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What is the straight scoop on the need for a special hitch for towing a TT with HDT. I have been towing my TT with a 2000 F350. Its suspension is pretty stiff. I have towed my TT for a few miles with my HDT. The TT actually appears to tow better with the HDT based in my view through the back up camera. No issues with stuff inside moving any more than previously. It is a light weight with a dry weight of about 5600#. As our move to a fifth wheel and full time,  will likely not happen soon, due to our home not selling, is there real need for a hitch with a spring mechanism?

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I use an AirSafe hitch. Being air sprung it is adjustable for weight within its design range. They have different rated models.

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Are going to use an air hitch on your HDT for your fifth wheel? If the answer is yes, then I think you understand some of the issues. It's not just stuff moving inside, its all the bouncing and abuse that the walls, cabinets and body receive.

Our trailers are too light to get the benefit of the HDT's air suspension. I just love looking at my hitch camera as I drive down the road and watch my fifth wheel floating over the bumps in the road. I even own an airsafe hitch just in case I ever tow someone else's bumper pull trailer. Why beat my trailer to death when I don't have to?

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AirSafe mentions on their website that the receiver models perform best when carrying about 75% of their rated tongue capacity. 

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If Air Safe still sells the 4-bag model shaped like an "H" I had bad experience w/that. I think they changed hands since then.

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Chuck - the OP - is asking about trailers hitched by a ball or pintle connection at the rear of the truck also known as “travel trailers”, “bumper tow”, “tag hitched”, “receiver hitched”,  utility, boat, enclosed, cargo, flat deck, dump trailer, car hauler, horse trailer, stock trailer, 

but not asking about 

“gooseneck” or “fifth wheel”

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20 hours ago, Chuck said:

 As our move to a fifth wheel and full time,  will likely not happen soon, due to our home not selling, is there real need for a hitch with a spring mechanism?

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Chuck's last question is about the need for a fifth wheel hitch with a spring mechanism. 

My answer is an unequivocal YES.  We had a Reese solid mount hitch on our fiver with a TrailAir pin box (single airbag) that worked well.  When we lost our trailer to fire the replacement trailer came with a solid pin box.  We pulled about 2,000 miles with no air springs between the truck and trailer. The shock to the trailer was obvious with overhead light covers thrown off and multiple displaced items inside.  We then swapped out the Reese hitch with a twin airbag TSLB.  The improvement was immediately obvious inside the trailer and I am sure to all the trailer joints.  We have first-hand experience with both.  If you value your trailer, do not pull a fifth wheel RV without a spring mechanism between the trailer and truck - period.   Think of it like this:  If you spend all day walking and standing (pounding) a concrete floor with leather sole shoes and no shock support insoles how do your joints and back feel at the end of the day?   That same type of pounding will cause damage to your trailer's joints as well.

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Thank you all for the input. Definitely will be making a change before the next outting. Trending toward the Gen Y. Probably the 1224. 

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