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Old 01-13-2013, 11:45 AM   #43
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You should only be using 600 or 800 lbs bars. 1000lb bars are way to bug for a 350! Andy from inland rv would know best. when it stops raining. i will run out and see what my starting height wAs and take a pic of the airsafe
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:41 PM   #44
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Thanks wxbuoy. With the Equal-I-zer brand the bars work a bit differently, they're not interchangeable between hitch heads. I have a 10,000 lb head, which takes only 1000 lb bars. It probably doesn't have the same stiffness as a similarly rated Reese bar.
When looking at their hitch selector application on the website, it even suggests a 12000 lb head for my numbers (max 8000 lb Airstream).
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:24 PM   #45
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George,

What's the measurement to the bottom of the receiver (or bottom of receiver insert in your case)? Mine is 17" I am using the bottom hole as well. Everything is dead level in my set up.

Interesting about the WD bars. I originally was outfitted with 1200 lb bars since that is what they suggested as well (e-z-lift). But after a lot of research I bought a Reese and dialed it back to 800. I don't have any experience with the equalizer hitches.

I am interested to see how yours finally lines up and if not what Airsafe can do for you. Since they are designed for these size trucks, I am sure it should line up well. I would take fender readings before hook up, after hook up with out WD and than with WD.
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:57 PM   #46
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You should only be using 600 or 800 lbs bars. 1000lb bars are way to bug for a 350! Andy from inland rv would know best. when it stops raining. i will run out and see what my starting height wAs and take a pic of the airsafe
With an Airsafe in combination with a WD hitch. The bar rating does not seem to be critical as the airbag is a shock absorber and has a similar function to the spring bars. I have been using 1000# bars with my Tradewind that has a 500# tongue weight for years and it works great.
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:53 PM   #47
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With an Airsafe in combination with a WD hitch. The bar rating does not seem to be critical as the airbag is a shock absorber and has a similar function to the spring bars. I have been using 1000# bars with my Tradewind that has a 500# tongue weight for years and it works great.
I would agree the airbag removes the majority of the shock, I was looking at the weight reductions on the back of a truck that can easily handle it. WHich is why I got the airsafe. It made the ride for the trailer much better. The truck rides much better with weight in the back end due to the heavy springs of the 350. I was looking matching his springs to the weight being transferred.

But it will at least ride better than with out a tow even with the heavy bars. But man, talk about a dream ride with a tow on an airsafe hitch. It is sooooo much better than just the truck alone!
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:37 PM   #48
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What's the measurement to the bottom of the receiver (or bottom of receiver insert in your case)? Mine is 17" I am using the bottom hole as well. Everything is dead level in my set up.

Interesting about the WD bars. I originally was outfitted with 1200 lb bars since that is what they suggested as well (e-z-lift). But after a lot of research I bought a Reese and dialed it back to 800. I don't have any experience with the equalizer hitches.

I am interested to see how yours finally lines up and if not what Airsafe can do for you. Since they are designed for these size trucks, I am sure it should line up well. I would take fender readings before hook up, after hook up with out WD and than with WD.
Distance to inside bottom of my F350 receiver tube is 20.5", so 3.5" higher than yours.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:02 PM   #49
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I do agree with those that say a softer riding TV can tow an Airstream just fine.

But, my Airstream is rarely the only toy I take along, so I need the extra load capacity of the 3/4 truck.

The AirSoft makes a healthy ride for the trailer and allows me a little peace of mind.

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Distance to inside bottom of my F350 receiver tube is 20.5", so 3.5" higher than yours.
I would still try it, it may not make that much difference in the big skeem of things. I would definitely do it on a level surface with out the wd set. Take another set of measure ments and than set it at the minimum links and see where you are at.
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My Class V AirSafe has served me well in the six years I've owned it. I tow with a heavily sprung pickup, and the AirSafe has stopped damage to my trailers. No more split skin, popped rivets or shaken-up contents. Just smooth sailing over the rough roads we travel.
I have the "EasyRider" Class V Hitch. Only issue is that it weighs 85 lbs plus. As AS67 said above, I too have a heavily sprung Dodge 2500 PU. With the smooth ride I Now "safely" go inside the trailer when I stop and not see everything out on the floor.

I am sure there will come a day that I'll be too weak to lift it onto the truck
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Can't post a picture of the complete setup yet, we're buried in snow here. I'm setting the hitch up at home. Mounted the hitch in a wood frame that is the same height off the floor as my new truck. Picture attached. I just noticed that the lowest bolt hole is 14.5" off the floor, so if I add 8" from that hole to the top of the ball I'd be at 22.5", not 19". Haven't got the extra Equalizer head yet.
My other TV is an Armada, with a lot lower hitch receiver. I got the F350 to increase load capacity, and got the Airsafe to address the supposed hard suspension concerns.
Wow ! I like this idea. Now you got me buying 2/4's to build one for me ! I think I might add wheels to get it around easier.
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OK for reasons I will not go into I will be using a Freightliner M2/112 for my TV. I have read with some concern about frame damage using such a big truck. With that eather I will not be able to use a AS or I need a hitch to soften the ride. The truck will have all air ride on it and I am thinking of buying a 31 classic. Would love any imput from you all on what you think. This is the truck being used nothing else with a box on the back for extra storage and to hall toys so PLEASE do not say get another truck. Also links to the hitch sites would be nice Thanks
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I don't know about the Freghtliner, but people do use an Airsafe with F350s and other 1 ton trucks. The idea is to not transfer road shock from the TV to the trailer.
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Does Airsafe Hitch and Equalizer combination work?

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OK for reasons I will not go into I will be using a Freightliner M2/112 for my TV. I have read with some concern about frame damage using such a big truck. With that eather I will not be able to use a AS or I need a hitch to soften the ride. The truck will have all air ride on it and I am thinking of buying a 31 classic. Would love any imput from you all on what you think. This is the truck being used nothing else with a box on the back for extra storage and to hall toys so PLEASE do not say get another truck. Also links to the hitch sites would be nice Thanks
Haven't scanned this thread entirely but in case others have not included it here is the link to the Air Safe site -

Air Safe Hitches, Hitch | Air Ride Hitch, Hitches

Equalizer, or correctly put "Equal-i-zer Hitch" is at -

Equal-i-zer® Hitch - The “American Original” with 4-Point Sway Control™ and Weight Distribution

(Two tries to fix and this link s-t-i-l-l looks goofy. Sigh.)

We have used the Equalizer/Air Safe combination for the last couple of years. From the tow vehicle we can perceive little difference between pre-Air Safe and post-

From inside the trailer we could tell a difference in the amount of motion the trailer experiences.

FWIW we also use the Centramatic dynamic wheel balancers. Dunno if that could be available for your TV but the Air Safe by itself should be worth a look.
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Airsafe trial on hold

Unfortunately, my trial is on hold as my F350 was stolen two weeks ago. I assume I'll be in the market for another truck in the next month or so.
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