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Old 11-27-2014, 11:27 AM   #1
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Air hitch? Which one?

Just getting things together to start towing. So far, 2014 F350, long bed, SRW. Have not purchased a fifth wheel hitch yet. Thinking about an air hitch. Mountain Master, Hensley AirRide, etc. Are they worth the $$$? Which one has a better service record. Looking for some real life suggestions here. I'm willing to spend the $$$ if the investment is worth it. Want to hear from some of you that have pulled with them.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 11-27-2014, 01:29 PM   #2
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Just getting things together to start towing. So far, 2014 F350, long bed, SRW. Have not purchased a fifth wheel hitch yet. Thinking about an air hitch. Mountain Master, Hensley AirRide, etc. Are they worth the $$$?
I've towed my 5er over 100,000 miles with an ordinary Reese 5er hitch with 4-way tilt. Never even thought about needing a different hitch. Here's the one that would replace my 15-year old Reese:
Amazon.com: Reese Towpower 30047 16K Fifth Wheel hitch

That 16k hitch will be all you need if your 5er has GVWR less than 16k, so you don't exceed the GVWR of your tow vehicle. DO NOT buy the less expensive Reese Pro-Series 5er hitch.

If your 2014 F-350 SRW included the optional fifth-wheel prep pkg, then you should buy the Reese Elite 18k 5er hitch that will plug right in without any drama. When you remove the Elite hitch, there is nothing in the bed but a few small holes that have plastic plugs in them.
Amazon.com: Reese 30142 Elite Series Fifth Wheel: Automotive

If your new pickup does not include the 5er prep pkg, then you can buy it, install it, and still plug in the Reese Elite 5er hitch. Before you get done, you'll probably wish you had paid the $200 option cost to Ford.
Amazon.com : Reese Elite Series Rail Kit

If you don't want to be overloaded, then don't buy any 5er with GVWR over about 14,000 pounds. Then a 16k hitch is all you need. And if you were my daughter, I'd advise you to keep the GVWR of the 5er down to 12,500 or less. Heavier 5ers need a dually to tow them safely without being overloaded.
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Yeah, the truck has the towing prep setup.
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Yeah, the truck has the towing prep setup.
Then you definitely want the Reese Elite 18k 5er hitch. They make a 25k too, but you don't need that much weight capacity with an SRW tow vehicle.

One source is the dealer where you bought the truck. My Ford dealer would sell me that hitch for a hair over dealer cost. I don't know the dealer cost, but you can bet it's less than the Amazon price of $1,268.

Lots of discount sources on the internet match the Amazon price. Here's ETrailer.com:
Reese Fifth Wheel for Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty 2014 - RP30142
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We have the Hitch Crafters unit out of Lexington NC. He didn't have one to fit the trough in my bead, 18' wide, and he custom made one for us. No extra charge either. It evens comes with it's own air pump system. First class hitch.
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I have a Hensly BD 2 had a solid hitch before . It is like day and nite. Saves your trl from a lot of road stress and the truck rides much better. About $2,300 worth it well made in America.
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If you can afford the weight penalty it will save a lot of stress on the trailer and contents.
The wife left eggs lose in the fridge ,they rode unbroken from Tenn to Mi.
They do cost a bundle but should be easy to sell after your done with it.
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Old 12-06-2014, 11:33 AM   #8
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Best bang for the buck and the combo works great!

B&W RVK 3300 for $959 free shipping from tweetys.com Before buying compare the B&W side by side to any other hitch.

Then order your new RV with or it may just come with it a TrailAire extended kingpin with air bag. The extended kingpin really is nice and the air bag really does work.

I have the B&W and TrailAire combo with 5K pin weight and the RV is at 19K.
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