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Old 04-22-2013, 06:13 PM   #15
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When you loosen the chains with a ratchet do you raise the tongue jack to help? I wondered if it helped speed the process.


Then to tighten do you count the threads exposed on each side or count the number of socket turns in? Thanks.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:39 PM   #16
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When you loosen the chains with a ratchet do you raise the tongue jack to help? I wondered if it helped speed the process.


Then to tighten do you count the threads exposed on each side or count the number of socket turns in? Thanks.
I did not use the tongue jack in my adjustment, I tightened the chains equally, in my case 6 threads were showing, to a point where the rear was raised 1" and the front lowered 1"(I had a 2" difference)
If further tightening was needed then you may need to use the tongue jack to further tighten the chains, if necessary. I did not need to utilize that procedure.
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:25 AM   #17
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Jim and Darrell, I have a question about the Andersen and ride comfort. How much does it eliminate the up-down jiggle? My wife is really bothered by bumps and jiggle, to the point where she doesn't want me to tow the trailer when we go visit family in Michigan (1000 mile trip each way). I am thinking of buying the Andersen, really just if it would improve ride comfort enough to where she'd be ok with the trailer again.

If you rated the jiggle at zero for the tug without trailer, and a 10 for the tug with trailer but no Andersen hitch, what number would you assign the jiggle factor for the rig with the Andersen installed?
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The Andersen does as well as a conventional w/d hitch re: pop up jiggles. Some roads will have it, no matter what type set up. There is less movement than without, I can say that.
Have you tried a different route? I try to avoid some roads with forethought due to past experience. Also check your tow vehicle shocks, a new set will make a world of difference, both my tugs have less than 10K miles so they pull like they are new.
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Thanks Jim. I ask the dealership sometimes to look at the suspension while I'm getting oil changed, and they always say everything's fine. I was hoping the Andersen would do a fair bit better than other W/D, as they make a point of advertising that benefit of the urethane bushings.

Someone on rv net has suggested a Air Safe Hitch, which I'd never heard of. The hitch rides on an air bag. Can't use both together, but I want to try one or the other, I guess.
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Air Hitch is very expensive, if you have more than 30,000 miles then new shocks are what is needed.
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New shocks won't solve the problem, although they might help somewhat. The last time DW came with me while towing, it was when the HL was practically new (thus so were the shocks). It was painful for her (she has kidney stones in the kidney that don't come out).
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New shocks won't solve the problem, although they might help somewhat. The last time DW came with me while towing, it was when the HL was practically new (thus so were the shocks). It was painful for her (she has kidney stones in the kidney that don't come out).
How new is the axle in the trailer ? Is it possible the suspension is sacked out there ?
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Mike,
Also, what weight dist hitch are you using ? I have towed my camper behind the Frontier with and without WD hitch, and the ride is far superior with the WD hitch.
Also, you state the shocks on your tow vehicle are "good". They may be in fact still what we call good, but changing to a different brand with different valving may in fact change the dynamics of the ride.
Right now, I am using Monroe sensa trac shocks on the Frontier, and they are a big improvement over the OE shocks that came on the truck.

That's just a few more thoughts to chew on.....don't know if any apply to your situation, but for sure, if it's an uncomfortable ride for your wife, I feel for her. Makes for a long drive.
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Axle (and trailer) are 2 years old. No WD in use at this time. A half-dozen years ago I was towing a 23' Rockwood with a Merc Mountaineer (like Explorer) and using a Equal-i-zer hitch; I know it helped moderate the porpoising or jiggling, but the expansion joints still pounded and jarred the vehicle like the Equal-i-zer was pushing the Merc into the bumps (well, it was, sort of!). So I'm looking for something that will work better. The HL's ride is already a huge improvement over the Mountaineer, and if I can find something that will keep the trailer from affecting the ride so much I think she'll allow the trailer.

Not sure if they make much in the way of aftermarket shocks for the '08 HL, but I'll look. I have thought a bit about air bags, not sure how much they would solve my problem though.
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Looks like I have struts all around.
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Looks like I have struts all around.
Does anybody make an airbag that goes into the spring/strut ? I'll admit that I am just taking wild stabs in the dark here ! I'm just kind of thinking that about anything you do is going to change the dynamics of the situation.....either better or worse ! But a change nonetheless.

To Jim's point that "some roads are just like that"..... I echo that with the following example. Local state highway here close to me.....the Frontier with the camper is smooth as can be on this road. Yet the same road at the same speed ( 55mph ) in the F350 with the 33' gooseneck horse trailer does the hobby horse dance. Apparently it's just the combination of the wheelbase of the Ford coupled with the distance to the trailer axles ( way, way back there ) coupled with the weight on the pin and the suspension of the truck......it's just what it is.

Dare I say it, perhap a different camper in your future ? Maybe one with tandem axles ? It might make the difference.
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I tow with a 05 Wrangler LWB and when towing with the Anderson I have less issues than with out as far as expansion joints when driving. the expansion joints with out trailer will bounce me and Jeep around nore so than with the trailer attached.. It seems that the designer of the roads made the joints just to drive us owners of Jeep crazy on the spacing of them.
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Darrell, the Jeep is worse alone than when towing, that's a hoot! I appreciate knowing that, especially since I've been looking at Wranglers as they pass by and thinking how great the red ones with black fenders look. I think that now I will stop being tempted!
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