My involvement with energy absorbing hitches started in 1998 when I purchased my first medium duty truck. It was my intention as it was many other RVers to be safer on the road because of the increased braking and handling capacity. Most all of us were towing 40 ft. or longer RVs. At that time there was nothing in the 1 ton vehicle capacities that compared to the MDTs. On my first trip I realized I have solved one problem but created another. That other one was how the RV rode with the heavy duty suspension of the MDT. It was not uncommon to find the TV hanging out of the cabinet by the wires (we had a rear living room). It was soon apparent another more serious problem began occuring, which was the pin box was breaking loose from the trailer frame. All of us who owned an MDT was looking for a solution and the first solution was the advent of an air ride hitch. I among others purchased one. But again I solved one problem to create another.

The trailer ride improved considerably but the ride in the tow vehicle was intolerable with the back and forth jerking . In examining the construction of the hitch and the design I soon realized the jerking in the tow vehicle was a direct result of the design of the hitch. We set about to redesign the hitch but soon realized there was no redesigning it so we started from scratch and designed a completely different style of hitch. We named it “The Trailer Saver.” It used air springs for the suspension and with the MDTs it worked great. However, for the 2500 and 3500 trucks that design was not the best. In 2003 I sold the company and had no involvement in the hitch industry for 8 years. Then I discovered a new product called “closed cell urethane”. This product was designed as an overload device for vehicles with a constant load, like a snow plow. Long story short I started experimenting with this new device and now some 6 years later and several designs later we have the latest generation of an “air cell” energy absorbing hitch called the “Badger Hitch” which works great on all vehicles.