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Title: Anderson hitches
Post by: bill dean on August 07, 2017, 05:23:58 PM
I looked into the Anderson Ultimate 5th wheel hitch. This seem like it may be a better option especially when you have a truck with a smaller payload. The anderson weight is only 45 lbs as compared to others that are double or triple that. They surely are a different style of hitch. Does any one have one that could chime in on a review of it. Hows it to back up to and hook it up? Pros and cons anyone
Title: Re: Anderson hitches
Post by: edjunior on August 07, 2017, 05:50:29 PM
There are a couple of threads on this site about the Anderson hitch.  Just do a search on it, and you'll have your reading for the next couple of days.

For the record, I want one, but just haven't got a "roundtuit" yet.
Title: Re: Anderson hitches
Post by: grashley on August 07, 2017, 07:44:55 PM
I second Ed's comments.

In all my reading, the only negative comments come from folks who do NOT have one, and can not believe they can live up to the claims.  Those who have one, universally love it.

With that said, the 150# weight savings is not nearly enough to make the 8900# FW doable with your truck.
Title: Re: Anderson hitches
Post by: Joezeppy on August 07, 2017, 08:43:50 PM

Bill, I have one and love it. When I was shopping for a hitch I had two things at the front of my mind: (1) a rail-free bed and (2) weight savings. For point 1, I use my truck as a truck - I am a vacationer and would be removing the hitch after almost every trip. I did not want rails getting in the way while sliding in plywood or sheetrock or while shoveling a load of top soil. For point 2, I have a pretty good payload at 2,949 lbs but with a further limitation of 2,500 lbs pin weight. Estimates for the 5th wheels we were looking at came in around 2,200 lbs pin weight. Keep in mind that the underbed gooseneck will weigh a little over 100 lbs but overall it still saves a good 100-150 lbs over most conventional rail-free hitches.

As far as hooking up goes, side to side is no different - just line up the ball with the hitch in your mirror. Backing up the right amount takes some time to get the ball in just the right place but after a year of use, 9 times out of 10 I can be within a couple of inches on the first try.

To be honest, there are 2 cons that I can think of:I recommend the hitch without hesitation! The ride is smooth as can be and the hitch hangs on my garage wall when not in use. It has also started many a conversation in the campground from interested passers by.

Title: Re: Anderson hitches
Post by: edjunior on August 07, 2017, 08:49:12 PM
Awesome write-up joezeppy.  I may have to put my Curt up for sale soon.  It's been good, but I just can't get it out of the bed anymore without help.  In this case, my wife does NOT count as help.
Title: Re: Anderson hitches
Post by: kdbgoat on August 08, 2017, 05:52:12 AM
I have read a bad report on an Anderson, but while reading it, I came to the conclusion that it was written by a person that wouldn't be satisfied with anything.