Shocker HD 20K Air Receiver Hitch (Build Your Own)

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Product Description

  • Smoother Safer Towing: Air ride towing technology with a heavy duty built in air spring to cushion the ride & absorb the road shock.
  • Built in HD Airbag: Absorbs road shock, creates smooth ride & reduces tendency to trailer sway. Dual rubber bump cushions also offer additional HD performance.
  • Air Ride Technology: Designed with a built-in air bag for a smoother towing experience. Featuring a built in height adjustment plus weight adjustable. Just add or ride air depending on the weight of your trailer and it’s contents.
  • 8 Adjustment holes: 2″ of rise to 8-1/2″ of drop – Depends on mount chosen. Adjustment for combo-ball mount is 1/2″ to 4-1/2″ drop.
  • Safety Red Powder Coat Finish: Impact Resistant Premium Powder-Coat Finish on Base Frame.
  • 20,000 lbs Heavy Duty Capacity: 20,000 lbs towing capacity and a 2,000 lbs tongue weight. (can vary by mount).
  • Combo Ball Mount Tow Rating: 2-5/16″ ball rated at 20,000 lbs & 2″ ball rated at 10,000 lbs.
  • Adjustable for Weight: Fine tune for your towing weight. Just add air for heavier loads.
  • 2 Hole Receiver Shank: Available for 2″, 2 1/2″ & 3″ receiver hitch tubes with Two hitch pin holes for length adjustability.
  • 10+ Ball Mount Options: Huge selection of ball mount adapters available from Pintle hooks, draw bars, drawbar, clevis, drop ball mounts, raise ball mounts, combo ball, pintle with ball, sway tab options and more.
  • Great for Pickups: Fits Great for Full Size Pickup Trucks & Vans, Midsize Pickups & Select SUVS (with receiver under bumper). Popular installs include GMC Sierra, Chevy Silverado, Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Dodge Ram, Ford Ranger, Maverick F150, F250, F350, F450, F550 Superduty, Toyota Tundra, Tacoma, Nissan Titan, Frontier, Honda Ridgeline & Hyundai Santa Cruz.
  • Shock Dampening Action: Effectively absorbs the jerking, tugging and damaging forces experienced with a typical hard connection when towing trailers. There is no reason to beat yourself or your equipment up with a hard connection between your trailer and your receiver hitch.
  • Provides Towing Comfort: No more jarring every time you cross a section divider. Your Shocker air hitch absorbs the thumps and bumps.
  • Simple Pivot Design: uses a rocker arm pivot design which produces a down and back motion, much different than other air hitches on the market. Our design eliminates the need for slides, parallel linkages, rollers, shock absorbers, or multiple air bags.
  • Kit includes: Complete Shocker HD air receiver hitch base frame assembly with built in 20K air bag & dual bump cushions, ball mount you choose and two d-handle ball mount hitch pins.
  • Improves Safety: By giving you improved control of your tow vehicle and trailer. The air bag receiver hitch system allows for better control of your pickup and the trailer it is towing.
  • Saves Money & Adds Life To Your Vehicle: By reducing wear and tear on driveline and frame! Treat yourself, your equipment, and your passengers to a much smoother ride. The Shocker hitch absorbs the damaging forces experienced with a typical hard connection. This greatly reduces the chances of breaking welds and doing other long term damage to your equipment as well as the valuable cargo you have inside the truck and trailer.
  • HD Air Bumper Hitch Mount Drop & Rise + Tow Rating Guide
    – Combo Ball: 0″ Rise to 4.5″ Drop | 2-5/16″ ball rated at 20,000 lbs & 2″ ball rated at 10,000 lbs.
    – Drop Ball: 4.5″ to 8.5″ Drop | 2-5/16″ ball rated at 20,000 lbs & 2″ ball rated at 10,000 lbs.
    – Raised Ball: 2″ Rise to 2″ Drop | 2-5/16″ ball rated at 20,000 lbs & 2″ ball rated at 10,000 lbs.
     Pintle Hook: 2.5″ Rise to 6.5″ Drop | 10-Ton 20,000 lbs.
    – Pintle & Ball: 2.5″ Rise to 6.5″ Drop | 8-Ton 16,000 lbs. (2″ Ball is 10,000 lbs).
    – Drawbar: 0″ Rise to 4.5″ Drop | 20,000 lbs.
    – Clevis Mount: 3.5″ Drop to 5.5″ Drop | 20,000 lbs.
    – Sway Bar Mounts: Same Rating as Like Type Mount Listing Above.
  • Safety Notice: The Shocker Hitch is a heavy duty unit that in most cases exceeds factory towing weight capacities, therefore it is imperative that you always read and follow the tongue and towing weight recommendations of the truck that is mounted on, the trailer coupler rating and the ratings of the trailer you are towing. Manufactured by Shocker Hitch® USA in Arthur, ND. Bolt on 2″ Ball is 10,000 lbs GTW & 1,000 lbs TW / Bolt on 2-5/16″ Ball is 20,000 lbs GTW & 2,000 lbs TW.
  • NOTE: This product will NOT work with a weight-distribution hitch system, if you have a w-d hitch, check out our Shocker Hitch Air Equalizer for WD Hitches.
  • What Size Receiver Hitch Do I Need? Not sure if you have a 2″, 2-1/2″ or 3″ receiver tube?  Measure inside to inside. Check out our guide on How to measure receiver hitch tube size.
  • How Much Drop or Rise Do I Need? Check out our guide to find out  how much drop or rise you need.

