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Old 01-11-2019, 12:06 PM   #11
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I have read numerous threads about the Anderson Ultimate Hitch, most folks seem pretty happy with theirs. However, I recently read a post where a person comments about how much he dislikes this hitch; apparently every time he goes to unhitch his 5th wheel, the ball catches and lifts the truck up and then drops the 5th wheel onto its stabilizer legs with a bang! This obviously has me very worried now.

I would appreciate any comments from owners of the Ultimate Hitch and any problems they have had while disconnecting from it, thanks in advance.
To me, something doesn't seem right with what you describe is happening.
When you unhitch you release the hitch and lower the trailer leg. If the hitch doesn't release and the legs extending raise the truck, how can the trailer drop on to it's legs? If the legs are raising the truck then they are on the ground. Sorry if I'm reading it wrong. Thanks
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:25 PM   #12
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I have read numerous threads about the Anderson Ultimate Hitch, most folks seem pretty happy with theirs. However, I recently read a post where a person comments about how much he dislikes this hitch; apparently every time he goes to unhitch his 5th wheel, the ball catches and lifts the truck up and then drops the 5th wheel onto its stabilizer legs with a bang! This obviously has me very worried now.

I would appreciate any comments from owners of the Ultimate Hitch and any problems they have had while disconnecting from it, thanks in advance.
I had the catching problem, but not the dropping action. For me the trick is do not turn off the truck when unhitching or hitching up. When the truck with an automatic transmission is turned off, the truck moves very slightly forward or backwards even with the parking brake on and this is enough to put pressure on the ball. Happens with bumper pull trailers too.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:22 PM   #13
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Thanks so much to all of the people who responded to my inquiry After reading your replies I almost wonder if this individual was not using the release cable properly or perhaps did not install the hitch properly. I have read many more reviews on these hitches and the majority really like them.

I am seriously considering getting the Anderson Ultimate hitch. Hopefully some of you folks are at the rally this year and we can discuss further. Of course you may have to drink one of my beers in return
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Old 01-12-2019, 03:41 PM   #14
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To me, something doesn't seem right with what you describe is happening.
When you unhitch you release the hitch and lower the trailer leg. If the hitch doesn't release and the legs extending raise the truck, how can the trailer drop on to it's legs? If the legs are raising the truck then they are on the ground. Sorry if I'm reading it wrong. Thanks
I agree. It's not possible to lift the trailer without the jacks being on the ground.
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:42 AM   #15
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We purchased Reese rails for our 2015 F150. The Andersen pins that hold the hitch to the rails rock and cause the hitch to clunk when starting. This week I'll be installing a shim to stop the clunking. It seems others don't have this problem, but we do. If I had it to do over again I'd install the gooseneck version.

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Have you made your shims yet? I checked my setup and I have 1/6 or less vertical play.
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:50 AM   #16
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Have you made your shims yet? I checked my setup and I have 1/6” or less vertical play.
As a matter of fact, I installed front and rear shims yesterday, and am guessing there is now 1/16" or less, of vertical play (hard to measure). We leave on the 23rd for AZ, so we'll find out if this fixed the clunking. Pretty sure it's over though.

Today I'm going to raise the hitch on the 5.0 to the upper set of holes so I can raise the ball in the pickup. The camper was setup incorrectly at Escape. Currently it sits a little over 1 1/2" too high in front. If my math is correct we should be within +-1/4" from level. We left our trikes at home on the maiden voyage, so this time we'll have the trikes in the bed of the pickup and want as much clearance for the tires as we can get. Clearance for the trike tires is the reason why we purchased the lift kit.

The weather here is snowless, grey, and dreary. Can't wait to head south!

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How thick are your shims?
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Old 01-13-2019, 05:15 PM   #18
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How thick are your shims?
I haven't my trailer yet, but I am wondering if this is what would work?

https://www.etrailer.com/dept-pg-Acc...Dampeners.aspx

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Old 01-13-2019, 05:28 PM   #19
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I haven't my trailer yet, but I am wondering if this is what would work?

https://www.etrailer.com/dept-pg-Acc...Dampeners.aspx

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🤔 for $3 Id give them a try.
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Old 01-16-2019, 12:30 AM   #20
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Ours has never given us a bit of grief. When we raise the front stabilizers to release the trailer from the truck, the truck gradually lifts then releases. Sometimes it will raise up about 1/2" higher than its normal position before it releases, then rebound back down that 1/2", but I don't think that tiny bounce is anything to worry about. Wouldn't trade our Anderson for any normal 5th wheel hitch.
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