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Has anyone used one of the airride or comparible 5th wheel hitches. I'm looking at putting a hitch in my dually and wondered if anyone had used one of these. It seems like it's a good idea. I just wondered pros and cons, cost, and are they compatible with other hitches. Some look like you use a reese head and add their bag system. I would also like to be able to remove the 5th wheel and pull gooseneck.


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We have the easyrider air hitch with reese top and bottom. Trailer saver II also uses the reese parts. Any air hitch I think is better than the non air hitches. The ride is smooth and keeps the road problem from damaging the fifth. In the $2800.00 area if you use your hitch parts. The only guys that don't think they are worth the money don't have one.
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The Trailair pinbox is less expensive than an air ride hitch. Easier to install, and I believe a 30 day money back guarantee.


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You may also want to consider/evaluate the air ride pin box that should be something you could add to your existing fifth wheel.

Air suspended hitches:
http://www.advancedairhitch.com/

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TrailAir air ride Pin box:
http://www.trailair.com/pinbox.asp

Just another option and probably less costly.


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Advanced Air Hitch uses a 22K Reese fixed (non-tilt) head. They indicate the tilt feature is not needed on an Air Hitch - and it makes sense - if not level one side will drop down by air compression.

The hitch also mount on the std Reese rails.

For the slider option, they offer a Slider Eliminator which repositions the hitch supposedly far enough from the cab to avoid contact. << Not sure I agree/disagree with this concept.

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I've seen these and wonder if they are as affective. I notice that they are considerably cheaper, and this still might be a option. Correct me if I'm wrong, but with the pinbox system the truck is not isolated from the trailer. It just ulitizes a airbag there to help dampen any forces or vectors that are applied straight down on the pin. I haven't seen either used and I'm just asking, but would the free floating airhitch seem to isolate and dampen all forces either side to side, or up and down. I can't say that cost is not a factor, but I would pay more for the airhitch if they in fact work and that much better than the pinbox style. Thank you

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Hi Bruce we have the 20K reese with the full tilt on the easyrider airhitch. I would think it would be better than the non tilt side to side.
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Hi Larry,

I was just passing on information I learned yesterday 9/18 from a phone call to Air Ride Hitch.

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