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Opinion Wanted Chevy 2500 Diesel Hauling a 30' Camper


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Old 02-11-2019, 06:39:32 AM
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Default Opinion Wanted Chevy 2500 Diesel Hauling a 30' Camper

This has probably been discussed before, but I didn't find one. With spring just around the corner and time to start checking our trucks and trailers for the warm weather towing. I have a 07 Chevy 2500 diesel and a 30' camper. The camper weights in at about 7000 lb with 750 lb tongue weight. I always use the Equilizer weight distribution hitch. I've notice last fall that I'm getting a lot more bounce from the hitch area. The truck is stock. I believe I need to replace the shocks. I would like your opinion on what shocks I should get. Thanks Mike
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:48:49 PM
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how many miles on truck? how does the truck drive without the trailer behind it? have you changed anything weight wise in the trailer? a whole host of things to consider before you try and fix the problem. broke leaf spring? equalizer bars too tight, or not tight enough?
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:01:59 PM
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I know that my equalizer are getting weak and I have more dip than I use to.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:29:21 PM
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I've always had good luck with Bilstein shocks. They are roughly $300 per set depending on where you buy them.
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Tracy T, to answer your questions. The truck has about 54K miles and drives great. No leaf springs broken on either truck or camper. Have tried to tighten the tension bars( was a huge mistake, made rear tires loose traction). I even tried adjusting the hitch angle with no help. It just seems to pivot at the ball ( up and down like a bucking horse) when I hit a dip in the road. Other wise it pulls great
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There is a slight possiablity the hitch it's self has wear and is loose on the ball.Don't take much movement to show a issue.
Check the ball for wear and look up in the hitch it's self.
I do know for a fact that GM had a issue with hitch bolt holes cracking open on the frame. A friends Z71 truck was repaired by the dealer for this.His was older,and for the trouble they had with this I would bet Gm fixed the issue but it never hurts to look in there with a light.Cost only a few minutes time.
You have to consider the trailer a lever as far as putting pressure on the hitch.You may not be able to wiggle it,but that heavy trailer can if there is flexing,or cracks in the frame in the hitch area of the truck
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Easy to test a shock. Pull one of the bolts and then stroke it in and out by hand. If it has much 'slop' in short strokes, it's shot. If you can move it in and out any speed by hand, it's shot. No need to get crazy with shock options! At 150k, probably weak or shot. Just replace them. But worth checking everything for slop. Ball joints, springs, bushings, etc.
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:24:37 AM
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54k on the truck i highly doubt shocks especially if the truck rides great empty.
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54k on the truck i highly doubt shocks especially if the truck rides great empty.
GM factory shocks are pretty crummy.it wouldn't hurt to test them. an 07 is already pushing 12yrs.
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I'd take a hard look at the trailer before I'd blame the truck.
Sounds like you don't have enough tongue weight to keep the trailer from see-sawing. Has anything changed in the way the trailer is loaded/balanced? Uneven tire pressure on a tandem axle travel trailer can also change the balance point of the trailer, affecting the tongue weight.
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I agree with Charlie - i would check tongue weight . Does the trailer itself have shocks? If so, won't hurt to check them too
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My experience has been that there is a very narrow window of "good" settings for a weight distribution hitch. My guess is that you are taking too much weight off of the rear axle. But to answer your actual question - Bilstein would be my choice- made in USA, "lifetime" warranty.
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Default Re: Opinion Wanted Chevy 2500 Diesel Hauling a 30' Camper

I have a 2007 Dodge 2500, 4x4, Cummins powered. I ran into the same issue with a bumper pull.It is called "Porpoising". Even the heavy load bars, it still did it. Your truck, itself, is more than enough to pull the trailer. Good heavy shocks in the rear may help. I went to a 27 foot, 5th wheel and couldn't be happier. No more lifting the heavy equalizer bars, trying to figure if I have backed right under the ball receiver. Be careful about putting too much weight in the rear of the trailer. It can make it unstable.
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