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Old 03-17-2014, 11:22 PM   #1
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Pin box

My new 5er has what looks to be a steel pin box, nothing fancy. I like the idea of trail air. Should I buy it or tow first to see if I feel any issue. I have air bags on truck and the hitch is pullrite superglide. Put trail air on from get go or tow and decide?
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:55 PM   #2
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At this point, you may as well just try and see if there's any issues when towing.

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Old 03-18-2014, 12:02 AM   #3
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Yep, you may as well try it and see if you like it as is. You might not have a need to spend that money, it would be better used on nights camping!
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Give it a whirl as is. Some people are fine with it like it comes. If it bucks or bounches too much for you, try a MorRyde or TrailAir. I've had both of those, and have a TrailAir Tri-Glide at the present time. Both great pin boxes. All a matter of preference. Plenty of options out there now if you don't like the way the stock pin box pulls. If you travel mainly smooth roads, the stock one will probably be great. If your like us and travel all over, and have crappy roads, you might want to upgrade. We may do 1000 to 1500 mile runs sometimes, and with some of the roads we travel, the pin boxes I mentioned are a MUST for us. Traveling through Indiana, I sometimes wonder how these RV's aren't missing parts by the time they get to the dealer.
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Old 03-18-2014, 01:12 AM   #5
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There's two good reasons to have a Trailair hitch. The shock absorption factor protects the coach and it's valuable contents from the proverbial earthquakes as you drive those less than perfect ribbons of hwy. Secondly, it all but eliminates the "chugging" felt with just the steel hitch pin when crossing RR tracks and speed bumps.
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Unfortunately, taking care of most of this at the source means better suspension components at the trailer axles, such as shackles and shocks. I have shocks and shackles on my list,but they are expensive. Considering what happens to all the contents of my rig, there must be a lot of shaking going on back there.

Pin box can't hurt certainly, but the initial movement that creates bucking and such originates at the trailer axles, and that's the best place to stop it.
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Unfortunately, taking care of most of this at the source means better suspension components at the trailer axles, such as shackles and shocks. I have shocks and shackles on my list,but they are expensive. Considering what happens to all the contents of my rig, there must be a lot of shaking going on back there.

Pin box can't hurt certainly, but the initial movement that creates bucking and such originates at the trailer axles, and that's the best place to stop it.
X2 garbonz, the suspension is the root cause of the problem. Adding shocks to the trailer really attacks the problem. The air/shock pin boxes just lessen the effects of the suspension problem.
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X2 garbonz, the suspension is the root cause of the problem. Adding shocks to the trailer really attacks the problem. The air/shock pin boxes just lessen the effects of the suspension problem.
garbonz and oc are correct, but all three together make for an even smoother ride.
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