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Old 10-20-2012, 12:01 PM   #29
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When talking replacing shocks are you all talking on the TV or the 5er?
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:13 PM   #30
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When talking replacing shocks are you all talking on the TV or the 5er?
Most trailers don't have shocks. I think they are talking about replacing them on the tow vehicle. I added shocks to my Alko axles on my 5er.
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:31 PM   #31
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Most trailers don't have shocks. I think they are talking about replacing them on the tow vehicle. I added shocks to my Alko axles on my 5er.
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Old 10-24-2012, 04:45 PM   #32
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I replaced shocks, had wheels balanced and installed EZ Flex wet bolt system and the bounce in the rear kitchen went down A LOT. Most of the credit should probably go to the EZ Flex suspension.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:02 PM   #33
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LBLyon, We haven't heard from you since the 8th. Have you installed new HD shocks on your truck yet? BTW, with a truck you can't have both, it either rides like a car or tows like a truck. Your comment about it riding so smooth when empty makes me think you have worn-out shocks and tire issues. If you have load range truck "E" tires, inflate them to the sidewall maximum next time you tow and note any differences in handling. If you have load range "D" tires that is one part of your problem.
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Ray....
not either or if you can get Rancho 9000 adjustables for your vehicle IMHexperience
Rancho Suspension: Shocks RS9000XL™

lifetime warranty and adjustable from 1 to 9 so you can have it hard as you want or soft as you want...
the standard shocks come with a dial that takes 10 secs per shock to adjust
or you can opt for the remote system that can be adjusted on the fly !

Well worth it in my mind ...
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Haven't had the money yet to do the shocks on the truck but I'm convinced that is where the problem is. The truck drops down when the trailer is hitched on it. It also drops down when I hook up our bumper pull horse trailer. This is what leads me to believe the truck shocks are not right. I'd rather have a truck ride and no bounce. When I can afford it I will get the better shocks.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:04 AM   #36
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I pull with the same truck "02" and no bounce. I question the pin placement. All 5th wheel hitches I have ever seen are a few inchs in front of the axle. Is the trailor riding level? Maybe you need to adjust the hitch in the truck up or down to get equal weight on the trailor tires. I have never had this problem so I really have no solution but I dont think it would be the truck itself. You may need to reload the rig to get more wt up on the truck as mentioned before. Check tires for uneven wear or bumps. Good luck
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Haven't had the money yet to do the shocks on the truck but I'm convinced that is where the problem is. The truck drops down when the trailer is hitched on it. It also drops down when I hook up our bumper pull horse trailer. This is what leads me to believe the truck shocks are not right. I'd rather have a truck ride and no bounce. When I can afford it I will get the better shocks.
Shocks have nothing to do with ride height. They just control the bounce.
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Haven't had the money yet to do the shocks on the truck but I'm convinced that is where the problem is. The truck drops down when the trailer is hitched on it. It also drops down when I hook up our bumper pull horse trailer. This is what leads me to believe the truck shocks are not right. I'd rather have a truck ride and no bounce. When I can afford it I will get the better shocks.

The shocks have nothing to do with how far the truck drops when loaded. That is a function of the springs. Shocks control how much bounce and how quickly it is damped.

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All vehicles "drop down when the trailer is attached". Equalizing hitches for pull-type trailers are designed to reduce this. A 5th wheel hitch has no provisions to reduce how much the truck drops when pin weight is applied. This is why it is so important to insure the truck has adequate carrying capacity, and some reserve capacity to prolong truck lifespan.
This is unrelated to the bouncing you are trying to reduce. I have the Rancho 5000 shocks which are not adjustable unlike the 9000 shocks which use an air compressor to remotely adjust the shocks.
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My 5er does not bounce, dolphin or have chucking since I put shocks on the 5er. It is the nicest towing trailer I've had since 1976 (9 different trailers) I also have airbags and an onboard compressor to control the 'drop'.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:22 AM   #41
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hitch height

have you checked your hitch height when loaded,, is the 5th wheel level or nose heavy, you may need to raise your hitch or lower it to get the correct level of ride height,, just a thought
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My 33', 12.1k 5er was about 3" high on the front, with the pin ~1" in front of the axle center line and it pulled like a dream. Couldn't get it to sway even when I tried and no bounce. TV `97 Dodge Ram Diesel club cab.

AXLE 1 4300
AXLE 2 5660
AXLE 3 9260
Total 19220
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