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Old 12-09-2021, 01:27 PM   #1
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Andersen Hitch release cable

Where are people installing the control/release cable bracket on the 5.0?
I will be installing the red funnel coupler at a delivery site when I pick up my trailer in a few months. I would like to know where I should plan on attaching bracket to trailer or pin box. Pics would be appreciated as well.
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Old 12-09-2021, 02:06 PM   #2
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When I picked up my trailer and installed my Andersen coupler, I did NOT install the cable bracket - I carried an assortment of heavy-duty long zip ties and temporarily secured the cable which got me home with no problems. When I left home with this plan little did I know how much I would really appreciate NOT dealing with mounting that bracket on what turned out to be a rather long day

Once home and under no time pressure I looked things over and settled on the arrangement shown in the pics. No holes were drilled in anything, the Andersen bracket is not used - it utilizes existing holes in the pinbox which were fortuitously convenient.
  • I removed the "T" handle from the cable end (one screw) along with the retaining nuts on the cable, then just laced it through the holes, adding one additional nut purchased at Lowes to set the 'projection' of the threaded section just right
  • Where the cable runs through the pinbox hole opposite the handle I added a short bit of some wire loom wrap I had on hand as a 'wear preventing sleeve' using zip ties (a grommet would be nice but I couldn't source one of the right size conveniently)
  • I shot the exposed metal parts of the cable assembly with black Rustoluem I had on hand
In the pic the handle is in the 'unlocked ready to hitch' position, it pushes 'home' and turns to 'lock' just fine, does not come close to the trailer frame. You also see where I zip-tied the breakaway 'switch' wires to the finished assembly.

I have no problem reaching the handle over the driver's side of my truck box (YMMV); If the trailer is at an extreme angle it'll be a bit more of a reach, I'm OK with that. I like that it's all 'high-and-tight' with gentle curves and extremely solid/secure.

An option just for your consideration, Have Fun!
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Old 12-09-2021, 03:18 PM   #3
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I would suggest waiting until you get home but here’s where we attached it. Drivers side behind the pin box. It also depends which way the Anderson adaptor is oriented.
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Old 12-09-2021, 04:57 PM   #4
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I like both answers . I had kind of thought waiting until I get home would be preferred. I'm only 2 hrs away so Zip ties will hold it until home. Thanx guys!
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Old 01-17-2022, 08:04 AM   #5
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Magnets

Not sure if anyone on this forum has tried this yet but recently came across a vid of a guy using magnets on YouTube.they were plenty string enough for the push/pull of the cable too.

I like this idea.
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