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Old 03-23-2018, 04:59 PM   #1
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Anderson Ultimate fifth wheel hitch

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bare with me since im new at this forum stuff.

who is using this style of hitch? who uses this hitch with crew cab trucks and are you able to turn 90deg? and if you are one of the ones that uses this hitch do you like it better than the traditional fifth wheel hitch?

i have 2016 ford f350 crew cab short box. please give me your thoughts

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I use one never have any turning problems, last year was my first year with this style. The truck I purchased had the turn over ball so that was the easier option when we upgraded to fifth wheel from travel trailer. It's easier to remove and much lighter than the traditional fifth wheel hitch.
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Old 03-23-2018, 06:12 PM   #3
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I had the Andersen Ulitmate Installed when I bought the Ford Super Duty and 3730FL just two days apart. It will turn to a 90 degree angle, but be careful to not go beyond that. I really like it because of its light weight, making it easy to get in and out without help. Since my truck had the Ford 5th Wheel prep kit installed, I had to modify the hitch but Andersen said it would not hurt the integrity of the hitch. If you have to back up at a steep angle, the hitch might turn, but the modification I did for the installed pucks stopped that.
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X2. See this link for the mod Grzly03 is talking about. Andersen approves this modification for Fords.

https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...n-hitch-5.html
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Old 03-23-2018, 08:24 PM   #5
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I have one, and I've put alot of miles on it with no issues. I upgraded the safety chains, added the new Andersen safety chain attachment adapter, and it's been great. I have a long bed truck and can turn between 100-120 degrees with no issues.
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Old 03-23-2018, 09:11 PM   #6
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We have the 350 with the same setup using the Andersen ultimate hitch. We added the safety chains. I modified the ends of the chains the hook on to the eye bolts with the same rated strength as the hooks for the bed. That way I don't have to crawl into the bed of the truck to connect them up after I lock the hitch and ball. My Grand Design only sets the truck down about an inch, so we are pulling level.
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Old 03-23-2018, 09:51 PM   #7
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I use this Hitch in my short bed truck and NO I cannot turn 90 degrees.
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The front of my trailer is recessed on the corners and I can go to 90 degrees.
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Never needed to turn 90* in the 5 years we've had or 5th wheel. I started out with the B&W Patriot and then decided to try the Andersen because of it's light weight and easier access to the cab when loading my kayaks on the trucks roof.
I have a LB so I don't have any 90* issues regardless of what hitch I use.
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Light weight. No chance for high hitching.

Cons. Takes longer to hitch and unhitch because the pin coupler has to travel higher. Not quite as easy hitching even with the funnel. Not all that inexpensive once you start needing chains or a taller ball.

My B&W is simply easier to use. The towing feel is exactly the same with both. Slight chucking on rough roads even with the MORyde pin box. Too bad the B&W is so dang heavy.
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I use one never have any turning problems, last year was my first year with this style. The truck I purchased had the turn over ball so that was the easier option when we upgraded to fifth wheel from travel trailer. It's easier to remove and much lighter than the traditional fifth wheel hitch.
may i ask what truck you have and is it crew cab?
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Old 03-24-2018, 11:19 AM   #11
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rain rain rain

Waiting for the uneducated w and inexperienced to start raining on your parade about the AU from members on this forum and the other forums that seem to follow AU threads and try their best to discourage people from buying them with ridiculous posts. I personally would never go back to the other style. AU`s are just to easy and do the job with out all the fanfare the others hitches have. I added a air ride 5th airborne pin box to the mix and it`s just to smooth now.
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Never needed to turn 90* in the 5 years we've had or 5th wheel. I started out with the B&W Patriot and then decided to try the Andersen because of it's light weight and easier access to the cab when loading my kayaks on the trucks roof.
I have a LB so I don't have any 90* issues regardless of what hitch I use.
Andersen Pro's
Light weight. No chance for high hitching.

Cons. Takes longer to hitch and unhitch because the pin coupler has to travel higher. Not quite as easy hitching even with the funnel. Not all that inexpensive once you start needing chains or a taller ball.

My B&W is simply easier to use. The towing feel is exactly the same with both. Slight chucking on rough roads even with the MORyde pin box. Too bad the B&W is so dang heavy.
This is exactly what I was talking about
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Yes and and I have seen pictures of what some have called flaws. One showed what looks like not torqued to speck with a flexible pinbox. The 5er may have been overloaded and the hitch gets the blame. Mine is easy to connect with all the cameras on my rig.
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This is exactly what I was talking about


I donít see anything wrong with Cumminsfanís post. He wasnít bashing. Itís interesting to read a comparison of the two hitches. Stop being so sensitive.
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