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ACZL

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Posted: 08/16/20 08:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rob,

I too have the B&W Patriot along w/ the 5th AirBourne pin box. I, like others, air it up and don't touch it for rest of season except to top off once in awhile. Like others as well, I make sure there is some weight going onto the B&W (doesn't need to be a lot) when hooking up and never have had a problem. When unhooking, I raise the 5th just so it comes off the B&W, release handle and pull away.

BTW, those some darn good "crude" drawings!!!

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ACZL wrote:

Rob,

I too have the B&W Patriot along w/ the 5th AirBourne pin box. I, like others, air it up and don't touch it for rest of season except to top off once in awhile. Like others as well, I make sure there is some weight going onto the B&W (doesn't need to be a lot) when hooking up and never have had a problem. When unhooking, I raise the 5th just so it comes off the B&W, release handle and pull away.

BTW, those some darn good "crude" drawings!!!

AC


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I have the same thing as the OP and by the time the pin is into the hitch far enough to close the jaws, the plates are pressed together, parallel. This summer I started plugging in the cord while hitching and unhitching and manually holding the trailer brakes, so not to slide the rv off the leveling blocks and that makes jaw closing very positive and no worries about pressure in the hitch bag. 80 psi keeps my hitch plates horizontal, traveling. Craig


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C Schomer wrote:

I have the same thing as the OP and by the time the pin is into the hitch far enough to close the jaws, the plates are pressed together, parallel. This summer I started plugging in the cord while hitching and unhitching and manually holding the trailer brakes, so not to slide the rv off the leveling blocks and that makes jaw closing very positive and no worries about pressure in the hitch bag. 80 psi keeps my hitch plates horizontal, traveling. Craig

That's good to know Craig. I've never plugged in before hitching up so if I continue having issues, I'll give that a try.

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RobWNY wrote:

C Schomer wrote:

I have the same thing as the OP and by the time the pin is into the hitch far enough to close the jaws, the plates are pressed together, parallel. This summer I started plugging in the cord while hitching and unhitching and manually holding the trailer brakes, so not to slide the rv off the leveling blocks and that makes jaw closing very positive and no worries about pressure in the hitch bag. 80 psi keeps my hitch plates horizontal, traveling. Craig

That's good to know Craig. I've never plugged in before hitching up so if I continue having issues, I'll give that a try.


If you leave your chocks in place there should not be a need to use the trailer brakes.
Also should have chocks in place when doing the tug test and before unhitching.

The standard electric trailer brakes will not be active until a tire rotates about 1/4 turn.

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I just removed our airhitch from our truck and it was heavy. Rails were hard to remove also but an awesome experience having it and the air pin is also great.

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