2018 RV-Dreams Boondocking Rally - March 5 - 12, 2018 in Quartzsite, Arizona.
SOLD OUT!!

2018 RV-Dreams Reunion Rally - March 27 - April 1, 2018 in Pahrump, Nevada
Registration Is Now Open!! Click Here To Get More Information & To Register

2018 RV-Dreams Spring Educational Rally - April 23 -29, 2018 in Pahrump, Nevada
Spots Still Available!! Click Here To Get More Information & To Register

Members Login
Username 
 
Password 
    Remember Me  
Post Info TOPIC: Anderson Fifth Wheel Hitch


RV-Dreams Community Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 13
Date:
Anderson Fifth Wheel Hitch


OK, we now have our fifth wheel, it is a 2016 Bighorn 3570RS, we are getting rid of our too small 2008 Ford F250 6.4L Turbo Diesel and in the market for a (not new, but recent model) Ford F350 6.7L Turbo Diesel Dually.  The Bighorn has a dry weight of 12,800 pounds and a GVWR of 16,000.  Once we have the truck we need a hitch.....I have heard that the Anderson is outselling the "regular" fifth wheel hitches by a large margin (this is from dealers who sell both kinds) but I don't know anyone who actually owns one so I am wondering if anyone out there has an Anderson hitch and can give me "real" feedback on their experience.  Thanks!  Ron

 

 



__________________


RV-Dreams Family Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 302
Date:

Dented beds, damaged kingpin plates and hitches folding from hard braking even with a re design. IMHO not a good choice, light is not always better.

Best hitch hands down is B&W, just ask those who have owned them.

__________________

2015 RAM/Cummins/Aisin/4.10's/3500Dually

2016 Mobile Suites 39TKSB3 "Highly Elited"

32,950# combined



RV-Dreams Family Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 814
Date:

I have no experience (other than YouTube) with the Andersen hitch ... but with regard to hitches in general ... this is an area where you actually get what you pay for. I have my favorite brand, others have theirs, but you are unlikely to get a better hitch by paying less. Weight is also an indicator of how robust the hitch is with heavier generally being better (more and thicker steel). This is my $0.02 which may only be worth $0.01😎



-- Edited by RonC on Sunday 24th of December 2017 01:33:01 PM

__________________

Ron and Janice

 

2016 Ford F350, King Ranch, DRW, 3.73's, 4x4, CC, 6.7 Powerstroke, remote control air lift system

2017 K-Z Durango Gold 381REF (41 ft, 5 slides), MORryde IS, 8K Disc brakes, GY G114  LR H Tires, 27,320 lbs CGVW

Full Timers class of 2016



RV-Dreams Family Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 316
Date:

I'll swim upstream here and say that many people (including myself), have pulled tens of thousands of miles with the Andersen (BTW - it is spelled with an "e") Ultimate hitch system. While there are a few documented instances of failure, the exact causes have not been determined with certainty. Most of the negativity about the hitch comes from folks who have never owned or towed with one. The Andersen - and now the very similar PullRite - design has its advantages and disadvantages. You just have to decide what is right for you.

We were forced to switch from the Andersen to a "conventional" fifth wheel hitch when we traded trucks last January. Everything - from being offered the trade to our scheduled departure from the area - happened in about 36 hours. Our RV dealer could not get the frame adapter for the Ford puck system in time for us to keep to schedule so we purchased and installed a PullRite OE 18K for the Ford puck system. After switching, I'll admit that I find it a little bit easier to hitch up by myself. Unhitching is about the same. The Andersen was much quieter and the PullRite requires periodic maintenance and lubrication which the Andersen did not. On the other hand, there's no way the PullRite is coming out of the truck bed (at least not without the help of a couple of high school football players) to clear the bed for other uses. Removing the Andersen was a one-arm job... even for this old man.

There's an old saying about attorneys (also sometimes applied to a particular ethnic group, but I'll skip that): "If you put four attorneys in a room and ask a question, you'll get five answers." In other words, opinions are like certain parts of our anatomy - everybody has one. Read threads (on other forums, too) by those who have actually used the Andersen before you write it off. Having said all this, with a 16K GVWR fifth wheel and your new F350 (and at 16K, I would recommend dual rear wheels), I would probably opt for an 18 - 20K "conventional" fifth wheel hitch - there are a lot of good ones out there.

Rob

__________________

2012 F350 DRW Lariat 6.7

PullRite OE 18K, Demco Glide Ride pinbox

2016 Grand Design Reflection 337RLS

MOR/ryde IS, disc brakes, LR G tires

Full-time as of 8/2015

 

 



RV-Dreams Family Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 5062
Date:

Personally, I would not go by "what everyone else is buying."  Do "all those people" really know what they were doing, or did they do what everyone else did.

Do the research in what weight each hitch system will handle and look at the "dynamics" of how a hitch works.  For instance, with a normal fifth wheel hitch, does it have "flex" both fore and aft and side to side?  Is there any possibility that you might want to help out someone with a regular pin box by towing their rig?  (I've done this one more than once.)

I've looked at the Andersen system and am not impressed.  For the record, the wife and I have a Reese 22K standard system fifth wheel hitch.  But then, I'm old school.

Terry



__________________

Terry and Jo

2010 Mobile Suites 38TKSB3
2008 Ford F450
2014 Ford Expedition 4X4 as Tag-along or Scout

Two minor works in progess....pictures taken over the years and a webblog:

Our photos on Smugmug

Ignoring the Barking Dogs  -  Terry's Blog



RV-Dreams Family Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 302
Date:

I'm with you Terry, the Circus type crush test is literally a joke in their sales video. I am not an Engineer but as a Carpenter/Construction Superintendent for my career I had to understand how to make things stay upright. The fact is the "crush test" has equal pressure placed downward on all 4 support tubes. Real world the force is all over the place. they have re designed the Ultimate once already and I recently saw a post on one that was folded from hard braking, sounded like it was a slow maneuver and possible the emergency cable was activated.

The base sets on the trucks bed and for a FACT the base causes truck bed deflection when towing heavier.

There is no way that I have seen to lock the hitch to the kingpin to keep A-holes at bay. Yes there are jerks out there that pull locking handles.

Remember Craftsman Shop Vacs "develop" 6 hp. That is a "rating". To claim what they do is a JOKE IMHO. I think it can be used I'm much lighter applications.

Lighter is NOT always better!

__________________

2015 RAM/Cummins/Aisin/4.10's/3500Dually

2016 Mobile Suites 39TKSB3 "Highly Elited"

32,950# combined

Page 1 of 1  sorted by
 
Quick Reply

Please log in to post quick replies.

Tweet this page Post to Digg Post to Del.icio.us