusted under "unloaded" conditions, you are towing under "loaded" conditions...., the WDH needs to be re-adjusted.

CAT scale how-to: https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f37/how-to-weigh-your-tv-tt-3871.html

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