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post #1 of 33 Old 08-04-2010, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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TrailAir Air pin rocks!

Been eyeballing one of these for a long time. Finally decided to just do it and buy one....

I dragged the trailer into work today so I could use the forklift to install the new pin. here we go!

I put the trailair box together yesterday on a pallet. Took about 15 minutes to get it all put together.



Off with the old-n-busted


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The stock pin weighs about 30 pounds and the trail air weighs about 175 pounds!! I am amazed at how wimpy the stock pin is!

The fork lift was a life saver!! I dont know how we could have man handled the trailair up there without it! Also the 5 foot pipe cheater bar saved my butt too!

I drove up and down the road just to make sure it was all on ok before I leave to head home this evening. So far in the 10 miles I put on it, I am shocked at how much better the ride is! I hit some railroad tracks and the truck bounced over them like it usually does and then I look in the mirror and watch the trailer hit the tracks and see the pin move and did not feel hardly anythying in the truck!

Ill post up when I get home and let you all know how the ride home went.

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On my test drive it felt a bit stiff so I let some air out of the pin thinking it would soften the ride. I think that was a bad thing. I felt a bunch of jerking all the way home. I called trail air and told them what happened and they said to add more air and try again. I hope to take it for a ride this weekend and see what happens with more air.

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Picked up the trailer this weekend and drove around with it playing with the air pressure in the pin and on the truck air bags. I came up with a nice ride at 29 psi in the truck bags and 79 in the pin. Its amazing how much different the ride is with just a little less or a little more air in the pin. 79 rode like a dream! 81 or 77 rode like crap!

Over all this thing is sweet!!! you can hardly feel the trailer back there! It also really smooths out the start and stop. I use to feel a jerk when the trailer slid forward when hitting the brakes or it sliding back when I took off. Now there is little to no jerk. I really like this thing!

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Nice piece.

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Picked up the trailer this weekend and drove around with it playing with the air pressure in the pin and on the truck air bags. I came up with a nice ride at 29 psi in the truck bags and 79 in the pin. Its amazing how much different the ride is with just a little less or a little more air in the pin. 79 rode like a dream! 81 or 77 rode like crap!

Over all this thing is sweet!!! you can hardly feel the trailer back there! It also really smooths out the start and stop. I use to feel a jerk when the trailer slid forward when hitting the brakes or it sliding back when I took off. Now there is little to no jerk. I really like this thing!
How much do those cost those?
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Tweetys had the best price at 800 with free shipping. It came in 2 boxes. One was 100 pounds and the other was 80. So of that 800 150 is shipping!

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Those are a nice hitch. I have one on our wagon. I shot some vid of it after I added a gooseneck adapter pulls like a dream now.

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Picked up the trailer this weekend and drove around with it playing with the air pressure in the pin and on the truck air bags. I came up with a nice ride at 29 psi in the truck bags and 79 in the pin. Its amazing how much different the ride is with just a little less or a little more air in the pin. 79 rode like a dream! 81 or 77 rode like crap!

Over all this thing is sweet!!! you can hardly feel the trailer back there! It also really smooths out the start and stop. I use to feel a jerk when the trailer slid forward when hitting the brakes or it sliding back when I took off. Now there is little to no jerk. I really like this thing!

Looks like a great set up
My 5th tows great-but I do feel the jerk when stopping and starting-but really feel that up forward shake when on concrete highways
How's it do on that?
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You still feel some but it is way better. I have not taken a trip since I installed it. We are going out in a week and I should cover 250 miles so that will be the first real test!

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Looks like a great set up
My 5th tows great-but I do feel the jerk when stopping and starting-but really feel that up forward shake when on concrete highways
How's it do on that?
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I looked very closely at 3 or 4 of the most popular pin boxes. Really could not find much in the way of reviews on the web, especially to compare types. What I wanted to reduce/eliminate was the front to back "chucking" that was especially noticeable on concrete roads. After some thought I decided the Mor/Ryde style box would best absorb the front to back movement. After all, the trucks suspension is there to absorb the up and down.

All I can say is that anyone that wants to reduce the "chucking" should buy one of the aftermarket pin boxes! I am sure the air ride types help also, my direct experience is only with the Mor/Ryde. After spending the money to buy a tow vehicle and the RV, $500 or so for the pin box is easily worth the money and more! Dramatic difference in smoothness while towing. I can drive all day with no discomfort from the chucking. Before that would not be the case. I do have air bags on my truck ( originally to level the headlights ) and I found that a certain amount of pressure in them ( 27 psi unladen ) really helped the ride as far as the dips as you approach or exit a bridge or dip in the road. In that respect it sounds a lot like the air bag pin boxes mentioned earlier. If I ever order an RV I will be sure to get an aftermarket style pin box. One of the best investments you'll make for towing.

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