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    rough riding ski and trailer..

    is there anything I can do to make my ride a little more smoother? as soon as I hit a small bump, the skis bouncing on the back of the trailer for a good 20 seconds or so..

    the trailer is a 2012 karavan..


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    Do you have the ski strapped to the trailer in the rear? Do you have enough/proper tongue weight on the trailer? You probably need around 100 pounds on the tongue if that is your setup in the picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryanP View Post
    Do you have the ski strapped to the trailer in the rear? Do you have enough/proper tongue weight on the trailer? You probably need around 100 pounds on the tongue if that is your setup in the picture.
    the dealer set up the new ski on my old trailer, I did notice that they moved the winch closer to the front about 4 inches from where my previous ski was set.. the ski is tied down in the rear with straps

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    How much weight is on the trailer tongue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryanP View Post
    How much weight is on the trailer tongue?
    not sure, I haven't weighed it.. im guessing I can just throw it on the bathroom scale?

    it does seam considerably heavier then my gtx..

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    Yes a bathroom scale works great! What are u towing with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattydipps View Post
    is there anything I can do to make my ride a little more smoother? as soon as I hit a small bump, the skis bouncing on the back of the trailer for a good 20 seconds or so..

    the trailer is a 2012 karavan..
    how are your rear shocks on your tow vehicle lol?? i know on my truck i have a long travel suspension and i have to adjust the compression to full stiff otherwise my ass end just bounces like a Buick.

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    Change leaf springs on trailer or add shocks to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattydipps View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BryanP View Post
    Do you have the ski strapped to the trailer in the rear?
    Do you have enough/proper tongue weight on the trailer? You probably need around 100 pounds on the tongue if that is your setup in the picture.
    the dealer set up the new ski on my old trailer, I did notice that they moved the winch closer to the front about 4 inches from where my previous ski was set..
    the ski is tied down in the rear with straps
    What trailer make and model is this?

    Have the springs ever been changed from stock on this trailer?

    Is the spring hardware all in good shape? Worn spring mount bushings, worn or loose bolts, broken spring leaves, etc?

    Perhaps paradoxically, all the dampening effects (shock absorber) on a leaf spring trailer are provided by the friction within and between the leaves and at the mounts. Too little suspension friction and general suspension looseness allows excessive bouncing.

    What kind of straps are you using at the rear?
    I greatly dislike using cam lock straps. Proper ratchet straps are much better, in my opinion. Ratchet straps can be snugged down tighter and do not loosen as the trailer flexes and bumps down the road.

    Is the bow winch strap configured to pull and hold the nose of the hull down onto the bow roller?

    Do not assume the dealer configured your trailer properly for the hull. It may be correct, or it might not be optimal.

    Are the bunks in good shape, not rotting, worn or badly sagging in the middle?

    Are the bunks as widely spaced apart as possible while still properly supporting the hull?
    Bunks that are spaced too close together can allow the hull to wobble left-right as the bunks flex and the trailer bounces.

    Do the bunks extend all the way under the rear of the hull?

    Tongue weight is a good thing but it will not stop the rear end of a trailer from bouncing.
    Larger trailer tires tend to bounce less than small tires.

    If you want a huge improvement in trailer ride find a trailer with torsion axle instead of leaf springs.

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    Are you using ratchet straps or the other ones? Ratchets are recommend as they do not slip

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