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RE: Trailersavor vs Anderson Ultimate

I also have an Andersen. I have seen on these and other pages anecdotal accounts of issues with it, but have never seen a picture to show what exactly is going on. Except for one that I recall which is shown over and over again to illustrate the many problems with the Andersen. If you or anyone else can post some shots, I would love to see them. I have travelled thousands of miles pulling a 14,000 lb trailer over some pretty rough roads and have no issues at all. Please post what you have. Some say that because it is aluminum, it is not all that strong and must be dangerous. Seems like it can be used structurally in aircraft, and also as the outer skin which is only 2-3 mm thick. I imagine it would be scary for some people if they knew that 2mm of aluminum was the only thing between them and certain death while travelling over 500 mph and 30,000 feet in the air. And then slamming down onto a runway in a 300 ton aircraft at 180 mph. Gives me the shivers. No issues with the Andersen after those thousands of miles, and no issues with flying after those hundreds of thousands of miles. Pictures please. ?? Do a search as I've posted my pics a couple times. I don't have my computer set up now as we are living in our 5er while building a new house. As to aircraft structure , the skin, spars , bulkheads do wear . I've spent a lot of $ keeping planes flying so have some experience as well as Andersen time. The original AUH used lighter tubeing than later versions along with adding some reinforcement . I am and will continue to be very unhappy with that hitch. Friends don't let friends use an AUH, imho. Sour grapes. If there was really an issue with Anderson hitches they would not be in business. There are thousands upon thousands of those hitches out on the road with zero broblems. You simply don't like them for whatever reason.
TravelinDog 09/02/22 01:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best Hitch

Of course they ALL recommend a pull test. A pull test is no divergent than a visual test, it's a test! My wife double checks me every time as she fully understands how the hitch works. Kinda like "did you put the butt plug in the boat" as she asks me every time before a launch. I really don't care if people do a pull test or not. I think people should do what they feel comfortable with. Lot's of damage can be done not doing a pull test correctly. I have a traditional style 5th wheel hitch and do a "tug test" every time I hook it up. As far as dropping the trailer on the bed if I did not lock the hitch properly, I only lift the leveling jacks about 1/2 inch off the ground so it wouldn't be able to fall onto my truck bed.
TravelinDog 08/31/22 04:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best Hitch

Andersen - many advantages - light weight, easy to hook at odd angles and uneven ground. YEP, https://i.imgur.com/U39If1bl.jpg How do other "traditional" 5th wheel hitches fare after an accident like the one that caused the Anderson hitch to buckle like in the pic. I'm sure those Anderson hitches don't just buckle for no reason.
TravelinDog 08/25/22 03:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wheel Bearings

"Used to be, likely still applies, not a good idea to mix different types/brands of grease. " I would really like to see some proof or research/testing done by a reliable source to back up that statement. Having serviced hundreds of semi trailer units and not knowing what grease was used previously, it was a rarity, rarity that a bearing in our fleet of over 10k units ever had a bearing failure. A bearing was only serviced when the unit was brought into the shop for a brake change. That could be anywhere from 1 year or 5 years. Servicing wheel bearings every year is just nonsense. I call malarky on that one. I agree 100%. The bearings don't car what kind of grease is in there. The important thing is that there is grease and the bearing never run dry. Mixing different greases has never been a problem in over 40+ years of cars, trucks and trailers.
TravelinDog 08/14/22 01:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looks like a nice TT

Never owned one but did own another Keystone brand TT. Springdale is a basic stick and tin trailer, the brand is at the bottom of the Keystone barrel. That's if one believes they have a top of the barrel line. Keystone support after the sale is almost non existent if one is worried about such things. Anyone who pays even close to the number published by Keystone for that POS has rocks in their head. You never owned one so... https://i.imgur.com/qmKCioGm.png
TravelinDog 08/04/22 04:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: RV wind deflectors do they work we will see

Let us know how that air deflector works. I'm guessing it will do little to nothing. If it slopes at a 45° angle it will make the air flow past the front of the 5er but it will also exert a downforce which is the equivalent of pulling more weight.
TravelinDog 08/02/22 01:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Winegard antenna… what’s it good for?

To answer your question, no, the Winegard dome antennas are for satellite reception only and will not pick up the local over the air digital broadcasts. Winegard does make a few over the air antennas that do pick up the local stations, but the domes are not among them. This is incorrect. I have the Winegard done on our 5er and it DOES pick up local over the air tv stations wherever we are.
TravelinDog 07/31/22 10:19am Technology Corner
RE: 5th Wheel Hitch Buyer's Guide

Yup that's what the "writer" will get. Inaccurate or false info from people who have "heard it from a friend" or read about it on the web. Such as the Ram needing a slider. I have a slider in my 2017 Ram and have not needed to use it.
TravelinDog 07/31/22 10:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New battery cost.

