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Old 01-08-2016, 09:02 PM   #61
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Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Meriden
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Originally Posted by Ela1948 View Post
After towing with the Andersen for 1300 miles, I have a little different perspective of the hitch and it's capabilities. The first two days we were on the road was windy conditions. I had said that the truck wandered more then with the pullrite automatic that I had used before. The last three days have been little or no wind and the wandering condition has not been there. The hitch has performed very well. I have had to back into several tight spots requiring tight angles and hard turns. At the tightest turn backing, I stopped and measured. 10 inches was between the truck and fifth wheel. I'm confident that there would never be contact under normal conditions. The pullrite would still be the better hitch under all conditions because it does transfer some weight to the front axle which the Andersen clearly does not. Having said that, I have no intention of changing to anything else on my return home. My biggest concern is that everything depends on the gooseneck ball staying attached to the truck. The Reese system that I have is held in place by a pair large ball bearings that are pressed into a groove on the receiver. Probably very strong or Reese wouldn't have that type of system in place. I would feel more secure if the ball was secured by a horizontal pin that held the ball into the receiver. I do believe that if I had stayed with a F250 truck, there would have been too much of a load on the rear axle with my trailer. My pin weight is 2500 lb. it would have put all the weight on the rear axle which would have made a tail heavy condition. Fortunately, thru dumb luck and not foresight, I went to a 350 which has substantially heavier axle and springs. All said, I'm not disappointed with the Andersen Ultimate.
Thanks so much for the feedback! You have made my decision much easier. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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