First off…this is not a bash on Pullrite Hitches….we’ve had ours for around 8 years on three different 5th wh’s and it performed flawlessly…just as advertised…never had a moments concern about making any turn but taking it in & out of the bed was a major hassle…at least I had reduced it to a one man job by using a “cherry picker” that slid in my 2” receiver which allowed me to lift it out onto a dolley/wheel barrow for storage purposes but even that was quite an event.
Started researching the Andersen about 3 months ago and had no qualms about it other than turn clearances …not a lotta info out there….what made it more unnerving was I never paid attention to my turns before (especially backing) so had no idea if I ever approached a 90 turn or not…anyway installed the Andersen then went to pick up trailer at dealer (they had done some warranty work on it)…installed the Andersen kingpin adapter and hitched the trailer up…no issues though if you order one with the “ball funnel adapter” you’ll need the extended ¼” allen wrench to tighten the front set screws.
When we pulled out of the lot…I purposely turned way sharper than needed just to get an idea on the clearance (DW watched from outside to stop me if it got to close) probably was pushing a 60-65 degree turn…had at least 15” of remaining clearance. So off we go on to the interstate running about 65….it was definitely a different sensation but something I can’t describe…I expected a little more side to side (rocking motion) movement particularly when semi’s would pass but that never occurred…drove about 30 miles to a rest stop to recheck the kingpin adapter bolts as they suggest…everything was fine.
Got back to the ranch where we keep it and started backing in…of course went real slow and continually monitored clearance…trailer never got closer than 8” to cab…probably at least an 80 degree turn. So it appears shouldn’t have any issues during normal operations….may have to pay more attention if uneven terrain is encountered but so far we never have. We used the standard goose ball on this short trip (80 miles) but I had also purchased the 4” offset goose ball for “just in case”. Still debating on whether or not to use that one instead just for a little more piece of mind but have no idea if it would affect the towing by shifting more weight to the rear.
All in all the hitch worked as advertised..we encountered an accident that necessitated diverting traffic thru an old subdivision with a lot of tight turns and narrow streets to get us back to the main road…..never heard a squeak or clunk from the hitch the whole time.