Li are not a good option for Edmonton. Too cold in winter time. . well thats a load of BS. only no good if you camp in the winter and insist on leaving them on the tounge. Charge an LiFePo4 at -40. Not recommended you say? To run what I want I'd need 700 lbs of battery. Think I want to move that into the RV when it is -30? How do you guys turn someone’s simple question about the price of a deep cycle battery into your stupid p!swing match?? LOL, I was wondering the same. The OP is in Baltimore MD but I guess he could tow his trailer to Antartica. Well if this thread was over on the dedicated Keystone forum the 3 overbearing members there would have turned it into a payload issue.:h
TravelinDog 07/30/22 02:29pm Tech Issues
RE: 5th Wheel Hitch Buyer's Guide

Hi everyone, I'm an automotive writer with a major (ish) site, and I'm putting together a 5th Wheel Hitch Buyer's Guide. I've been doing a lot of reading, watched videos, and talked to a couple of acquaintances who tow, but that's a small sample size and it's easy to miss important information when you don't have first-hand experience—I've done lots of bumper towing, but never with a 5th wheel. I'd love some input from knowledgeable people about what to look for when buying a 5th wheel hitch, what to avoid, and any personal experiences with specific brands or models. I'm happy to provide my email in a PM if anyone wants to talk off the record. Thanks, Dave Hmm...it really makes sense for someone to put together a guide about something they know nothing about, right? A bunch of second hand anecdotal information. I guess you could also just copy and paste a bunch of google articles and have the same thing.
TravelinDog 07/30/22 02:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Where is the photos

I don't know what forums they are going to but they are going to campgrounds. Way too common now to see trailers with boots on at least two wheels, security lights that go on when you are ten sites away and a whole picnic table of people soaking in the great outdoors by looking at it on their tablets. If your site is a shortcut to their site then get out of the way so they can get through. Most must be crawling out from under rocks as they seem to know nothing about human behavior. Too bad this hobby is being taken over by inconsiderate dolts. Glad that I only have a few years of camping left in me. We used to come back from a trip relaxed and full of great encounters. Now, we get so disgusted that we either leave days early or end up going home swearing that we will never visit that campground again. End of rant. https://i.imgur.com/8KFjwJQm.png
TravelinDog 07/29/22 11:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Generator Security

I keep my gen chained in the truck bed along with a 2nd spare tire. It weighs 140lbs+. If someone really wanted to steal it no "special" cable or lock is going to stop them. I agree that most thieves just look for an opportunity to grab something loose and easy to take.
TravelinDog 07/28/22 11:43am Tech Issues
RE: Auto leveling question

If your batteries are original to your TT it is definitely time to replace them. They are over 4 years old and I've found my trailer batteries don't have a very long life.
TravelinDog 07/28/22 11:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Your Rig

I couldn't remember if I had posted a pic of our new 5er so here it is. It's 2021 Keystone Cougar T/V is a 2017 Ram 2500 6.7 Cummins. https://i.imgur.com/MgR6Bgtl.jpg?1
TravelinDog 07/28/22 11:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth wheel mileage question

This is our 1st long trip with our new 5er, 14k gvwr. We've gone from so. NV to Reno-Elko-Boise-Lakeview-Medford so far. Tow vehicle is a 2017 Ram with Cummins 6.7. We've driven from hot desert to high mountains and everything in between from 2700ft elevation to 7300 foot passes. MPG has been anywhere from a high of 12.2 to 9.3.
TravelinDog 07/28/22 11:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2 a/c units on 1 gen?

Just an observation here. 2 weeks ago in 95° temps I was running the rear a/c in our 5er which is 15k btu off my gen using the 20 amp outlet. I had to use a 50ft extension cord and an adapter to the 50 amp power cord because the gen is too heavy to lift out of the truck bed by myself. The gen ran the a/c with no problem. It did pull down quite a bit at start-up but then ran for 7+ hours until I shut it off. It still had about one gallon of gas left. Obviously it would best without an extension cord but it worked just fine.
TravelinDog 07/26/22 11:54am Tech Issues
RE: 16' Scamp and 2018 Ram 2500 diesel

If rude is calling out BS then I guess we are.
TravelinDog 07/24/22 03:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Let's talk Dana 80 axle temps

I assume we are talking about the hubs (out by the wheels), not the differential (aka: pumpkin) in the middle. Unless you are heavily loaded or have other reason to believe you are putting more strain than normal on the bearings, I would pull them apart to make sure they still have grease in them and there is no other apparent damage. Obviously you are talking about something you know nothing about. Those full-floating axels are lubricated with the gear oil in the rear end not grease. https://i.imgur.com/qmKCioGm.png
TravelinDog 07/24/22 09:46am Tech Issues
RE: New Travel Trailer

Aaaaand we're well on our way to another chicken little payload discussion! WoooHooo! It didn't take long for the payload police to show up on the scene.;)
TravelinDog 07/24/22 09:35am Travel Trailers
RE: 16' Scamp and 2018 Ram 2500 diesel

There is always one or two trucks that get phenomenally better fuel mileage than the 10s or 100s of 1000s of others of the same vintage on RV or camping related boards. It's a law of nature. Yea... call me skeptical. A nice way of saying he's full of it LOL. No there are not. Plain and simple these people are full of you know what.
TravelinDog 07/24/22 09:29am Travel Trailers
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