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Old 01-08-2015, 02:58 PM   #1
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Talking Bed Savers

After hitching our 5th wheel over 100 times the inevitable almost happened. The pin latch did not lock correctly and I almost dropped it. So the bed saver is going to be my next investment. It looks like Blue Ox is the only one who makes one.
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Old 01-08-2015, 04:54 PM   #2
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There used to be another brand that was a lot cheaper but I think it disappeared, at least haven't seen it advertised for quite a while. I think the Blue Ox is a good system. I know their tow bars we used when we had motorhomes were excellent.


I don't know what kind of hitch you have but there are some that the jaws lock automatically. My B&W I used to have did and the Trailer Saver I have now does. I always check it of course, but there is a little peace of mind knowing that it should be okay.
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I have the Curt 20K hitch.....
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I ave been told that there are two types of people that pull fivers. Those that have dropped the trailer and those that are going to. I joined the already have bunch a while back so I got one of these...... haven't had a problem since.
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Save your money and get a B&W. Fool proof. Well darn near. It will only lock when the pin is completely in the jaws. Can't high center in the jaws and lock it. So as long as the handle closes and you pin it it's fool proof.
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Old 01-09-2015, 06:48 AM   #6
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I generally use a Blue Ox Bed Saver with the B&W hitch. Why with that design? Well let's just say CRS, senior moments or possibly a babbling neighbor (spousal?) distraction can make the difference between a great trip or one that got a LOT more expensive. Unfortunately, you do have to drill two holes in each support arm of the hitch which in turn destroys your B&W warranty - but they never seem to break, so that's not a problem. Cheap insurance, regardless of the brand of hitch.

Oh and I will admit that adding this to a B&W makes it awkward to remove the head unit
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I am using the Blue-OX Bed Saver on my hitch system and have used it since 2009. I have never had the king pin separate from the hitch if properly placed in the jaws and lever locked in place. I did have a drop king pin once when I had high hitched at a camp ground with very uneven pull through sites. I was doing a brake check to insure we had hooked up properly and the truck drop the 5er down a inch or so when it separated; no damage was done. But I told my DW that we need to get the bed saver next trip out. Never have had any issues since; but you do need to ensure that the king pin will clear the bed saver when hooking up and un-hooking during the hitching process.

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Actually, the best way to keep from dropping a trailer is to hook up like normal, then get out and physically LOOK at the pin. That is the way that the DOT says you need to do it. However, a distraction can cause you to forget to look (as what I did....).
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I ave been told that there are two types of people that pull fivers. Those that have dropped the trailer and those that are going to. I joined the already have bunch a while back so I got one of these...... haven't had a problem since.
What is that?

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Save your money and get a B&W. Fool proof. Well darn near. It will only lock when the pin is completely in the jaws. Can't high center in the jaws and lock it. So as long as the handle closes and you pin it it's fool proof.
Completely agree!

I never do a pull test with my B&W I do a "VISUAL TEST".

Plates touch handle is closed and LOCKED look at the massive 1" thick jaws fully enclosing the kingpin you are good to go!
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That is a replacement plate that has a heavy chunk of steel that will capture the pin to keep from dropping the trailer. You do need to make sure the capture piece is laying flat to unhook. Here is one place to get one: http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Ox-BXR450.../dp/B008TOZHJI
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Save your money and get a B&W. Fool proof. Well darn near. It will only lock when the pin is completely in the jaws. Can't high center in the jaws and lock it. So as long as the handle closes and you pin it it's fool proof.
I agree. I have the B&W, and your right. If you can pin it, your good to go. Love our B&W.
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There is no such thing as fool proof. It all comes down to visual check with a flash light. Then if you want to pull test ,raise jacks about an inch or 2 then do it. If it is not locked at least you won't destroy your bed.
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Here is the less expensive one www.butchservices.com He has one for the Q20 now.
I will be ordering one in a month or so for my Q20. GREAT INSURANCE.
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