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Old 07-15-2015, 11:47 PM   #15
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In fact, that was my only head-scratch on the whole setup: The Equal-i-zer mounted to an "L" bracket furnished by AirSoft, which then bolted to the back face of the Airsoft. The Class VI Airsoft has a 2" shank. The Ram 3500 has a Class V hitch with a 2.5" receiver and a sleeve to reduce to 2". The Equal-i-zer/AirSafe combo is long (18" from rear of receiver to TDC of ball) and around 60-70#. When I had it slid into and locked in the receiver, I could grab the rear of the combo and move it up and down and left and right almost 3" - 4" of slack and play. Such sloppy tolerances might not be noticeable with just a ball jack in the receiver, but they sure were with that big, long and heavy hitch combo. I even cut up some aluminum sheeting to make shivs between both the hitch shank and sleeve and the sleeve and receiver - but still too much slack and play in my opinion. Other than wear and tear on the receiver that would be caused by this, I also wonder if it cut down greatly on the WD performance of the Equal-i-zer. How much of that forward torque generated by the WD bars got lost to slack? Before the next trip, I am going to have the sleeve welded to the shank with a good 1/4" bead both in front and back, as most of the slack seemed to be in between the shank and sleeve. I'm curious to see how much play that removes, and how the WD properties will increase.

My conclusion? The AirSafe did everything it claimed it would do. Gentle ride in the TV and nothing shaken around in the AS. I'm thinking that will increase the service life of both, and prevent some costly repairs (far more than the cost of the AirSafe). I give it a "thumbs up"!
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Old 07-15-2015, 11:58 PM   #16
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Red, your experience is much like ours. It does what they say.

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Old 07-16-2015, 01:54 PM   #17
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Hi-Because of the price, I built my own. Just finished a 5000 mile trip, absolute world of difference. Same TV (99 Suburban 2500 Diesel) and trailer (1967-31') the only time things fell in the trailer were clothes in the rear closet in Jacksonville and I-20. My umbilical was marginally short before, so I extended it a foot to give lots of clearance around the hitch. I hooked the safety chains to the hitch, then added another chain to connect them to the truck. Ride in TV was markedly improved too.Click image for larger version

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Old 07-16-2015, 03:00 PM   #18
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Rolland,
this looks great. Do youmind telling us little more about your hitch and what your overall cost was to built it ? do you have plans you developed?

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Old 07-16-2015, 03:09 PM   #19
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I am a long time user of AirSafe. I did not have to extend any of the connections.

When we traded from an older 31' rear bed to a new 27' from bed we found that after a day on the road, things in the rear of the trailer looked like they had been a tumble dryer.

The AirSafe help the ride a lot.

Over 50K miles with the AirSafe and Centramatics and no popped rivets or cracked skins.

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Old 07-16-2015, 05:13 PM   #20
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Quick additional question: would you guys recommend the class VI with the integrated shocks over the class V or is the V sufficient to pull a 34ft limited ?


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Old 07-16-2015, 05:22 PM   #21
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Has anybody tried those as alternative : http://shockerhitch.com/Special_Offers.php


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Old 07-16-2015, 06:36 PM   #22
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Airsafe hitch

I tow a 35 foot Airstream Classic with my GMC 2500 hd Duramax. I have had many different types of hitches and this AIRSAFE class 6 is by far the best one, hardly know it is back there. Everything in the trailer stay in place, a worth while investment. Same chains and pigtail.
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Old 07-16-2015, 08:00 PM   #23
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I sold our 30' Excella that I had pulled with the Class 5 Airsafe and my Reese Dual Cam, over 65,000 miles. Loved it!
Now, we have a 34'er that I remodeled the interior, and am pulling it with the same truck (2003 Dodge/Cummins, 6 speed manual). So far I really can't tell any difference in the feel of the trailer while towing, except, with the 3rd axle, I have a lot more braking power. I've pulled the 34 about 2,000 miles during the past three weeks.

I really couldn't justify the additional cost of the Class 6 Airsafe for pulling a 34....
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Quick additional question: would you guys recommend the class VI with the integrated shocks over the class V or is the V sufficient to pull a 34ft limited ?


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Old 07-17-2015, 06:49 AM   #24
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I did some reserach and came across a third Manufacturer . their Air Ride Hitch seem to be build pretty good as well, but prizing is the same as Air Safe. This manufacturer uses a glide system, which i would think might wera out quicker, depending on the area you travel and how much dirt you pick up.
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Old 07-17-2015, 06:39 PM   #25
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Rolland,
this looks great. Do youmind telling us little more about your hitch and what your overall cost was to built it ? do you have plans you developed?

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Have a machine and welding shop, just made one for myself. Made it quite a bit heavier duty than the ones I looked at. Wanted to use my Reese equalizer bars with the hitch, and wanted a standard air bladder. Used 4 cam followers per side instead of 2, lots of adjustments for height and angles. It is the same length pin to ball as the Reese was. It really helped with the ride. I had spare Reese hitches, so used them for parts along with the steel and other materials, probably have about $200 in it plus a lot of labor and thought.
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Old 07-18-2015, 09:48 PM   #27
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Nice job, Rolland. But you are much more handy than I am!
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Old 07-18-2015, 09:57 PM   #28
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Submariner, if you are comparing the Class V and Class VI, there are two factors to consider. The first is tongue weight, but I can't think of any AS that would exceed the Class V. But the other is the question of whether or not you are using a WD hitch in combination with the AirSafe. In that case, AirSafe says to subtract 25% of the rated capacity if you use the 12" WD bracket. I was still within specs, but decided to go for the Class VI to increased my margins. I'm very pleased with the resulting ride and handling for both TV and TT.
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