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Old 01-02-2019, 12:11 PM   #15
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Yep, I think you are correct on all counts. I purchased and towed my 27FB home from Boise with my cargo trailer hitch (BXW0750 / Standard head). Best I could get was 5 and 1/2 links below the coupler. Scraped the u-bolts at a gas station in Idaho Falls.
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Thanks. I was just curious of the differences of 1) The Hitch Head and 2) If Airstreams had different couplers through the years. The steeper angle of attack makes sense. Also appears either could be used on either coupler style with difference coming in ground clearance and perhaps number of links you use for proper weight distribution.
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Old 01-02-2019, 03:10 PM   #16
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Subject: Standard or under mount on Airstream?

2012 Airstream 27FB, Iím getting mixed into as to use standard or under mount blue ox sway pro.
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If you have an underslung coupler on your trailer then you will want to use the under slung hitch head. A underslung coupler is a coupler that is welded on the bottom of the frame instead of the top of it. If you have the standard normal coupler on your trailer then you will want to use our standard hitch head.

Please let me know if you have any further questions, or need any further assistance J

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Airstream couplers are a little different than most, they mount on top of the a frame but the ball is quite a bit lower than the top of the a frame. All late model Airstreams are the same. I would expect you , or someone with a knowledge of the product, would know specifically which type is needed. I see mention on the Airstream forum that some are using the underslung variety. The generic answer really doesnít do it for me.
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Old 01-02-2019, 03:20 PM   #17
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Great question to direct to BO. I actually have a ProPride on my trailer which I absolutely love. However, I had two bearings go out on a lengthly trip and needed a hitch quickly and bought a BO for the standard, not underslung coupler. It worked flawlessly for the time I had it on my rig and am now moving it to my daughters trailer to get rid of the Equalizer hitch she has on it. I think as previously mentioned it's all in the angle of the hitch head, but would love to see the actual answer from BO. Thanks for questioning this for all of us.

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Subject: Standard or under mount on Airstream?

2012 Airstream 27FB, Iím getting mixed into as to use standard or under mount blue ox sway pro.
Thanks!

Reply from BO:
Thank you for contacting us,

If you have an underslung coupler on your trailer then you will want to use the under slung hitch head. A underslung coupler is a coupler that is welded on the bottom of the frame instead of the top of it. If you have the standard normal coupler on your trailer then you will want to use our standard hitch head.

Please let me know if you have any further questions, or need any further assistance J

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Airstream couplers are a little different than most, they mount on top of the a frame but the ball is quite a bit lower than the top of the a frame. All late model Airstreams are the same. I would expect you , or someone with a knowledge of the product, would know specifically which type is needed. I see mention on the Airstream forum that some are using the underslung variety. The generic answer really doesnít do it for me.
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Old 01-02-2019, 04:29 PM   #18
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ETrailer are good people. Just about any questions you might have they would be able to answer. Iíd buy from them.

That being said, Iíve also bought similar items from amazon where I didnít have any questions, for instance my B&W gooseneck hitch that i self installed.
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Old 01-02-2019, 04:42 PM   #19
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ETrailer are good people. Just about any questions you might have they would be able to answer. Iíd buy from them.

That being said, Iíve also bought similar items from amazon where I didnít have any questions, for instance my B&W gooseneck hitch that i self installed.


Sent the same question to Etrailer, no response yet.
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Old 01-02-2019, 04:48 PM   #20
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I bought my BO with 1000 lbs bars from Amazon Services, Inc. ($530 w/ free shipping) when I got my 2005 Safari 25 almost two years ago. No issues with delivery, condition or self-installation. Went very well. Confirmed tongue weight, truck and trailer axle weights at CAT scale. Have towed about 11,000 mi with no problems.
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Old 01-02-2019, 07:38 PM   #21
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Buying a Blue Ox Hitch, buying question..

Question to Etrailer:
What is the correct blue ox sway pro for a 2012 Airstream trailer? Standard or under mount?



Response from Etrailer. Either they didnít read or understand the question.


Thank you for your email and interest in etrailer.com.
When choosing weight distribution it is key that we know exactly what our unloaded and loaded tongue weights are on the trailer we are pulling. We must choose a system that is light weight enough to handle your trailer while dry but heavy enough to engage properly while fully loaded. I can make a suggestion based on your estimates but please know that we would not be able to accept a weight distribution system back once it has been installed if you find it is not properly working for your needs.

We also need to know the height difference between your towed vehicle and trailer. I have included a few articles below that I feel would be helpful in obtaining this information.
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Old 01-02-2019, 08:55 PM   #22
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On the sales page, there is a picture with a ruler on it. To the left are choices; instructions, warranty and literature. Click on literature and on page 2 it shows under and over mount.
I have over on my 10 FC. Follow the instructions and it is an easy set-up. Only problem I had was getting the torque wrench and socket for the ball. I used the hitch on my truck to help put the receiver on rt angle to help tighten the nuts.
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Old 01-02-2019, 09:09 PM   #23
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Sherrif - per the E-trailer web site.
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The difference between Blue Ox SwayPro heads # BXW4011 and # BXW4012 is the angle at which the trunnions are relative to the head. Head # BXW4012 is designed for underslung, also called bottom-mount, couplers so the bars are not at as a steep of an angle compared to the standard version # BXW4011. It is hard to tell without looking at them next to each other.

An underslung coupler would look like # CA-5335-B and would be mounted at the bottom of the tongue rather than at the top like a standard coupler. So if you have this style you would need # BXW4012.

If you have a regular coupler positioned at the top of the tongue you would need # BXW4011. If you are not certain you can email me a picture of the tongue/coupler and I will be happy to identify it for you.

expert reply by: Michael H

edit - on the website - the CA-5335-B is a link to a picture of an underslung coupler
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Believe you want a standard head. The BO works with preload dialed into the spring bars. Less bar angle only is required if the coupler is mounted low. The AS couplers are not underslung. Suggest you send them a picture to get E-trailer's determination if the above is unclear. Pat
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Old 01-02-2019, 09:52 PM   #24
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I asked etrailer as well and included a pic of my coupler. You can see the response here. http://www.etrailer.com/question-333319.html?fb=yes

They say standard head. So, two sources do not agree with my AS dealer (Bretz in Missoula MT).


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Old 01-03-2019, 06:44 PM   #25
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We use the standard hitch head with our blue ox. To my knowledge our airstreams do not use underslung couplers.
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Old 01-06-2019, 06:11 PM   #26
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I've created another thread asking about a 2nd hitch type, just wondering if anyone had an opinion.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...ml#post2197368

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Old 01-09-2019, 10:12 AM   #27
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Blue Ox online purchase

We'd bought a Blue Ox hitch from the dealer with our Airstream. When we downsized, we bought new lighter capacity Blue Ox spring bars for the hitch from Hitchfinder.com with great service and results. Instead of replacing the hitch with a change in trailer size, you just change out the tension bars.
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Old 01-09-2019, 10:46 AM   #28
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For my first AS (FC19CB) I had the dealer throw in the Blue Ox as a no charge item as part of my delivery. For my 2nd Airstream (IS 25FBT) they were happy to swap out and install the unit as part of the delivery with no charge. Either way, most reputable dealers should be happy to install what you may already have at no cost as part of the delivery process. This way both you and the dealer know it is installed properly, in particular as most states require a signed affidavit to the effect that the new AS was properly matched to the TV at the point of sale.
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