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Old 02-28-2008, 06:08 AM   #15
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One other question, though, for Silverado owners out there....do the Z71 models have a stiffer suspension than that of the Classic Silverados?
IMO...yes.

I have owned 3 new 1/2 ton Silverado/GMC's and always opted NOT to get Z71 pkg for that very reason.

I believe the difference is the gas charged bilsteins.

I do not recall if there is any diferrence in tow ratings.

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Old 02-29-2008, 06:34 AM   #16
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Marta,

IMO you've got two things going against you as far as ride quality goes, and they are the single axle trailer, and the Reese hitch. They've both been mentioned, but single axle trailers are known for a rougher ride than tandems, and the Reese hitch with the relatively stiff bars are also known for a rough ride.

I've got a new ('07) GMC pickup with the HD suspension, towing package, (not a Z71) and tow a 23' tandem with a E-Z-Lift clone hitch (round bars), and couldn't be happier with the ride.

It may be interesting to note....I've also got a single axle 1250 lb, home built, 9' teardrop that I also pull with the truck, of course without the WD hitch, and it rides rougher than the 23' AS.
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Old 02-29-2008, 05:06 PM   #17
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Not really. The Z71 has firmer shocks than the plain vanilla variety, so it does feel stiffer. Chevy has a suspension option on the half-ton (Z85 for the '08 models, may be different for other years) that is set up for towing/heavy duty use. Includes different springs, heavier duty shocks, and larger sway bars.
I'm sure we are talking about newer Z71 Chevys. I had heard that the '92 Z71 4X4 had slightly larger torsion bars up front in addition to the Bilstein shocks. I found that to be true when I found another '92 4X4 without the Z71 package and took some measurements. I still miss that truck for hunting and running down the road. 20-21 MPG on the highway with a 350 cu.in. and Jacobs Electronic Ignition System sure had her humming.
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:59 PM   #18
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Try this www.airsafehitches.com saved our lives while towing. No more bounce, thrusts or jerks. They are not cheap but I would never tow again with out mine.
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Old 03-01-2008, 07:19 AM   #19
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Try this www.airsafehitches.com saved our lives while towing. No more bounce, thrusts or jerks. They are not cheap but I would never tow again with out mine.
I'm almost afraid to ask the price, but looks like it really works.
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:30 AM   #20
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Indeed, the Air Safe hitch works very well. It couples the tow vehicle and the trailer via Firestone air bags designed for suspension systems, and allows each to gyrate on its own without undue interference on the roughest of roads. Smooth is the word.
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Old 03-06-2008, 05:47 AM   #21
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This thread got me interested in the Air Safe hitch, so I checked into it, and e-mailed the company for info and a price. They got back to me in a couple of days, and to add the Air Safe to my existing hitch is within a few bucks of $1000 delivered. Haven't used one, so I can't say how well they work....seems like a very good idea, all except the additional 13" of space between the tow verhicle and the trailer, and that 1000 bucks!

About the 13"...that is an additional 13" of distance to the hitch ball, which seems to me would amplify any tendency for sway. I'd like to hear from some users of the Air Safe on this issue.
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:00 AM   #23
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Be aware that any hitch add-ons, extensions, etc do compromise the rated capacity of your hitch, and I would be very leery of that 13”???
Just something to keep in mind…

I still am not sure how this will make your truck ride better?

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Old 03-06-2008, 02:55 PM   #24
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I've watched the videos on their website, and understanding the improved ride is easy. However, the additional 13" worries me. The farther the hitch ball is mounted from the rear axle of the tow vehicle, the easier it is for the trailer to wag the tow vehicle....gives it more leverage.
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No extra sway except going over eighty MPH, down hill on a curve sloped the wrong way with a strong side wind and slamming on the brakes when the little old lady in front of you don't want you to pass. I have the commercial air ride and the extra 13 inches allows for you to backup and not worry about hiitting your tow vechicle. Check out my thread with pics. Keep it clean, lubed and check for loose bolts and nuts once in a while and the air in the bag. Your going to love the ride.
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Oh great... we have an equilizer hitch and are happy with that. But have been thinking about a Hensley for more control... now comes this one... the Airsafe hitch sounds interesting (of course, that's what marketing is for) but the comments from owners sound pretty satisfied, too.

Hey Michael, you out there? How's your hitch been?
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Old 03-07-2008, 06:33 AM   #27
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Thanks to all for their input!

We ended up exchanging the L-shaped shank for one that extends directly out of the receiver, in order to achieve the correct height.

We also received some help adjusting the chains on the cams.

Our ride home was much better!
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Old 03-07-2008, 12:51 PM   #28
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I use friction sway bars with my AirSafe hitch. Sometimes I can feel 18-wheelers pass by me, but when I do, it's only a very gentle tug, like it was before I added the AirSafe. I plowed through up-to-40mph side-wind gusts last week in Texas, and no sway problems whatsoever even when entering and leaving steep cliffs on the roadsides. I am towing a 6000 pound trailer with an F250, so that's got to help. But my heavily sprung truck also used to put a lot of wear-and-tear on the trailer, which the AirSafe hitch now takes care of via 50 pounds of air pressure cushion in the Firestone air springs.
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