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The woes of short bed trucking.


Yet we still prefer the short bed , go figure [emoticon]

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I had long beds early on.. started camping and went to short beds.. Probably early to mid 80's ish.. the last 3 RV's were fivers, all before were TT's.

always had the SB till March of 2020.... That's when I went to the dark side with the LB AND the B&W.... After 1 partial season of towing, I can honestly say that I LOVE that combo....


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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.


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ford truck guy wrote:

I had long beds early on.. started camping and went to short beds.. Probably early to mid 80's ish.. the last 3 RV's were fivers, all before were TT's.

always had the SB till March of 2020.... That's when I went to the dark side with the LB AND the B&W.... After 1 partial season of towing, I can honestly say that I LOVE that combo....


Nice to see the light! Had one 77 GMC shorty, loved the truck but hated the useless bed.

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ford truck guy wrote:

I had long beds early on.. started camping and went to short beds.. Probably early to mid 80's ish.. the last 3 RV's were fivers, all before were TT's.

always had the SB till March of 2020.... That's when I went to the dark side with the LB AND the B&W.... After 1 partial season of towing, I can honestly say that I LOVE that combo....



As said many times "HAD" the long beds, glad you enjoy yours [emoticon]

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We will be getting a fifth wheel soon and I plan on getting an Andersen hitch. One of the disadvantages I see regularly, and in this thread, is having to align the red hitch pin adaptor directly over the ball on the Andersen. I currently have a TT and have to do basically the same thing with aligning the ball on the truck under the coupler on the tongue . I don’t understand what the difference is and why some indicate this is a difficult thing to do. Can someone shed some light for me please?


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If you can align ball and hitch on your TT, should not be hard to align with the Andersen. You do need to raise the FW a bit higher than with a standard hitch.

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bsbeedub wrote:

We will be getting a fifth wheel soon and I plan on getting an Andersen hitch. One of the disadvantages I see regularly, and in this thread, is having to align the red hitch pin adaptor directly over the ball on the Andersen. I currently have a TT and have to do basically the same thing with aligning the ball on the truck under the coupler on the tongue . I don’t understand what the difference is and why some indicate this is a difficult thing to do. Can someone shed some light for me please?


It’s a perceived issue , mostly by those that have never had one . The new Andersen’s have that red line up cone , and no need to be dead on . I have the older Andersen that didn’t come with the cone . I have no problem getting lined up side to side , no different then lining up the kingpin .I can see the ball from the cab, on occasion I may have to get back in the truck to move further back or pull forward a bit .

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MFL wrote:

If you can align ball and hitch on your TT, should not be hard to align with the Andersen. You do need to raise the FW a bit higher than with a standard hitch.

Jerry


Hell, I got a back up camera not a problem hooking up my ATV trailer , and I can see the ball on the Andersen , neither is an issue . Back in the day before cameras, it still never seemed an issue hitching up bumper pulls .

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I agree if you have a camera on top of the cab aligning and hitching is a breeze. I have the cup forward on my 6'6" bed and the only thing I did was take a gouge out of my bed cover rail. I will grind off the wings on the hitch this spring to prevent further hitting. Thought about turning it around to see if it eliminates some of the chunking I am getting but my new TV will probably take care of that as I am going from 3/4 to 1 ton and longer wheel base.


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