Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-13-2013, 09:36 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
etcmss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: this unit is in Florida
Posts: 114
road bounce

over in the Flagstaff folder I started a topic on road bounce on our 831BFKSS. it seems certain roads and their joints lead to excessive bouncing. This bouncing is so bad your coffee would be jumping out of the cup, your stomach jumps like a basketball being dribbled. some have indicated it is the trailer suspension and others indicate the road is delivering this effect. it is enough to make you sick.
Do other trailers have this big bounce?
831BFKSS bounces on some roads
if you want to read.
Gary
__________________

__________________
etcmss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2013, 03:09 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: 152 SCENIC CIRCLE
Posts: 143
yes, I also have this problem towing my 2013 FR Cardinal. I am now searching for ways to get a better towing. maybe changing out my hitch to a air ride system, or change out my pin box. Can anyone give me advice on this?
__________________

__________________
Gee Whiz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2013, 12:47 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 368
Getting a different hitch does not solve the issue of bouncing just reduces the impact of bouncing you feel in your TV. Best is the reduce or eliminate bouncing of your 5th wheel. Adding shocks o the 5th wheel are highly recommended. OldCoot has made this and reported about the success on this forum.
__________________
Flying dutchman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2013, 01:03 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
etcmss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: this unit is in Florida
Posts: 114
bounce

we shouldn't have to change the design of the trailer by adding shocks to stop this.
other solutions?
__________________
etcmss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2013, 01:17 PM   #5
Mod free 5er
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Concord, NC
Posts: 24,215
Quote:
Originally Posted by etcmss View Post
we shouldn't have to change the design of the trailer by adding shocks to stop this.
other solutions?
The bounce is inherent to any vehicle suspension system without shocks. That is the reason shocks were invented 100+ yrs ago. You can't defy the laws of physics.

Newton's 1 law of physics: I. Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.
__________________
OldCoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2013, 02:17 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
EricInColorado's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Colorado
Posts: 258
I agree with others. Look into shocks for the TT. That will fix the problem, whereas tweaking the hitch setup is treating the symptom.

^^^^^ I did not type Twerking.
__________________
Eric, Tara, and most of China
2013 Camping Nights: 2
2014 Camping nights: 31
TT 2014 Rockwood Roo 183
TV 2012 Nissan Armada
EricInColorado is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2013, 03:17 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
etcmss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: this unit is in Florida
Posts: 114
bounce

in normal driving conditions the TT performs well with no bounce, so what in the road causes the violent up and down bouncing?
and why would we need to add shocks on a trailer just for this? it still points to the TT should have had them when it was built.
Gary
__________________
etcmss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2013, 03:23 PM   #8
Mod free 5er
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Concord, NC
Posts: 24,215
Quote:
Originally Posted by etcmss View Post
in normal driving conditions the TT performs well with no bounce, so what in the road causes the violent up and down bouncing?
and why would we need to add shocks on a trailer just for this? it still points to the TT should have had them when it was built.
Gary
Shocks only come on HIGH end trailers like Airstream, don't know if any Forest River trailers have them.

If all roads were smooth, there is no need for shocks on any vehicle, but a vast majority of the roads are far from smooth and once the bounce starts, it will continue to bounce until acted upon by an outside source, i.e. shocks. Newton's 1 law.

Try this experiment, unhook the rear shocks from your truck and then bounce on the back bumper and see what happens and it isn't even moving on a highway.
__________________
OldCoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2013, 09:09 PM   #9
Member
 
Ole Sage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 46
Make sure the spring bars on your hitch are adjusted right and tight enough.
I had to move up 1 more link, and that helped take some of the bounce out.
__________________

__________________
Home is where you park it.
Ole Sage is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:36 AM.