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Old 05-11-2011, 12:05 AM   #15
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makes two different designs of bed savers. As to a 5er tail-gate, I have never owned one, and unless I hitch/unhitch more than once a day I might buy one. I'm retired though and stopped rushing through life.
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:37 AM   #16
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makes two different designs of bed savers. As to a 5er tail-gate, I have never owned one, and unless I hitch/unhitch more than once a day I might buy one. I'm retired though and stopped rushing through life.
I assume you are saying the second type of Bed Saver is the pin lock. Looking at their application guide, it's only applicable to a few hitches and to me is a design that is not really 'person' safe to use as far as hitch/unhitch.

My Bed Saver is currently residing under my work bench and will probably only be used for extended trips even after "testing" it once while unhitching. It is a great product for those that occasional bouts of CRS or senior moments.
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Everyone has his own level of concern about hitchup routine--the test pull seems to me to be the best safety device to be sure the hitch jaws area around the pin and locked closed. I do it every hitchup.
Now, having said all that, after 5 years had my first incident--was hitching up to leave CG and backing into the pin when WHAM. Looked back, trailer was sitting on the bed--not good. What happened, is the hitch closed as I was backing up and hit the pin, pushing the trailer backwards. BUT, legs were still down and they caught the trailer just as it contacted the bed rail covers. No damage. Autopsy: chocks had loosened allowing the trailer to move, or I would have just bounced off the pin and stopped the truck.
So now I have to devise a way to keep the jaws lever open (Companion hitch, normally it stays where I put it) when backing into the pin box, and check chocks for tightness at least once after setting up and tires are cool.
Normal comp insurance will cover this type of damage, but preventing it is much preferable to fixing it.

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Old 05-12-2011, 09:39 PM   #18
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I assume you are saying the second type of Bed Saver is the pin lock. Looking at their application guide, it's only applicable to a few hitches and to me is a design that is not really 'person' safe to use as far as hitch/unhitch.

My Bed Saver is currently residing under my work bench and will probably only be used for extended trips even after "testing" it once while unhitching. It is a great product for those that occasional bouts of CRS or senior moments.
I don't believe I commented on either type. You must have me confused with anothers reply.
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just thought I would chime in. I had it happen to me where my hitch came unhooked and caused about $ 8000.00 dollars of damage. This happen in my yard moving the camper about 5' to access the back and had a brain cramp I forgot to flip the lock tab and put my pad lock in. When i pulled tested it, it stayed hooked and then I pulled up about two feet and stopped and then pulled up again and that's when it let go. I did check out my hitch and found a broken spring, but if I would of known of this devise ( the bed saver ) It would of save me $$$$ and embarrassment. I'm looking to install one soon. Rebuilt hitch and will never do this again, but will not take the chance.Checked on prices in my area and they want $ 384.00 installed. Not sure if you can order streight from th factory ( Blue Ox )
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Bed Saver

Based on some of replies not sure everybody understands what they do. I have personally seen someone drop their rig and do thousands of dollars damage to their truck. I have been RVing for 10 years. After I saw that I purchased one myself and a year later actually dropped mine and no damage was done. I am very particular and us a Pullrite Super Hitch which locks around the pin when backing in. I heard the click and saw the bar move but what I didn't realize was it did not completely lock, thus when I went to move forward the rig came loose and droped into the Bed Saver. It only takes once but that once can cost you a fortune. The Bed Saver is around $200.00. Hopefully I will never have to rely on it again as I now go back and make sure it is completely close but also at least hang my lock in their so it can't open.
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:33 AM   #21
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In a campground just this morning saw a bashed GMC pickup box with some corresponding 5er damage - no Bedsaver.
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I read more about the Blue Ox bedsaver tonight. Read page 2 of the installation manual for the Reese 20K, model 30081. It states it is a one-time use item, drop pin weight on it one time and it must be replaced. Lets see, $6-8k damage to truck and 5er, vs $200 for bedsaver, that's sure a no-brainer. Problem for me, they do not make one for my model Reese hitch.
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I read more about the Blue Ox bedsaver tonight. Read page 2 of the installation manual for the Reese 20K, model 30081. It states it is a one-time use item, drop pin weight on it one time and it must be replaced. Lets see, $6-8k damage to truck and 5er, vs $200 for bedsaver, that's sure a no-brainer. Problem for me, they do not make one for my model Reese hitch.
Ray - give them a call. An acquaintance had the same problem. I have forgotten the details, but they were able to make one for his hitch at the normal price.

My particular hitch, pin weight does not damage it beyond paint scratches.
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I read more about the Blue Ox bedsaver tonight. Read page 2 of the installation manual for the Reese 20K, model 30081. It states it is a one-time use item, drop pin weight on it one time and it must be replaced. Lets see, $6-8k damage to truck and 5er, vs $200 for bedsaver, that's sure a no-brainer. Problem for me, they do not make one for my model Reese hitch.
They do make for majority of 5th Wheels, if yours is a little older they might not have one in that case.
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