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Old 08-28-2016, 07:53 PM   #1
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Anderson hitch goose neck versus rail

Ok we just made a deal for a 5.0 and now we need input on the Anderson fifth wheel hitch. Mike wants to info on the difference between the goose neck and the rail hitch and the Reece hitch. Anyone with experience that would like to share?
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Old 08-28-2016, 10:21 PM   #2
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The Anderson for a goose neck attaches to a ball mounted on the floor of the truck bed. The rail hitch attaches to rails mounted in the floor of the truck bed. The Reece is completely different. Reece may have/probably has multiple models, all of which are very different than an Anderson fifth wheel hitch.

I have the rail mounted Anderson and I love it! It's easy to put into the truck and easy to remove.
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Old 08-28-2016, 10:40 PM   #3
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I suggest separating the discussion of choices within the Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection system (or just Andersen Ultimate") from discussion of fifth-wheel hitches (such as those from Reese), because the details are so different.
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  • the Andersen Ultimate is not actually a fifth-wheel hitch
  • it's Reese, not "Reece", to get the right spelling for searches

I know it's a lot to read, but there are some extensive discussions here in EscapeForum of the Andersen Ultimate. A Google search for "Andersen Ultimate" should find them. Unfortunately, they're usually buried in discussions of the suitability of a particular pickup truck for towing an Escape 5.0 or 5.0TA.
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Old 08-28-2016, 11:07 PM   #4
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I have the Andersen rail version. I love it. It's easy to hook up and unhook.
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Old 08-29-2016, 07:31 AM   #5
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Rail mount Andersen

The rail mount Andersen has, I think, a 9" offset. Does it get offset to the front or rear? Does the box that mounts on the trailer point to the front or rear. (Sorry I don't have the terminology correct). Does anyone know if there are any issues with the aluminum bed on the new F-150?
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Old 08-29-2016, 07:49 AM   #6
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I posted this in the wrong place but I couldn't figure out how to take the post down. Sorry


Edit: I moved the thread... Donna D.
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Old 08-29-2016, 07:52 AM   #7
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Thank you for all your input I'll spend some time tonight searching for those discussions.
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We too have the Andersen Ultimate Hitch paired with the B&W Turnover Ball in the bed of the pickup. Works wonderfully! I like that it's lightweight, simple to use, is quiet while in use and requires no grease.
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Nathan, that sounds great! When the hitch is out, you have a flat floor on your truck bed.

My rails are not perfect, but they are ok. In any case, any way you roll it, the Ultimate is a dandy hitch!
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Nathan, that sounds great! When the hitch is out, you have a flat floor on your truck bed.

My rails are not perfect, but they are ok. In any case, any way you roll it, the Ultimate is a dandy hitch!
I was a little leery of the Andersen Ultimate at first, thinking the traditional 5th wheel hitch was somehow better. But the flat bed and the positive impact on payload won out.

The only downside we have found is that to hookup most effectively (which means as fast as possible so as not to stay past checkout time ), 2 people need to be part of the process. It functions in that manner pretty much exactly as a tow behind.

I've heard that one person can connect a traditional 5th wheel hitch without help or guidance. If you do that with the Andersen, it requires you to hop out, look, back up, hop out, swear, pull forward and re-angle and try again. Not that its that hard, once you get the alignment correct.
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