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Old 12-03-2018, 10:10 AM   #1
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Question for Andersen Ultimate 5th Connection Users

Friday we went to pick up our new 2019 Sandpiper. I had decided to use the Andersen ultimate fifth wheel connection. Our dealer doesn't sell them so it was up to me to install it. Putting the base in the truck is a breeze. Installing the coupler didn't go as planned. I had checked and double check that I had all the tools I needed. What I didn't notice is that my 1/4' hex head socket wasn't long enough to reach two of the Allen screws. Since it was getting dark and the dealer ship was closing I made the decision to come back on Saturday after finding a longer socket. I ended up finding a set at Home Depot and we went back in the cold and pouring rain to finish installation and bring the trailer home. I was on the last screw of the second sequence or torquing the screws to 40 ft-lbs. when I snapped the end of the socket off. After throwing a the sock and many 4 lettered works I was able to finish installation.

I ran in to one more snag that left me frustrated and the trailer at the dealer. I need to mount the handle for the locking mechanism and the supplied sheet metal screws won't really screw in to the pin box. I am going to have to return with a drill bit but I also need a good locations. For those using the same hitch where did you mount your handle?
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Old 12-03-2018, 10:51 AM   #2
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I had the original AU from early 2013, so your's may be a bit different. In the instructions that came with mine it said to snug up the 4 allen head screws on the adapter to the pinbox, I don't remember any specific torque setting. That must have been some tool that breaks at 40 ft/lbs, you did use a torque wrench?
I installed the cable mount to the underside of the trailer about 1' from the pinbox with self tapping screws where it was easy for me to reach but would never make contact with the side of the truck bed. I also drilled a small hole through the push rod and the sleeve near the pull handle and installed a small r-pin to prevent the cable from ever coming lose on it's own.
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Old 12-03-2018, 11:03 AM   #3
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I ran in to one more snag that left me frustrated and the trailer at the dealer. I need to mount the handle for the locking mechanism and the supplied sheet metal screws won't really screw in to the pin box. I am going to have to return with a drill bit but I also need a good locations. For those using the same hitch where did you mount your handle?
I just twist-tied mine on until I was ready to pick it's final point:



You can see the heavy wrap and I just hung it from the cord. There's no stress on it and I'd use 2 hands to push/pull the handle in it.
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It did break while using it with the torque wrench. Nothing but the highest quality Chinese made tools from Home Depot. I did find set of impact sockets that should be long enough and not break at less that 40 ft'lbs.

Did you mount yours to the fiberglass? I considered that option but I didn't want to risk cracking the fiberglass nose.
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I mounted ours at the seam where the front cap meets the overhang sheeting. I can provide a picture of it if you'd like.
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Old 12-03-2018, 01:35 PM   #6
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We mounted ours under the front overhang about 1 ft back from the hitch about about a foot to the driver's side.
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Old 12-03-2018, 01:41 PM   #7
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We were advised not to install on underside or camper. Have pointing towards tailgate on camper hitch.
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It did break while using it with the torque wrench. Nothing but the highest quality Chinese made tools from Home Depot. I did find set of impact sockets that should be long enough and not break at less that 40 ft'lbs.

Did you mount yours to the fiberglass? I considered that option but I didn't want to risk cracking the fiberglass nose.

Yeah, you get what you pay for I guess.
I used self tapping screws and fastened the bracket right to the fiberglass without pre-drilling. Make sure you hand tighten the screws with a screwdriver not a power tool.
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I bought mine in June of 2014 so it may be different. My connector block is fixed in place by 4 quarter inch Allen head set screws. So I tightened mine with a .25” Allen wrench, not a socket. Here’s of pic of how I installed my latch handle.
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Go buy a 6mm T-handled Allen wrenches.
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