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    Trailer bouncing

    Maybe it's just been a while since I towed my ski, but yesterday it sure did seem to bounce a LOT while going to the water. I had to put in new leaf springs last year, and I don't think I've towed it since then. The springs were ordered from the manufacturer for this specific trailer, and look exactly like the old ones.

    Anything I can do to reduce the jackrabbiting? I was thinking about moving the axle rearward a few inches. Anybody else have this issue, and if so, how did you address it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by fullboogie View Post
    Maybe it's just been a while since I towed my ski, but yesterday it sure did seem to bounce a LOT while going to the water. I had to put in new leaf springs last year, and I don't think I've towed it since then. The springs were ordered from the manufacturer for this specific trailer, and look exactly like the old ones.

    Anything I can do to reduce the jackrabbiting? I was thinking about moving the axle rearward a few inches. Anybody else have this issue, and if so, how did you address it?
    Use the damn SEARCH BUTTON!!!!!!

    Or put some gas in your ski And make sure to attach your trailer chains!!!

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    Weld up some brackets and install some shocks. Something from a small car will work fine.

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    sounds like you dont have enough tounge weight... try getting the ski farther up on the trailer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJJer View Post
    Weld up some brackets and install some shocks. Something from a small car will work fine.
    You know, I was thinking about that yesterday. I've got a MIG welder, so this may be feasible. Hmmm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by palmbeach jesse View Post
    sounds like you dont have enough tounge weight... try getting the ski farther up on the trailer...
    You sure? I was thinking maybe the weight was too far forward, making it light in the rear. Man, I'm confused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by palmbeach jesse View Post
    sounds like you dont have enough tounge weight... try getting the ski farther up on the trailer...
    I agree...Is it any better when the ski is full of fuel ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fullboogie View Post
    You know, I was thinking about that yesterday. I've got a MIG welder, so this may be feasible. Hmmm...
    I have done this before. Helps a lot when on bumpy roads.

    Springs with no shocks will bounce like crazy. Think of what blown shocks are like on a car. Shocks, which is the incorrect name, do not absorb shock. They are dampers, as they dampen the moevment from the springs.

    I am going to order some "shock" mounts from an offroad store and use them on my double trailer. I am getting ones that are a "bolt" type mount. Easy to find some "shocks" with this type of mount.

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    Boogie,

    Your tires have flat spots in them from sitting. Put max air in them and get them hot. They will get round again .

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    Quote Originally Posted by fullboogie View Post
    Maybe it's just been a while since I towed my ski, but yesterday it sure did seem to bounce a LOT while going to the water.

    I had to put in new leaf springs last year, and I don't think I've towed it since then. The springs were ordered from the manufacturer for this specific trailer, and look exactly like the old ones.

    Anything I can do to reduce the jack rabbiting?...
    What is your tongue weight, in lbs, and as a percentage of the total trailer weight + load weight?

    What is your load, as a percentage of the trailers maximum load capacity?

    Some of the shock absorber manufacturers actually make a shock retrofit for trailers.

    Here is a link for the one made by Monroe.




    Cerka (Dexter Axle)


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