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Old 07-23-2013, 04:32 PM   #21
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Gotcha, I put a little under 7000 miles on a 33ft International box truck with rear full air ride, pulling a 40ft. Haulmark Stacker... bumper pull. Worst ride of my life on roads that had buckled. non stop bucking.

My '05 Silverado sounds like it's crashing over bumps or holes in the road if I run more than 70PSI in the front tires.

I wonder if maybe just adjustable air shocks on the rear of the van could help... it's a bit of a hassle inflating and deflating all the time... my dad had them on a conversion van we had growing up, but it sure rode a lot nicer. once we got them dialed in
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:40 PM   #22
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I set up the WDH at home which is slightly off level. I ended up with the front a bit low. I had planned on leveling up up but wondered now if it would help to have it a little nose down.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:52 PM   #23
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Great pics! It doesn't appear that your van is squatting - correct?

Nose down... couple of dynamics come into play
1) yes, more weight is transferred to the tongue
2) more weight on the front tires- wear unevenly
3) suspension isn't working ideally.

Is your hitch adjustable?

if it is, get it as close to level as you can and use as little pressure as possible with the chains and try that
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:57 PM   #24
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I am using an Equal-I-zer 10k/1k hitch. I will go somewhere else and set it up again, it's just so much more convenient at home! No, the van really doesn't seem to notice weight much!
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:05 PM   #25
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Tell me about it! I have to go to where we store our 5'er anytime I want to do anything to it

It appears as though the height of the ball can be adjusted on that hitch correct? If so, I'd def. give a try once leveled.

The front and rear springs on the TT should be connected with a cantilever looking bracket, they ride much nicer when that in it's proper position
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It appears as though the height of the ball can be adjusted on that hitch correct? If so, I'd def. give a try once leveled.

The front and rear springs on the TT should be connected with a cantilever looking bracket, they ride much nicer when that in it's proper position
Yeah it's adjustable, I have set it up quite a few times now although this is the first time I ended up not keeping the TV and the TT level.
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:00 AM   #27
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Cool! Looking forward to updates
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So....I took the whole rig to flat ground and set the hitch up...again. Interestingly, with the trailer completely level the hitch ball was where it was supposed to be according to the instructions. I know this leaves the trailer low in the front dispite the instructions so I took the ball up higher. These are the numbers I ended up with;
Unloaded front 34 1/2
rear 36 3/4
Loaded with no WDH
front 34 3/4
rear 35 1/2
Loaded with WDH
Front 34 1/2
Rear 35 3/4
I have a trip in a week so we will see how it rides now.


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Old 08-07-2013, 04:55 PM   #29
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Well we have another trip in the books and the ride was no better with the camper perfectly level. Best as it seems to me that the camper and load is loading the rear leaf springs just to the point that they are starting to flex. Then when we hit a dip or a bridge it loads the suspension just for that moment. It seems to me like my only options are to put enough weight on the rear to get the springs really involved (not easy) or install air bags to keep the springs from getting involved in the first place. So I bought some air bags and will get them installed this weekend. More updates to come!
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Airbags are the right way to go in your or similar situations. Keep us updated please.
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