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Old 09-27-2018, 06:47 PM   #1
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Does any one have the Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection Hitch for there 5th wheel ? if so any comments on it
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I've been using it for over 4 years now and truly love how it performs. At 35#, 4500 hitch weight, and 24K tow it has great capacity. It can be stored in the camper storage area without any problems. It feels like an articulating machine and seems to lock the camper to the tow vehicle solid. I've used it in a Tundra, 2500 Duramax and now on my 3500 Duramax and on 3 different campers. Rock solid experience and very pleased with the performance. Ironically note that I changed tow vehicles and campers but am still using the same Andersen Ultimate. HooRa because this is by far the best most useful purchase I have made since starting this exciting venture.

Do a search on the Andersen on this forum and you'll be reading for quite awhile.

Note: You cannot use this hitch with any swing style pinbox.

Make sure you purchase a torque wrench and follow instructions for tightening. I have found that doing an initial tightening without the trailer then connecting, loosening and retightening to correct ft. lbs. works well and ensures your connection is tight to the bed when the trailer is sitting on the Andersen.
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I had one for 5 years to tow trailers between 18,000lbs and 21,000lbs and have nothing negative to report. My favorite was probably the vertically adjustable ball, some owners complain about the rather large footprint compared to the B&W hitch but I thinks that's overrated as there is room to slide stuff under and through the hitch frame.
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Had one for two years now... love it.
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X4! Had a Curt 16k roller for a little while and that thing was so heavy the it never got removed. It was a pain and always in the way. It takes me about 5 minutes total to remove the Andersen and I can pick it up with one hand and tote it around.

As said above, it's also rock solid when towing.
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Does any one have the Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection Hitch for there 5th wheel ? if so any comments on it
There are several threads on this hitch. See this one (and it points to another):
http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...er-159856.html


... and another: http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...es-152250.html


Do a search for "ultimate" and you'll get several (plus other unrelated threads but you can process through them).
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Had one for a year. Like it a lot. I do not know a difference.

Personnel at the company are very service orientated.

We aare using it with a short bed Ram. Plenty of turning ability.
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I have one I use with my Cedar Creek 29. My son tows his Big Horn 35 with one and my Son-in-law tows a 45ft XLR with one. No problems, easy to use, easy to adjust, and easy to carry!
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A fellow camper here on the forum has a web page and he has done a comparison of the Anderson to the B & W Companion.

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A fellow camper here on the forum has a web page and he has done a comparison of the Anderson to the B & W Companion.

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This is what my Andersen Hitch did to my truck bed Click image for larger version

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Yes I've had mine for two years now. Absolutely love it.
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This is what my Andersen Hitch did to my truck bed Click image for larger version

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This is what my Andersen Hitch did to my truck bed Attachment 187904
Ouch! That's not good. Did you contact their support group? I would love to hear what they have to say about that.
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This is what my Andersen Hitch did to my truck bed Attachment 187884
I bought the GMC rubber mat that fits my 2015 2500HD and it kept me from ever getting the indents pictured. The mat costs about $60. Its quite heavy duty at about 5/8" thickbut is still easy to remove for cleaning. I've now had the Ultimate for 3 years and 34,000 tow miles. Its been great. By the way, my current 12000# 5er has a Mor/Ryde RPB and though the Anderson was a great pull before, its even better now.
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During all the research I've been doing on the Andersen and the B&W Companion (my final 2 choices) I found this:
https://www.etrailer.com/question-193551.html

Evidently on the newer GM trucks the bed is slightly higher in the front. Because both of these hitches secure directly to the gooseneck which is attached to the frame, there will be a slight disparity to the bed floor when torqued down.

I hadn't thought about putting a mat down to allow some compression, but I think I prefer that over what etrailer is recommending. Thx hbillsmith!
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Sounds like Anderson needs to come out with some kind of cushioning fix to work with the hitch.
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I towed my 20,000 lb 5ver for years with the Andersen Ultimate with zero problems. No bed dent either. I did have a rubber mat on the bed though. But, even if I did have a bed dent, So What??
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I towed my 20,000 lb 5ver for years with the Andersen Ultimate with zero problems. No bed dent either. I did have a rubber mat on the bed though. But, even if I did have a bed dent, So What??
Sounds like a rubber mat is a good fix. A bed dent caused by a hitch is indicative of fit problem that I would want to look into.
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Sounds like Anderson needs to come out with some kind of cushioning fix to work with the hitch.
I checked their FAQ section today and a couple of folks have asked about the hitch not sitting level or Bed is not level. They recommend buying a rubber mat and cutting it to fit under the hitch.

I guess that is their "fix"
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I'm very happy with my Andersen Ultimate. Stows in the RV Basement when not in use. I have a ford truck with a Linex bedliner and have not had any issue with dents. If you decide you don't like the Andersen option then you could consider the Reese Goose Box 5th wheel gooseneck adapter.

https://www.etrailer.com/Gooseneck-a...e/RP94623.html


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