This Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection review is one of my favorite things to do. I love all things power, so generators and towing are two areas of the RV lifestyle that fascinate me.
When it comes to towing, one of the most unique ways to connect a 5th wheel is with the Ultimate Hitch. Its a completely different style, but we won’t be getting into the science behind it. Just the results of two years and tens of thousands of miles.
I love talking about this specific Andersen product. People are amazed when we pull up to our site and with one hand I pull the Andersen out of my truck bed to make room for a quick Kayak trip.
Here it is, the good and the bad of the Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection.
Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel connection problems
The first ‘bad’ thing I can say is, having the Andersen Hitch means everyone around you is going to feel entitled to give their opinion on it.
One of the more frustrating opinions I hear is the aluminum frame is somehow weak and/or cheap, thus making it undersized and over priced. We have roughly 20,000 miles towing our 5th wheel toy hauler with the Andersen and have not had any issues.
While this may not seem like the worst situation to come across, it does get annoying. Which brings up another point… be careful giving your opinion on towing. Its a sensitive subject with quite a few RVers, for some reason.
My only ‘serious’ critical opinion of my Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection is the cheap plastic end caps and stickers everywhere.
There are stickers telling you the torque specs, and which direction to face, and the name Andersen is on there multiple times. There is a sticker to remind you that using the Andersen Hitch does not void any trailer manufacturer’s warranty.
I like a cleaner look, personally, so I would prefer if all that was in a little glove box pamphlet of some kind. Besides, anything that rides around in the bed of your truck is going to suffer from rapid wear and tear.
I appreciate the torque specs being handy, but after 6 months the stickers started looking trashy.
Andersen Hitch vs 5th Wheel
If you use your truck bed frequently the Andersen is a must have. Most conventional 5th wheel hitches are very heavy.
I used a Demco Hijacker Autoslide for a while, before switching to the Andersen. It was almost 300 lbs and moving it was no easy task.
At the time, I thought having the 5th wheel in the truck bed would get me out of moving a couch for the in-laws. Turns out, I use my truck bed a lot more than I thought.
Even when I wasn’t pulling the toy hauler, it seemed I was constantly moving the Demco in and out of my bed.
At roughly 35 lbs, the Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection is extremely easy to get in and out of my truck bed. Now that the Demco is gone, I find myself using my truck bed even more.
By the way, I don’t have anything bad to say about the Demco, other than it is heavy. It worked perfectly for our short bed. I made several less than 90 degree turns without issues.
Not only is the Andersen light and easy to move, its simple. I went to Harbor Freight and bought a torque wrench that I leave in my truck. Three screws and less than two minutes will have this hitch installed or removed from the back of your truck.
I bought my Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection review free, relying on the knowledge of a salesman. Believe it or not, there is a reasonably priced RV parts store in town. They have a nice selection in their accessories department, too.
Two years later and we had no issues. We tend to take our travel trailer more than the 5th wheel now that the kids are older.
I have interacted with Andersen via email with some questions after purchase. They were prompt and courteous when responding, which is in line with their reputation for warranty claims and customer service.
Andersen Ultimate Hitch in 6.5′ Bed
It was mentioned above, but our 2018 Ram 2500 has the standard bed size of roughly 6.5′. While our turn radius was not as good as the Demco Autoslider, we had no problem making 90 degree turns using the Andersen.
The bottom line is this… I am an Andersen products fan because of our Ultimate Hitch.
I was a skeptic, and at first I wasn’t willing to risk the safety of my family if I wasn’t comfortable. Which explains why we had the Demco. I met several people on the road using the Ultimate Hitch, and watched countless hours of YouTube videos.
In the end, it was the outstanding customer service ratings that convinced me to give it a try. If people were having problems with their 5th Wheel Connection, the reviews and internet wouldn’t let them hide from it.
Sure, there are some negative opinions out there. However, I can assure you I have seen far more individuals please with the Andersen purchases than I have seen upset with them.
In addition to our Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection, we have their jack stands and leveling blocks. Everything is light, strong, works well and is simple to use.
I will admit, I do prefer the X-Chalk Stabilizer to the Andersen Chalks. As 5th wheel connections go Andersen is a great option for our rigs weight class.
One common problem for 5th wheel owners is the payload limit of their towing vehicle. Our specific model has a payload limitation under 3,000 lbs. The pin weight on our 5th wheel is 2,100 lbs, and with 5 passengers and a full tank of gas we probably push the limit.
The light weight of the Andersen not only improves my ability to use my truck bed, it helps improve our payload ratio saving us over 200 lbs. We can add another person with the saved weight. (That doesn’t mean I want to start inviting my mother-in-law.)
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