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oldbiker7

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Posted: 02/16/12 07:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm not sure how your truck is set-up but I use air bags to eliminate the up and down motion that uneven roads cause. My truck was level without them but once I hit uneven roads there would be enough flex in the truck springs to make the up and down motion worse. Now the truck and trailer both ride more smoothly.


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never had a problem but we have an air hitch and trailair center point suspension. first truck and 32 ft fifth Rk didn't have a problem and no chocks and regular hitch.
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Posted: 02/16/12 07:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Try towing with more weight in your waste tanks. And more in the fresh water tank too. Like a truck, the more weight you carry, the better the ride. As long as the suspension doesn't bottom out.

Try loading the fridge with crumpled plastic disposable grocery bags stuffed into spaces around eggs, bottles, or anything liquid. Also in pantries and cupboards.


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AZ T&T wrote:

Refrigerator bars! We use the spring loaded ones you get at CW and it helps a lot. We have been driving on some pretty rough roads and everything stays put....


We use them too. They're a must have item imo.

We're on our third RK 5er and have never had problems. Well, once we broke some dishes in the rear cabinet, but that road was so rough that we also lost a window in the bedroom and had a flat tire. (Yeah, LOST the window, literally!) We don't tow on that road any more! LOL

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Old Biker may have hit a point. It may not be the FW suspension but the TV suspension that's causing the FW to pitch in the rear. Possibly the TV shocks need changing?

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I had the exact same problem you have with my 2004 Everest RK and it was so bad it shook the light over the dining room table loose not to mention finding the shelves of the refrig door and contents spilled into frig. I solved it 100% by having The MorRyde "IS" independent suspension system on it, it is their top of the line suspension, worth every dime, Check it out on their website. I did have to drive to Elkhart, Indiana to have it installed but worth it.

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oldbiker7 wrote:

I'm not sure how your truck is set-up but I use air bags to eliminate the up and down motion that uneven roads cause. My truck was level without them but once I hit uneven roads there would be enough flex in the truck springs to make the up and down motion worse. Now the truck and trailer both ride more smoothly.


Exactly correct! The ability of the rear suspension on the tow vehicle to absorb the up and down movement caused by rough roads dictates how much of this movement gets transferred to the trailer. Then due to the center location of the trailer axles the movement gets transferred to the rear of the trailer. Concentrate on improving the rear suspension of the TV or buy an air hitch or pin box.


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Kountry Star 30RKS, towed with SRW F350, factory shocks, no problem.

Only been out with it once (just got it in the fall). But I left some stuff on the counter and it stayed where put. traveled about 500 miles round trip some of it on semi-rural roads in Maine.

The Kountry Star is a heavy unit (11k dry). I wonder if it is the lighter weight units that have more of a bounce problem?

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TV may be some of the problem but I doubt it, RK's have been nortourius for bounce. That being said, I have the "TrailerSaver Air hitch" and the MoRyde hitch pin but when installing MoRyde's "IS" system was the solution, in fact after the install the ride of the TV was improved dramaticly. I wouldn't have any other suspension on a 5er. Check their website.

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Thank you for all the input. We are leaving on a trip in the morning. We'll see how it goes. We have in place the bars and inside storage tips. We aren't new to this, so are pretty good at securing items for travel.
Need to evaluate the TV tips, and weight distrubution.
Hoping to resolve without the expense of Air Hitch, etc.

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