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Old 06-04-2018, 09:17 PM   #1
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5th Wheel hitch to reduce chucking/bucking

Iím new to 5th wheel and have enjoyed all the benefits of no white knuckle trailer wags. The wags are gone but the bumps and tugs appeared. I have 16 Columbus F340RKC; F250 CC, 2x4, short bed, Reese Select Plus 20K Slider sq tube hitch; replaced the pin box with LIPP Flex Air to try to eliminate the bumping and bounce, some call chucking, that occur with all small dips/bumps in the road. I am investigating replacing the hitch to help reduce/elim the chucking. Options Iíve read about in Trailer Life and Google search are interesting but sales orientated. Any opinions/comments on Hensley BDR3 Trailer Saver Air Ride, or Blue Ox BXR 7200 Super Ride, or B&W Companion w/slide, or for trailer - Roadmaster Comfort Ride Shock Absorbers, or any other that may help would be appreciated. Do you have one and how much did it help?

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Old 06-04-2018, 09:24 PM   #2
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Our Reese chucked much more than our Curt does.

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Old 06-04-2018, 10:40 PM   #3
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I have a Reese and have no issues. Also have an Air Ride pin box.
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Old 06-04-2018, 11:35 PM   #4
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The combo I use is the Andersen Ultimate with a MorRyde 1621 Rubber Pin Box. Tows very well and only feel slight chucking in very extreme road conditions. Chucking from bridge expansion joints and poorly paved roads are a thing of the past for me.
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Old 06-05-2018, 01:04 PM   #5
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Air Ride Hitch

I use an Air Ride Hitch and love it. I have used it for over 15 years on a 33 foot Cardinal and currently on a 32 foot Columbus. it works with a shock absorber and an air bag to smooth out the bumps and chucking. Not cheap, but well worth the ride improvement. Every once in a while I will forget to top off the air pressure in the air bag and we know it as soon as we start driving, it's that noticeable. I tired to attach a picture so I hope it comes thru.
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Old 06-05-2018, 01:07 PM   #6
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experience thus far

I will give you my experience in towing the last 20000 miles. I am towing a Cardinal Estate, 3500 swd, air lift 7500 air bags b&w companion hitch, and mor ride pin box. I have been over some bad roads in California, Oklahoma, and Indiana.
I have to tell you this combination allows the trailer and the truck to navigate any thing that has been thrown at me so far. No chucking, no white knuckles, and and a very relaxed ride.
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Old 06-05-2018, 01:39 PM   #7
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My Reese chucked and I found out the legs were not held down with the hitch pins tight against the bed channels. I added 0.075" thick steel shims under all 4 legs and stopped the problem.
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Old 06-05-2018, 01:53 PM   #8
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We are using the Flex Air Trail Air system from

Canadian price was $2,300 plus our 15% sales taxes in NB.

We decided to get it last fall from the states and it was on sale.

with the 30% exchange from Canadian to American it was $1,200 Canadian.
Too good a price to pass up to eliminate the Riding a pony sensation which was exhausting for DW and I.

we actually installed it ourselves but upgraded the bolts adding 4 extra ones and used Grade 8 hardware.
the Flex Air Trail Air adds an extra shock limiting pad over and above the Trail air system.

no issues now
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Old 06-05-2018, 03:40 PM   #9
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Andersen x2. Going into year 4. No chucking.
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Old 06-05-2018, 03:53 PM   #10
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The difference between the Curt I had and the Andersen that I have now is night and day. The Curt chucked on bridges and rough road. The Andersen does not.

There's very little bucking with the Andersen even on really bad roads.

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