Instant air ride towing for your pickup & trailer with a heavy duty air suspension towing hitch. This heavy duty 20,000 lbs GTW air ride hitch gives you safer, smoother towing. Plus just add air for heavier loads. Build your own Shocker HD Air Receiver Bumper Hitch and pick your adjustable drop ball mount, combo, pintle, drawbar, raised ball or sway tab ball mount. Easily add air ride your bumper mount hitch and smooth out your trailer towing. Pick your shocker HD air base frame receiver hitch with or without a ball mount. The built in heavy-duty 20,000 lb air spring “airbag” absorbs the bumps, jerks and road shock and cushions your overall towing experience. Shocker HD air bumper hitch creates a smooth towing experience for your pickup, trailer and the contents. Take the bumps, jerks and sways out of your trailer towing. Shocker Air Hitch HD base frame includes everything except the ball mount attachment. Choose from over 10 plus sizes for ball mount attachments. Ball mount attachments are available include combo ball, drop mount, raised ball, clevis pin, cushioned drawbar, draw bar, combo with sway bar tabs, drop with sway bar tab mounts and adjustable pintle hitch hook along with pintle & ball mounts. Shocker HD air provides the ultimate smooth ride. This heavy duty shock absorbing suspension hitch with air bag is the best cushioning device on the planet. The Shocker HD Air is a miniature air suspension unit mounted between your truck and trailer. This Shocker mounts by sliding into a standard receiver tube. Fits Pickup Trucks, Vans and Select SUV’s with the receiver hitch tube mounted underneath the bumper. Manufactured by Shocker Hitch® USA in Arthur, ND.

The air spring bag sits under the receiver tube allowing a short distance of 10-inches between mounting pin and ball center. You will find the advantage of the Air Shocker is your ability to adjust air pressure for best ride and load control. Great for pickup trucks.

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Shocker HD Air Bag Receiver Hitch Video


Shocker Air Bumper Hitch Installation Instructions

The Shocker Air Bag Hitch ball mount is easy to install.  It comes complete with easy-to-understand instructions along with everything you need.  You can download the installation instructions or view the video below.

Shocker Air Installation: First you must compress the air bag. Do this by depressing the air valve and pushing down on air bag. Once the bag has been compressed, you can install the unit into the receiver tube. Next, install the hitch pin.

