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Old 08-29-2016, 12:42 PM   #11
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Parts of I-80 in Iowa are bad. Not all of it but a good chunk. Hwy 30 right around Cedar Rapids has a long stretch (concrete) that is terrible when pulling fifth wheel. I've wondered what I could do to help reduce this as well. It's not too bad just the truck itself but it's really bad when pulling.
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Old 08-29-2016, 12:46 PM   #12
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Parts of I-80 in Iowa are bad. Not all of it but a good chunk. Hwy 30 right around Cedar Rapids has a long stretch (concrete) that is terrible when pulling fifth wheel. I've wondered what I could do to help reduce this as well. It's not too bad just the truck itself but it's really bad when pulling.
We noticed a marked ride improvement when we replaced our truck shocks with Bilstein and upgraded to a kingpin setup (trailer side) with a shock absorber (for chucking) and an airbag. Really smoothed out the ride when towing.
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Old 08-29-2016, 01:46 PM   #13
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Just wait until you get on I-80 in PA. The rest of that road looks smooooooth.
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:05 PM   #14
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A lot has to do with wheel base
and distance to axles on trailer!
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:47 PM   #15
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A lot has to do with wheel base
and distance to axles on trailer!
...And the distance between concrete joints, and vehicle speed. Only things you can change "on the fly" is speed and route if it gets too uncomfortable.
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I-80 in PENN

Capt john, don't tell me that about I-80 in Penn. Will be using that road from Scranton to Conn. I just returned from the rally in Goshen to Florida.
The road in Kentucky just south of Cincinnati and the by-pass around Atlanta just about beat my Rockwood fifth wheel to death. It was so bad and rough, the black tank and grey tank for shower bent the brackets
that support the tanks down about 3", causing the tanks to read full when only two lights were suppose to be on where you check your tanks.
I only carry about 5 gallon of water in the black tank to keep stuff from turning into cement. Just the 5 gallons and rough roads caused me to have to drop the underbelly under the fifth wheel and jack the brackets back into place. It was a two day job. I had heard of OP having the problem, didn't think it would happen to me.

I will be using the road from Scranton, PA to Conn in transit to Maine.
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There is plenty of money taken out fuel tax to repair our highway system. Only problem is the road tax now is used to pay for government employees health welfare and pension funds. Go figure.
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Might consider the Sulastic Shackle http://www.sulastic.com/truck-shackle-suspension-sa-06

I have no experience with them, but many reviews online
Here is a review for a Dodge 2500 http://offroad-review.com/new/index.php?page=587
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A lot has to do with wheel base
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x2

Virtually all the "bucking" comes from that.

Wheelbase, distance from TT axle to each TV axle.

Each has a "resonance" which, combined with spring rates and vehicle(s) speed, have a range of speeds at which it will shake you like a Bond martini.
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If you want to drive a really bad interstate try I-69 south in Michigan between I-96 and I-94. It's like riding a roller coaster from all the semi traffic. Been like that for years. I have my WDH set up as good as it can get and have little to no problems anywhere else. Not sure if you have leaf springs or coils. I plan to buy the Roadhandler suspension kit for mine with the leaf springs.
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