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Old 05-29-2014, 12:06 PM   #1
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Bucking when towing

Hi. We have a 2014 23ikss. We love it. We also recently purchased a ford f250 so that is our tow vehicle. We have the blue ox sway bars as well. When we tow we get a lock of bucking and jerking. Since this trailer isn't that heavy everyone told us we shouldn't even feel that we are towing anything. Does anyone know why we have this issue? Is there something we need to adjust? Thanks for your help!!
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:39 PM   #2
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Hi. We have a 2014 23ikss. We love it. We also recently purchased a ford f250 so that is our tow vehicle. We have the blue ox sway bars as well. When we tow we get a lock of bucking and jerking. Since this trailer isn't that heavy everyone told us we shouldn't even feel that we are towing anything. Does anyone know why we have this issue? Is there something we need to adjust? Thanks for your help!!
The 'bucking' is caused by the Spring Bars not having enough tension on them and 'lifting' the front of the trailer and back of the TV enough. Take the chain up another link and see if that helps tighten the bars and gets rid of the bounce.



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Do you have a WDH? If so, that could be your problem. You may be taking too much weight off your truck. Unload the bars or remove completely, if your truck's hitch is rated for the weight. Make sure all hitch components are tight.
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The 'bucking' is caused by the Spring Bars not having enough tension on them and 'lifting' the front of the trailer and back of the TV. Take the chain up another link and see if that helps tighten the bars and gets rid of the bounce.



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Wouldn't it be just the opposite? Too much tension raises tongue.
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Wouldn't it be just the opposite? Too much tension raises tongue.
I agree, take the spring bars completely off or and try it with only the sway control or at least take more tension out of the bars.
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Wouldn't it be just the opposite? Too much tension raises tongue.


Pulled Quote from:How To Properly Load And Tow An RV Travel Trailer (Hint: Get An Equalizer Hitch!) | The Fun Times Guide to RVing

"How An Equalizer Hitch Helps
To correct this situation, an Equalizer Hitch is used to redistribute the weight of the trailer over the entire tow vehicle.

Here’s an example.

When you set the chains on the bars of your Equalizer Hitch, you are transferring some of the tongue weight to the front axle of your tow vehicle.

Finding the “sweet spot” or exact correct link point may take a couple of tries.

If you don’t apply enough tension on the bars, you’ll find yourself “see-sawing” on poor highways. Setting the chains one link tighter will probably transfer enough weight that the whole unit will even out and ride up and down together.

If you go to the other extreme and set your chains with too much tension, you’re taking weight off the rear wheels of your tow vehicle. A dangerous situation as you will lack traction on rain slick roadways and you may find yourself spinning your wheels when maneuvering on gravel or grass."
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Bro Les, keep in mind that he has a 3/4T and a relatively light trailer and probably only needs sway control as the truck will more than handle the tongue wt without assistance of a wdh.
Shocks on the trailer would probably help also.
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Bro Les, keep in mind that he has a 3/4T and a relatively light trailer and probably only needs sway control as the truck will more than handle the tongue wt without assistance of a wdh.

I posted a link to the Blue Ox and it looks as if the 'sway control' is provided by the tension bars. There is a video on that link of how it works.
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Bro Les, keep in mind that he has a 3/4T and a relatively light trailer and probably only needs sway control as the truck will more than handle the tongue wt without assistance of a wdh.
Shocks on the trailer would probably help also.

This... I would agree on, but the lift bars seem to be the sway control. The F-250 could handle this camper with no lift bars or sway bars at all, just a plain ol' ball. Did he waste his money on a Blue Ox? The Blue Ox looks like a nice set up to have.
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If it were me, I would remove the wdh and put a pr of friction sway controls on and shocks on the trailer.
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