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Old 07-30-2014, 10:12 PM   #1
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Rockwood 8280WS Excessive Bounce

We tow our 2011 8280WS with a 2004 one-ton Dodge dually. Love the rig and all is great except.....everything in the rear of the trailer really gets joggled around. To the point where coffee cups in cubbord and eggs in the fridge have broken. Don't know if it's a suspension problem with the truck, trailer, or both. Looking for feedback.
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:30 PM   #2
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Yours being a Rear Kit.you have to pack with this thought (If it shakes it Breaks)! Use filler between items that can move or touch! Youroo!!
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:33 PM   #3
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How fast do you tow. (Not accusing, just trying to narrow down the cause)
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Old 07-30-2014, 11:13 PM   #4
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I generally tow 65-68......most all interstate. Roads in general are bad but bridge transitions can just about jar my teeth out. I'm considering going to an air ride pin box.
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Old 07-30-2014, 11:23 PM   #5
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Thanks for the feedback. Makes sense that this could be a normal issue with a rear kitchen.
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Old 07-31-2014, 06:36 AM   #6
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If you (Really) want to see (Joggled around) put a Bike Rack on the rear also! Youroo!!
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:02 AM   #7
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I noticed loading between the trailer and truck axles greatly reduced the chaos in the rear. I once put too much food and containers in the rear and things really got tossed around. Loading the middle also makes for a better tow.
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Old 07-31-2014, 04:52 PM   #8
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Same as mine - Here is what I bet - you have torsion axles and you are loaded close to the maximum capacity of the axles. No travel left - kind of like riding on the rubber snubbers on a spring type. Your only suspension left is the tires.
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Old 07-31-2014, 05:14 PM   #9
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If you are driving in LA I know what you are talking about....that is the only state so far that has bounced anything in the back of our small 5 er....I 10 is almost a no more drive in LA>>> all other states all in rear rides fine....might be worth while to weigh to get pin wt front and rear axle weight....we travel 56-58 mph.....since 65 is the limit on trailer tires and some have limit of 62 mph if they give you max speed in rpm.. after you get your weights then you can compare tire chart pressures to load carried .... that will give you softest possible ride....you can inflate dual and trailer tires correct for weight carried....does your trailer chuck at all......? Good luck with finding a balance that will give you best ride possible....but again don t expect a good ride ever in LA on stretches of I 10....LOL.....take secondary roads.....
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Old 08-01-2014, 02:47 PM   #10
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We have the 8280 rear kitchen. Wife uses some common sense as she puts things away for travel. We have had one broken dish in 6000 miles--she said it was not put away properly. Things don't seem to jump around even though at times the roads/bridges are so bad.
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