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Old 11-02-2015, 02:31 PM   #11
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I had this issue. The simplest answer is the Andersen Aluminum Ultimate Fifth Wheel hitch. I've had mind now for about 12000 miles of towing and it does everything they say and the tow experience has been great. This hitch ships in a UPS box to your house and only weighs 32#. Not only can you install it yourself, it's a breeze to put in and take out of the truck. Here's a link to a Youtube I created that shows what's in the box and a little of what it looks like in the truck. Feel free to laugh at my really poor speaking skill. .

If you want to see the hitch in action, this vendor video is much better than what I put together.
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Old 11-02-2015, 04:16 PM   #12
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I have had the Andersen hitch for this past summer and love the hitch. Towed all over the northeast and have had no issues. I have no idea why people use all of these expensive parts to tow when this hitch is available. Also helps with the weight of the hitch being so low. Easy to put in and out and a lot less weight to have in your truck. It can tow 24000 pounds with 4500 tongue weight. This is a great hitch.Click image for larger version

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Old 11-02-2015, 04:23 PM   #13
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My dealer told me a gooseneck would void the Forest River warranty. The shop at the dealership where I bought my 5th wheel also told me the front cabinets will often pull away from the wall when using a gooseneck.
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Old 11-02-2015, 04:51 PM   #14
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lost my 5er in South Dakota last spring , 60 mph micro burst cross wind . Had an Anderson ranch hitch ( no such thing as a guarantee) , Basically snapped at the ball. Now have the B&W Companion. MUCH more stable....ranch hitch will void your warranty on the trailer frame..... Totaled the Sanibel and $8000 damage to truck. No more ranch hitches for me
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Old 11-02-2015, 04:57 PM   #15
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My dealer told me a gooseneck would void the Forest River warranty. The shop at the dealership where I bought my 5th wheel also told me the front cabinets will often pull away from the wall when using a gooseneck.
My dealer sold and installed mine. I did it that way so nobody could say "oh,you modifyed the frame". The dealer called Lippert and got an OK on it.Lippert says they have tested them and they are fine,last I heard lippert bought the manufacturing rights for them as well.
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Old 11-02-2015, 06:24 PM   #16
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The Reese "Goose Box" Is endorsed by Lippert, and does not void my 5th wheel frame warranty, as per Forest River.
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:09 PM   #17
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I use a gooseneck that was installed by the dealer on my Prime Time 315.
Just ordered this reese one with the offset. Never had a problem and like the extra room in the bed and not having to pull the fifth wheel hitch out when not in use. Used the normal 5th wheel hitch on my two previous fivers but thought I would try this after seeing so many people using gooses.

Convert-A-Ball C5GX1216 Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter With 7-1/2" Offset
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Old 11-03-2015, 06:09 PM   #18
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Look at the Andersen Hitch!!!
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Old 11-03-2015, 07:03 PM   #19
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lost my 5er in South Dakota last spring , 60 mph micro burst cross wind . Had an Anderson ranch hitch ( no such thing as a guarantee) , Basically snapped at the ball. Now have the B&W Companion. MUCH more stable....ranch hitch will void your warranty on the trailer frame..... Totaled the Sanibel and $8000 damage to truck. No more ranch hitches for me
Was it a "Ranch Hand" or an "Ultimate Fifth". They are very different.
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Old 11-03-2015, 07:50 PM   #20
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Only thing I can add is about the hitching up. Having towed both fivers and gooses, I can say the fiver is much easier to hook up to. I can see the hitch as I back up to it and hit it first try. With a gooseneck ball so deep in the bed, I can't see it and i have to get out and check location several times until I'm centered under the hitch. Just a thought.
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