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Old 06-15-2015, 02:16 PM
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I have no affiliation with this company other than as a customer. But I bought one of these and wanted to relay my experience.

My wife easily gets seriously motion sick (can last for weeks), and towing the boat is problematic for that. I have a 1984 Boston Whaler Outrage 25 with twin Optimax 150s on a galvanized trailer. Loaded it is about 7,500 lbs with about 700 lbs on the tongue. I tow with a 2012 Suburban 1500, on which I've replaced the rear coil springs with Hellwig airbags. I also have an Equalizer weight distributing hitch. I already replaced the leaf springs with Dexter torsion axles and have balanced quality 16" truck tires on the tandem axles.

This is the unit I bought.
http://airsafehitch.com/category/air...vers/class-vi/
I went with the Class VI as it adds shock absorbers to the air spring that is present in all of them. The core of it is an air spring, and then the side bars become a 4-bar linkage. There is a weight distribution adapter that attaches with 4 bolts, and then the head from my Equalizer attaches to that.

I ended up using 40 psi to balance my tongue weight. The unit completely eliminates the kick that you get when a trailer hits a sizable bump. I ended up cranking up the tension on the Equalizers to put more weight back on the front end, as I could do that without shaking the whole car due to the tight bars transmitting too much shock from the trailer. It is really weird to hit a bump with the tow vehicle, expect to feel the kick from the trailer, and simply not feel it. I found it made the ride much more pleasant.

I am very pleased with the unit. Other than cost (which is a lot), the other downside is the unit is quite heavy.

We just got back from a 350 mile return trip from Morehead City yesterday using it.
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I have firestone air bags on my truck. I wonder if it will make a difference??
Old 06-15-2015, 03:15 PM
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GB Dude, this hitch serves to isolate the tow vehicle and trailer suspensions. It does not increase your ability to carry weight, but it more just separates the suspensions so you don't get the trailer kick into the tow vehicle.

There are some YouTube videos on the website that may give you a better understanding of it.
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Kinda sorta like a cushioned drawbar.
But the vertical forces are cushioned and dampened instead of the lateral forces.

I hope if some joker lets the air out it does not damage the airbag.
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double07, if there is no air it just becomes rigid - no damage

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