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Old 10-09-2015, 08:40 AM   #15
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I have the Hensley TS3 and you can get different spacers to adjust the height. You can find them listed on Craigslist occasionally at very good prices. I bought mine from a full timer who traded his 5th wheel to a motor home while traveling through Houston. I gave either $800 or $900 for it and it had the air compressor and a Blue Ox bed saver attached. If you have a bedcover the rear of the TS3 sits a little higher than the head of the hitch so that's the limiting factor when measuring if your bed cover will clear the hitch. Great hitch but very heavy, not one to take in and out.
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Old 10-09-2015, 09:26 AM   #16
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What about vertical height adjustment on this BD3 hitch? I read the owners manual online and it only talks about airing the bags to about mid height on the slide pins. Does this mean that all adjustments for height have to originate with the pinbox position?
No issue with height adjustment. there are a series of holes for up and adjustment on the side plates. I had to lower mine as I am using a picture frame adaptor and the head was too high, took my son and I all of five minutes to adjust.

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Old 10-09-2015, 09:54 AM   #17
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I love my new to me Reese 20K hitch. It has a permanently mounted nylon lube plate on it, eliminating the need for a ring.
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I'm also a big fan of the B&W companion. If using in a Ram with the pucks the base is pretty wide taking up a lot of room in the bed, but it is light enough that I can easily remove it by myself if needed. (Dear wife helping makes it easier though.) It also fits nicely under our Bakflip tonneau cover to keep it out of the elements when not towing. (We only plan on moving every couple of months, so it is nice to keep it protected and out of sight.) We also installed a Blue Ox bed saver on ours, just in case I'm distracted while unhooking and forget a couple steps, which is definitely a possibility.

I'm sure the air-ride hitches are phenomenal, but with the Mor-Ryde pin box and about 30 psi in the bags we can barely tell our fiver is back there.

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Old 10-09-2015, 02:19 PM   #19
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I am definitely torn as to which to get. The B&W Companion for my Ford puck @ 959 or the Hensley BD3 with Ford adapter plate @ 2695. Both break down for easy removal but the Hensley @ 240 lbs breaking down into 3 80 lb units has to be made much stronger than the B&W Companion @ 85 lbs. breaking down into 2 pieces. The dealer says I won't notice any chucking with the B&W since the trailer will have a Trail-Air pin box. Is he right or would the Hensley really be the one so I get a great ride?
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Check out the Andersen Ultimate. I have it and it's great.
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I am definitely torn as to which to get. The B&W Companion for my Ford puck @ 959 or the Hensley BD3 with Ford adapter plate @ 2695. Both break down for easy removal but the Hensley @ 240 lbs breaking down into 3 80 lb units has to be made much stronger than the B&W Companion @ 85 lbs. breaking down into 2 pieces. The dealer says I won't notice any chucking with the B&W since the trailer will have a Trail-Air pin box. Is he right or would the Hensley really be the one so I get a great ride?
TrailAire and B&W is a great combo.
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Old 10-09-2015, 06:08 PM   #22
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It all depends what you are willing to pay. If I did it again, would get b&w hitch for non air. The air hitch will be my next hitch.
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Okay! I threw in the towel and ordered the BD3 from Hensley. It comes with a 30 day no questions asked return guarantee with full reimbursement and they even pay the return freight. 30 days does not start until you hook up for the first time. If I don't like it then I will get the B&W Companion. I want this new truck, new 5th wheel trailer and my almost new wife to be happy and have a long and lasting life. So we need as soft a ride as we can get! Also it is U.S.A. made too!
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Congrats! Upload photos when you get it all set up!
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I have had both currently a Bd3 you bought the best most trls experience frame cracks due to stress on these wonderful roads right wherethe trl drops down. I also have a moryde pinbox and feel nothing . When l go over a bump or chuck hole the trl is virtually floating. Buy a port compressor so you can add air periodically. It will save you more then that airhitch costs over the years guranteed ! You made a wise choice. Assembly is easy just take the rods out once or twice a year and put new grease on them. I use marine grease but any quality grease will work. Happy trails
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I am sure the Hensley air ride system is a great product. The deal breaker for me is that they do not direct connect to the RAM puck system.
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Which 5th wheel hitch to get?

You'll love the BD3 I'm sure, they really improve the ride. I'll hit a bump and feel it in the truck but when the trailer goes over it I don't feel a thing. The air ride hitch takes the vertical motion out and a Mor/Ryde type pin box smooths out the fore and aft motion, makes for a very nice tow. I had to buy the Ford adapter plate to fit the factory pucks, works great but expensive at $500.

I have a Trailair Rota-Flex pin box which I like but I need more space between my bed rails and 5th wheel front cap. Anyone know how the Mor/Ryde compares to the Rota-Flex as far as which gives more spacing. The Rota-Flex only has two adjustments and it's at the bottom position. Hitch can't go any higher because it hits my bed cover if I put the larger spacer in the TS3.
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