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Old 07-28-2014, 10:53 AM   #1
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Chucking with my Rockwood 8289

I am using the Sidewinder feature on my Rockwood 8289 ,towing with my Ford F250. I am experiencing chucking and being new to 5th wheel towing and being in the UK where advice is scarce ,can anyone give me advice? I have found online that several people have found the Mor/Ryde pin box greatly helps.But can I fit this with the Sidewinder hitch?
My truck hitch is a Reese R16.
Any advice much appreciated.
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Old 07-28-2014, 10:57 AM   #2
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I am using the Sidewinder feature on my Rockwood 8289 ,towing with my Ford F250. I am experiencing chucking and being new to 5th wheel towing and being in the UK where advice is scarce ,can anyone give me advice? I have found online that several people have found the Mor/Ryde pin box greatly helps.But can I fit this with the Sidewinder hitch?
My truck hitch is a Reese R16.
Any advice much appreciated.
Doubtful, but I really don't know. Shocks on the trailer stopped it on my Flagstaff.
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Old 07-28-2014, 12:49 PM   #3
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Like OC, I would check your shocks - how old is your 5th Wheel?

Chucking is typically caused by worn shocks and/or low pin weight.

Weight distribution is pretty important; best case is heavier in the front of the 5er. What you do NOT want is to have all your heavy stuff in the back (use your basement, that's what it is there for

On a totally different Vein You are a towing GOD!

I was stationed in the UK for over 4 years when I was in the Air Force and no way would I ever had the guts to yank a 8289 with a F250 down some of THOSE back roads

For those un-informed as to what I mean... Here is a photo of the A38 Country Lane 2 some Brits consider this a wide road
I suspect you are strictly a Motorway driver with that rig
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I put shocks on my TRAILER to stop the chucking. Truck shocks were good even before and I had chucking.
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Old 07-28-2014, 01:44 PM   #5
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I am using the Sidewinder feature on my Rockwood 8289 ,towing with my Ford F250. I am expeiencing chucking and being new to 5th wheel towing and being in the UK where advice is scarce ,cn anyone give me advice? I have found online that several people have found the Mor/Ryde pin box greatly helps.But can I fit this with the Sidewinder hitch?
My truck hitch is a Reese R16.
Any advice much appreciated.
You CAN NOT install a Mor ride. The reason is that the Revelation is framed in a 10" space it will not fit. Your unit pin box and trailer was designed to fit that hitch alone. If you wanted a new hitch with the shocks that would work. You can PM Rodeo George he was going to do the same thing. You would have to change the framing to use that. This has been discussed in length. I still do think that will stop the chucking. You really can't add that much weight to change the distributions in my opinion no matter what anyone says. You can only add a total of like 1350 lbs. Now count in the propane and battery and water that you carry. You can get to gross weight and it still will not stop. The revolution is framed in so you can not add a 14" wide pin box or what ever the dimensions are.
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I had chucking when I first had the 8289 on my F150. LT tires which I assume are on the F250 already and weight. I put some weight over the pin. Between clothes, ladder under the bed and various other things in the basement (100 lbs of tools etc) it stopped.

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There is noway in IMO that you can stop all chucking it is the nature of the beast. Drive down I-95 in SC. and tell me that. Mine will chuck at stops and acceleration. And going down one of Americas great roads. Concrete is the worst. What is your pin weight?
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Thanks to everyone for your advices and help. Not sure what my noseweight is- how do I measure it? Excuse my naivety but I'm new to all this Only been out a couple of times but off to France in 2 weeks- and yes done those "narrow" off motorway roads- but motorways are easier!! I work on the principal, anywhere a HGV truck can go, so can I.
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Thanks to everyone for your advices and help. Not sure what my noseweight is- how do I measure it? Excuse my naivety but I'm new to all this Only been out a couple of times but off to France in 2 weeks- and yes done those "narrow" off motorway roads- but motorways are easier!! I work on the principal, anywhere a HGV truck can go, so can I.
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For me I would send a PM to Dave_monica, To me he is The best person on the forum. He will get back to you. He helped me out the most. Others here will help and are very Knowledgeable. But he breaks it down in easy terms, nothing ment against other members but to me he is the best. That is just my opinion and no insults intended...... Hay it took me 3x's on the scales before I got to mine which is 1640 lbs. He was very good with me.
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When we first took delivery on the 8289 we had some pretty serious chucking. After taking a good look at things the RV was sitting a bit nose down when hooked to the truck on a level surface. I raised the hitch in the truck 1", didn't take out all the chucking but it sure got rid of most of it. Pretty comfortable ride now for the most part. Also slowing down on really rough roads helps.
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