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Old 06-18-2016, 06:19 PM   #1
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Bought an Andersen fifth wheel hitch today

So after much deliberation, and with some angst, I have pulled the trigger on an Andersen fifth wheel hitch. Will pick it up and install next week. Report to follow.
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Old 06-18-2016, 08:24 PM   #2
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Congrats! Don't forget to take pisc, I have been thinking about getting one myself but I just don't have a fiver's yet I don't even know where we are going to get a fiver's.
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Old 06-18-2016, 10:17 PM   #3
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Congratulations. Did you order rhe aluminum version? If I had 5ver this is the hitch I would have, as my back could not handle moving the big steel hitch assembly.
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So after much deliberation, and with some angst, I have pulled the trigger on an Andersen fifth wheel hitch. Will pick it up and install next week. Report to follow.
Bought the Andersen last winter. Don't really think it is a world changer but works very well. Biggest issue that I don't care for is that you have to raise the fifth wheel quite a bit to get off of the ball to get loose from it. Makes you question how much wear and tear you are adding to your landing gear. Don't buy into that sales hype that you don't need to lubricate the ball. Metal to metal always needs lubrication for longevity !! You will also read reviews that they eliminate chucking which is nonsense. Chucking is the reaction you feel coming thru the trailer that comes from trailer tires running over rough roads that transfers thru the pin. The Andersen certainly has no slap or looseness in the connection but that tight connection in no way reduces chucking.
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Thank you for the info Ela1948.
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Thank you for the info Ela1948.
You're welcome!!
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Old 06-20-2016, 12:40 PM   #7
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We've been towing with the Andersen for a few months now, it's worked great for us. We've got the MorRyde RPB, so haven't had much chucking. I believe the biggest factor to avoid it is getting the pin weight correct. If it's too light you'll feel EVERYTHING! Raising the nose higher is a bit of a bother, but the upside is you won't High-hitch and drop the pin box on the pickup bed. There is no mistaking whether or not it's on there. Good luck and safe travels!
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Personally I've already done 6 camping trips and almost 2000 miles on my Andersen Ultimate 2. I have no complaints or problems while towing. I think it tows very smooth and hookup and disconnect is very easy for me.
Love it!

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I too bought one on a hope and prayer. I have an older 2002 F250 shortbox 4x4. I can't even begin to tell you how shocked I was at the install. I thought for sure, even after watching all the videos, that I would have dropped the f-bomb atleast 3-4 times during the install.

Turns out - it was a breeze. You do have to raise the landing gear up fairly high (which for a new 5ver owner was a bit of a OH @#!@ moment) to get it on, but it towed like a dream. If I wasn't getting really crappy gas mileage, I would have forgotten it was back there. Turning clearances so far seem to be more than adequate. I'm going to find a big open space and see how far I can push it for my own edification.
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Interesting, I will be glad when the wife and I are able to get something.
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