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Andersen Hitch

I have a 2017 RAM 3500 SRW short (standard) bed. My Andersen hitch is set up with the pin box adapter putting the 5th wheel closer to the cab. The pin box is over the rear axle. My question is would I notice a difference in towing if I reversed the adapter and put the trailer further back. I believe I would clear the tailgate and the box sides and it might give me a better turning angle. Trailer is a Genesis 28IKS, 14000 lb loaded max.
Flashman 02/16/21 06:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How dependable are newer trucks with higher mileage?

Incredible. Yes, it is incredible that Dodge could have such a cult-like following. I guess to some owners, all that matters is that the dodge truck has a cummins engine - the rest of the truck is meaningless metal and plastic. The other manufactures understand that there is more to a truck. It can ride smooth. It can have comfortable seats, and a nice interior. It can have AC that works. A decent transmission. A radio that doesn't shut off randomly. Even a front suspension that you don't need to weld so it stays aligned. LOL. I'm glad I kept my 2005 Ford because I have something to drive when the ram is in the shop. It's never had a problem. Not one. Nothing. All I do is change fluids and the typical maintenance and wear items. The ram has had more problems in one year of ownership than any other car my wife and I have owned over the last 20 years, combined. Wow - a Ford fan complaining about cult following. Just goes to show.
Flashman 02/06/21 09:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anderson 3220 setup

Thanks guys. I was most concerned about bedrail clearance, but 9" sounds like more than enough. Any issues with movement of the frame on the bed using 60 ft-lbs? No movement - I use a full length rubber bed mat and I think that helps.
Flashman 01/15/21 02:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anderson 3220 setup

I have a 2017 RAM 3500 short bed SRW with the Andersen hitch. I use the middle hole on the ball. My adapter is back - meaning the 5th wheel trailer is closer to the cab than the tail gate. I was thinking on reversing it but have not done so yet. Have not measured the clearance to the cab. Bed rail clearance is 9 inches.
Flashman 01/15/21 06:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Cummins 1075 lbft peak torque at 1356 rpm

It a great sales gimmick though.
Flashman 01/13/21 11:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Toy Hauler Toy Selection

I take 3 different toys. A 570 RZR, 2 e-mountain bikes and a powered kayak. They all fit in my 28IKS Genesis toy hauler.
Flashman 01/07/21 06:39am Toy Haulers
RE: Collecting 5th wheel Tow Data, just for fun, 2000 mile trip

I will do only 5th wheel tow trucks. That should eliminate most 1/2 tons. Will not differentiate years or engines. Just the big 3 numbers. I welcome the criticism.
Flashman 01/05/21 06:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Collecting 5th wheel Tow Data, just for fun, 2000 mile trip

I will be going from Tucson to Havasu soon and passing through Quartzsite for the big RV show. I will also keep track of tow vehicles to help add to the discussion.
Flashman 01/04/21 01:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Collecting 5th wheel Tow Data, just for fun, 2000 mile trip

Sounds boring..........data collecting not the 'sight seeing' We use to make note of License Plates when we were FT just for fun/curiosity but once the vehicle was gone so was the 'data' What good will this 'data' be for? 150/1500, 250/2500. 350/3500 SRW, 350/3500 DRW, 450/4500, 550/5500..... Does it really matter? And after you collect/correlate all this 'data' then what? What am I going to do with the data? I’ll post it here and watch people like you critique, criticize and wonder why I’m doing it. I’m doing it b/c I enjoy it. Great answer - by the way I am interested in your study.
Flashman 01/04/21 01:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Confirmed 2021 RAM Cummins no CP4.2

Absolutely no doubt Ram was seeing some kind of hit to their bottom line that convinced them to go back to the CP3. The cost per failure (under warranty) was dramatically higher with the CP4. It would make sense for Ram to switch back to the CP3---even if the failure rate for the CP3 and CP4 were the same. Now that Chevy and Ram have both walked away from the CP4, it certainly leaves Ford in an interesting marketing position---especially with these CP4 class-action lawsuits still in the pipe-line. My guess Ford's too highly invested in the CP4--their bean counters have probably determined it's better to stay the course. Maybe Ford's counting on their brand loyal diesel customers to simply choose the 7.3 gasser (vs. a Chevy or Ram) when confronted with the CP4's bad press. Ford and GM diesels are priced about the same as a Ram gasser. I think you’d have to be very brand loyal to buy a Ram right now. Wow what a fan boy! I bought my RAM because it is better than the competition not because it is cheaper.
Flashman 12/24/20 06:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Confirmed 2021 RAM Cummins no CP4.2

