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RE: Andersen Hitch Owners

Well you can always wrap a chain lock around the hitch and chain it to a bed tie down on the truck. This is what I came up with also. My wife takes the truck shopping and I'm afraid someone is going to take my hitch. I thought about putting the ball behind the back seat and a cable lock around the hitch locked to the truck bed.
davisenvy 05/24/16 01:56pm Fifth-Wheels
Andersen Hitch Owners

Have you found a way to lock your hitch into your bed yet? My sales rep at Andersen says a lock will only do good on the ball portion and if I had a lock on the bottom pin, it wouldn't matter. I'm thinking the light weight of the hitch might be convenient for more than just me:h
davisenvy 05/24/16 12:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Those that have used Anderson Ultimate Hitch

Just a side note for other Jayco HT owners out there. Don't trim the fiberglass to get to the very top hole. There is a metal plate keeping the kingpin from going into the very top hole. I found this out by cutting out a 2" section that exposed the plate. Surprised Jayco didn't know about this when I called them on Friday and asked them about it.
davisenvy 05/14/16 05:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Those that have used Anderson Ultimate Hitch

I guess I have to decide weather the 1.5" I'll gain from the new hitch is worth $300. I'm a little concerned lowering the hitch point might cause some bed rail/kingpin clearance. Then if I do rotate the coupler, I might run into cab/nose cone issues. I have decided to trim the fiberglass around the kingpin to give me another inch. That and the spring lift will give me 3 inches closer to level leaving the nose 2 in high.
davisenvy 05/13/16 03:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Those that have used Anderson Ultimate Hitch

So raise it on the springs first before spending money and see where you are at. If you have a 20' board that is 5" off level, then raising the center of the board 2.5" will make level, assuming the high remains stationary. Some people are installing the bolt on version of Correct Track, which raises the trailer. http://www.lci1.com/correct-track-ii Chris There is a lower hole on my shackle for the leaf springs. If I drop to the lower hole it will raise my trailer 2". By doing this it might correct more than 2" out of the 5" that I'm trying to achieve? I store my FW on a level concrete pad. I measured the skirt, front and back, and also check with an actual level. My measurements are withing .25" accurate.
davisenvy 05/12/16 08:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Those that have used Anderson Ultimate Hitch

The trailer is high 5 inches from the rear to just behind the nose cone. I'm measuring from the the skirt on the FW. I'm going to raise the FW 2 in and lower the nose 2 in.
davisenvy 05/12/16 07:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Those that have used Anderson Ultimate Hitch

I decided to lower the spring mounts giving me an extra 2 inches. With the truck loaded with the FW the truck squats 2 in. About 8.25 inch between rear of bed rails and the under side of the FW nose. I can't raise the pinbox any more because the fiberglass on the nose won't allow it. I do have one more hole to adjust up. As is, fully hooked up the FW is nose high 5 inches. My plan is to get the new hitch to lower the nose around 1.5 inches maybe 2 in. Lower the springs giving me another 2 in. This leaves me with 1 inch nose high. I'm going to call Jayco today and see if it will void the warranty to cut the fiberglass to allow the king pin to go up the rest of the way. That would be the last inch to level. Andersen said that if I had pinbox clearance issues, like hitting the bed rails I can switch the coupler on the pinbox around so the ball is behind the pin and it would give me more clearance.
davisenvy 05/12/16 05:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Those that have used Anderson Ultimate Hitch

Chris, forgive my ignorance, but what are the jack plates? My plan is to go down some in the front and up some with the leaf springs. This should get me pretty close to level.
davisenvy 05/11/16 07:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Those that have used Anderson Ultimate Hitch

I have the pinbox up as high as the FW will allow and I'm still towing nose high by 5 inches. Soooooo..... If you're 5 inches too high now and you're looking for dead level, then you're screwed. About the best you'll do with a traditional hitch is only going to get you about 3 inches nose high. A modified Andersen will get you close to dead 1-2 inches from dead level, but you're only going to have a little more than 1" clearance which is not enough. I don't mean to sound harsh, but it sounds like your best bet is to raise the trailer. How am I screwed? My thread was about hitch vs hitch towing characteristics. I fully understand my options on getting my FW level. Thanks for your input on the Anderson Ultimate Hitch.
davisenvy 05/11/16 06:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Those that have used Anderson Ultimate Hitch

I have 8.5 inches between the bed rails and the under side of the FW. I'm going out this evening to drop the leaf springs to the lower hole bringing up my FW by 2 inches. I have the pinbox up as high as the FW will allow and I'm still towing nose high by 5 inches. I've been over on the Jayco Forum and those guys helped me implement a plan. It seems the Jayco Eagle HT comes from the factory pretty low compared to other FW's. With the new hitch I'll be able to lower the front by 1 1/2, 2 11/16, or 3 3/4 inches. With the current hitch I have 8 1/2, 9 9/16, or 10 3/4 inches between the bed rails and the FW at the low, middle, and high setting on the hitch.
davisenvy 05/11/16 03:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Those that have used Anderson Ultimate Hitch

The dealer just came back with $200 off, so I'm only out $300 additional. I think I'm going to take it. I really like the ease of removal with the Andersen and it sounds like it would suite me best. The DW wouldn't go for the creaking, moaning, and wheezing. I do enough of that without the FW.
davisenvy 05/11/16 02:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Those that have used Anderson Ultimate Hitch

