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Old 09-02-2016, 04:30 PM   #1
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Why Not Anderson Hitch?

I'm just curious - why don't many people use the Anderson Hitch? It looks simple and less weight.

Can it be used in a short bed pick up? Or would a short bed require a sliding hitch?


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Old 09-02-2016, 07:36 PM   #2
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I'm just curious - why don't many people use the Anderson Hitch? It looks simple and less weight.

Can it be used in a short bed pick up? Or would a short bed require a sliding hitch?
Many new users just don't know of the Andersen option. Super heavy 5vers, i.e. pin weight greater than 4500 lbs should be using a hitch designed for heavier pin weights.

Its use on a short bed is totally dependent upon the front cap design of your 5ver. Many newer 5ver's can handle the short bed. You would need to do some careful measurements.
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Old 09-02-2016, 07:43 PM   #3
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You'll probably find many happy Anderson Hitch users.
The pictured hitch is a GN which isn't found on many camper type trailers. GN to 5'r adapters are frowned on by most if not all 5'r frame mfrs.
There may good adaptations with generally lighter trailers.
Use of a SB pickup is done successfully by many haulers with and without a sliding hitch. You'll just have to familiarize yourself to the possibility of geometric limitations if any. Each application is different and may require a unique setup and maneuvering precautions.
Sorry about the vague answers but so much of this pastime can be a compromise.


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The pictured hitch is a GN which isn't found on many camper type trailers. GN to 5'r adapters are frowned on by most if not all 5'r frame mfrs.
Minor correction. The pictured hitch is not a GN. It is a 'ball coupler'.
A GN has a long 'elephant trunk' adapter reaching down to the truck bed that can cause extra stress to the pin box. The Andersen does not add extra stress to the pin box therefore is not frowned on by frame mfrs.
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I can only think of two reasons not to use one.

1. You have a short bed and the front cap may hit.
2. Your pin weight is higher than it is rated for.

I use one with my long bed 3/4 ton pulling a Sandpiper (gwr = 15,500 lbs) and have no complaints.
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I can only think of two reasons not to use one.

1. You have a short bed and the front cap may hit.
2. Your pin weight is higher than it is rated for.

I use one with my long bed 3/4 ton pulling a Sandpiper (gwr = 15,500 lbs) and have no complaints.
There page says it can be used in a short bed. To me it just looks like a really elegant product.
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We looked very hard at the Andersen when we bought our trailer.

It like almost all innovations are met almost immediately by throngs of naysayers who usually have little to no understanding of the innovation but completely dispel it.

The Andersen hitch has and will have a significant place in this market despite all of the negative folks who can't handle change.
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I really like the design and the fact it's easy to remove from the bed. But I will be using my F150 for a while and it will not work with my 5 1/2 ft. bed. When I get a 3/4 ton a "short bed" will be 6 1/2 ft. and it should work fine.

We were in San Antonio earlier this week looking at 5ers and one dealer said they have a lot of people using them. I think PullRite also makes one.
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I can only think of two reasons not to use one.

1. You have a short bed and the front cap may hit.
2. Your pin weight is higher than it is rated for.

I use one with my long bed 3/4 ton pulling a Sandpiper (gwr = 15,500 lbs) and have no complaints.
There is another reason, it is still easier to hook up with a conventional fifth wheel hitch because of greater misalignment tolerances.
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I can think of a reason ... You are into weight lifting and enjoy mustleing the conventional hitch in and out of the bed....

Kidding aside, we love ours and it works perfectly in our long bed. 5er is 16100 GVW.
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There is another reason, it is still easier to hook up with a conventional fifth wheel hitch because of greater misalignment tolerances.
Yeah, perhaps initially the first time. Since you can see the ball from the cab you can nail the side x side right on. Backing up if my myself I estimate how many inches front or back that I need. Then just move the truck. If DW is handy it's a piece of cake.
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There is another reason, it is still easier to hook up with a conventional fifth wheel hitch because of greater misalignment tolerances.

I'm not sure I would bet on that. The "ball cup" provide a few inches of tolerance. If you can't back under it, perhaps you shouldn't be pulling whatever it is you are hooking up to? Even if it were true, I'll take my light weight hitch to your "conventional hitch" any day.
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I really like the design and the fact it's easy to remove from the bed. But I will be using my F150 for a while and it will not work with my 5 1/2 ft. bed. When I get a 3/4 ton a "short bed" will be 6 1/2 ft. and it should work fine.

We were in San Antonio earlier this week looking at 5ers and one dealer said they have a lot of people using them. I think PullRite also makes one.
The 3/4 ton Ford is 6'9", not a big difference but 3" means a lot if your worried about a dent LOL. I traded mine in for a 1 ton DW with the Anderson Ultimate and never came close to hitting the cab. Loved it so much I kept it and put it in the new truck.
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