To Set Air: Hook up a trailer using a properly selected ball adaptor and height adjustment in order to a level trailer when loaded. Next, inflate the air bag. As air pressure increases, the unit will rotate lifting the hitch point. Install enough air to lightly compress top bushing or until bump stop clearance is approximately 1/8″.

Shocker Air Bumper Hitch Air Pressure Setting Video

Additional Set Up Notes:

  • When towing heavy trailers or trailers with high wind resistance it may be necessary to increase air pressure in the Shocker.
  • Spacer block included and may be required when using 2″ shank (see spacer block install manual below)
  • It is highly recommended that the hitch ball be greased to reduce wear and improve shocker action.

Maximum Air Pressure: Do not exceed 100 psi in the air bag, as it may damage the air bag.

Shocker Air Receiver Hitch Install Instructions

Shocker Air Hitch Install Video

Shocker 12K Original Air Hitch Diagram
Shocker 12K Original Air Hitch Diagram

Note: Always use a good hitch ball with the proper recommended tow weight.

Installation Issues

We want you to have the best possible towing experience with your product and proper installation is important. If you need help, we are here for you. Just give us a call at 701-707-2666 or use our contact us form. You can also look up the items product page on our website and view the installation tab. Most products on our website have a set-up guide and installation video.

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

How much air do I put in the Shocker Air Bumper Mount Receiver Hitch?
With your trailer hooked up to the tow vehicle, and loads positioned for transport, air up shocker until main frame rotates and lightly compresses top bushing (about 1/8″ of squeeze or pinch in the bushing). See our quick How To Set PSI in Shocker Bumper Hitch Video.

Will the Shocker Air Bumper Hitch work with Equalizer or Weight-Distribution?  If you are just use sway bars that hook to a mini ball, then yes, if you order the combo sway control ball mount attachment. If you have a equalizer or weight distribution hitch then it will not. However, check out our Air Equalizer for weight distribution hitches.  Note: If your pickup suspension can handle the weight of your trailer and doesn’t “squat” when you hook up your trailer to pickup, then you really don’t need a weight distribution hitch. A load leveling weight distribution hitch, distributes the weight between the pickup and trailer and is generally used if your pickup can’t handle the static trailer tongue weight load.

How long will it hold air? This is a sealed system that will hold air for weeks or months. If you haul the same trailer with the same load weight, it should be good for quite some time.

How long will the airbag last? Our airbags are an industrial bag and will last for years and years. They are similar to truck airbags but have been beefed up internally for our towing applications.

How strong is the center pivot bolt?  The main pivot bolt with grease zerk, or center pivot bolt, used on the shocker air bumper hitch, is a custom made 1 inch diameter 1045 medium carbon steel bolt. Strategically heat treated to prevent wear and includes a machined grease passage for easy lubrication and maintenance. It should be noted that the yield strength of the 1″ pivot bolt exceeds the two 5/8″ bolts used to hold the typical ball coupler or receiver hitch.

How do I know the Shocker Air receiver hitch will fit my truck?
We have made sure that the receiver air shocker will fit into most Ford, Chevy, GMC Dodge, Toyota, Nissan & Honda Pickups, Vans & SUV’s (SUV’s were the receiver is under the bumper). There are some clearance issues with the Chevy Envoy, Ford Explorer, some imports and service body vehicles where the body extends below the receiver tube or the receiver tube is inside the bumper.  The Shocker Air receiver hitch is available in a 2″, 2 1/2″ & 3″ shank.

How far below my pickup does the receiver air shocker hang? Five inches below bottom of receiver tube.

How often do I grease it? The grease does not just lube the pivot; it also keeps water and dirt out. You cannot over grease it, once every few months should do it.

Does the receiver air hitch work with sway bars?
Yes, it works with the friction style sway control bar, however you want to order a ball mount with sway bar tabs. See our sway bar tab ball mount attachments.

How does the Air hitch work? The Receiver air shocker is like a teeter totter. One end is an air bag, a pivot in the middle, and a ball at the other end. This gives a “pillow” effect at the ball end.

