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Old 04-11-2010, 09:05 PM   #15
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I just received my Class V Airsafe hitch this week. I will be pulling a trailer with it next weekend and I do look forward to it.
I have read what I could about it and I am impressed with what I see so far

I would like to hear how it works for you. Please post with your results.
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:33 PM   #16
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Ok.. got to get one. I was pulling the 30 S/O home today from the rally and the cement expansion joints were bouncing us around. I have been to the website and am drooling over one of these. Now.. how do I sneak out of the checkbook before the wife finds out lol...

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Ok.. got to get one. I was pulling the 30 S/O home today from the rally and the cement expansion joints were bouncing us around. I have been to the website and am drooling over one of these. Now.. how do I sneak out of the checkbook before the wife finds out lol...

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Get the site on the computer and their product video ready to play, and have your wife watch it while you make her beverage of choice. When it's all done she should say, "Well, did you order it yet?" Then followed by, "Why not?"
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Get the site on the computer and their product video ready to play, and have your wife watch it while you make her beverage of choice. When it's all done she should say, "Well, did you order it yet?" Then followed by, "Why not?"
Oh.. hmmm..

wont be that easy
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Old 04-12-2010, 03:56 PM   #19
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Would be nice though, right?
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Old 04-16-2010, 08:37 AM   #20
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Okay, guys, I received the hitch yesterday, the adapter should be here Monday. I am impressed with the quality of construction, the welds are some of the best that I've seen.
As for increased overhang, it'll be about 8 inches more, so when the total rig is about 52' long, that shouldn't be a factor. When you are set up, most of us take the hitch out of the reciever so it won't make any difference there.
As for the total weight, I haven't precisely weighed, but my guess is it's about 20 to 25# more than my previous set up....
Will keep you posted as I get the thing set up..
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Would any of you folks who have purchased and installed consider posting some detailed pics?
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Would any of you folks who have purchased and installed consider posting some detailed pics?
this is one of those products that been around a long time.

and discussed in GREAT DETAIL in many threads...

lots of pics, pros/cons and ALTERNATIVES.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...tch-36522.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...hes-44641.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...hes-54158.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...tch-20599.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...tch-40658.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...itch-3732.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...itch-7206.html

so read a bit and consider the ALTERNATIVES, some of which are MUCH better ideas.

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Old 04-16-2010, 01:37 PM   #23
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One thing I took into consideration when looking at an Airsafe unit is that it can easily be transfered to a different brand and model TV in minutes, whereas some of the other options like Mor Ride that becomes part of the TV would be difficult to change to your next or other TV. Most likely the Mor Ride is model and year specific as compared to Airsafe, in that, it does not make any difference if Air Safe hitch is attached to a Ford,Toyota, Chevy, or Dodge truck.
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true they are model/brand specific.

but the M R IMPROVES RIDE in the tow vehicle.

and since it becomes part of the tv,

can be used with ANY hitch, any trailer, all of the time.

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Old 04-16-2010, 02:48 PM   #25
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Ya, all depends how you look at it.
I'd like to have both but, I don't think that's going to happen.
Choices, choices!
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85-90% of the trailer weight RIDES on the axles.

the PRES of a/s has posted that AXLEs determine the RIDE for modern 'stream.
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IF SWAY CONTROL is desired, ONLY friction systems can be used with the airbag hitch.

that's a deal breaker for any1 who plans to use a pp or haha.
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the EXTRA overhang IS a factor...

it may not mean much to overall length, but for yaw and w/d it's significant.

IF for example the current overhang is 36 inches the EXTRA is 20-30% more.

IF the tongue is heavy and w/d is needed (for example 800-1200 lb tongue)

the W/D bars will need another 15-25% TENSIONing to get the same w/d.

THAT STRESS will BOW/bend the A frame and that's a major issue.
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towing without w/d or with a BOX truck, 60s 3 ton truck, or UNsprung dually....

and an older smaller lighter trailer...

the air bag hitch is maybe useful.

but for a MODERN larger stream and a NEWER 3/4 or 1 ton...

it is UNneeded and may create NEW problems. (sway control AND a/s FRAME stress)

the concept isn't bad, but when/where it becomes useful isn't simple.

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Old 04-16-2010, 03:53 PM   #27
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2air, I would think the Airsafe would actually put less stress on the frame from the w.d
bars, because when w.d. tension is set, it does not change as the trailer pivots vertically on the hitch ball, as I understand it. Additionally, it would allow consistent friction for friction-based anti-sway that is not possible without the Airsafe, thereby preventing a loss of fricition as the assembly moves over bumps in the road.

Here's my reasoning. Your description is accurate when the rig is not moving. But when the assembly (without Airsafe) moves over a rise in pavement such as a gas station entrance, the tension is greatly increased on the bars, and therefore the frame. And when the assembly (without Airsafe) moves over a bump in the road, w.d. tension is reduced and friction is momentarily lost for anti-sway (not good if at that moment the trailer is also pushed by the passing of a large truck). The Airsafe would seem to eliminate both of these problems.

I am not suggesting Airsafe is better than anything else, but these features are interesting and worth discussion.
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I realize that a lot of you guys have done this discussion over and over. I don't know if it was mentioned previously on another thread but here's my thinking on this AirSafe hitch.
If you think of the TV as a 1 ton and add the Airsafe hitch wouldn't you actually use less tension on the WD bars when the Airsafe is attached and the let AirSafe hitch do it's thing to help control sway and bumps, etc.? I'm only saying this because the 1 ton does not settle much if any when the tongue weight is on a rigid hitch so you can use less tention on the bars because you don't have to level the vehicle out much.
I'm talking about the Reese dual cam type set up with an AirSafe hitch combination.
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