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Old 07-17-2009, 09:22 PM   #71
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Ok, ok, I am getting pretty close here, just a few more question to the Air Hitch experts.....

I have the Enkay rock tamer mud flaps:

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I am going to get the Class 6 but looking at any of the higher capacity receiver hitches, I see an 8.5" shaft, one that I think is 6", then one that is 12.5". Which one do you think I need if I would still like to use my Enkay rock/mud flaps?

I assume I can take my Reese head(with ball) and simply unbolt it from my Reese draw bar and bolt it with the existing bolts to the drop/draw bar I pick up from Air Safe?

Also assuming I just buy the drop down bar (guessing 4" would suffice with a Suburban--right?) and the bolts to mount the drop bar to the Air Safe platform come with the drop bar/bracket?

This may sound a little ignorant on my part, but....do the Enkay Flaps effect fuel economy..? Towing/Not Towing..? thanks for your input. Steve
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:53 PM   #72
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Took out my Tradewind/ F250 with a class 5 Air Safe and Husky WD and sway bar this weekend for the first time. Both TV and Tradewind rode easy and towabilty seemed significantly improved. This replaced my very old Reese.
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:03 PM   #73
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Air Safe and ProPride 3P

I heard that Sean is working on a way to attach the 3P to an Air Safe. Does anyone have information on that?

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Old 07-20-2009, 07:19 PM   #74
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Silvertwinkie, I have Enkay mudflaps too and when I put them on in front of my Airsafe hitch the hole for the pin was about 1/4 inch short of letting the pin through so I just took a big grinder and took a 1/4 inch off the end of the receiver, works fine now.
I talked to the guy in Florida where I bought my hitch and he said it wouldn't matter if you got the hitch with the shocks. If the if there isn't enough wait to cause the shocks to work they work like the class 5, so you should be ok with the class 6 if that is what you want.

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Old 08-19-2009, 10:57 AM   #75
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we just finished our first trip with the air safe unit. '07 30' s/o, reese equalizer, infiniti QX56. the first leg of the trip was not fun, trailer did not handle well. found the issue was not enough load on the w/d bars. once we got that settled it was wonderful. trailer tracked well and the air bag took most of the bounce out of the tow vehicle ride. we solved the w/d bar tension issue by putting in more shim washers.
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Old 10-05-2009, 05:22 PM   #76
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Just got off the phone with the Airsafe folks. We have an 06 Tundra and 07 Safari 20 SE hitched with a 1000 lb Equal-i-zer. With enough tension on the bars to properly position the truck, the connection seems very hard to me, and probably to the Airstream. They say the Airsafe will fit nicely between my Equal-i-zer and the Tundra receiver using their weight distribution bracket, and suggest the Class V Airsafe. My trailer has 600 lbs tongue wt and 5000 lbs max trailer weight. It looks to me like the Class IV Airsafe is more appropriate. They say doesn't matter, just add air to level the Airsafe. The whole idea is for a soft connection. Any advice on which Airsafe, or perhaps, any Airsafe?
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Old 10-05-2009, 05:54 PM   #77
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As long as the class will handle the tongue weight, whether it is a class IV or class V doesn't really matter. The pressure in the bag adjusts the ride.

I have been very happy with my AirSafe hitch. It makes choppy concrete highways much more tolerable and I am sure it is less strain on the trailer by softening my stiff 2500HD.

The extra distance that the ball has been moved back does wonders for a tighter turning radius. It is now easier to back into my storage slot between buildings and I can now turn around in our cul-de-sac without going off the pavement.
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:06 PM   #78
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Dkottum,
I have a Airsafe Class V 4500# trailer and F250 and find the ride and handling much improved. I use a Husky WD hitch with 800- 1200# bars. Without the Airsafe the bars would be too stiff but the Airsafe air bag effectively takes out the shock. I am very happy. But if I had a 1/2 ton tow vehicle, I don't think the Airsafe would do as much.
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:11 PM   #79
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AirSafe seems to be a really nice product, especially for those of us with Duallies who tow other trailers besides Airstreams and don't have tons of money to throw at another tow vehicle.

Some of the threads I've read assume that weight distribution hitches eliminate sway...they do not. Weight distribution hitches use bars to evenly distribute weight over the entire length of tow vehicle and trailer, resulting in a more level ride with more control and stability, better braking, less strain on vehicle and increased towing capacity.

Sway control, a totally different critter, provides constant and adjustable sway reduction, minimizing trailer sway caused by high winds, curving roads or sudden maneuvers and can be used with or without the weight distribution bars.

I say all of this because, until recently, I assumed that weight distribution hitches eliminated sway, and this assumption was based on what I read on this forum. Bottom line, do your own research and then when you're confident you know the topic, research it some more.

We have a Draw-Tite w/d setup w/750lb bars and a Reese Friction Sway Control. I think the AirSafe would be a great addition to what we have already, to reduce the harsh ride of our Dually.
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:26 PM   #80
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Some of the threads I've read assume that weight distribution hitches eliminate sway...they do not.
My Husky WD hitch bolts directly to my Airsafe Class 5 hitch. I'm sure other WDs do too. The Husky is set up for dual friction sway controls.
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The one thing I don't see on AirSafe's website is an attachment to fit the Draw-Tite round bar snap-up bars, like we have. Does anyone know if they have such an attachment for the Class V?
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The one thing I don't see on AirSafe's website is an attachment to fit the Draw-Tite round bar snap-up bars, like we have. Does anyone know if they have such an attachment for the Class V?
The Head of my Husky WD hitch bolts directly to the back of the Air Safe Class 5. In other words I am using the Airsafe with Husky head with the Husky bars and the other Husky hitch hardware piggyback. I assume you can do the same with other WD hitches but don't know about Draw Tite. If it would help visualize I can take a photo.
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Just got off the phone with the Airsafe folks. We have an 06 Tundra and 07 Safari 20 SE hitched with a 1000 lb Equal-i-zer. With enough tension on the bars to properly position the truck, the connection seems very hard to me, and probably to the Airstream. They say the Airsafe will fit nicely between my Equal-i-zer and the Tundra receiver using their weight distribution bracket, and suggest the Class V Airsafe. My trailer has 600 lbs tongue wt and 5000 lbs max trailer weight. It looks to me like the Class IV Airsafe is more appropriate. They say doesn't matter, just add air to level the Airsafe. The whole idea is for a soft connection. Any advice on which Airsafe, or perhaps, any Airsafe?

I would go with the class V. You might want to get a larger trailer one day and would be glad you had it.
I have a class V and a trailer tounge weight of 800 lbs. and the hitch takes 50 pounds to make it level.

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The Head of my Husky WD hitch bolts directly to the back of the Air Safe Class 5. In other words I am using the Airsafe with Husky head with the Husky bars and the other Husky hitch hardware piggyback. I assume you can do the same with other WD hitches but don't know about Draw Tite. If it would help visualize I can take a photo.

If you don't mind, that would be great, thanks.
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