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Old 05-18-2016, 03:37 PM   #31
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There is so much ignorance out there about Andersen. It's no more a goose neck hitch than a traditional hitch. You can see the hitch ball and coupler from the seat of your truck. You then have to get out and lower your 5er on the ball and push in the locking pin . Can't come off. You can not drive off and leave 5er behind.
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Old 05-18-2016, 03:46 PM   #32
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There is so much ignorance out there about Andersen. It's no more a goose neck hitch than a traditional hitch. You can see the hitch ball and coupler from the seat of your truck. You then have to get out and lower your 5er on the ball and push in the locking pin . Can't come off. You can not drive off and leave 5er behind.
Sure you can... if you are distracted and either start with the pin pushed in, or don't push the pin in.... first good bump and there ya go.

And I'm not ignorant about the hitch.. actually looked at them several times. This fellow summed it up the best:

"Ignoring the need to perfectly line up a ball (unlike the forgiving 5th wheel), and the warranty issues (which Andersen has a Ultimate Out for)... if Andersen was to come out with a pin box with their interface built-in that was approved by trailer manufacturers, I'd be much more inclined to use one. As it is, I'll lift a few more pounds to remove my two-piece, purpose-built 5th wheel hitch that has a higher rating than the Andersen Ultimate.

If it was indeed the perfection that some believe it is, Andersen would be putting a pin box out there with their interface in it (no "pin" in it, just a hole for their ball), and if it's that good manufacturers would be installing them left and right. The 5th Wheel pin would be gone in short order. Why haven't they done that?"
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Old 05-18-2016, 04:15 PM   #33
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...A bed saver IMOA is $wasted if you follow the procedure.
A little insurance for a mechanical device. I have one and it is/has never hindered hitching or unhitching. FYI, ALL mechanical devices have be known to fail due to a material defect(s). Also FYI, not all bed damage is due to operator error.
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Old 05-18-2016, 04:17 PM   #34
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I have a butch's deal and you have to open the pin to see the jaws...one more thing. You have to remember to open butch's deal first. Ask me how I know.
Why would you put the Butch's pin back in after unhitching?
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Old 05-18-2016, 04:25 PM   #35
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I'm told I need model BXR4101. I did a site search and it looks like they might have it. Keep your fingers crossed.
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Old 05-18-2016, 05:42 PM   #36
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Two years ago, I bought a brand new Ram 3500 with a new Reese hitch and a new 5th wheel. After one or two trips, the retaining spring for the jaws failed and left the jaws looking like they were locked. Thankfully, I sensed something was wrong with the locking handle, which didn't go in the last quarter of an inch. Reese dealt with it tongue in cheek. It could have been a disaster! So, I immediately purchased a Blue Ox bedsaver. Within less than a year, I moved to a Class A. It is model BXR4100 which says that it is for 14-16K sliders. I can't tell the difference between that and a BXR4101 except that the 4101 says it is for 4-16K slider (go figure). I bought it for $264. I'm asking $165 but would take any reasonable offer. (SW Ohio). Look for post id: 5591492213 on Dayton.craigslist.org
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If you had the Andersen Ultimate, that would be one more thing you wouldn't have to worry about.
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Had a good laugh at the post that said basically if they were so great all the manufacturers would be adapting their pins to accept it. It takes 5 min to put the adapter on why would they bother?
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Sure you can... if you are distracted and either start with the pin pushed in, or don't push the pin in.... first good bump and there ya go.

And I'm not ignorant about the hitch.. actually looked at them several times. This fellow summed it up the best:

"Ignoring the need to perfectly line up a ball (unlike the forgiving 5th wheel), and the warranty issues (which Andersen has a Ultimate Out for)... if Andersen was to come out with a pin box with their interface built-in that was approved by trailer manufacturers, I'd be much more inclined to use one. As it is, I'll lift a few more pounds to remove my two-piece, purpose-built 5th wheel hitch that has a higher rating than the Andersen Ultimate.

If it was indeed the perfection that some believe it is, Andersen would be putting a pin box out there with their interface in it (no "pin" in it, just a hole for their ball), and if it's that good manufacturers would be installing them left and right. The 5th Wheel pin would be gone in short order. Why haven't they done that?"
If I may be so bold you should not be distracted when hooking up any 5th wheel hitch. If you are, double check everything, your life and others depend on it being done properly.
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