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Old 06-14-2010, 05:25 AM   #1
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Bouncing Bambi while Towing

I recently purchased a 2005 Bambi and I am towing it with a 2005 Chevy AWD Express van. The last couple of days I have been traveling in Maine on secondary roads (not the smoothest) and I am getting a lot of bouncing up and down at the hitch. Any suggestions?

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Old 06-14-2010, 07:15 AM   #2
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I assume you mean you are getting a lot of pitching forward and back for want of a better description.

If you are not using a weight distributing hitch that could be the cause. The spring bars tend to eliminate a lot of pitching. If you are using one you might try taking up one more link.

Many people don't bother with the WD hitch on a small trailer, but it will smooth out the ride

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Old 06-14-2010, 08:48 AM   #3
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You could be experiencing a phenomenon known as 'highway hop' that occurs on uneven pavement no matter how many axles or what type of hitch you have. I-86 (old NY-17) has several stretches that will drive you crazy with this and the only 'cure' I know of is to adjust your speed to minimize it. It occurs when there is a difference in height of pavement between your TV wheels and TT wheels and it is maddening - you'd think that for all of the tax money we spend on highways that we could get smooth roads.
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Old 06-14-2010, 08:56 AM   #4
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Might seem silly, but I have to ask. Do you know how much weight you have on the ball? Are your shocks on the van worn out?
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