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post #1 of 10 Old 05-29-2007, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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Problems While Towing

I have an 03 F-250 SB CC 4x4. The truck rides and drives like a caddie empty. I hooked up my 25 ft flatbed last week and noticed what seemed like a shock issue with the load. When ever you hit a bump you can feel the truck make a bump bump bump like the tires mighty be hopping. I replaced the shocks and the steering stablizer, Made no difference. Looking for answers to what might causing this problem. Ball joints apper to be good as well.
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-29-2007, 06:17 PM
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My truck does that empty, I figured it's the shocks too.
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Maybe loaded too heavy foward? What kind of hitch do you have and what were you hauling?

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B&W Hitch. Was towing just the trailer. About 3400Lbs. It's not the shocks
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maybe when u hit a bump your load spring hit the stopper u'll see when u'll load the trailer prolly it will run fine

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maybe when u hit a bump your load spring hit the stopper u'll see when u'll load the trailer prolly it will run fine
This has got to be it.I have all new shock,tires,stabilizers,ball joints & tie rods with a whole new front end steering....It was just time I guess,but I always noticed that hopping.Thats with out a load.
Of coarse it could mean the shock is under rated for the truck.
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That's going to be one heck of a bump to hit the bump stop with a trailer weighing 3400 lbs.

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Is your trailer a gooseneck trailer, of reciever hitch? When I hook onto my 16' flatbed (reciever hitch), it sucks to tow empty. I hook up the spring bars for the load leveler just to take some of the weight off the hitch to make it ride better, but it is only marginally better. If I take the ramps off and set them in the box of the truck (a 2 man job) then it is better. I think the trailer is too evenly balanced when it is empty. The spring bars dont fix that but they absorb the bucking before it gets to the truck. When the ramsp are off, I think the trailer weight is more properly 'on the truck.' When the trailer is loaded (with hay, or a car or whatever) I load it tongue heavy, and balance with the spring bars, and it rides good.

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It's just the trailer bouncing around. Load the trailer and put your weight distribution bars on and it will probably ride nice.

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That's going to be one heck of a bump to hit the bump stop with a trailer weighing 3400 lbs.

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Im going to put a cam on the frame to see whats up..........
I agree ,it would be a deep hole & a bump to hit the stopper.
Yet I think we can all agree,there s no issue with a load.The heaver the better for this f-250.
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