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Old 12-11-2015, 10:53 PM   #57
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So I live a couple of hours from Idaho falls Idaho where Anderson manufacturing is that builds the hitch. I spent some time one day with the owner. He took me out and we visited for well over an hour he showed me his aluminum hitch and how it works. It is so simple I owned trucks for several years and I can tell you from the way they hook up verses a standard 5th wheel design. it should eliminate a hi percent of slack. But that is my feeling I don't own one but I do own the trailer hitch and if I bought a 5th wheel again I would not put my Reese back in and I would by the Anderson hitch as far as selling. They dont sell thru distributors from what the owner told me he has sells reps thru the whole country and a good part of Canada and they sell direct to the Rv dealers and repair shops. Hope this helps alittle
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Old 12-12-2015, 12:23 AM   #58
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Why don't you borrow one or find someone nearby and see for yourself instead of doubting what owners are saying?
I absolutely would if I could. Not sure if anyone near me has one. Can't do anything till spring anyway, but it's something I may look into. Only issue is and I'm not positive but I've heard that you may or may not be able to use an Anderson with a MorRyde pin box. I have a MorRyde on my 5er so it's something I need to look into.
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Old 12-12-2015, 02:11 AM   #59
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Tweety has carried it for a while.The owner parked his companion for one & he has a BIG rv I am told.
I was referred Coast and NTP, the two largest wholesalers to RV dealers. Etrailer does carry it last time I looked online.

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Old 12-12-2015, 06:29 AM   #60
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I absolutely would if I could. Not sure if anyone near me has one. Can't do anything till spring anyway, but it's something I may look into. Only issue is and I'm not positive but I've heard that you may or may not be able to use an Anderson with a MorRyde pin box. I have a MorRyde on my 5er so it's something I need to look into.
The video I referenced yesterday, https://youtu.be/qMW-ynhTatA, shows the Andersen Hitch being hooked to a MorRyde pin box.

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Old 12-12-2015, 06:48 AM   #61
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After doing RVing since about 1972, have never seen one of these hitches, especially so with a couple extended trips these last couple years covering several provinces and by last count 30 states. But as said above, I would consider trying one if I didn't already have a premier B&W hitch which even though I am in my achy 70s, no big deal to install or remove once I find the keys to the various locks - which brings up a further point mentioned above.

First of all, you cannot pull that lever with the full trailer pin weight on it though you can with it partially unloaded (I 'tried' out my bed saver which I no longer use). If you feel better, the lever clevis pin can easily be replaced by a lock though it is awkward to remove. There are locks on the hitch head pins as well as the release levers in the bed that secure the cams for the Ford 5er option. This is for theft protection rather then vandalism and destruction
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Old 12-12-2015, 09:40 AM   #62
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"If somebody were to forget or somebody pulls the 'T' handle on the Andersen you still have 4000lbs of pin weight keeping it connected"

I have gone over sections of highway where they gouged out the asphalt that would have separated the 4K pin easily.

I am still waiting for a pic of the 24K Andersen so people can see what it looks like compared to the pic of the 25K B&W I posted.

Another minor negative is you can't just go pull another 5er without removing the kingpin ball socket and re installing on the 5er you want to pull. Just pointing out what I see.
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Old 12-12-2015, 10:06 AM   #63
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I bought my hitch off of eBay for 560.00,if interested I will give you the fellas info?
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What is chucking?
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I point out things about the Andersen or another hitch that I think are inferior, unsafe or just not as good as they say they are. If someone is happy with what they have that's great but don't get all butt hurt about it if I say something negative about what you have. My comments are directed to people that are trying to make a decision on a product.

My BIGGEST problem with ANDERSEN is their rating. Please someone post a pic of the 24K 32# Andersen so everyone can see what it looks like compared to the B&W rated at 25K. Someone is underrating or someone is overrating their product!

I have plenty of people thanking me on the forums or in a PM for suggesting they LOOK at the B&W hitches along with the other before they buy.

I agree with you... This are our opinions and experiences. These are things that we have experienced or observed. No one should be getting their briefs in a bunch!
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Another minor negative is you can't just go pull another 5er without removing the kingpin ball socket and re installing on the 5er you want to pull. Just pointing out what I see.
I know someone that is an RV transporter for a living and he uses the Andersen hitch on multiple trailers per week. IIRC, its two bolts and four set screws and the adapter comes off. The only mod he made was the release cable is attached to the trailer with magnets.

The hitch might not make sense if you are using the truck to share trailers with other people in a commercial fleet, but this is an RV forum.
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I absolutely would if I could. Not sure if anyone near me has one. Can't do anything till spring anyway, but it's something I may look into. Only issue is and I'm not positive but I've heard that you may or may not be able to use an Anderson with a MorRyde pin box. I have a MorRyde on my 5er so it's something I need to look into.
I also have the moryde pin box on my rig and my dealer said that they were compatable,if I can remind myself I will take a couple of pictures of the hitch and post them
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It's great the Anderson owners are happy and that's what matters. But, I watched the video from Anderson and I'm not impressed. I'm sure it does what it's designed to do very well and it's great that it's lightweight. I'm not saying anything negative about it and I've never used one. But, the fact is all of the forces have to be transferred somewhere and it's either the truck or the trailer. After owning three different type hitches I'm convinced it's much better to have something to absorb some of the movement. I went with the Hensley TS3 and besides the weight I don't think this type of hitch can be beat. One of the air ride or a Mor/Ryde type pin boxes would also help do the same thing. I have both the air ride hitch and a pin box that absorbs the fore/aft movement. I just think it's much better for the truck and especially the trailer. I can feel the bumps in my truck but I hardly ever feel a thing when the trailer hits the same bumps. It's pretty amazing seeing how much movement there is towing.
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What is chucking?
Basically it's Slop in the hitch and that is felt whenever you go over bumps in the road or applying your brakes suddenly as well as accelerating from red lights etc.
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Basically it's Slop in the hitch and that is felt whenever you go over bumps in the road or applying your brakes suddenly as well as accelerating from red lights etc.
NO, it's the fore and aft tugging between the TV and the RV.

Hitch slop is just hitch slop!
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