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Ed9824v

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Posted: 10/15/21 09:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The pullrite does appear to have the offset ability like the Anderson


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^^^ This
Where I am in BC, a fifth wheel hitch requires no chains but a ball hitch does. The Andersen is a ball hitch.

I have the chains.

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ssthrd wrote:

Walaby wrote:

Thanks for all the comments.

Couple replies back.

I didn't realize you could install the hitch two ways. I guess in theory that makes sense, I just followed the stickers on the hitch that pointed an arrow towards tail gate and installed it that way. Guess it makes sense that it could go either way.. I was just following the stickers.

My adapter is mounted towards the rear. Based on the measurement instructions from Andersen, it called for it to be mounted that way.


I would check with Andersen before turning the base around. Physically, you can, but structurally, I don't think it's designed to carry the max load that way while pulling the 5er. Makes sense to me when I look at mine.

I put a stall mat under mine to mitigate against rotation, and it works great. After I hooked up the 5er, I re-torqued the top bolt and got another half turn or so......

I have my adaptor mounted towards the cab of the truck. ie, the cup/pin is closer to the cab to put the connection point over the rear axle. I still have lots of cab clearance, so no issue there. At the scale, the weight on the front tires changed by 20 pounds lighter from unloaded to loaded, so it looks like the connection point could still be very slightly behind the rear axle. Not enough for me to notice at all, and it handles great.


I did ask Andersen about reversing the frame on mine (1st gen original aluminum) and they said "no problem".


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Talked to Andersen today, and they had one suggestion. They said in some of the hitch balls, there's some "slop" and they said sometimes that can cause the chucking. They suggested I wrap some teflon tape around the shaft to tighten it up. I checked mine, and sure enough, it's a tad loose. Wrapped the teflon tape and no more slop. I'll test it later. Also suggested checking the torque of the top nut. I will retorque it once I hook back up and then take it for a short test ride and see if there is any improvement.

The guy didn't really have any other suggestions. I talked to him about reversing the hitch and he suggested no, I think primarily because of my short bed and might be too close to the cab.

Guy wassn't all that helpful really, although never know... maybe the teflon tape will help.

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The road that I travel to the lake is so rough that it will rattle your fillings loose without towing anything. My Andersen tows no different than an empty load on that rough road.


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I did ask Andersen about reversing the frame on mine (1st gen original aluminum) and they said "no problem".


One of us is getting bad info. I just got am email back from Andersen saying that the base cannot be turned 180*. Only the coupler. The base must be installed with the arrow pointing to the tailgate.

You might want to follow up with Andersen.

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Possibly mixing up it up with the one I got ,which is the steel rail mount version. I can run it either way I want ,also the adapter . .

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Ah......only applies to aluminum, I guess.

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EITHER way on my aluminum,ran the head to the back,adapter to front of fiver.4200 pin wt,loved it over my older auto slider.

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