Let me see if I understand the OP correctly: You currently have an Andersen UH, but you need the lower version. For $500, they offered to "convert" your existing hitch. Or they're offering to give you some trade-in value on your existing hitch. If that's the case, then here's my take on it. You're going to be hard pressed to find a good used hitch for less than $400 to $500 on CL. You can buy a brand new "decent" hitch for that. But really, your problem is that you're riding too high in the first place. The Andersen is basically designed to be approx the same height as a traditional 5er hitch. So if you buy another hitch, I expect that you're still going to have the same issue. I own a regular 5er hitch for my other TV, and even at its lowest position, it still sits higher than my lowered Andersen UH If I understand your situation correctly, you either need to invest in the lower version of the Andersen UH or perform one of the various trailer-lift procedures. I need the lower version instead of my current steel version. I will be trading in my current hitch and giving $500 to boot towards the new lower hitch making it a total purchase of close to $1,000. I am aware that my FW nose is high and is why I am switching hitches. Anderson Ultimate hitch is not designed to be the same height as a regular FW hitch. The 3225 and the 3220 are designed for a pickup truck bed with a gooseneck ball. The Andersens lowest setting is 16 1/8 in. Most FW hitches start off around 14 in. Also, the coupler that goes on the pin box adds another 7/8 inch. That's 3 inches higher. I am more interested about the towing characteristics between the two. This is my first FW and I have never towed with a regular fifth wheel hitch. Thanks for your input though.
davisenvy 05/11/16 01:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Those that have used Anderson Ultimate Hitch

I am currently talking with an Andersen Rep and he has been extremely helpful. My hitch is set up correctly, its the FW I purchased. Evidently they are a low FW to begin with. I'm not questioning the integrity of the hitch, I have not ever experienced first hand the bucking and chucking you guys are talking about or any of the other down sides to the regular hitch.
davisenvy 05/11/16 11:52am Fifth-Wheels
Those that have used Anderson Ultimate Hitch

I'm in a dilemma between an Anderson Ultimate Hitch vs the regular FW hitch. Not trying to start which is better type thing. Has anyone had an Andersen and gone back to a regular hitch? I'm in a situation where the Andersen is too tall for my FW/ truck set up. They can convert the Andersen hitch for the flat bed to fit my truck, but it will cost me another $500 after I trade my current hitch back in. I have never towed with a regular hitch so this is why I'm asking. Basically is the Andersen towing experience that much better to warrant the up grade, or pocket the $500 and look for a regular FW hitch on Craigs List.
davisenvy 05/11/16 11:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: In bed Gooseneck to Fifth wheel adapters too tall?

I have 8.5 inches of bed rail clearance. The pin box is up as far as it will go without hitting the fiberglass. Still have 1 hole left.
davisenvy 05/09/16 05:16pm Fifth-Wheels
In bed Gooseneck to Fifth wheel adapters too tall?

I have been doing some research today trying to find out why my FW is towing nose high. I am using the Andersen Ultimate Hitch. I noticed that the on the lowest setting of the Andersen and the B&W Companion is just over 16 inches. Most of the other traditional fifth wheel hitches start off around 13-14 inches. I would get the nose where I needed it with a traditional hitch, but why are the GN adapters soo much higher? I am talking with an Andersen Rep about some kind of work around. I have more than enough bed clearance. I just need the hitch down a couple of inches. Anyone else run into this?
davisenvy 05/09/16 02:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Please help me level my FW

Just got off the phone with Andersen and Mor Ryde. Andersen said the 3221 for the gooseneck flat bed truck "might work" and he seems to have done it one time before. This makes me a little nervous. Mor Ryde said they compensated for the rubber dampeners with the angle of the pin box so it is the same size/height as a static. Andersen also said they do not recommend dampening units with their hitch.
davisenvy 05/09/16 10:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Please help me level my FW

It was 7 in high before I raised the Kingpin to the highest possible level. I am measuring from the bottom skirt on the FW front and back. I used a level when unhooked and this seemed to be a pretty constant place to measure from. I really don't want to raise the FW because of the outside kitchen. This is why I'm going with the hitch/ pin area first. The Andersen hitch is at 16.25 at the lowest setting. This combined with the pin at the highest setting gives me just over 8 inches clearance between FW and truck bed rails and just over 4 inches nose high. I understand I may end up adjusting trailer suspension to get the rear up, but I want to get as much out of the front as I can. The Andersen for the flat bed is a good option, but I'm waiting to talk to Mor Ryde to see if their kingpin is actually thicker than a static one. Also, Andersen doesn't recommend using a dampener in the Kingpin with their set up. If my theory is correct, this would get me another 3 inches down in the front.
davisenvy 05/09/16 06:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Please help me level my FW

Very good information. Thanks for the post. I also read that Andersen does not recommend using a dampening kingpin with their set up. I am using the Mor Ryde king pin. I'm also wondering if the Mor Ryde is a bit lower than a static kingpin pushing the nose up even higher. I'm going to call Andersen and Mor Ryde when they open today. When the guys at the dealer hooked up my current set up they stood back and said "it ain't the worst I've seen" and sent me home. It being my first FW I took their word for it. It turned out to be close to 7 in nose high. I will also be contacting them today. I feel they sold me a set up that is not compatible with my truck FW combo.
davisenvy 05/09/16 06:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Please help me level my FW

I really don't want to flip my axles. I have an outside kitchen that is already chest high to wife. I have the Mor Ryde Kingpin and I'm thinking it adds about 3 inches to my nose high problem. Also, why don't the Andersen hitches go as low as fifth wheel hitches? It is 2 to 3 inches taller. My bed to nose clearance is 8 inches so I really want the nose down. I have it narrowed to a regular FW hitch or do away with the Mor Ryde kingpin.
davisenvy 05/08/16 06:31pm Fifth-Wheels
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