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Air ride hitch vs Air ride pin box


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I have a 96 Freightliner FLD. I have a good B&W 20k companion hitch on the bed. Been reading about damage to the camper frame and an air hitch will resolve the problem. I am looking at an air ride hitch pin (used) that will fit my trailer. Question is, Is a hitch pin as good as an air hitch for an 18k trailer? What should I look for?

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IMHO, it is not as good. My air hitch (Air Safe) has both up & down like the pin box. BUT- the twisting force that can be present when negotiating uneven terrain makes a tilting hitch much better. Maybe there's a tilting pin box out there, but I've never heard of one. Your FLD frame isn't going to give AT ALL if the trailer twists, like going out of a fuel stop w/ high curb. A dually pickup isn't as meaty & will absorb that. Next weakest link is.........

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I ran a B&W companion with a TrailAir hitch for a while and it is a good combo. The B&W DOES have a tilting hitch so no problem there. My current setup is a TrailerSaver with a MORryde hitch instead of the old combo because the Companion wasn't rated for our current fiver.I would take the TrailAir pin with that B&W any day of the week over a solid setup on a MDT or a HDT as long as the weight limits will work with your fiver.

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All air pin boxes I know of extend out form the pin box mount. If your unit has a straight down box I would be concerned about overloading it with the air pin. My Teton has a straight down box and that was my reason for an air hitch. I would call the manufacturer and ask before I l put an air pin on. I didn't have that option.

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