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Old 06-26-2014, 04:25 PM   #1
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Opinions on the Andersen Ultimate fifth wheel

I recently ordered an XLR Viper 345v14 so it's a pretty big trailer. I am looking at buying an Anderson fifth wheel set up and putting the b&w turn over gooseneck hitch on my truck. Does any one pull with this set up. If not what do you use. I have just bought a goose neck flat bed so I do need something I can pull in and out when I haul the coach. Any thoughts?


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Old 06-26-2014, 04:47 PM   #2
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B&W has a fantastic fifth wheel hitch that is generally easy to install and remove. This is what I use.

That said, the folks who are using the Anderson seem to love it. Folks who don't have a litany of reasons why they think it's a bad idea.

My main issue with it- being a gooseneck, I think it would be a hassle hooking up the chains (this is likely more an issue with a regular pickup truck bed vs. a flatbed).

I will say, I would recommend contacting XLR and the frame manufacturer to make sure you're not voiding any warranty support by using it. A lot of times people quote that your frame warranty will be void if you pull a fifth wheel with a gooseneck hitch. Don't know if it is true, but I've read it enough that I'd check it out for myself.
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Old 06-27-2014, 05:41 PM   #3
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What do you mean about the gooseneck. I am tracking that I cannot mount a ball coupler to the trailer and straight to a goose neck ball. But it is my understanding that the Anderson in no way shape or form is a gooseneck. It just attaches it's base to the goose neck ball. The rest of the operation is just a different approach to the standard fifth wheel. What are the disadvantages of the Anderson?


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Old 07-01-2014, 01:22 PM   #4
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I went to the Anderson after having a Reese slider hitch. I am pulling a xlr 300x14. I love my anderson. It's so easy to put in and take out of my truck and easy to store in my garage. I actually hang it on the wall when not is use. I don't experience as much bucking and clanking going down the road and it really nice not having to slide the hitch when backing into tight spots. I highly recommend the Anderson.


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Old 07-01-2014, 01:37 PM   #5
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I just watched the anderson video, i really like the concept should of went that route instead of the superglide
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:37 AM   #6
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Good unit. I have towed a 2006 forest river f37 three times now with no issues. Make sure to retighten the bolts before you tow and follow the instructions. The truck had a goose ball in it when I bought it so I didn't want to remove it and drill more holes in the frame for a standard 5th wheel hitch. It was relatively cheaper than the alternatives and works great. Total weight for the trailer is about 11,000 lbs loaded. I have never towed with a traditional 5th wheel hitch so I can't really compare the two except for the price difference. This is my first 5th wheel ever so I don't know much about hitches but it was simple to install and I get to keep my truck bed when not in use. Hope this helps.


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Old 07-02-2014, 05:13 PM   #7
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Thank you all for your insight. Where did you all buy your hitch from? I have seen the prices range from$440-$550 shipped for the gooseneck compatible version.


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Old 07-02-2014, 06:19 PM   #8
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I ordered my Anderson Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection - 3225 through Amazon
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It cost me $439.99.

I was pleased with the whole "deal"; I am happy with the hitch although I haven't been able to use it much. My new trailer has never left the lot. Service is trying to correct an "issue" with a slide-out.
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:35 PM   #9
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I bought mine at a local rv dealer for $499.99. Check around the local guys some may stock them.


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Old 07-02-2014, 06:38 PM   #10
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Love it;
I do not want another 5th wheel hitch again ever. To make hitching easier I place a pencil magnet on the front of the hitch and I also drilled a hole through the lock handle and secured it with a cotter pin. Send me a PM if you're interested in pictures.
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