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Old 10-02-2007, 03:54 PM   #1
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Old 10-02-2007, 04:28 PM   #2
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I think forum member Artstream has one of these. I remember seeing it at the Moraine View rally.

Would these work with a weight distribution/sway control hitch like Equal-I-Zer or in place of it?
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Old 10-02-2007, 04:38 PM   #3
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Would these work with a weight distribution/sway control hitch like Equal-I-Zer or in place of it?
I wondered about that also. The website is equivocal. They show one rig with it in the video and state something to the effect of follow maunfactures recomendations.
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Old 10-02-2007, 04:56 PM   #4
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I think forum member Artstream has one of these.
And Artstream tows with a BIG truck. Airsafe used to be called AirRide (eg, airridehitch.com now redirects you to airsafehitches.com). There are any number of hits if you search the forums on airride. It fits in the receiver and I believe the hitch bar for the WD gear fits into the AirRide (now AirSafe) hitch. I recall one member trying one but stopped using it pretty quickly because of the large amount of flexing seen; eg, imagine the hitch bar movement when engaging WD bars and double that because of the two connections. I've got a GMC and GM has had receiver failures that may not be completely resolved. Me? I wouldn't do it with my truck. That being said, it would be good to have a larger sample size of experiences. Please report back if you go this direction.
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Old 10-02-2007, 05:19 PM   #5
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are you thinking about adding this product to your inventory 68 O'?

michael is very happy with the air ride....

on his e350 dually box van...

which has a payload of 24-25,000 lbs, as i recall...

YES his w/d bars and anti sway are compatible

and he has a class 5 receiver.

don't think i'll add one to the haha however...

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Old 10-02-2007, 05:38 PM   #6
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Company sales rep call me this morning out of the blue. Wanted to come by and show me their stuff. He travels the country and "happend" to be in town. I agreed to at least have a look and was inpressed with the quality and ride. Showed me the cup water that sits on the counter (not glued...I did check)
Mods...Maybe should be in the vendor forum but since we don't carry it, I placed it here.
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Old 10-02-2007, 05:46 PM   #7
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randy...

artstream started using his after repairing the INADEQUATE FRONT END of his trailer...

some of the info is here in post 47 or so...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...ion-35237.html

he seems 2be pretty sure the hitch is helping after the repair...

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Old 10-02-2007, 07:10 PM   #8
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Interested in your thoughts on this hitch.
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Randy and all,
I have one a like it very much....after I changed the airbag. To get the W/D head, one must buy a class 5. It comes with a conveluted type bag on it, which is much too heavy for the light tongue weight of an Airstream. I own a 29' Excella, and I installed a 'rolling sleeve' type bag on the hitch. It takes the 'fram, bam type hits the tongue receives when being pulled by the stiffer sprung 250's, 2500's and heavier trucks, and absorbs it into the bag. As previously stated, it will save the front of your trailer from being flexed up and down to the point it seperates.
I would buy it again, and to those willing to spend the money, I recommend them, but only with a change of airbag. Now the front kitchen 34's, the slide units and such with higher tongue weights, might find the heavier bag acceptable.
I do think that the trailer benefits from the hitch more than the tow vehicle does. The hitch will not majically take a rough riding truck and make it smooth, but it will improve it as well as almost removing the porpoise action so many experience.
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Old 10-02-2007, 07:24 PM   #9
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I was diggin out a hitch I bought 10 yrs ago,its still new. It seems workable for and AS. I just dont know what brand it is and Reese is close.It doesnt say Reese on it just the#55500 has a 2-5/16 ball ,square trunion bars with a hand indicates it might be a straight-line. But I am not able to find that number anywhere.I think all that is lacking is the U-bolts to bolt it to a trailer frame. Oh,whats and the channel size of a AS tongue and whats coupler height of an AS leveled out? U think this sounds like it will do the job?
We are still looking for our first AS.I am just buyin the small stuff first.
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Old 10-02-2007, 07:36 PM   #10
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Class 5 Airsafe Hitch = $870.00 on sale.

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...I just dont know what brand it is and Reese is close.It doesnt say Reese on it just the#55500 has a 2-5/16 ball ,square trunion bars with a hand indicates it might be a straight-line...Roger
hi roger

take a photo of the hitch and post it...

i'm sure someone will recognize the brand/model...

my understanding is that many of the less common models are actually made by 1-2 of the major brands...

since you don't have the trailer yet, it may or may not work...

some hitches allow interchanging w/d bars and others do not....

the trailer tongue mass will ultimately determine the needed hitch rating.

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I have the Easy Rider Air Hitch which is now AirRide Air Hitch.

Makes a big difference in the ride. Wife had stomach cancer and after the operation she could not bear any bouncing of her stomach. So, I decided to purchase the Air Hitch. It .does reduce the bouncing significantly but not totally and make the to and from ride more enjoyable. It is a little touchy as it is an extension of the truck and yea, I guess it does reduce the stress on the trailer.
Class 4 is not weight distribution capable in order to use weight distribution you will need the Class 5 which can be used with weight distribution system. Do I like it - Yes. Would I purchase it again.... yes.

Was it worth the $$ yes. Is it heavy - yes. 85 lbs w/o the weight distribution system. w/ 100 lbs.

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Old 10-03-2007, 12:44 AM   #13
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Thanks for the response guys. I might consider it if I can get enough feedback and maybe they will let us test one where I can confirm with my Airstream and the other hauler we use. I just through it out there because they contacted us. Most manufactures just send us brochures and they pile up because we don't have the time to test everything under the sun but at least I got to meet their only traveling sales rep that had one with him (and a toy hauler full of all models on display) Interesting product. What I need is "somebody" to tell us there is a better hitch. More important is if somebody has one and does not like it for whatever reason other than buyers remorse. I'm fully aware of the HA and how it operates, nice product.
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Old 10-03-2007, 08:43 AM   #14
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i would guess that it can't be used with a Hensley?
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