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Got a Trailer Saver Fifth wheel hitch. What a difference in the ride. Anyone else?
 
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Old 05-23-2019, 04:54 PM
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Yes. I have one and it really smooths out the towing experience.
 
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I have the BD5. I absolutely love it.
 
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My F450 is as smooth, maybe smoother, when pulling my 15.5k fifth wheel on my rigid B&W companion hitch. The only time it wasn't smoother was when there was some play in the hitch mount. From an engineering perspective, it seems to me that a rigid hitch would make it rougher for the trailer, but smoother in the truck.

Why? When I'm towing, I'm sitting on my very stiff overloads. If I hit a bump, they will press upwards very hard. With a rigid hitch, the inertia of both the truck and pin weight resist this force, resulting in less jolt. With suspension in the hitch, the trailer will move (jolt) less, so the truck will jolt more.

I know that some love suspension hitches, so I might be missing something here. (Or trailer ride is given a priority over truck ride maybe?)
 
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Guess it depends on which part jolts and whether you won't get overlaying motions. What you're saying is only the first part of events: When your truck hits a bump, the hitch will have an upward movement, pushing the trailer up, then - after the bump - pulling the pin downwards, but then the trailer will hit the bump also, jerking at the hitch, maybe even at the same time? Would be interesting to watch this in slow motion. For me the suspension on the hitch (could also be on the pin) makes sense, the question is whether it adds to complexity.
 
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Last year we came back from Florida on rough roads. Had $900 in damage to fifth wheel. Broken screws in front and rear. Now watch rig float after truck hits bad portion of road. Things stay in place in rig.
 
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Last year we came back from Florida on rough roads. Had $900 in damage to fifth wheel. Broken screws in front and rear. Now watch rig float after truck hits bad portion of road. Things stay in place in rig.
I would certainly expect a suspension hitch to make the front of the trailer ride smoother. It just seems like it'd make the back of the truck ride rougher to me.
 
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I think it the sudden jars that donít happen now, helps a lot. As it is a gradual up and down motion, not jarring the rig
 
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love the Trailer Saver BD5




This my 3rd 5th wheel hitch, I will never go back something less. I really believe this hitch changed the wear and tear on our 5th wheels. Our older DRV was light compared to the LUXE but we noticed on the first pull that there was a difference. The clothes on the shelves in closet stay in place. With our new LUXE and its 4000-4300LB pin weight and rough roads are no match for this hitch. Almost nothing shifts inside our 5th wheel when move, and we move quite often about every 2-3 weeks. It is an expensive hitch so it might not be worth it for everyone but if you want one but on the fence, I say go ahead jump over and get it. oh and BD5 version fits into the ford puck system.
 

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