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5th wheel Hitches – Heavy GVWR


5th wheel GVWR 24,000 to 29,000 dependent on length/features (std. 5th wheel, toy-hauler – residential) and manufacturer picked (NH, DRV, Redwood). Still deciding on the RV.

1.           Comfort Ride – 308 HD hitch, 30,000 lb towing capacity, 8,000 pin capacity

2.           Trailer Saver TSLB2H with 3rd air bag. 32,000 lb towing capacity, 7,500 pin capacity

Any experience or feedback on the usage of either of these hitches?  Wear? Maintenance? Ride comfort? Something different you would recommend? Use it with an air suspension? What is your 5th wheel GVWR?



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I've had the Trailer Saver with 2 air bags for 7 years now and it's been trouble free. There is no chucking and the 5th wheel snout moves up and down gracefully.



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dianneandsteve wrote:

I've had the Trailer Saver with 2 air bags for 7 years now and it's been trouble free. There is no chucking and the 5th wheel snout moves up and down gracefully.


 Similar to dianneandsteve, we like our Trailer Saver. We have 3 air bags and have been using it for just under 3 years.



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IrishRover wrote:

 

 

5th wheel GVWR 24,000 to 29,000 dependent on length/features (std. 5th wheel, toy-hauler – residential) and manufacturer picked (NH, DRV, Redwood). Still deciding on the RV.

1.           Comfort Ride – 308 HD hitch, 30,000 lb towing capacity, 8,000 pin capacity

2.           Trailer Saver TSLB2H with 3rd air bag. 32,000 lb towing capacity, 7,500 pin capacity

Any experience or feedback on the usage of either of these hitches?  Wear? Maintenance? Ride comfort? Something different you would recommend? Use it with an air suspension? What is your 5th wheel GVWR?


 Both do a good job and some type of air / pinbox hitch is required, IMO, to protect the trailer once one gets past 18K or so regardless of the truck suspension. Some trailer OEM's require this as part of the warranty.

Kind of Ford / Chevy in some views.  Comfort Ride is simpler and doesn't need an air compressor. Doesn't make it better, just simpler and the Comfort Ride has a built in plate skid surface while the TS requires an external king pin "doughnut."  Either can be rail or direct bolt mounted, I prefer the latter but not that big a deal.  While rail mount allows them to be removed on a realistic basis both are too heavy for one person to remove them.  They are like 300 - 350 lbs if memory serves which sometimes it doesn't.  But they are not #125.  Other than a bit of lubrication maintenance is minimal on both. However, one must consider the compressor for the Trailer Saver while the Comfort Ride doesn't have / need one.  Minor point of maintenance difference in the real world IMO.

If you go HDT there is a third choice (can be put in an MDT as well) called the "ET Hitch."  It is preferred by many of those with HDT's.  It has a bit more horizontal abortion (chucking) engineered into it IMO. It is a bolt-on to the frame only in almost cases.

Any of these do a good job with all three at different price points - Comfort Ride the least and ET the most in cost.  Most like the one they bought. :)

Our 5th Wheel is 24,250 lb GVWR

Bill



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I use the Air Safe Omni-25 with the Holland/Binkley head and it works well. What I particularly like is that it will pitch forward and back during breaking and accelerating along with full air articulation.

Here is a video showing the movement. www.youtube.com/watch

I picked it up where they manufacture it in Fargo, ND and personally talked to the guy that makes it. He tends to over design and underrate their hitches.

airsafehitches.com/omni-25/

Andy

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We have the Trailer Saver with two air bags. Have used it for five years and had no problems. Our trailer weighs in at a little over 18.5K. Only maintenance has been to lube it occasionally. I think that the trailer rides smoother than the truck though I've never been back there to find out. Only one time have we had a cabinet door come open while traveling even with all the rough roads that we've traveled.

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We're the same as others with Trailer Saver w/2 bags. 4 years no problems.

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20,000 lbs GVW and 4900 lbs PW riding on a TSLB2H with 2 bags running at 85-90 PSI for 5 years with zero issues.

We will probably upgrade to 3 bags later this year. We are hoping it will allow us to drop the pressure to around 65-70 PSI.

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