RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Fifth-Wheels: Trailersavor vs Anderson Ultimate

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Fifth-Wheels

Open Roads Forum  >  Fifth-Wheels

 > Trailersavor vs Anderson Ultimate

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 5  
Next
Sponsored By:
ESDA

Michigan

New Member

Joined: 02/10/2015

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 08/29/22 11:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Buyinh first 5th wheel. Weight is around 14,500 with a pin weight of 2,900. Trying to decide between the trailersavor and the Anderson Ultimate. I realize they are completely different style of hitches. I like the trailersavor with the airbags and how sturdy it is (plus I have the hensley arrow so I know the company. The Anderson looks appealing due to the ease of getting in and out, plus it seems to be easier to hook up. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions?

ford truck guy

Pennsylvania

Senior Member

Joined: 03/22/2008

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 08/29/22 11:26am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ESDA wrote:

Buyinh first 5th wheel. Weight is around 14,500 with a pin weight of 2,900. Trying to decide between the trailersavor and the Anderson Ultimate. I realize they are completely different style of hitches. I like the trailersavor with the airbags and how sturdy it is (plus I have the hensley arrow so I know the company. The Anderson looks appealing due to the ease of getting in and out, plus it seems to be easier to hook up. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions?


Lots of conversation on this site about this exact question...

You will now get possibly 100 different reasons why you should like 1 over the other..

Do yourself a favor and look under the search tab for hitches and read away..
Looking at the 2, with a DRY weight of 14,000, I would NOT chose an Anderson.. From MY understanding, they are great hitches, but better for lighter fifth wheels.. But then again, that is only MY assessment after reading all ( most ) of the posts....

I have NOT had either so I am of no help... BUT , ask me about my B&W Companion ! [emoticon]


Me-Her-the kids
2020 Ford F350 SD 6.7
2020 Redwood 3991RD Garnet


corvettekent

Marysville, WA

Senior Member

Joined: 09/21/2014

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 08/29/22 11:53am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You may think that the Anderson is easy to hook up but wait until you back up too far and push your tailgate into your trailer.


2022 Silverado 3500 High Country CC/LB, SRW, L5P. B&W Turnover Ball, Companion Hitch.

2004 32' Carriage 5th wheel. 860 watts of solar MPPT, two SOK 206 ah LiFePO4 batteries. Samlex 2,000 watt Pure Sine Wave Inverter.


JIMNLIN

Oklahoma

Senior Member

Joined: 09/14/2003

View Profile



Posted: 08/29/22 11:56am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

is that 14500 lb a dry weight or the trailers gvwr ??

you want to work from the trailers gvwr for hitch selections.

I pull GN and 5th wheel trailers and IMO a 5th wheel hitch is a bit easier to hook up although not a game changer for my use.

For a trailer that size and heavier I would choose a air ride hitch.


"good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment" ............ Will Rogers

'03 2500 QC Dodge/Cummins HO 3.73 6 speed manual Jacobs Westach
'97 Park Avanue 28' 5er 11200 two slides

MFL

Midwest

Senior Member

Joined: 11/28/2012

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 08/29/22 02:02pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Michelle.S said:

"I've said it numerous times: Why do people buy the biggest/heaviest Fifth Wheel they can, then look for the Lightest Weight Hitch they can find."

From your other thread.

Trailersavor





ReneeG

Meridian, Idaho

Senior Member

Joined: 07/13/2005

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 08/29/22 02:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have the Hensley TrailerSaver BD3. We traded in our Hensley Arrow on it.

The BD3 and BD5 are both air ride hitches and come apart for easy removal. BD3 is rail or underbed mounted, and BD5 is underbed or puck system.

BD3 is an 18k gross trailer weight and 3500lb pin weight.
BD5 is a 28k gross trailer weight and a 5k pin weight.


2011 Bighorn 3055RL
2011 F350 DRW 6.7L 4x4 Diesel Lariat and Hensley TrailerSaver BD3
1992 Jeep ZJ and 1978 Coleman Concord Pop-Up for remote camping
Dave & Renee plus (Champ, Molly, Paris, Missy, and Maggie in spirit), Mica and Mabel, both Rat Terriers!


Lantley

Ellicott City, Maryland

Senior Member

Joined: 08/23/2005

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 08/29/22 03:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You said it from the start. They are to very different htches.
If your goal/priority is a lightweight easy to remove hitch Andersen wins.
However all other factors go to Hensley.
Durable,beefy,smooth ride,positive latching, substantial weight capacity all, superior reputation,all favor Hensley


19'Duramax w/hips,12'Open Range,Titan Disc Brake
BD3,RV safepower,22" Blackstone
Ox Bedsaver,RV760 w/BC20,Glow Steps, Enduraplas25,Pedego
BakFlip,RVLock,5500 Onan LP,Prog.50A surge,Hughes autoformer
Porta Bote 8.0 Nissan,Sailun S637
Correct Trax,Splendide


sayoung

Tx

Senior Member

Joined: 09/17/2012

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 08/29/22 08:00pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Now that I have an Airsafe air ride hitch, I have no inclination to ever use any other style & the Trailer savers are excellent .
As for an Andersen, I am a former user. I've bent 2 and will not ride in a truck towing with one of the aluminum ones. The steel version which attaches to standard rails is maybe ok

ssthrd

Vancouver Island

Senior Member

Joined: 03/23/2016

View Profile



Posted: 08/29/22 09:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I also have an Andersen. I have seen on these and other pages anecdotal accounts of issues with it, but have never seen a picture to show what exactly is going on. Except for one that I recall which is shown over and over again to illustrate the many problems with the Andersen.

If you or anyone else can post some shots, I would love to see them.

I have travelled thousands of miles pulling a 14,000 lb trailer over some pretty rough roads and have no issues at all.

Please post what you have.

Some say that because it is aluminum, it is not all that strong and must be dangerous. Seems like it can be used structurally in aircraft, and also as the outer skin which is only 2-3 mm thick. I imagine it would be scary for some people if they knew that 2mm of aluminum was the only thing between them and certain death while travelling over 500 mph and 30,000 feet in the air. And then slamming down onto a runway in a 300 ton aircraft at 180 mph.

Gives me the shivers.

No issues with the Andersen after those thousands of miles, and no issues with flying after those hundreds of thousands of miles.

Pictures please. ??


2014 Keystone Laredo 292RL
2011 Palomino Maverick 800M
2018 GMC 3500HD, 4x4, 6.5' box, SRW, Denali, Duramax, Andersen
DeeBee, JayBee, and Jed the Black Lab

The hurrier I go the behinder I get. (Lewis Carroll)

cummins2014

Utah

Senior Member

Joined: 02/20/2008

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 08/30/22 07:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As said I have seen the same picture over ,and over ,and over on here by the same member for whatever reason . I have heard of two ,and that's been several years now with the Andersen . Since they have redesigned nothing that I have read or seen .

Like you thousands of miles without issue . One mentioned over shooting the ball ,and smashing a tailgate , we can bring up many scenarios where we can mess something up with any hitch .

* This post was edited 08/30/22 09:40am by an administrator/moderator *

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 5  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Fifth-Wheels

 > Trailersavor vs Anderson Ultimate
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Fifth-Wheels


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2023 CWI, Inc. © 2023 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.