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Old 05-12-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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How to reduce travel trailer bounce

I have been towing my travel trailer with a half ton Suburban. The trailer rarely had any mess when we arrived at our destination.

We now have a 1 ton, diesel, and our travel trailer contents are thrown all over the place.

Any suggestions?

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Old 05-12-2012, 11:34 PM   #2
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Is it porpoising? For some reason, (worn shocks on the tow vehicle maybe, or perhaps just some odd resonance or other coupling) there's more motion at the hitch. There should be no difference on the trailer, unless that diesel has been pulling the rig more than 70 MPH or so. If that's the case, check to make sure the trailer tires are still round. If they get damaged by high speed, they won't be round, and will shake the daylights out of the contents.

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Your trailer should be sitting very near level when loaded and hooked up.If it is 1" low in front that is OK, but not low in back. The much stiffer truck suspension means it will not absorb as much road shock from the trailer either. As Van alluded, are you driving at the same speeds as before?
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If possible carry some more weight in the back of the truck to put some load on the truck springs.

You might also want to put less load on the weight distributing mars and let the rear of the truck carry a bit mote of the load on the rear springs.

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I'd think that a 1-ton should be able to pull any trailer pullable by a 1500 suburban, with no load bars at all. The bit about checking the level is good advice. if its not, it will pivot vertically about the loaded axle considerably more than if each axle was equally loaded.
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Thank you all...

I thought the same about eliminating the equalizer bars. Even though the truck doesn't squat, the hitch is only rated at 600 lbs tongue weight, so that would be risky.

I have kept the speeds around 55mph as I don't like to drive that hard.

Ray did mention something that I will look into. The back of my trailer is a little bit lower than the front.

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