Absolutely no doubt Ram was seeing some kind of hit to their bottom line that convinced them to go back to the CP3. The cost per failure (under warranty) was dramatically higher with the CP4. It would make sense for Ram to switch back to the CP3---even if the failure rate for the CP3 and CP4 were the same. Now that Chevy and Ram have both walked away from the CP4, it certainly leaves Ford in an interesting marketing position---especially with these CP4 class-action lawsuits still in the pipe-line. My guess Ford's too highly invested in the CP4--their bean counters have probably determined it's better to stay the course. Maybe Ford's counting on their brand loyal diesel customers to simply choose the 7.3 gasser (vs. a Chevy or Ram) when confronted with the CP4's bad press. They got away with it on the 6.0. Some people will continue to buy them no matter how shitey they are.
Flashman 12/23/20 10:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Confirmed 2021 RAM Cummins no CP4.2

Well it looks like only Ford is sticking with the CP4.2 - but no worries Ford stands behind their customers when the pump fails - right?
Flashman 12/23/20 06:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ram 3500 H.O.

That is about the only advantage the Powerstroke has over the Cummins from a service/repair perspective. Now that I've changed the oil in my truck a few times, I'm actually pretty quick at changing the oil filter from the top with no mess. I'll take that over removing the cab to do just about everything else (the cab was off my 6.0L PSD twice). ;) Yeah, for something that I only have to do once a year or every 15k(versus 10k), it is not a big deal. I just use some plastic shrink wrap to cover the filter as I take it out from the fender well to keep it from spilling. Works like a charm. I have a screw on plug from amazon that helps the oil filter through the fender well easy. After the 1st time I find changing the oil on my Ram a breeze.
Flashman 12/18/20 02:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ram 3500 H.O.

Yes, there is considerably more available real estate under the hood of the Ram/Cummins compared to the Ford/Powerstroke. This was another one of my reasons for going with the Cummins; more room=easier repairs=less overall operating and repair costs over the long haul. There is a reason why most hotshotters use the Ram/Cummins! :C I think the Powerstroke is pretty easy to get at once you get the cab lifted off.:) Easy Peasy - do it on the side of the road all the time.
Flashman 12/17/20 06:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking at '17 3500 Ram

60,000 miles on my 2017 Laramie - mostly towing my toy hauler - drag link fix is the only thing that wasn't operator error caused.
Flashman 11/15/20 04:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: settle an arguement

I just don't believe one is "easier" than the other. Each has its advantages. Exactly - if both set up right and matched to the correct truck.
Flashman 11/13/20 03:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Front hitch

We mounted a Reese/Draw-Tite front receiver on the front of our '16 Ram 3500 (rated at 500/5000 lbs.; tongue/tow capacity). It's mounts between the front tow-hooks and the front frame mount. Only wanted to haul 2-3 bikes (about 100-125 lbs. inc. bike rack), so we didn't need anything substantial. The tow-hook mounted front receiver does mount a bit high. If you use a standard bike rack it will place the bikes in your line-of-vision. We purchased an Ikuram hitch-mount bike rack and cut-out about 10-12 in. of tubing from from the main telescoping tube. All we see are the very tips of the handlebars (can't see the seats). The bike's tires still have 10-12 in. of road clearance. No issues with engine cooling even when carrying 3 bikes under heavy load in 110 deg. heat. If you were to place something in front that substantially blocks wind-flow, like a large cooler, that may be another issue. As for compromising the strength of the tow-hooks with this receiver, we just had our truck winched up a flat-bed truck at a 15-20 deg angle---no problems. Just be sure to keep the pull purely horizontal. I have the tow hook mounted front receiver and want to put a bike rack on it. I will probably use a drop hitch from etrailer and a conventional bike rack.
Flashman 10/27/20 09:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th wheel adapter for goose neck

He may be referring to a "goosebox" which does not cause issues with your chassis warranty. The one I am thinking of is made by Reese, however there is another out there that I have seen but do not remember the manufacturer. Oh, and I would use it (if I could) so I do not have to remove a 250lb fifth wheel hitch in/out of my truck bed if I wanted to use my pickup as a... well... pickup. //KMac Anyone the thinks the goosebox does not apply the same leverage on the 5th wheels frame as a gooseneck adapter cut classes that day when they were teaching about levers. If the adapter/pin box and goosebox extend down and forward the same distance the leverage on the frame is the same. So true.
Flashman 10/11/20 07:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel adapter for goose neck

The Anderson hitch gives you most of the advantages of the goosebox. 1. Can easily use the truck bed. 2. easy hookup if unlevel or at an angle. 3 good trailer articulation. And No air bags No need to grease No frame damage Easy to see to hookup Easy solution to the problems the goosebox is trying to solve.
Flashman 10/10/20 02:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Considering a '17 3500 Ram

60,000 miles on my 2017 SWB 4x4 3500 HO with the Aisin tranny. A perfect match for my 5th wheel Toy hauler. Its been perfect. All most all the miles towing.
Flashman 09/17/20 06:08am Tow Vehicles
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