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Old 07-31-2020, 11:46 AM   #21
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I went with the Andersen (there are others like it) because of the smooth ride and light weight for removing it, but the biggest thing is I cant drop the trailer in the bed because I forgot to put the levers down (lot's of stories about that across lots of forum's), one less thing I have to remember.
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Old 08-02-2020, 09:32 AM   #22
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I went with the Andersen (there are others like it) because of the smooth ride and light weight for removing it, but the biggest thing is I cant drop the trailer in the bed because I forgot to put the levers down (lot's of stories about that across lots of forum's), one less thing I have to remember.

But there is the lever to push in ,and lock that ball. I dread the thought of that being forgotten, results could be much worse. If I was going forget something in the hitching process, I would prefer dropping the fifth wheel on the bed of my truck as I start to move. I have no idea how hard or easy it would be to bounce off that Andersen ball, but as said at highways speeds I would not like to find out.

I too tow with the Andersen, just got back home from a trip, and yes they are a pleasure to tow with.
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Old 08-02-2020, 10:23 AM   #23
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^^^ agree. I wouldn't want to find that out either. As with any setup, developing and maintaining a process is critical. Step one...lock the pin, Step two...
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Old 08-02-2020, 10:32 AM   #24
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^^^ agree. I wouldn't want to find that out either. As with any setup, developing and maintaining a process is critical. Step one...lock the pin, Step two...
Yup, first thing when I have lowered on the ball, lock it. There are a few things we can forget, and get away with, but the pin , the lever, whatever should be the first thing to be done .
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Old 08-02-2020, 10:36 AM   #25
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Not true, your coach and it’s frame are covered by warranty.
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Old 08-02-2020, 08:36 PM   #26
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The weight on that ball is so heavy it would take a frame destroying bump to bounce it off it if it wasn't locked. JMHO. But Yes procedures are important no matter what you are using.
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Old 08-03-2020, 08:26 AM   #27
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I am happy with my B & W Companion puck style hitch, 25,000 lbs.

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Old 08-03-2020, 02:17 PM   #28
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Well, what did he decide on I wonder?
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Old 08-03-2020, 02:47 PM   #29
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Another Anderson hitch user here ... I agree with GreG L ... about the unlikely event the fiver would pop off the bed hitch ball "IF" we ever forgot to push the lever in and turn it. If it ever were to happen ... I'd guess the event to cause it would be so catastrophic that the apparent separation of truck and fiver would be buried in the rubble pile. However, I do have a dangling red tag I hang on the Anderson lever when I unhook. You can't miss it hooking up the power cord, the breakaway cable, and securing the tailgate as you leave.
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Old 08-03-2020, 03:24 PM   #30
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Yes, you will have to build a routine for sure.
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Old 08-05-2020, 05:50 PM   #31
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Before you go with any kind of Goosebox or Gooseneck hitch make sure about your frame warranty. Some wont cover a warranty with those stile hitch. As far as truck 4 x 4 is the best way to go you never know when you mite need it. Big 5er's even in wet fields I had to use it.
Agree. Having a warranty claim now and the first question Keystone asked was what was my hitch and have I modified the box or using any aftermarket accessories on the kingpin.
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Old 08-07-2020, 01:01 PM   #32
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HI, My wife and I have pulled the plug and have decided to go full time in our 2020 40ft 3855BR Montana.

I'm having trouble deciding what kind of hitch to get on my Chevy 3500 dually. I have towed with a 5th wheel hitch before but the RV dealer is recommending a goose neck with an Anderson Hitch. I have done some research and it seems both would work. So I have come to ask the more experienced. Which would be better Goose Neck Hitch or 5th Wheel??

Last question I just thought off should I get four wheel drive in my new truck?
Same here we have a 35 Montana I pull with a F350 PSD SB with the Andersen, especially that I use my truck as a failed driver even the wife can lift the 35lb Andersen. I have plenty of clearance with the front cap can do a 90 degree and never come close also bottom of fifth wheel is 7 inches above my bed rails so I dont have to worry

Ford uses the Factory Puck and Gooseneck ball made by Reese and that is what we have works well

If I had to go a slider it would be close to 300lbs and a pain to take in and out.
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Old 08-08-2020, 08:00 AM   #33
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Same here we have a 35 Montana I pull with a F350 PSD SB with the Andersen, especially that I use my truck as a failed driver even the wife can lift the 35lb Andersen. I have plenty of clearance with the front cap can do a 90 degree and never come close also bottom of fifth wheel is 7 inches above my bed rails so I dont have to worry

Ford uses the Factory Puck and Gooseneck ball made by Reese and that is what we have works well

If I had to go a slider it would be close to 300lbs and a pain to take in and out.
If I had known when I bought mine I would have gone different. I have the B&W slider that I never slide other than to access the front storage sometimes. 275lbs so I need an engine lift to get it out. I like the hitch but would sell it in a minute and then buy the Anderson.
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Old 08-08-2020, 08:35 AM   #34
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Curious if you can close a hard roll or folding tonneau cover over an Andersen hitch? Or is the ball too high? Is the Pullrite shorter since the ball in mounted to the pin?
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Curious if you can close a hard roll or folding tonneau cover over an Andersen hitch? Or is the ball too high? Is the Pullrite shorter since the ball in mounted to the pin?
I have a tonneau cover, and the ball does not interfere , if it did it wouldn't be a big deal, it takes just a second or two to pull the pin, and remove the ball, or to adjust the height.
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If I had known when I bought mine I would have gone different. I have the B&W slider that I never slide other than to access the front storage sometimes. 275lbs so I need an engine lift to get it out. I like the hitch but would sell it in a minute and then buy the Anderson.
That has been my issue removing my heavy Reese slider, not an issue at home, I have an electric hoist mounted to the ceiling. ,but when I'm in Montana for our six week summer trip. I have an inflatable one man pontoon boat that I fish with. I needed the hitch out of the way to transport my pontoon to the lakes . I either had to get someone to help me lift it out, or take it apart to get it out. I solved that problem ,I went with the steel version rail mount Andersen.

I use both hitches, still have my Reese slider, but I am leaning more ,and more to just using the Andersen.
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Curious if you can close a hard roll or folding tonneau cover over an Andersen hitch? Or is the ball too high? Is the Pullrite shorter since the ball in mounted to the pin?
Yes you can I have mine under a folding cover.
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