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Mike "Hubbie" Stearns

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This has probably been discussed before, but I didn't find one. With spring just around the corner and time to start checking our trucks and trailers for the warm weather towing. I have a 07 Chevy 2500 diesel and a 30' camper. The camper weights in at about 7000 lb with 750 lb tongue weight. I always use the Equilizer weight distribution hitch. I've notice last fall that I'm getting a lot more bounce from the hitch area. The truck is stock. I believe I need to replace the shocks. I would like your opinion on what shocks I should get. Thanks Mike 

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How long have you had the camper?  Seems the OE shocks did well for a long time.  I would stay with those.  They are made to do what you are doing.

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I've had the camper longer than the truck. The camper is a 2008 and purchased new. The truck was purchased used with 22K on it. It has always done it. I was thinking about going to a good gas filled shock, but really don't know

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Did you change the loading of the trailer?  If you added more weight to the area behind the trailer axle, you could get more bounce as you would have less tongue weight..  Just a thought.

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Before having the shocks replaced on your truck I would consider doing the following if you have not already done so.

 

First, borrow or rent a trailer tongue scale or go to a local CAT Scale and weigh the tongue of your fully loaded trailer. If the tongue weight of your trailer that you posted above is the actual weight that is one thing. Travel trailers sometimes get heavier over time (like some of us people do). Every so often it is a good idea to weigh one's trailer. 

 

Second, Have you put more cargo (weight) in the bed of your truck when towing in recent years?  Have you added additional batteries or propane bottles on the tongue? That can have an impact how well your WD hitch is working as well.

 

Third, when was the last time that you reviewed and checked the setup of your WD hitch? 

 

How to Setup the Equalizer Weight Distributing Hitch

 

I have found that this can be more than a little work but it may be worth it. Last year I found that the Straight Line Hitch with Dual Cam Sway Control that I use on my car trailer needed  to be adjusted after the Gettysburg Meet. Believe it or not some WD hitches need to be checked and adjusted especially after years of use.

 

If you go through all this and decide to replace the shock on your truck be sure to check and replace both the Front and Rear shocks if they need it.

Just because you feel bouncing at the hitch that does not mean that the front shocks are okay.

 

Once you find a solution, please be sure to come back to this thread and post how you solved your problem.

 

 

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