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cruz-in wrote:

won't get that good, but it certainly can be improved of stock hitch and pinbox with additions...


I was talking to the B&W rep at the Tampa Supershow this morning and he claims that the chucking problem is caused by everything but the hitch. Tho a good hitch can reduce it somewhat. He mentioned weight balance problems on the towed vehicle as a major problem, too little tongue weight.


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I have few problems with chucking but I theorize that the spacing between "bumps" in the road (i.e., seams that have been tarred over or otherwise repaired by the highway dep't) has something to do with it. While I can't prove this I do sense that's what takes place on those few occasions when it occurs .


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I had the bucking or chucking, whatever you want to call it, but solved it with the MoRyde pin box, totally amazing design.

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I get some bucking even with my little 25' 5er, but I know it's due to my 5th wheel location about a foot back of my rear axle. I put it back to make room on my deck to carry a GoldWing strapped to my headache rack, but I've left it there due to the much improved cornering and "steerability" backing into my pin. If it's a little bucking as the OP says then no problem and mine certainly doesn't bother me. Carried to an extreme there could be a problem of unweighting the steer wheels and resulting instability.


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Interesting. We have a TrailerSaver BD3 hitch and the name says it all! We have a smooth ride with no problem. Sure, when you hit a pot hole, you're going to feel it, but you'd feel it with any vehicle, no matter how well the suspension is. We have never had the bucking and chucking mentioned here. Even with the BD3, you still have to inflate the air bags and adjust the hitch as directed or it won't provide the benefit. We take our fifth wheel on FS roads to boondock and the only complaint we have is worrying about someone getting to the spot we want first!


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I put helpher springs on my truck and made a big difference in the ride.

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We have a B&W companion hitch, 24% pin wt and have only felt mild chucking on very few occasions, usually on cupped concrete roadways. Our 350 has a firm ride but not harsh loaded or empty, but hey it's a truck not a luxury vehicle.


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I have absolutely no chucking, bouncing or problems towing our 5th wheel.
Have Reese signature hitch, stock F250,stock hitch pin and only trailair suspension. Most of the time we forget the 33' 5th wheel is behind us. Not sure why some people have so many problems with their setups. Could be improper loading of trailer?

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dezolen wrote:

I have absolutely no chucking, bouncing or problems towing our 5th wheel.
Have Reese signature hitch, stock F250,stock hitch pin and only trailair suspension. Most of the time we forget the 33' 5th wheel is behind us. Not sure why some people have so many problems with their setups. Could be improper loading of trailer?


I think it is expectations. The same results are perceived differently by different people. Some people also tend to drive in a way that doesn't exacerbate the problem, while others do.

After all, sometimes I can forget there is a trailer behind me - and other times, I'm yanked/shoved alternately hard enough to make me mildly motion sick. It seems to be more related to road surface and speed than any other variables I can perceive.

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