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Old 02-24-2020, 03:44 PM   #21
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The B&W hitch comes in 25k or 20k models; the max weight of my rig will be around 19k. Any reason not to just get the 25K hitch other than cost? Thanks.
I think the different models matter for which truck you have - post mount or pucks and Ford vs. Ram vs. Chevy.

My bet is you find there isn't really more than 1 option:
- if you have pucks, use pucks
- if you have rails already, use the Patriot/rails
- if you have neither, get the Turnoverball Gooseneck and use post mount version
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Old 02-24-2020, 03:59 PM   #22
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I have pucks and there is a 20K and a 25k B&W Hitch that fit the pucks.

https://www.etrailer.com/5w-2020_GMC_Sierra+3500.htm
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Old 02-24-2020, 04:28 PM   #23
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I am usually in the overkill corner when it comes to towing so I would get the 25k hitch but I would also worry could it be possibly be to hard on the camper but with the Trail air that should help.
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Old 02-25-2020, 12:23 AM   #24
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I am usually in the overkill corner when it comes to towing so I would get the 25k hitch but I would also worry could it be possibly be to hard on the camper but with the Trail air that should help.
Agree with dblr. Get the 25k hitch. I don’t think the 5k difference in ratings would mean anything as far as the camper goes. And it’ll be the last hitch you ever buy.
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Old 02-25-2020, 01:41 PM   #25
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Interesting, I learned something new today. At a $35 difference, I would get the 25k hitch.
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Old 02-25-2020, 01:46 PM   #26
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Well, its about a $200 difference, at least on etrailer, but that's the route I am going to go.
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Old 02-25-2020, 01:48 PM   #27
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Ahh, the 8’ bed version is literally $35.

https://www.etrailer.com/5w-2020_GMC...h+OEM+Prep+Pkg
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Old 02-27-2020, 03:51 PM   #28
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I am supposedly picking up the truck today; I ordered the 25K B&W Companion and a Retrax Pro cover; it looks like the 5'er probably won't arrive till mid March.

If the B&W chucks or rides rough I'll sell the pinbox and hitch and try the MORryde/BD5 combo. But I figured I'd give this set up a shot first.

Thanks for everyone's input.
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Old 02-28-2020, 12:41 AM   #29
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Old 02-28-2020, 02:25 AM   #30
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good info ... following
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Old 02-28-2020, 11:52 AM   #31
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We have the B&W Companion hitch along with a Trailair pin box and have been really happy. We drive roughly 5000 to 8000 miles a year.

Not in the market to upgrade the B&W but does anyone have both the TrailAir pin box and an air bag type receiver/hitch? Wondering if having "suspension" on both fronts would be considered over kill.
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Old 02-28-2020, 10:45 PM   #32
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...t does anyone have both the TrailAir pin box and an air bag type receiver/hitch? Wondering if having "suspension" on both fronts would be considered over kill.
We have the TrailAir that came standard on 5er and a AirSafe hitch in the long wheelbase dually. Researching, some folks felt it might be "overkill" or "unnecessary". I did not find any credible claims that it would be a bad combination.

Having not done any comparative testing, all I can say is we're very happy with how the trailer tows. Very comfortable inside the tow vehicle, very minimal chucking, trailer contents stay put, and truck/trailer feel very stable.
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Old 02-28-2020, 10:54 PM   #33
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We have the TrailAir that came standard on 5er and a AirSafe hitch in the long wheelbase dually. Researching, some folks felt it might be "overkill" or "unnecessary". I did not find any credible claims that it would be a bad combination.

Having not done any comparative testing, all I can say is we're very happy with how the trailer tows. Very comfortable inside the tow vehicle, very minimal chucking, trailer contents stay put, and truck/trailer feel very stable.
Thanks for the data point. I had read the combo might be counterproductive, but it is nice to hear from personal experience.
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Old 03-02-2020, 08:05 PM   #34
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I have the same pulling an 18k river stone, canít ask for anything better. It is smooth, quiet, and if you keep it aired up very little bounce. The hitch is solid and can be removed relatively easily. Keep the head greased and itís a great combo!
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Old 03-02-2020, 09:22 PM   #35
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Flex air pin box.

I have a 30 foot Rockwood fifth wheel and installed a Flex air ride pin box on it. I would highly recommend this unit. You can pull your fifth wheel over a speed bump and not even feel it. Fix the truck ride so much smoother And also has less wear and tear on your trailer. I would suggest calling nippard and they can direct you into Which pin box to purchase. They have two models. This is something you will not be disappointed with. Have a great day. Cheers
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Old 03-03-2020, 09:19 AM   #36
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Just curious but how much air should you put in the bladder on a TrailAir? Should you be at the top of the arrows or less
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Just curious but how much air should you put in the bladder on a TrailAir? Should you be at the top of the arrows or less
I put air in my TrailAir so the marker showed in the middle of the arrow. I then measured the air at 75lbs. I now put that much in before I hookup, as it is hard to put air when hooked up.
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Here she is:
That's a Big Boy Truck....Nice
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Old 03-03-2020, 03:57 PM   #39
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I put air in my TrailAir so the marker showed in the middle of the arrow. I then measured the air at 75lbs. I now put that much in before I hookup, as it is hard to put air when hooked up.
Thanks. To get mine to the top of the arrows it takes 135lbs of air. I just probably install a MORryde in April. Iím seeing if I can post a picture of my Silverado
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Look at the goose box Pin Box if it will fit on to your trailer. You have the puck system, so all you need is the ball and safety chain hook up. The Pin Box has air bag and 2 shocks. We pull a Cedar Creek 29RE. With this Pin Box we get no chucking and rides smooth. When you remove the parts in the bed it is flat and the parts weigh maybe 50 lbs. You can hook to the trailer at any angle if needed.
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