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RE: Jayco?

Hmmmmm. My Arctic Fox is 10 years old and the dual pane windows are holding up very well. Not sure if they're sealed like the ones at home. But, no evidence of fogging or water leaking between panes.
Njmurvin 02/25/21 02:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chevy vs Arctic Fox. Can It Tow It...Safely?

I pull an older, slightly lighter AF 27.5 5th wheel (GVWR 12100 lbs) with a 2020 Chevy 3500 Duramax standard bed. Obviously, yours will be a different experience without the diesel. As long as you're patient on the long grades, don't freak out over the high revs on climbs and poor fuel economy (the diesel doesn't do that well either when it's towing), you should be fine.
Njmurvin 02/19/21 01:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen Hitch

I have the Andersen with the adapter set for more distance to the cab (red ball receiver forward). My truck bed is 6'9" with the OEM puck setup. I have good clearance to the tailgate and side rails. It tows just fine in this position. I don't really notice much of a difference driving down the road between this and my 2004.5 Ram with a Superglide (same trailer) - except that the Andersen is smoother and quieter. And, there's no comparison in removing/installing the hitch as the Andersen is about 200lbs lighter. Hooking up is a bit more effort due to ball alignment vs. backing into a slot. But, I'll take that tradeoff any day. I'm super happy with the Andersen so far.
Njmurvin 02/19/21 12:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mega Cam Ram 3500 and towing fifth wheel

With the Andersen, if you try to max out the offset from the cab (both hitch and adapter locations) you need to confirm you have clearance from the back of your pinbox to the sides and tailgate. You can gain over 9" clearance if the back of your pinbox won't make contact with the sides on extreme turns or tailgate when driving straight. In the Andersen installation instructions, they take you through some some measurements to determine if you're going to clear. I have a pretty short pinbox that allows me the maximum offset.
Njmurvin 02/08/21 12:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Newer 5ers, Slider Hitch Required For Short Beds?

Gonna go with the Superglide auto slider I hope you did your homework on the Superglide, and the limitations on hitching ,unhitching . Had a friend grow tired of it after couple years ,and got rid of it ,that and the weight to deal with. Hopefully you are aware of all this, they are not cheap . In 16 years and 2 different 5th wheel trailers (with my 6.5' Ram bed), I never once had an issue hooking/unhooking in developed campsites. I realize it had the potential for issues, but it was never an issue for me. That said, I love the Andersen on my new truck. Super light and super quiet.
Njmurvin 01/18/21 01:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Newer 5ers, Slider Hitch Required For Short Beds?

I had a Superglide in my 6.5' Ram bed with a trailer with curved but not "notched" front cap. Obviously, with the SG, there was never a concern. But I paid the price as it was heavy and expensive. My current truck has a 6.9' bed. With the slightly longer bed and the added 9" offset away from the cab provided by the Andersen Ultimate Hitch (configured in the rear position), I don't have any clearance issues at all - even on tight turns. And the trailer tows just fine in that position. Like Cummins2014, I probably have had more challenges parking in my own driveway than I have experienced in any campground.
Njmurvin 01/16/21 01:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slider

Andersen Hitch, I tow with a Ram short bed , no clearance issues . X2 (only mine is in a Chevy) With the right pin box clearance to side rails and bed, the Andersen can give you approximately 9" more distance from the cab.
Njmurvin 12/22/20 12:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pullrite Superlite - Best Dry Graphite Lubricant

I don't lube my Andersen Ultimate Hitch either. I've only towed with it a few times. But, no sign of wear and no sounds coming from the hitch either. I used to have the old style Superglide on my previous truck. I used SlipPlate graphite spray on the rails.
Njmurvin 12/15/20 01:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheel Purchase

My fifth wheel is 12K lbs and it is everything my 2004.5 Ram 3500 (with 5.9 Cummins Diesel) could handle. I can't imagine trying to pull it with a 1500.
Njmurvin 11/16/20 04:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New 5th wheel hitch.

