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Old 10-05-2015, 01:31 AM   #1
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Anderson Ultimate 5th wheel hitch?

Has anyone used it? They claim it can be used in a short bed truck and get a full 90 degree turn. Only weighs about 50lbs. Looking for some real world use on it. I will be mounting it in a 15' Dodge 6.5' bed with a future Eagle HT 26.5 BHS. Thanks in advance!!!!
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Old 10-05-2015, 08:36 AM   #2
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Welcome to JOF

I don't have any experience with the Anderson Ultimate, but the following recent JOF thread on the subject may be helpful:

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f6...ion-26040.html

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Old 10-05-2015, 08:56 AM   #3
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We replaced our Pro Series 16K (slider) 5th wheel hitch with the Anderson Ultimate (rail version). Just finished towing our 5er to California from South Dakota. Towed great - smooth, no chucking and less bouncing across Interstate bridges. We love it! Our TV has a 6.5' bed - no problems with turns or backing into sites.
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Old 10-05-2015, 09:45 AM   #4
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We replaced our Pro Series 16K (slider) 5th wheel hitch with the Anderson Ultimate (rail version). Just finished towing our 5er to California from South Dakota. Towed great - smooth, no chucking and less bouncing across Interstate bridges. We love it! Our TV has a 6.5' bed - no problems with turns or backing into sites.
Did you have chucking issues before using the Andersen? How old was the Reese? While I think the Andersen is a great product, I'm just not convinced that it's all that more solid than most quality 5th hitches.
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Old 10-05-2015, 11:12 AM   #5
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I think there are 2 versions out there. One with the Gooseneck and the rail version. I have a friend with the gooseneck version and it is lightweight, but we had to pound the conection point onto the existing pin for hooking up the camper which means that if you go to the yard for service you need to leave your hitch for moving around. Second is that piece is probably never coming off without some serious muscle. It could have been just that pin, but it was very tight.

You also need to be very close on connections due to it being lowered down on the ball, vs the traditional back in pin and head combo.

I cannot state anything on clearances as this was a full length bed setup.
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Old 10-05-2015, 07:20 PM   #6
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I tow a 38flsa with a f350 short bed and use the Anderson ultimate aluminum hitch it only weighs 32 lbs, no grease to mess with very easy to install and it tows great! I would recommend one but that's totally up to you. The turning radius is unreal I have about 8" from front of fiver to rear of cab,even had enough room to put a 60 gallon tank/tool box combo in.
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I tow a 38flsa with a f350 short bed and use the Anderson ultimate aluminum hitch it only weighs 32 lbs, no grease to mess with very easy to install and it tows great! I would recommend one but that's totally up to you. The turning radius is unreal I have about 8" from front of fiver to rear of cab,even had enough room to put a 60 gallon tank/tool box combo in.
Sounds like a great option. It looks like the front cap of your fiver is cut similarly to the 26.5 BHS so I'm guessing there would be enough clearance on my rig as well. It just doesn't look as beefy as a standard 5th wheel hitch but I have yet to find one negative comment about it. And i'm guessing you have it turned around so the ball is in the further back position?
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Thanks everyone for the reply's so far!!
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Old 10-07-2015, 06:33 PM   #9
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Yes I do and like one of the members had said the adapter that goes over the king pin has a very tight tolerance,personally I would rather it be as tight as it is versus loose,also the cost of the hitch was only 600.00 have you priced a reputable brand slider hitch?
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We had the steel gooseneck version in our F-250 SB with our prior 5ver. Very easy to remove and put back and the 5ver rode really nice with it. Although I could not make a full 90 deg. turn, I could get real close to it. The only thing I would caution you on is sharp turns when on an incline. If not careful, you could kiss the cab.

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