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RE: Sidewinder vs Goosebox vs BD3+1621

while I absolutely agree that the older "leg" versions of the gooseneck adapters create a lot of stress on a fifth wheel frame. The newer style hitches that have come out are leaps and bounds ahead of those. Personally I was going to go with the goosebox for our 37ft Montana, however unfortunately due to my welding rig deck the side tool boxes wouldn't have given adequate turning radius without possible risk of clipping a box with the goosebox. I was very impressed with the goosebox design, and i certainly will consider it in the future. SO i decided to go with the ever forbidden Andersen ultimate model made for flat beds. With roughly 1500KM now on that hitch pulling our montana i can honestly say its performing SLIGHLTLY better than my B&W companion, the companion is a stellar hitch no arguments there. And the fact that i can have it unbolted in 2 minutes, and don't need a skid steer to lift it out is money in the bank as far as i am concerned. Do you guys have any idea how many welding rigs are running down the road with a 36+ foot fiver with a gooseneck ball placed 2 feet behind the back axle, running a goosebox, Andersen, or fifth wheel hitch? Not to mention these welding rigs already have 3000LBS + of gear on their decks, without issue? ive seen/spoken too HUNDREDS that have put a sickening amount of miles on in some of the worst roads. I know some of you will say "well that's not right" but do you really know? At the end of the day this is how i feel. These companies are putting out a product to which engineers have signed off on after numerous testing phases. Some are approved by lippert, some aren't. But i feel most negative comments on these "new technology" items are from people who have never used them once. They see them on the internet and they make their arm chair engineering decision that they just CANT work, and are a ticking time bomb. Ive logged a lot of miles with both, and couldn't be happier with BOTH. I think its funny that the fifth wheel hitch fan club is so set in their ways. I am not an advocate for any hitch, in my opinion if the thing works and the company backs their product WHO CARES.
pressure_welder 07/14/19 06:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: andersen ultimate for trucks with flat bed

Do you have the lower profile version of the hitch or standard height? Are you using a gooseneck or rails to mount it? If gooseneck, what make or model is it? Ya I have the low profile version which I believe is standard for the truck flat bed model. It could actually stand to be a touch lower but still good for level. Iam using the existing recessed gooseneck ball that is installed on my flat bed so no rails or anything. And when you buy a hauler bed they come with a pre-installed gooseneck ball generally rated for 30,000lbs. I guess I also forgot to mention that the Andersen also destroys the B&w in quick height adjustment. Just have to pull a pin and raise or lower ball. Where as the B&W you have to remove hitch head, loosen 8 bolts, adjust had brackets, re-install bolts/torque. Again not the end of the world I did it many times but is a much more time consuming process.
pressure_welder 06/22/19 12:15pm Towing
RE: andersen ultimate for trucks with flat bed

I guess my biggest reason for the review was that I was also a skeptic, mind you I didn’t voice my dislike for the hitch on forums since I didn’t have experience to back that opinion. I wanted to give you guys an honest review after a lot of miles with a companion and “some” miles on an Andersen. As iam writing this I just finished dropping our Montana off at dealership for work (another 100km) and I wouldn’t be afraid to also say that I feel the connection of the Andersen is “tighter” seems like less chucking, especially noise. IF this hitch performs well in long term I don’t honestly see why i would ever go back to conventional. Trust me, the fifth wheel hitch is also engrained in my blood but I am slowly converting
pressure_welder 06/21/19 10:22am Towing
andersen ultimate for trucks with flat bed

Hello everyone, thought I would give a bit of an update. Ended up selling our 2015 RAM limited dually and are now pulling our camper/boat combo with our welding rig which is a 2007 ram 3500 dually with 5.9 cummins and 6SPD G56 transmission, air bags, banks exhaust brake. Biggest issue I had going to the welding rig was making the decision as to use the Andersen ultimate or the reese goosebox. Unfortunately the reese goosebox wouldn't have given adequate clearance from my toolboxes when turning. So decided to go with andersens ultimate hitch made for trucks with flat beds. previous to this I have used a B&W companion since 2015. First of all one of my major reasons going to the Andersen unit was weight.... after almost 4 years with the companion I DESPISED taking it in an our of my truck, used the skid steer however was still always a royal pain to take in and out. Having said that, I feel the B&W is likely the best made fifth wheel hitch money can buy. comparing ease of hookup I would say the Andersen may edge out the B&W slightly. I only say this because the funnel makes backing up accuracy almost entirely on par with a fifth wheel jaw. The best part being once your close you lower the camper, slides onto the ball and its just a tee-handle which is all controlled form the ground, no climbing onto tire of truck to close jaws etc. being a high pressure welder I am surprisingly impressed by the welds on the Andersen hitch. I DO NOT agree with the pinched tubes, in my world this is considered lazy fabrication. Properly cut/angled tubes would allow for a lot more surface weld. But at the end of the day its an insured product.... if it fails and dosent work its on them. Believe you me I was absolutely a skeptic when I first saw them come out, but being in the situation I am in the Andersen was essentially my only viable option. It tows well, installation takes 5 minutes max and the best part is I can take it out at the lake and lift the thing out without dismantling it. With the Andersen on the lowest setting the montana is still a bit nose high but not bad, and still quite comparable to my 2015 ram and B&W. Could let some air out of the bags but I don't think its that bad. At this point, I would personally highly recommend this hitch setup, being that ive had alot of experience with goosenecks/fifth wheels, unless something crazy happens I don't forsee myself going back to a conventional fifth wheel hitch. Weight savings/ease of instsall/ease of hookup with the Andersen sells its self to me anyway, I suppose that could change the more miles I put on but I doubt it.
pressure_welder 06/20/19 02:38pm Towing
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