Finally go to pull with the new Tri-Glide. It was only a 50 mile trip, but enough to get some general feelings for it. Normally, when traveling down a road and you hit a bump, you feel it with the truck first, then you feel it again when the trailer hits it. With the tri-glide, there is non of that. You feel it with the truck, then nothing!
I was able to make it clunk (can't think of a better term), when the tri-glide runs out of swinging room and hits either the front or back of the plate. If you accelerate too quickly, it will swing back and clunk. If you brake too suddenly, it will swing forward and clunk. Easing up on the accelerating and sudden braking stops that. If your on the brakes pretty firmly, then let go of the brake, it will swing back and clunk. By the time I left the city limits I figured out how to stop any clunking just by easing the use of the throttle and brakes. I'm really not sure why they don't use some sort of rubber stops at the end of the swing, that would surely ease some of the harsh clunkage?
On the rougher roads you can really see the airbag working. With my retrax cover partially closed, I couldn't see the triglide portion working, but no doubt it was.
Now then, is it really worth the 1300 price tag? For myself, who only gets my trailer out 5 weekend trips a year, maybe, maybe not. I've only had this sabre for a month now, and didn't have any chucking problems with it before the tri-glide. My wife commented on how much smoother it was after the tri-glide, and I agree. I have no doubt the tri-glide takes a tremendous amount of stress off of the trailer frame. I love things like this and it looks so darn cool! For the full timers or those who pull all the time, I would say the Tri-Glide would be priceless and worth every penny.
2013 Chevy Duramax 3500 SRW