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RE: Easiest 5th hitch to connect for 1 smaller woman?

Thanks everyone for the great resource as we tried to determine the best fit for our needs. I just ordered the aluminum Anderson 3220 and are scheduled to have the B&W Turnover ball hitch installed next week. We wanted the bed of the truck clear between camping trips and this is the set-up that appears to allow this the most easily. The weight of 38 # was impressive and something that even I could do alone if I wanted to clear the bed at the campground. The ergonomics of it also played into my choice as the remote cable was a plus. The reviews also talk about this being very smooth, something that made the Air ride appealing but at 2 parts at 80# each we couldn't see taking that in and out of the truck regularly, maybe if we ever become full timers! So again, thanks to all for such an informative thread, I would never have heard about Anderson or Air Ride without you! Happy Trails!
Mamacast 06/07/16 08:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Easiest 5th hitch to connect for 1 smaller woman?

I can't help but think that for a smaller person that with the Andersen it might be easier to reach the remote cable latch . Q to Andersen owners , is it easier to reach this pull latch than a handle in the bed of the truck? You mount the handle behind the pin box where you want. It's just a turn of the handle & pull/push. They have an accessories cup that goes on the pin box so can be as much as 3 inchs off & still hookup, can't tell you positively as I haven't gotten around to putting it on . Keep forgetting to do it as no real problem aligning for me. Also I have a step that goes in the receiver hitch so I leave it in place, extends and turns 90 degrees to go against bumper, Tractor Supply Any chance you can send a link to that step? I looked and didn't see one that turns against the bumper, thanks.
Mamacast 06/07/16 08:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Easiest 5th hitch to connect for 1 smaller woman?

There is a learning curve for any hitch. In the past we've had a Reese, moved up to a B&W and three years ago bought our Trailer Saver air hitch. Each was better but we really like the Trailer Saver for the way we RV. We have two sticks with a magnets, we put one on the hitch and one on the pin and it make it easy to like up, works with any hitch, and I can do it by myself. We always do a pull test, put the brakes on the trailer and let the truck pull forward a bit to make sure the hitch is hooked up properly; you do this with any hitch. We had motor homes before the fiver and I find it is easier to hook up the trailer than hooking up the tow car to the MH. Of course that sent me down the youtube rabbit hole to see how this magnet thing works :E How difficult is the TrailerSaver hitch to unhook and how heavy is it to remove from the truck? The Anderson is appealing because of the light weight, hadn't thought about that aspect. it is real easy to hook up, back into it and make sure you are compressing the bags. To un-hook, pull the arm and lift the trailer so there is no weight on the bags. We have the BigFoot system so it's easy to do. The hitch is heavy, but for us we travel 6-8 months a year, when we aren't RVing the truck is in the garage, so I just leave it in the bed. I do have a chain hoist if I'm by myself or my son and I can remove it if need be. An Air hitch takes a lot of stress off both the trailer, truck and for those of us in the truck. The other thing is they are pricey. You stopped me at chain hoist :E
Mamacast 06/06/16 03:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Easiest 5th hitch to connect for 1 smaller woman?

There is a learning curve for any hitch. In the past we've had a Reese, moved up to a B&W and three years ago bought our Trailer Saver air hitch. Each was better but we really like the Trailer Saver for the way we RV. We have two sticks with a magnets, we put one on the hitch and one on the pin and it make it easy to like up, works with any hitch, and I can do it by myself. We always do a pull test, put the brakes on the trailer and let the truck pull forward a bit to make sure the hitch is hooked up properly; you do this with any hitch. We had motor homes before the fiver and I find it is easier to hook up the trailer than hooking up the tow car to the MH. Of course that sent me down the youtube rabbit hole to see how this magnet thing works :E How difficult is the TrailerSaver hitch to unhook and how heavy is it to remove from the truck? The Anderson is appealing because of the light weight, hadn't thought about that aspect.
Mamacast 06/06/16 02:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Easiest 5th hitch to connect for 1 smaller woman?

Thanks all, I was more concerned with the actual attaching of the trailer to the hitch, our TT is quite rigorous with the stabilizers and wanted to see if one was easier than another. While the Anderson sounds like the ticket to get the hitch out of the truck I won't be tackling that, it was mainly to be able to attach and detach at the campsite. The suggestion for the wheel step is a great reminder. Thanks all! Hitching a TT with a weight distributing hitch is much more work than a fifth wheel. So that begs the question, can you hook up without a second person? My husband and I had to be a team to line up the TT ball hitch....
Mamacast 06/06/16 10:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Easiest 5th hitch to connect for 1 smaller woman?

Thanks all, I was more concerned with the actual attaching of the trailer to the hitch, our TT is quite rigorous with the stabilizers and wanted to see if one was easier than another. While the Anderson sounds like the ticket to get the hitch out of the truck I won't be tackling that, it was mainly to be able to attach and detach at the campsite. The suggestion for the wheel step is a great reminder. Thanks all!
Mamacast 06/06/16 09:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Suggestions for small 5'er?

Thanks Keller, sorry I didn't list the TV, it is a 3/4 ton diesel. I think we have decided on the Fox Mountain, went and looked, has comparable storage to our bumper pull with a side slide and heated holding, the 235 has a similar footprint as well. Now we have to decide on a hitch that is easy to connect as I might want to take this by myself on occasion! Thanks for your reply.
Mamacast 06/06/16 06:56am Fifth-Wheels
Easiest 5th hitch to connect for 1 smaller woman?

I am wondering if there is a difference in difficulty for connecting your FW depending on the hitch you have? We are getting our first FW and will be purchasing the hitch at the dealer. They sell Pullrite but I am wondering how the TrailerSaver Air-Rides compare in terms of ease of connecting? Thanks for any replies. If it matters it is an 8 ft bed.
Mamacast 06/06/16 06:49am Fifth-Wheels
Suggestions for small 5'er?

We are looking to move from our 24 ft. TT to a 5'er so that I am more comfortable hitching it and backing it. We would like to find something that is slightly smaller with a side slide and heated water storage. Any thoughts on who is making this sort of 5'er? Thanks for any replies!
Mamacast 05/31/16 12:38pm Fifth-Wheels
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