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Old 09-02-2011, 12:12 AM   #1
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jerky ride with Reese Dual Cam HP?

We got the Reese Dual Cam HP installed today (except for the sway control, part didn't come in yet)
had a hard time with install, the A frame on Shasta Revere is really wide and had to end up putting the chains on last link after changing the angle on the ball to give it more play.
The sway control will give us an extra link or two to play with when installed.
My problem is that when driving, it feels like the truck is jerking rhythmically. like tug of war. What causes this?
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:14 AM   #2
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Not sure what to say.... some of that is normal I think. It's hard to express something
like that. What is a "little" or a "lot" of bounce? I guess I'm not helping.... mine does
it a bit and after a while we get used to it. Of course it's worse on bumpy or choppy
pavement. Not much at all on smooth roads.
Some folks have what's called a rocking horse feel. I do a little. I added airbags to
get a level ride when I'm hauling my motorcycle with the trailer. They don't seem
to make much difference if I've got them full of air or nearly empty as far
as minimizing that rocky horse feel.

When you put a trailer on the back of your truck it's gonna change how it rides.
I hope yours isn't too severe!

Good Luck!!
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:58 AM   #3
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That's the feeling we get, like a rocking horse but not too severe, it took me a while to notice it. Would you think it a safety issue? Would you think it might feel better when trailer loaded?
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:05 AM   #4
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I think it's normal for this type hitch.
In fact I had some rocky horse feel with a much smaller trailer
towed with a little Chevy S10 blazer and just a regular receiver
hitch. I had one friction flat bar anti sway on that one and it worked
fine.
The first few miles you'd notice a bit of bouncy feel and after that
you sort of forget it's there.

I think it goes with the territory!
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:53 AM   #5
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I had the rocking horse feeling ended up putting stronger bars on. Went form 800# to 1000# rocking gone. I have the husky round bar system.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:20 AM   #6
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Is it an up and down motion or a front and back motion? If front and back, it has nothing to do with the hitch. Up and down can happen especially if the road you are towing on is not flat. If the road is good, it is possible that your setup is too stiff; thereby translating every road movement. Your bars should be well matched to your tongue weight. e.g. You shouldn't have 1,200 pound bars on a 500 pound hitch weight.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:23 AM   #7
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Front and back motion
Tongue weight of trailer is 750 lbs
800 lbs bars
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I would go to the dealer and ask to try 1000 lb bars. you are very close to the limit of the bars. That is the same problem that I had. The 750 lbs is that weight from weigh scales of the weight from Forest River.
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I would go to the dealer and ask to try 1000 lb bars. you are very close to the limit of the bars. That is the same problem that I had. The 750 lbs is that weight from weigh scales of the weight from Forest River.
How much does your bar weigh compared to your tong?
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My tong unloaded was 735lb. have not weighed since TT was loaded.
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