^^^X2 ... except I don't hang mine on the wall. It sits covered on a cart under the 5th wheel overhang. The Superglide on my old Dodge truck had some slop in it - just learned to live with it. The AUH on my new truck is solid. No slop at all.
Njmurvin 11/09/20 02:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: BW 3300 with Ford 6.5 box

Not "pushing it" on this truck (3900lb payload). The real point of my post was the added cab clearance the AUH can provide. The weight benefit is secondary - but by all means, not insignificant.
Njmurvin 10/19/20 06:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: BW 3300 with Ford 6.5 box

Assuming you can hit the cab with all conventional non-slider hitches, your best shot at avoiding a slider is likely the Andersen. The hitch, itself, gives you 5" of setback from the cab. Then, add about 4" to that if you can get away with the standard install of the kingpin adapter. Assuming your pinbox has clearance from the bedrails and tailgate in that position (as mine does), you gain a healthy 9" in total. I had a Superglide in my previous truck and I loved how I never had to worry about hitting the cab. What I didn't love was getting the hitch in and out of the truck and its robbing me of 250lbs of payload. It literally takes me 15 minutes to install my Andersen (all 38lbs of it) and I take my time. My truck has a slightly longer bed (6'10") and I have miles of clearance to the cab in tight turns.
Njmurvin 10/19/20 11:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel adapter for goose neck

Andersen is on the fence about the subject of safety chains. They still consider themselves exempt because they're still a fifth wheel hitch. But, because they use a ball, one could argue that it's still a ball hitch and requires chains. Since I never want to have this discussion with the CHP, I have installed the safety chain kit for my Andersen Ultimate hitch. It literally takes about 30 seconds to attach the chains. One thing bugs me about the anchor point in the truck bed for the chains. The chains attach to a bracket that slips over the gooseneck ball down at the truck bed level. If the trailer to upper ball connection fails, the chains should work as intended. However, if the gooseneck ball breaks or separates from the hitch assembly, the chains will likely come off and the trailer will break free. I wanted to use the other puck holes in my truck bed to anchor the chains and eliminate the single point of failure - but the AUH partially blocks the holes.
Njmurvin 10/14/20 02:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Near tragic event!!

Scary stuff!!! I torque my wheels and air up the tires before every trip ever since my brother lost a wheel from his fifth wheel on the freeway and it went through another car's windshield. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
Njmurvin 09/26/20 06:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Battery question

How do you have them cabled? It's better if you have the trailer's load (+) going to one of the batteries and the ground (-) coming off the other.
Njmurvin 09/22/20 03:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Front Rock Shield

Mine is diamond plate but I think LineX is a good suggestion. I had the older formula of LineX in my previous truck bed. It faded a lot. But, I think the newer formula is improved and I believe there is a coating or treatment you can get for it.
Njmurvin 09/22/20 03:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone pulling over 12K with new Ford 7.3 Gasser?

What I have never seen is to like sized engines, same load, same gears, same grade, compare the whoa. The guys on TFL Truck on youtube have run many tests of comparably equipped trucks and how they perform towing the same load up and DOWN the Eisenhower Pass in Colorado. Going up, they measure the time. Coming DOWN (assuming that's what you are referring to by "whoa"), they measure the number of times they have to touch the brakes to maintain the set speed of descent.
Njmurvin 09/16/20 04:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 30’ 5th wheel

x2 on Arctic Fox 27.5L. Mine is older and not the wide body of today. Also, mine is a bit shorter, I believe ... at 28'. But don't let that fool you. As short as it is, it still has a GVWR > 12K lbs.
Njmurvin 09/16/20 11:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheel with no dually truck

As mentioned above, when shopping trucks, look at the door jamb sticker for payload. They'll vary within manufacturer depending on options and trim. Since you mentioned Chevy 3500, I have an SRW 4x4 LT trim Silverado Duramax 3500 crew cab with standard bed and, per the sticker, it has a 3895 lb payload rating. The trailer you mentioned should be just fine with this truck.
Njmurvin 09/14/20 01:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What to do with my hitch

When I had my Superglide, I used a HF hoist to lift it out of the bed and lower onto a metal rolling cart, cover it with a patio furniture cover and store it under the fiver overhang. Now that I have the Andersen Ultimate, I just lift it out and set it on the same cart, cover and store the same way. That said, I'm in SoCal and don't have to deal with severe weather (unless you count fires and drought).
Njmurvin 08/28/20 12:26pm Fifth-Wheels
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