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Old 02-24-2016, 11:33 PM   #141
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Well I didn't have the patience to read all the way through every page but I should have my Anderson hitch this Thursday. I'm pretty fair on reviews so I'll let everyone know how it goes. I'm really looking forward to the 35lb. advantage. Is there a diy safety chain setup anyone has come up with? And is there always so many negative Nancy's on here when someone likes a certain product?
Yes, Andersen makes a safety chain kit specifically for the Ultimate hitch. I got it from Amazon for $65 and installed it this past weekend. Pretty simple to install. Haven't had the chance to use them yet.
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Old 02-25-2016, 06:43 AM   #142
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And is there always so many negative Nancy's on here when someone likes a certain product?
Every forum has folks that dismiss anything new or different. Often it is the same folks over and over. Most haven't tried the products they put down.
Oh, and tire failures are our fault for not maintaining proper pressure, driving too fast and hitting curbs. There is nothing wrong with Chinese tires.
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Old 02-25-2016, 06:51 AM   #143
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I compared the Anderson and B&W companion side by side. Even though the Anderson was $300 cheaper I went with the B@W. This is why.

1. With a real 5th wheel you don't have to lined up exactly right. Off an inch is fine it will slide over.

2. I don't have fancy electric jacks. With the Anderson you have to jack it up back under and jack it back down on the ball. With the B&W I put the jacks down take some pressure off and pull away. Hooking up I get it close to the right height back under and it pushes the truck down. Put the pin in done.
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:04 AM   #144
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B&W was a strong candidate for me to replace my Reese rail mount and picture frame adapter, but I've reached an age where I don't like moving heavy stuff, so I went with the Andersen for both price and weight.
The B&W has a lot going for it with the ability to move the head fore and aft, and different bases to accommodate pucks, rails and goose mounts, plus just being well built.
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I compared the Anderson and B&W companion side by side. Even though the Anderson was $300 cheaper I went with the B@W. This is why.

1. With a real 5th wheel you don't have to lined up exactly right. Off an inch is fine it will slide over.

2. I don't have fancy electric jacks. With the Anderson you have to jack it up back under and jack it back down on the ball. With the B&W I put the jacks down take some pressure off and pull away. Hooking up I get it close to the right height back under and it pushes the truck down. Put the pin in done.
I agree with point 1. but 2 I don't follow? Both have to be jacked up to proper elevation, backed under, and jacked down. Only difference is you latch 5th wheel first then lower onto hitch, and you lower Anderson first then latch.
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Old 02-26-2016, 06:40 AM   #146
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I just jack it down so there is pressure on the ground and pull out. The back of the truck comes up about 2 inches and we are good. The camper is even level at that point. When I back in same way. The 5th wheel is tilted down to the back it pushes the truck down and the pin slides right in.

I have done a lot of truck driving. This is how I was taught to hook up trailers. A pickup 5th wheel is no different than a semi. Just smaller. If you have the trailer jacked up too far there is a chance if you are not lined up exactly right (off an inch either way) the pin will go over the 5th wheel. I have had this happen on a semi. The pin hit the 5th wheel and instead of going into the jaws it rode up over the 5th wheel and ended up in front of it. That is a mistake you only make once. If you leave it down so it has to push up over the 5th wheel the pin will be forced into the lock.
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Old 02-26-2016, 08:19 AM   #147
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Andersen Safety Chain?

My question is this. So I have a Ram 3500 with the factory prep package. I am looking at getting an Andersen Ultimate rail mount. If I use the pucks for a reese or other rail system like an RP30154, what or where would I attach safety chains to in the bed of the truck. Some people say you don't need chains and some say it is required in some states. I know Andersen sells the safety chaing, just trying to figure the bed part out. Thanks for any help or info.
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Old 02-26-2016, 12:06 PM   #148
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I compared the Anderson and B&W companion side by side. Even though the Anderson was $300 cheaper I went with the B@W. This is why.

1. With a real 5th wheel you don't have to lined up exactly right. Off an inch is fine it will slide over.

2. I don't have fancy electric jacks. With the Anderson you have to jack it up back under and jack it back down on the ball. With the B&W I put the jacks down take some pressure off and pull away. Hooking up I get it close to the right height back under and it pushes the truck down. Put the pin in done.
You made a wise choice my Son! One BIG reason I would not own an andersen is there is no way to lock the RV to the hitch.

See below I am a Lock person.

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My question is this. So I have a Ram 3500 with the factory prep package. I am looking at getting an Andersen Ultimate rail mount. If I use the pucks for a reese or other rail system like an RP30154, what or where would I attach safety chains to in the bed of the truck. Some people say you don't need chains and some say it is required in some states. I know Andersen sells the safety chaing, just trying to figure the bed part out. Thanks for any help or info.



If you go with the Rail Mount Andersen then you could use something similar to the link below as Andersen doesn't cover all of the rail positions.

https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...e/RP50223.html


You could also simply connect the chains to the Andersen pyramid structure.

I'm not familiar with the Dodge setup (or any of the newer trucks for that matter) as I drive a 2002 Chevy with in the bed rails.
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My question is this. So I have a Ram 3500 with the factory prep package. I am looking at getting an Andersen Ultimate rail mount. If I use the pucks for a reese or other rail system like an RP30154, what or where would I attach safety chains to in the bed of the truck. Some people say you don't need chains and some say it is required in some states. I know Andersen sells the safety chaing, just trying to figure the bed part out. Thanks for any help or info.
If you go with the rail system you'd need to attach the chains to the rails. You could weld a couple attachment points on them or bolt them to the rails. That should be plenty secure. Or you can just go with the center ball mount and save the weight of the picture frame. If you do go that way the center ball kit by Reese has the puck mounted chain anchors. Apparently the Curt kit does not work with the hitch as the chain mounts are angled. I think the RAM kit is made by Curt as well.
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You made a wise choice my Son! One BIG reason I would not own an andersen is there is no way to lock the RV to the hitch.

See below I am a Lock person.


Mine is differant. I take the goose neck ball out and slide this in place. Then there are 2 U bolts and 1 bolt on top that tighten it down. I have a bed cover that stays closed when Im not hooked up. Nobody knows its there.
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I had the 18K companion in my 11 HO RAM Dually. Sold it for $500 on CL first call. Locked the handle and head on that one also.

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I have the Andersen and there is zero chucking! The only tolerances are between the Andersen Ball and the adapter on the king pin. No accumulated tolerances for chucking. It is also very easy to hookup and unhook. Only those who haven't use one have a problem with the Andersen.
can you use a anderson hitch with a short bed truck i have 2014 KR 6foot bed.
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The answer is totally dependent upon your 5th wheel and your pin box. Your 5ver will decide if a fixed hitch will work verses a slider. You will need to do some careful measurements.
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