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Old 01-20-2018, 04:27 PM   #1
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Ultimate Anderson Hitch Install

Today I started the install of the rail mount version of the Ultimate Anderson hitch on my 2018 GMC Canyon. I will be taking pictures as I go for those interested. This could be a thread about The Good The bad and The Ugly when it is all said and done.

Yes I know I could have and did plan on taking the hitch to Trade Masters in Chilliwack and let them install it, but doing it myself, knowing how it was installed and being part of process is just part of my DNA. I would like to give a big thanks to Gary (gmchamplin) for his help. Without it Im not sure I would have taken this project on.

You can see Garys thread of his hitch at the following link:
2017 Chevy Colorado Diesel 2.8L

As we all know measure a hundred times and then cut or in this case drill once. This is where pictures from Gary really helped in seeing where the frame brackets on his truck attached to the frame.

Today was the point of no return and I drilled the holes for rear rail in the bed. Pictures on this post will show rail placement and dry fitting of rails and hitch. Before the installation of frame brackets to the rear rail I plan to have custom spacers made that will go between the underside of bed and top of frame bracket. In the wheel well picture showing bolts coming through the bed. You will see a flange which extends 13/16 below the bottom of bed. Instead of bending or cutting parts of this flange out I would rather put a spacer that would fill the space between the underside of bed and top of frame bracket to be installed.

Right now the toughest part I foresee will be torquing the nuts that attach the frame brackets to the rails given the lack of space in this area, but so far so good though.

Cheers!
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Old 01-20-2018, 04:29 PM   #2
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Old 01-21-2018, 09:54 AM   #3
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Admirable. Both you and Gary. I need to bone up on the diff between a long bed and a short bed. I know the wheel base is longer, but your length from ball center to tailgate looks about like mine, but yours is slightly in front of the axle center, while mine is slightly behind. No thing I suppose - as long as we both clear....

Oh, BTW, you saved big bux. Even US denominated. Enough for Clearview mirrors - which, with your abilities, you should be able to mount for yourself. Why must we have to spend so much to save so much......?
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I need to bone up on the diff between a long bed and a short bed. I know the wheel base is longer, but your length from ball center to tailgate looks about like mine, but yours is slightly in front of the axle center, while mine is slightly behind. No thing I suppose - as long as we both clear....
Detailed information of this type is available from the manufacturers, to assist those doing this sort of work to upfit trucks for work. In this case, the General Motors Upfitter Integration website includes a set of Body Builder Manuals, which include dimensioned drawings of the box and frame. Look under "Mid-Size Trucks" for the Colorado/Canyon.
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Detailed information of this type is available from the manufacturers, to assist those doing this sort of work to upfit trucks for work. In this case, the General Motors Upfitter Integration website includes a set of Body Builder Manuals, which include dimensioned drawings of the box and frame. Look under "Mid-Size Trucks" for the Colorado/Canyon.
Thanks Brian, but it was just a mention of one of my many Colorado knowledge shortcomings. As I tried to say, I think we all have our balls in the right place...
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Old 01-21-2018, 07:46 PM   #6
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Day Two

Today I drilled four holes for the forward rail and applied POR-15 to all 8 holes in the bed.

Something I've noticed on other Anderson Hitch installs on the Colorado/Canyon platform. Trademasters is not installing the 5th bolt at the center of each rail. Might be because too much stuff in the way beneath the bed, but I will try as the directions call for 5 bolts on each rail.

Now will need to have the custom spacer plates made to fit behind the flange beneath the bed and then I can install the frame brackets. Attach frame brackets to rail bolts and should be finished with this project.

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Spacer Prototype

Well today finished my spacer prototype. Will get metal stock cut into blocks from local steel & recycle supply.

Next step create CAD drawing and take to machine shop to create finished piece. Test the fit and if all good get the remaining 3 pieces made.

I will treat the spacers with a metal prep, coat with POR-15, then paint them black.

Once I have all the spacers I can complete the install of the universal rails for the Anderson Hitch.

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Is your truck long or short bed? How did you determine you had enough clearance between the cab and the RV in a turn? Do you have any concerns about rail clearance, especially if you go over dips or up driveways? Thanks.
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Is your truck long or short bed? How did you determine you had enough clearance between the cab and the RV in a turn? Do you have any concerns about rail clearance, especially if you go over dips or up driveways? Thanks.
jkorzi, I have long bed Canyon which is 6'2". No concerns about clearance between cab or bed rails. See post number one of this thread. There you will find link that will take you to Gary's thread where he has same setup with 5.0TA, with pictures.

Others have short bed and they are towing 5.0TA. Difference between short bed and long bed besides the obvious is the area behind the cab and rear wheel well is where you gain the xtra space, which puts more or less space between the cab of truck and trailer depending on which verison you have.

I choose the long bed as I wanted the King Pin above or slightly forward of the axle. Not an option on the Colorado/Canyon with short bed as I see it based on what I see on my truck.

Also, since I knew I would be installing the Fold-A-Cover with the Personal Caddy. I wanted the extra distance behind the cab where the caddy goes. Pictures below show where the extra foot is gained behind the cab.

Also keep in mind I'm installing the Anderson Ultimate 5th Wheel Hitch. If you were installing a standard 5th wheel hitch it would be mounted about an inch or two further back towards the tail gate.
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Thanks for the detailed documentation that describes your installation, but due to my lack of knowledge about installing the bed rails for the Anderson hitch, I have a couple of questions. With your trailer hitched up, where is the center of gravity located; straight down under the ball; under the king pin; or somewhere else? Did you purchase the frame brackets that you show or are they already part of the truck? If they are an existing part of the truck, did you have to shift their position? Thanks again, Rick
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