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Old 04-13-2018, 09:13 AM   #1
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Goosebox on it's way...

Replacing a TrailAir Pinbox. Any tips on installation from those that have switched? Thanks!
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It's heavy as heck, but can be done pretty easily if you prop it up on your pickup bed and use the front leveling jacks of your rig to lower the wings into place. Fits the 1621 wings without adapters.

Have a huge torque wrench and 15/16" box end on hand. I think torque spec on bolts is 210ftlbs.

Mine, along with others, has air leaks. So you may want to fill it with air and spray with soapy water before install to verify.

I found one leak after installing (and having the air bladder bleed down in only a couple hours on the road, scary), at the thread of the pressure relief valve, but tightening it down didn't fix everything. Need to see where else it could be leaking from. If the bladder is bad, I can't see an easy way to swap that out...

Otherwise, ride was great when working proper.
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Old 04-13-2018, 04:47 PM   #3
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Love mine, rides great.
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:06 AM   #4
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We had issues when new with air. Like has already been said if possible put about 50psi in it and check it out.

Put it in your truck bed and prop it up on a milk crate, oh wait I forgot to mention go to the store and get some beer and call a few buddies and invite them over.

Read the directions before you start.
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Old 04-15-2018, 10:31 AM   #5
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You will love it my friend!

All good advise from others!

You will have 2 height options to choose from. I started with using the higher bolt holes but found insufficient clearance between bed rails and bottom of trailer.

I can provide you with a measurement from the top of my GN ball to top of my bed rails if that will help you determine where to bolt yours up.

Edit: I just went and measured... my Ram has 17” between top of GN ball and top of bed rails. Since we have the same trailers but different tow vehicles this should help you decide where to bolt it up.

Also, be careful when you mount the break away box. You will have to drill through the side of the coupler. You could damage components with improper location.
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Old 04-15-2018, 07:30 PM   #6
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Cool, thanks for the info!
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If you haven't installed the safety chains yet. I attached the chains to the front of the goosebox. This let me have really short chains, as the chain hooks were about 10" to each side of the ball. I think I carefully drilled the front of the goosebox for two 1/2" bolts to attach the chains on. I also am very happy with the goosebox. I would never go back to 5th wheel hitch. I like the quiet smooth ride , and when I take the trailer off road the ball lets the trailer move without binding the hitch. And when the trailer is un-hitched, I have a clean bed, and no hitch to store. If there is a downside, I do usually have to get out a few times to get the ball centered. But I don't have to worry about it getting high hitched like a 5th wheel hitch, and have the trailer drop on the truck. When the goosebox comes down on the ball it locks on by it's self. Let us know how you like it. Dave-R
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I installed a Goosebox on my trailer too. As already noted, it is heavy. I installed it my putting it in the bed of my truck with the pin box end propped up on the tailgate of the truck. I put a ratchet strap from side to side of the truck and over the center of the Goosebox to hold it in place on the truck. After that it was just a matter of backing the Goosebox up under the mount on the trailer and raising/lowering the trailer with the landing jacks to get the bolts installed. I use a 1/2” Proto torque wrench to get the required 210 foot pounds on the bolts. Save yourself some trouble and use the lowest set of mounting holes to hang the Goosebox on the first time you do it.
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Gaining some payload? Man I wish I had high clearance corners on our 5th or a long bed and could do the same.
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Gaining some payload? Man I wish I had high clearance corners on our 5th or a long bed and could do the same.
You could possibly use an offset GN ball which moves the ball 4 closer to the tailgate. B&W has one for their Turn-Over-Ball hitch.
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Gaining some payload? Man I wish I had high clearance corners on our 5th or a long bed and could do the same.
Not really, I had an Andersen previously. Mostly cleaning up the bed of the truck and looking for an even better ride.
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And it's here! Took less than a week to arrive from eTrailer - great shipping. Delivery guy put in in the back of my truck, and I'll be putting it on tomorrow if all goes well. Took the old one off today - that sucker was heavy too! If anyone in the Pensacola area wants a good deal on a TrailAir, let me know - it needs a new home.
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You putting a video together of the install for your channel?
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You putting a video together of the install for your channel?
I will be. Instead of doing it last night, I ended up getting my butt handed to me by my electric hot water element. Apparently the tool that came with the element was just long enough to bust your hand in the water heater opening. Will be getting a real socket today for that.

But yes, I will be doing a video!
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