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Old 03-23-2012, 11:10 PM   #1
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Air Safe hitches....

Finally broke down and pick one of these up based on input from several sources.

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First 300+ mile tow I found this to be a good addition. I found that blow by (when a truck passes you) to be significantly diminished. I found that stuff like pillows on the couch, place mats, etc had no movement within the trailer where at one point there was movement.

What precipitated this buy was I found last season I had a popped rivet around the entry door. Given all that I read about the stiffness of 3/4 tons, I started several years ago to soften the ride for the Safari. As of now, I am running Centramatics, and the Air safe hitch.

I believe the Centramatics are a good value. Jury is still out on the Air Safe--if it's a good value. Clearly seat of pants have been noticeable and less movement of stuff in the coach during transit, but worth the nearly $1300 for the Class 6 or a few hundo less for the Class 5? Not sure yet...will let you know if any more rivets pop.
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Old 03-23-2012, 11:59 PM   #2
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Just curious why not get the Class 4 unit. 1,000 lb tongue and 10,000 lb GVW. For your trailer this sounds plenty stout. Am I missing something?
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Old 03-24-2012, 01:16 AM   #3
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The 6 has the nice shock absorber... I have the wee Class 3 for my 22'... works good, but I run the bag close to max to get the left I want...
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:16 AM   #4
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We purchased our Class 5 for the same reasons. Items stowed on the bunks in our older mid bath trailer/rear twin trailer moved some. I guess I just really didn't realize how much.

Now with the front bed, more loose items are toward the rear of the trailer. A the end of a day of travels, the stuff looked like it had been in a dryer.

The airsafe has helped that a bunch.

As for value, if it saves some wear and tear on the trailer, it is worth it to me.

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Old 03-26-2012, 10:20 PM   #5
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I went the class 6 for a few reasons:

First, and foremost, the thought of one day getting a larger and heavier Airstream gave me pause as this is NOT an inexpensive undertaking, so doing it once and future proofing seemed like a good idea and there is no documentation suggesting going 6 vs 5, outside of cost is detrimental in any way, except when the bill arrives.

Second, it almost makes no difference what you really choose as the PSI is what makes or breaks you-- minus knowing your current and possible future hitch weight.

Third, I have a hitch weight scale. I found that my hitch weight is above the factory's stated rating (and I don't overpack or put more stuff than normal in front). I was clipping a bit beyond 900 lbs, and frankly, if you read the fine print, if you use weight distribution, which we all do (at least most of us do), you have to de-rate the hitch by 20%, which puts the class 6 at about 1600lbs, well within many of the larger Airstreams, let alone slide outs. Staying Class 5 drops to around 1100lbs which is easily hit or surpassed with at 30' slide since my findings were that the hitch weight was above that the the factory suggests on record.

So is the price worth it? I did notice SOP (seat of pants) difference, and there were fewer objects in the trailer that moved around, even less than with my Centramatics.

My guess it doesn't hurt, but help at what price point? I don't have any regrets, but it's not an inexpensive endeavor.
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:05 PM   #6
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I also have the class 6. Its a heavy beast with the reese head on it. I made a little cart to sit it on so I could wheel it over to the truck to install. It does the trick though.. the airstream rides much better as Im sure my service truck would beat it up. The ride in the cab for us is nicer too.. less movement from the trailer.

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Old 03-27-2012, 05:09 AM   #7
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I used to own an 18,000 lb 37' fifth wheel that I towed with a Freightliner FL60. We used an Air-Safe hitch for that and it was a dream to tow with, much better than before the Air-Safe hitch.

I've been thinking about getting an Air-Safe for our 34' Excella, but I'm concerned about two things:
1) The Air-Safe hitch moves the pivot point even farther from the rear axle
2) What about weight distribution and sway control with the Air-Safe

How about it Air-Safe owners? Could you chime in and comment on these issues?
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:25 AM   #8
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I have an air hitch (not Air-Safe but I can't remember the brand) and I love it. I used it on our 31' Excella and found there were less cabinet doors open and objects thrown around the trailer. I switched to the 34' Excella and the same hitch works great!


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I have the class 6 Air-Safe hitch. My F-350 dually was beating the crap out of my 27FB due to the stiffness of the springs. Before the Air-Safe I was experiencing popped rivets around the front locker of the airstream and the aluminum skin cracked in the front of the airstream. After the repairs and use of the Air-Safe I've had no more problems with popped rivets.
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Here is a good link..

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...tch-62774.html
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Anyone using one with a ProPride or Hensley hitch?
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My airsafe arrived this weekend. I am getting/ upgrading to a reese strait line dual cam wd system. Any advise on what to set up first? Should i set the reese up off the regular ball and get that all dialed in. Than put the Airsfae in and adjust the hieght/air? Any suggestions from those who have done it would be welcomed!
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My airsafe arrived this weekend. I am getting/ upgrading to a reese strait line dual cam wd system. Any advise on what to set up first? Should i set the reese up off the regular ball and get that all dialed in. Than put the Airsfae in and adjust the hieght/air? Any suggestions from those who have done it would be welcomed!

That's the way I set mine up. Reese first, then Airsafe. I fooled around with my set up for quite a while. I even ended up taking trips and adjusting it a couple of more times till I was finally satisfied.
Just take your time. It will be worth it.
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@Bluto. Thanks! That was my plan. I have everything dialed in for the regular exlift hittch so i will put on the reese than the airsafe. More to follow.
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