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Posted: 05/16/19 02:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Tow vehicle: 2015 F350 short bed with B&W Goosneck hitch and Anderson 5th Wheel Ultimate Connection and 3000lb air bags. Recently added Bilstein 5160 shocks.

Towed Vehicle: 2017 3730FL Keystone Montana. NOTE: running about 1000lb payload for a gross weight of around 14,400 at the most. I always run dry so no water or black/grey water. I generally load over the axles for balanced load.

I can get severe bucking when exiting certain fast dips after a bridge.

Any ideas what I can do to help the situation? Trailer shocks, different hitch,????

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Well you have just blown the bragging rights of all other Andersen Ultimate Connection of how it solves chucking in a 5er!!

Now to the point, what is your pin weight percentage? Best towing at 20% to 25%, most find closer to 22% is a good spot.
My guess is that you are pin lite, so that the 5er is trying to rock back and forth on the axles.
Is your FW tank forward of the axles, if so try filling it full and see how it tows. You likely need to get pin over 3,100# and it will get smother. To your question on 5er shocks, they will help.


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Posted: 05/16/19 04:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A 5th wheel is designed the same as a teeter-totter, of course it's gonna buck.


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whats the pin weight and how much air you running?


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Are you maybe running nose-high, which would cause the bouncing/bucking. A word of caution...a single point attachment, Andersen on ball, with that size weight of FW, may cause the truck bed to flex, and with severe bucking, possible hitch damage.

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The tight tolerances of the Andersen ball/coupler can transmit more forces onto the TV. Adding a cushioned pinbox such as the MorRyde or Demco Glide Ride (currently using) will help absorbe some of those forces before they reach the hitch and TV


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Thanks to all for the comments!
Answers:

1. Weights:

a. Pin weight - 2670
b. dry weight - 13,170
c. rated payload - 3500
(I am NEVER more than 1500 in payload and I never travel wet except blackwater)

2. Air bags:

a. Generally I run with only the 5 lb minimum. My truck has the 11,500 lb payload option and the overload springs are never anywhere near being used except on certain twisting (curbs) situations. From time to time I will run them at 30 if the road is unusually rough, but not very often.

3. FW attitude:

a. The FW and truck are almost completely flat and parallel. When we first got the FW I noticed it was nose high and ended up raising the MORryde hitch up one bolt which significantly improved the ride (The Anderson ball was already at the bottom). The truck naturally sits a little high without any lift kit.
b. I thought about the frame flex issue but considering its a short bed with the 11,500 payload package I'm not sure that's an issue?

4. Hitch:

a. The obvious advantage to the Anderson is the 35 lb weight. There's only me to get it in and out of the bed! and its out far more than its in. And then there's the close to 9" of offset that helps my short bed pinch issue. That said I was considering the B&W Companion hitch since at least its 2 pieces with a total of 206 lbs any thoughts on this hitch?

5. Pin box:

a. MORryde ruber pin box.

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Our Keystone Fuzion had pretty unpleasant chucking when we first got it. We tow behind a 2001 Dodge dually, and the Fuzion weighs in around 15,000 with about 3,000 lbs. hitch weight. The expansion joints before and after bridges were especially bad.

I installed the Dexter E-Z Flex suspension with wet bolts. The difference was night and day. While it didn't eliminate the chucking completely we don't get coffee sloshed out of our mugs now. The best bang-for-the-buck improvement you can make.


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My Andersen is the rail version and I don't know if it's any different because of that but it's been great. The easiest thing to experiment with is your bags - try running more pressure in them.

Also try throwing some water in that bad boy. Having some extra weight down low isn't a bad thing for stability, and maybe it'll help. I don't go anywhere without a full load of water, other than coming home when we've used it up.


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