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Old 09-12-2016, 02:43 PM   #1
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Hi,
I have a 1972 Boler that is pretty much updated including axle, wheels and tires. I pull it with a Ford Ranger truck.
When pulling the trailer, I have the truck doing a little bounce from the teeter totter effect of the camper. On nice pavement it pulls like a dream but on pavement that has been there for some time or has small ridges, the ride is less than desired.
I have moved things a bit to try slightly changing the tongue weight. Not much result.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to reduce the bounce?

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Old 09-12-2016, 03:14 PM   #2
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To some extent, I think what you're experiencing is typical for a light, short, tall trailer. Increasing tongue weight helps. Increasing overall weight also helps. Ours is smoother when packed for a trip than empty. Of course, I wouldn't pack unnecessary items just to make it heavier!

Sometimes changing speed helps when regularly-spaced road imperfections (expansion joints, for example) cause a resonant bounce.

Make sure you have eliminated all slop in the draw bar connection to the receiver.

I'm assuming the updated axle is appropriately rated for the actual weight of your loaded trailer. That should mean it is tuned for around 2000 pounds.
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Old 09-12-2016, 03:37 PM   #3
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lightweight...

given the lightweight and the fact you have a pick-up...if it's bouncing up and down after bumps/irrigularities in the road the truck needs new shocks and/or springs....again cause it's a TRUCK (it should just "laugh" at that amount of tounge weight)

on the other hand a WDH will fix your problem too...but then you'll have the extra work hitching/unhitching the trailer.....I'd "fix" the truck

JMO...everybody's got one......happy motoring
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Are you set up so the trailer is either dead level or slightly nose down? That and a tight coupler and stinger without slop might help you. Are tire pressures optimal? After that it's stuff that costs a little money but not a lot if it's only shocks on the truck. My $.02.
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The shocks are fine. No problem with just the truck.
I have another trailer to pull my ATV. It rides fine. The tongue weight is much heavier.
I think the camper is fairly level.
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