5th wheel getting bounced to death

Discussion in 'General RVing' started by tmham, Aug 18, 2003.

  1. tmham

    tmham New Member

    HELP!! I have owned this 25ft sandpiper for one year and it seems to be literally being bounced apart! every time we opened the door from a trip something is broken. for instance our wardrobe hangers stripped out of all ten screws and another time the bed hydralic arm snapped off. we dont overload it. could it be too light, short? would a hitch pin stabilizer help? we love it but our old dutchman (27 ft) never did this :(
     
  2. Barracuda

    Barracuda New Member

    5th wheel getting bounced to death

    Are your tires balanced ? Most RV trailer tires are never balanced. It made a world of difference on our 30 foot after we did this. really smoothed the ride out.
     
  3. tmham

    tmham New Member

    5th wheel getting bounced to death

    well i will try it. never thought of that. thanks for the tip. I was wondering if others have had this problem with light or short units

    thanks again Tom
     
  4. KrazyJay

    KrazyJay New Member

    5th wheel getting bounced to death

    hi tmham,
    I have a 23' lightweight TT. As long as I have the water tank full I am ok, if it is empty I get bounced a bit and the trailer gets a bit over active. The tank is in front of the tires so it adds tongue weight. You might try shifting your load around.
     
  5. tmham

    tmham New Member

    5th wheel getting bounced to death

    thanks for the tip. I cant shift the load that much on the fifth wheel. but if i have to carry extra weight just to stop this i should have got a larger camper
     
  6. biesa

    biesa New Member

    5th wheel getting bounced to death

    Monroe has an aftermarket shock absorber kit you can install that doesn't need any welding or modification to the frame.. Check it out..
     
  7. mrsmokey

    mrsmokey New Member

    5th wheel getting bounced to death

    Make sure you have correct tire preasure, your trailer is level, so both axles are carrying same weight. and you have good shocks on your tow vehicle. Soft sidewall radial tires also cause problems on the smaller 5th wheels. good luck
     

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