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Old 06-18-2009, 04:55 PM   #15
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You might want to have the trailer wheels balanced, if not already done. Shock absorbers can make a big difference. Monroe makes a kit for trailers, welding required. We have shock absorbers on our trailer.

Bob B I am going to put radial ST tires on the trailer next week ( I will be sure to have them balanced ) and if that doesn't help I think I will try the shock absorber approach you suggest. Did it make an appreciable difference in your towing? Thanks Lee
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Old 08-16-2009, 07:05 AM   #16
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Bob B I am going to put radial ST tires on the trailer next week ( I will be sure to have them balanced ) and if that doesn't help I think I will try the shock absorber approach you suggest. Did it make an appreciable difference in your towing? Thanks Lee

so theres a kit for putting shocks on one of these torsion axles on a uhaul? I wonder if a newer axle wouldnt be easier and more "road compliant"..Bruce
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Old 08-16-2009, 10:51 AM   #17
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My thought also leans toward how the trailer is packed with stuff. If your stuff (and weight) is too far back behind the axle, it'll make the trailer seesaw more over bumps. If you think your tow vehicle can handle the tongue weight, I would pack over the axle as much as possible and err by packing forward of the axle.

My advice and $4.00 might buy you cup of coffee at Starbucks.

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Old 08-16-2009, 12:47 PM   #18
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so theres a kit for putting shocks on one of these torsion axles on a uhaul? I wonder if a newer axle wouldnt be easier and more "road compliant"..Bruce

Bruce A new axle is next on my list. My Uhaul is now 24 years old and I can't imagine that the axle is not ready to be replaced. I have made arrangements for this to happen as soon as the little Burro stops rolling long enough for the work to be done ! Thanks Lee
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Old 08-16-2009, 12:53 PM   #19
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Carl We were at Bullard's beach this year and our weigh in indicated that we had 12% tongue weight so we should be o.k. there. However your suggestion is a really good one. Years ago I made the very mistake you point out by loading our then 16 foot Scamp to heavy in the rear and had a trailer sway incident of such magnitude that I almost piled the whole thing up in a heap! Next time you are in Twin Falls Idaho the Starbucks is on me ! Thanks Lee
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Old 08-16-2009, 02:06 PM   #20
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As time went on and we loaded more and more crap into our 13' Burro the bouncing got less and less.
I tie wrapped the curtain rods in place and bungied the closet door. Placed the long stuff on the bed and sort of locked everything together on the floor. That's were it all ended up anyway.
After that, only on roads with really bad plates, I 355 in Illinois, I 90 eastbound in Minnesota ( the worse ever) did the trailer go into oscillation. Now we have the 17' Burro and so far I haven't noticed any bounce ( more room , more junk), but I haven't been on those roads yet either.
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Old 08-17-2009, 07:52 AM   #21
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Pjanits When we first began our camping odyssey some 40 years ago we were backpackers. In that mode we could get everything we needed for a one week to 10 day trek in two backpacks, mine weighing about 45 to 50 lbs ( much of today's lightweight gear was only an impossible dream at that time ) and my wife's pack coming in at about 30 to 35 lbs. We ultimately graduated to a 24 foot fifth wheel and about 500 to 650 lbs of "gear" and over the course of about 30 years have worked our way through a sequence of trailers, each smaller than it's predecesor, finally arriving at our little 13 foot Burro with maybe 150 to 200 lbs of "gear". Of note we have been no more or less comfortable regardless of the amount of stuff we packed. I guess the moral of this story is that one's needs and wants will always expand to the precise amount of space available and, for the most part , won't make an appreciable difference in one's comfort !! Lee
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