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Old 10-30-2018, 09:28 AM   #1
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Rough ride in rear of trailer

I have a 2018 - 27' Flying Cloud with front bedroom. My issue is the ride in the rear of the trailer is so rough it literally ripped the table off it's hinges. Anything left in the rear is bounced all over the place anytime we move the trailer.

I have checked and the trailer is level when towing. The dealer checked the shocks and all looks good. Is this just the norm for the Airstream? Is there something that can be done to dampen out the ride in the rear?
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:41 AM   #2
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Most likely it's your hitch settings...😳 Low tongue weight comes to mind.

Who set it up? (my experience, the dealer is not infallible, trust but verify)😂
What brand hitch?
Have you weighed it yet?
Photo's will help.

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What kind of hitch are you using? Are you getting any porpoising while driving? Are you storing any weight in the rear of the coach?
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Over inflated tires are often the cause of rough ride for the trailer. Use the load/inflation tables for your tires to determine optimum PSI (not likely the sidewall maximum inflation pressure.)
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Old 10-30-2018, 02:33 PM   #5
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What the others have said, and...

...we were told to put the table in the "bed" position while underway. Glad we have done so, as a few of the Alaska roads snuck up on us and we went through some frost heaves at a higher speed than optimal. Found cushions all over the rear of the 27FB at the next stop. I think our tongue weight is normal for the 27FB at about 1100# measured on the tongue weight scale.
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:16 PM   #6
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ASs typically ride very well compared to others. Your rough ride will be a direct result of one or more of those things already mentioned; The likely culprit(s) are improper weight distribution set up and over inflated trailer tires. You do not mention what you are towing with, but a TV with a stiff suspension will also contribute to your issue.
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Get centramatics.
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:29 PM   #8
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+1. I previously forgot to mention this, but TT wheel balance is also important and centramatics made a noticeable difference when I made the switch to 16" wheels and tires.
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Most likely it's your hitch settings... Low tongue weight comes to mind.



Who set it up? (my experience, the dealer is not infallible, trust but verify)

What brand hitch?

Have you weighed it yet?

Photo's will help.



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Dealer set it up and just checked it over again. Got good sway bars and trailer looks like it tows smooth. I do not notice it in front at all - just the rear section.
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+1. I previously forgot to mention this, but TT wheel balance is also important and centramatics made a noticeable difference when I made the switch to 16" wheels and tires.


Hate to replace wheels on new AS - like to get a few miles out before doing that
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Could be combination of hitch set up and that your tires are overinflated. I would bet the tires are the culprit if hitch is fine. If your using the newer GY Endurance (?) check the pressure charts for weight of your AS, loaded. When I weight my AS, it says the pressure should be between 45-50psi for my 28' weight; you should be close in there, I would think. My dealer had them set at 70psi; max pressure is 80psi...70 was way too stiff...I lost rivets and some screws came out on door hinges including bigger closet in middle after a couple hundred miles this summer. I lowered to 45-48PSI, got the TPMS monitors from TST, and have not had any issues since. That was 4 months and 5k miles ago, coming home from MT to TX and couple local trips...

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Dealer set it up and just checked it over again. Got good sway bars and trailer looks like it tows smooth. I do not notice it in front at all - just the rear section.
So you assume the set-up is done correctly?
I also assumed and was rong.😂👎

I'm a bit confused...if things are breaking it's hard to believe the AS is towing smooth.
Did the dealer get weights, did they use measurements to set up the hitch, did they/have they road tested with you. Again, a bouncing rear end usually indicates a light tongue weight, you won't know for sure 'til you weigh.

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I have a 2018 - 27' Flying Cloud with front bedroom. My issue is the ride in the rear of the trailer is so rough it literally ripped the table off it's hinges. Anything left in the rear is bounced all over the place anytime we move the trailer.

I have checked and the trailer is level when towing. The dealer checked the shocks and all looks good. Is this just the norm for the Airstream? Is there something that can be done to dampen out the ride in the rear?
.....Slow down.....
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Old 10-30-2018, 06:01 PM   #14
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.....Slow down.....


I drive no faster than 60 - in Calif it is against the law to drive over 55 with a trailer
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