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Wood chip

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larry barnhart wrote:

Still liking our air hitch since 2001.

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Wood chip wrote:

larry barnhart wrote:

Still liking our air hitch since 2001.

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That hitch was not offered in Jan 2001 for a pickup bed but I agree it is a great hitch.
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I found out the hard way yesterday that the reese revolution pin box does not turn 90° like advertised on a short bed truck. I have a 5 3/4’ truck bed and was backing into my drive when the back window blew up. I was not turning that sharp. Reese advertises this to work but i can assure you it does not. I have a 2013 f-150 super crew and a 2018 flagstaff 8528ikws classic super light with reese revolution pin box. So before plunkingdown your hard earned cash on a new fiver make sure the salesman doesn’t try to snow you about turning in circles with this hitch combo. I also have a reese 16k stationary fifth wheel hitch in the bed. A slider is not supposed to work as it would put too much weight too far back causing a lack of steering or so i have been told.

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Oh man Wanderer26! Bummer. Major Bummer. I'm sorry to hear that.


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ReneeG wrote:

Well, not one of you mentioned the Hensley TrailerSaver hitches. We've had the BD3 model from the onset of getting our FW and wouldn't tow with anything else. It's an air ride hitch and easily removed. Costly? Yes, but for us well worth it.


As a prospective/hopeful new 5ver owner, this solution interests me, especially with today's factory puck hitch systems. the BD5 appears to match up to Ford and GMs puck system just as the Companion does. At the risk of thread drift I would like to know more about the hensley:

* does it eliminate the need for a mor ride or similar pinbox?

* is this one really the premiere and most effective solution for the problems it is meant to address?

*a BD5 that fits the RAM puck system would be nice...

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dlleno wrote:

ReneeG wrote:

Well, not one of you mentioned the Hensley TrailerSaver hitches. We've had the BD3 model from the onset of getting our FW and wouldn't tow with anything else. It's an air ride hitch and easily removed. Costly? Yes, but for us well worth it.


As a prospective/hopeful new 5ver owner, this solution interests me, especially with today's factory puck hitch systems. the BD5 appears to match up to Ford and GMs puck system just as the Companion does. At the risk of thread drift I would like to know more about the hensley:

* does it eliminate the need for a mor ride or similar pinbox? We do not have an air pinbox and have an excellent ride.

* is this one really the premiere and most effective solution for the problems it is meant to address In my opinion it is. Call the company. Their support is outstanding and have a return policy if you are not satisfied.

*a BD5 that fits the RAM puck system would be nice...We have a BD3 - our FW is 14k fully loaded so the BD3 is more than adequate. The BD5 is heavier and I'm not sure it can be disassembled as easy as the BD3. Like the BD5, the BD3 has shocks, but it appears that the BD5 has them either on the front too or positioned differently. The BD3 works with the underbed puck system as that's we have.


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dlleno wrote:

ReneeG wrote:

Well, not one of you mentioned the Hensley TrailerSaver hitches. We've had the BD3 model from the onset of getting our FW and wouldn't tow with anything else. It's an air ride hitch and easily removed. Costly? Yes, but for us well worth it.


As a prospective/hopeful new 5ver owner, this solution interests me, especially with today's factory puck hitch systems. the BD5 appears to match up to Ford and GMs puck system just as the Companion does. At the risk of thread drift I would like to know more about the hensley:

* does it eliminate the need for a mor ride or similar pinbox?

* is this one really the premiere and most effective solution for the problems it is meant to address?

*a BD5 that fits the RAM puck system would be nice...


Bouncing and chucking forces are created by the trailer. Some trailers are better or worse than others. As the trailer rotates around an axis when the tires sequentially go over a bump the pin will push down and forward at the same time, then raise and retract.

If you are looking at a long fifth wheel which will most likely have more bouncing forces than chucking forces a BD3 or BD5 would be the hitch of choice. These work particularly well combined with a MORryde pin box.

If you chose a shorter trailer then the amount of chucking forces will increase relative to bouncing forces due to a larger hitch angle. The TS3 would be the hitch of choice due to the high hinge design. As the trailer's pin pushes down and forward the hitch compresses and retracts dissipating both of the forces. With the BD3 and BD5 the chucking forces of the trailer are still pushing against the solid vertical stanchions.

The TS3 is an ingenious design and I am am a believer. My trailer went from terrible chucking with a Patriot to a very pleasurable tow. Another advantage of the TS3 is braking safety. As you stop the TS3 pushes down on the rear of the truck to further load the rear tires. If you get a rear hinged pin box with air bag it will serve to lift the rear and unload the rear tires during panic stopping. An air hitch will also protect your trailer's frame and welds in addition to the electronics in both your truck and trailer. Your back and bottom will also thank you. I can't figure why so many people are sold on solid joint hitches.

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Dileno, price my friend price. Lot of us have too much money tied up in fiver plus tv to sink another million on hitch. Not an excuse, just sayen.

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Posted: 07/14/18 06:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My 315RLTS North Point has the Morryde pin box. I had the B&W and just got a BD5 and absolutely love it. It's hard to describe just how good it really is.


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We originally had a Hensley Arrow hitch and were able to trade that in for the BD3. I think it was around $1500 total. This was 8 years ago so, I can't remember exactly. TrailerSaver - the name says it all. Aaron helped us with both, really knows his stuff and super with customer service.

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