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Old 07-30-2015, 12:33 AM   #1
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Trailair Tri-Glide hitch failure

Anyone else have issues with their Tri-glide hitch going south? We just got back from a month long, 5000 mile trip, and the lower portion of the hitch, the part that slides back and forth, has apparent broken welds; it's not supposed to hang down in the back like that. It's rated for 21,000 pounds but my 17,000 pound Voltage and terrible roads caused its demise. I'm working through Camping World to get it replaced.
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Old 07-30-2015, 12:41 AM   #2
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Ouch!

First one I've seen like that. Sorry you had the trouble, and hope CW takes care of it.
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Old 07-30-2015, 12:01 PM   #3
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My father-in-law had similar issue on this Elite Suites last year. I believe he ended up getting a new lower jaw. His was 10 years old though.
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17k & bad roads didn't cause that. Poor workmanship is to blame!! Less than two years old & failed. So I wonder where those are made China maybe.
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Old 07-30-2015, 02:43 PM   #5
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I would be afraid to tow that to CW (or anywhere)
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Kept it greased and the air pressure correct?
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I kept all 9 fittings greased. It was fine at first, real smooth operation, but then the chucking would begin and gain in intensity. It got to where I was greasing the hitch every day that we were on the road; couldn't keep grease in it once the welds failed. No issues with the air bag, that part of the hitch works great. I think that the Tri-Glide can't take the strain of that heavy trailer banging back and forth.
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Old 08-05-2015, 02:21 AM   #8
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Hmmm....

I have a Tri-Glide and a 2014 Voltage Epic 3800.

I installed a gauge at the Schrader valve for pressurizing the air bag. As someone posted that led me to install the gauge. They commented they start at 100psi when they leave home. I did that...back in May. It has lost a bit of air through 5 weeks of travel thus far and is down to 75 psi. The arrow on the Tri-Glide dampener show I'm just about at the right pressure.

But I don't have any "chucking" as we go down the road.

Can't tell you why.

I inspect the welds on mine each time I grease it and prepare to hook up.

I do have a 30K Reese hitch.

Suppose any of these make any difference?

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Hmmm....

I have a Tri-Glide and a 2014 Voltage Epic 3800.

I installed a gauge at the Schrader valve for pressurizing the air bag. As someone posted that led me to install the gauge. They commented they start at 100psi when they leave home. I did that...back in May. It has lost a bit of air through 5 weeks of travel thus far and is down to 75 psi. The arrow on the Tri-Glide dampener show I'm just about at the right pressure.

But I don't have any "chucking" as we go down the road.

Can't tell you why.

I inspect the welds on mine each time I grease it and prepare to hook up.

I do have a 30K Reese hitch.

Suppose any of these make any difference?

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I have the Tri-Glide also with a 26 K Reese Elite on my 3950. I am towing with a 2013 F350 DRW LB 4x4.

I don't have the gauge on mine. I usually start at about 100 psi and air down to 75 or 80.

I tripled up my shocks and was going to brag that I never have any chucking. I was south of Las Vegas on 515 heading to 95. Nasty section of road. I had chucking for the first time. So I'm glad I did not claim I never had chucking.

Rig tows nice. It's just (and I say it again) to darn big.
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To each his own Arlan. We like the big ol' 3800 for the layout inside. Pulls very well with the 2011 Silverado crew cab, DRW, and Highway Products bed.

We have learned to ask a lot of questions when making reservations in RV parks, and before boon docking, unload the RZR and go look at possible sites...then move the truck and trailer there. Learned that the hard way with our first toyhauler, a bumper pull.

Heading to San Diego on the 13th. Doesn't look like there is a route that doesn't go through the hot country...so it goes!!!

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