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Old 02-19-2016, 11:18 PM   #11
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The Andersen Ultimate won't slide at all. It's fixed. I have a 6.5' bed and don't need a slider especially due to the rounded front corners on my trailer.


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Old 02-20-2016, 08:50 AM   #12
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Awesome hitch! Thanks for that info. I've seen those from time to time buy never got to talk to the owners. I'll definitely keep that in mind.
I gave you my pitch on the Hensley thinking you were into a large fifth wheel. I should have looked the Rockwood you referred to up. I am not a proponent of the Anderson for a fifth wheel travel trailer even still. Yes - I have looked at them even before I purchased the BD3. I'm not saying it's a bad hitch within its intended use. Around a farm would be a great hitch, but for long hauls and full timing in your fifth wheel, it has much to be desired. No anti chucking - and a large fifth wheel can really beat a truck up without that. Also, undo stress can be caused on the trailer pin box and frame. It really depends on your travel plans and usage for the quality of hitch you purchase. Just a weekend 200 miles away - maybe the Andersen - anymore than that - nah - go get a real fifth wheel hitch. I had a Curt for several years. After major pin box repairs and thousands of uncomfortable chucking miles we went all the way. Save your truck - save your trailer. http://hensleymfg.com/hensley-trailersaver-air-ride-5th-wheel-hitches/ If you want more input from other full timers go to Jack Mayers web site jackdanmayer.com - lot of good info there. There is much more to say on this than what can be said here, but your doing the right thing to check out other hitches. If you are doing serious traveling I would go with a serious traveling built hitch.
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I gave you my pitch on the Hensley thinking you were into a large fifth wheel. I should have looked the Rockwood you referred to up. I am not a proponent of the Anderson for a fifth wheel travel trailer even still. Yes - I have looked at them even before I purchased the BD3. I'm not saying it's a bad hitch within its intended use. Around a farm would be a great hitch, but for long hauls and full timing in your fifth wheel, it has much to be desired. No anti chucking - and a large fifth wheel can really beat a truck up without that. Also, undo stress can be caused on the trailer pin box and frame. It really depends on your travel plans and usage for the quality of hitch you purchase. Just a weekend 200 miles away - maybe the Andersen - anymore than that - nah - go get a real fifth wheel hitch. I had a Curt for several years. After major pin box repairs and thousands of uncomfortable chucking miles we went all the way. Save your truck - save your trailer. http://hensleymfg.com/hensley-trailersaver-air-ride-5th-wheel-hitches/ If you want more input from other full timers go to Jack Mayers web site jackdanmayer.com - lot of good info there. There is much more to say on this than what can be said here, but your doing the right thing to check out other hitches. If you are doing serious traveling I would go with a serious traveling built hitch.
Wow...Great review of a hitch you don't have or use. The farm use reference was really useful. I'm glad your hitch works great for you. My Andersen works fine including long multi state travel. Stick with comments regarding equipment you actually have and use.
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Old 02-20-2016, 10:39 AM   #14
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The Andersen Ultimate hitch has absolutely NO CHUCKING. It doesn't need anti-chucking anything. A round ball fits in a round hole. It has no ability to move forward/backward/side-to-side in that hole. NO CHUCKING.
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Since we are talking Andersen, can anyone tell me if states like California require you to use safety chains since it isn't considered a true fifth wheel hitch?
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Since we are talking Andersen, can anyone tell me if states like California require you to use safety chains since it isn't considered a true fifth wheel hitch?
There are no "states like California"!

I couldn't find credible information on requirements for a state like Texas... so I paid $65+ for a set of chains from Andersen to keep from having the 'are required'/'are not required' discussion with a trooper on the side of the highway - in any one of several states in which I might be towing.
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Mr.Dan,

Thanks for the reply, I have been towing with a Reese 16k pro and not happy with the noise and wear from chucking. I just saw the Anderson and interested in the comments here. I just don't care for the idea of getting in the truck bed everytime to hook or unhook chains.
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Depending on my TV/TT alignment, I can sometimes reach my hook loops over the tailgate. Most times, I step on a TV tire and up into the bed. I've been told here that a dual rear tire TV makes that move harder.
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Appreciate your input, not sure what I am going to do. I had come to the decision that I would go with a Curt Q20 until I found that they are made in China.
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I can now weigh in on the Andersen. I used it for the first time Saturday to pick up our new trailer and was very pleased.

I have the rail mount, and it was a little difficult to install at first. I think that was mostly due to it being a perfect fit and getting all four tabs in at the same time was difficult. I used a file to put a small radius on the tabs of the hitch and the slots of the rails. Now it goes in and out smooth.

The adapter box was a simple install, including routing the cable and securing it.

I experienced no "chucking", rattling, banging, etc on the 90 mile drive home. The hitch provided plenty of range for backing into my relatively steep upper driveway off of a normal width two lane road.

Hooking up / unhooking was a simple as you would expect. Back it under the cup and lower the landing gear. Push the cable handle and twist. Connect electrical plug. After I was home, I pulled the cable, raised the trailer, disconnected plug and drove out. I don't have the safety chains, but will add them before we take it camping.

I have the standard Lipert pin box (no shocks or springs) and after towing it have no desire to change it.

This was pulling a 1360 lb fifth wheel with my 2500hd.

Weights before and after...
Front - 3920 (I don't think they waited for me to get back in the truck here)
Rear - 2900

Front - 4180
Rear - 5420
Trailer - 10860

I'm happy with the Andersen.


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