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Old 07-25-2012, 11:39 PM   #1
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Air Ride 5th wheel hitches

Could anyone make some reccomendations on an Air ride hitch, we're presently using a Reese 16000lb hitch but the ride needs to be improved for both the trailer and the truck which is a Dodge 3500 6.7 liter. Thanks in advance of your comments!!!!
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What is the particular complaint with the "ride" that you're addressing? Air ride hitches aren't the cure for everything. If fore/aft "chucking" is the problem, you might be better served with a pinbox that provides some fore/aft compliance such as the Demco Glide-Rite that we use.

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Something else to check is if your 5er doesn't have enough pin weight to put the truck firmly on the helper springs, you will get a rougher ride. My last 5er and 1 ton was that way, 11,000# gvw and a 97 3500 GMC, the helper springs were about 1/4" from being on the perches and under certain road conditions the ride wasn't nice.
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Fore aft chucking is the main issue, I will look into the Demco which is the pin box used on Hitchhikers, Right? Thank you very much!!
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Fore aft chucking is the main issue, I will look into the Demco which is the pin box used on Hitchhikers, Right? Thank you very much!!
Yep, it was OEM on the Hitchhikers. I added one to our Mobile Suites that had a solid extended pin box, and it eliminated 80% - 90% of the chucking and surging issues. My wife (who complained about the chucking and surging) thinks it's probably the best money we ever spent on the RV.

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I'd go with the Demco first, then decide if you need an air hitch. I'd be willing to bet you won't.

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Old 07-26-2012, 10:18 AM   #6
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Fore aft chucking is the main issue, I will look into the Demco which is the pin box used on Hitchhikers, Right? Thank you very much!!
My HH came with a Demco plus I have a Trailersaver hitch. I have nothing to compare this setup to since this is my first 5th wheel. I've heard about "chucking" but I don't think I've ever experienced it.
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I had a 5th Airborne Pin Box on my 5th wheel, it was a big help.

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My .02.....I would sure recommend TrailorSaver. I used this brand of hitch for my HR Pres 34 (actually 36) 5th wheel when pulling with Freightliner M-2 then later one on Chevy 1-ton dually. I had air control in vehicle to tweek pressure when needed.

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Old 07-28-2012, 09:56 AM   #9
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Thanks everybody for the great feedback, I'll look into the Demco immediately
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