Should I tighten up the top jam nut on the receiver shocker? No. The air shocker needs at least one half inch of play to work properly.

How long do the bump cushions last? This depends on if the hitch is left on the truck year round or not. If they bump cushions become mushy, you should replace them. Typical life expectancy is 5-7 years.

How much does an Shocker Air bag receiver hitch weigh? The Receiver Air Shocker weighs 50-55 pounds


This product is back the Shocker Hitch Manufacturer Warranty and the Shocker Hitch Smooth Towing Guarantee. View our online Warranty Registration Form to register your Shocker Hitch.

Questions and answers of the customers

    Where do I buy from in Saskatchewan Canada?
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    Q Where do I buy from in Saskatchewan Canada?

    Our closes dealer to you would be in Moose Jaw at Top Gun Trailer Sales. You can check out all of our dealers on our dealer locator here.

  2. I have aftermarket air bags on my 2019 RAM 2500. Trailer Tongue weight is 900 lbs. Is it possible not to use sway bars if I use your Shocker hitch and the truck air bags? The truck does sag some currently without the stabilizer bars...
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    Q I have aftermarket air bags on my 2019 RAM 2500. Trailer Tongue weight is 900 lbs. Is it possible...... Read more

    It's possible you would be able to use our air hitch without sway control, however depending on how much your truck is sagging, you may still need to utilize a weight distribution hitch.

  4. What is the distance from center of hitch pin hole too clear rear bumper. I have an after market bumper that sticks out a little from hitch
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    Q What is the distance from center of hitch pin hole too clear rear bumper. I have an after market ...... Read more

    When measured from the furthest pin hole to the red frame, there is  5" of clearance. 

  6. I have a 2in shockerhitch and now got a new pickup with a 3inch receiver is there any way to change the receiver shaft on my old hitch
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    Q I have a 2in shockerhitch and now got a new pickup with a 3inch receiver is there any way to chan...... Read more
    A We do have replacement shanks, but the frames are different from the 2" to the 2.5" receiver, so your 2" receiver hitch would not work with your new pickup.

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Weight / Dimensions

Weight 53 lbs
Dimensions 15 × 8 × 14 in
Select Receiver Hitch Size

Fits 2" Hitch, Fits 2-1/2" Hitch, Fits 3" Hitch

Select Air Ball Mount Options

Base Frame Only w/Pins – No Ball Mount, Clevis Ball Mount 3-1/2" to 7-1/2" Drop, Combo & Sway Tabs 2" & 2-5/16" Balls 1/2" to 4-1/2" Drop, Combo Mount 2" & 2-5/16" Balls 1/2" to 4-1/2" Drop, Drawbar Cushioned Mount 1/2" to 4-1/2" Drop, Drawbar Mount 1/2" to 4-1/2" Drop, Drop & Sway Tabs & 2-5/16" Ball 4-1/2" to 8-1/2" Drop, Drop & Sway Tabs & 2" Ball 4-1/2" to 8-1/2" Drop, Drop Mount & 2-5/16" Ball 4-1/2" to 8-1/2" Drop, Drop Mount & 2" Ball 4-1/2" to 8-1/2" Drop, Pintle Hook & 2-5/16" Ball, Pintle Hook & 2" Ball, Pintle Hook 2-1/2" Rise 6-1/2" Drop, Pintle Hook Mount 0" to 4" drop, Pintle Hook Mount 2-1/2" to 6-1/2" drop, Raised 2-5/16" Ball w/ Sway Bar Tabs, Raised 2" Ball w/ Sway Bar Tabs, Raised Mount & 2-5/16" Ball 2" Rise to 2" Drop, Raised Mount & 2" Ball 2" Rise to 2" Drop, Standard Mount & 2-5/16" Ball 1/2" to 4-1/2" Drop, Standard Mount & 2" Ball 1/2" to 4-1/2" Drop

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