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Nato556

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I have a 2018 Ram 2500 6"4" bed with factory puck system, So I'm able to use either version of the Andersen Hitch. The Ultimate 2 is aluminum, and connects to the gooseneck ball and the frame sits on the bed and gets tighten down against the truck bed . The Ultimate (steel construction) connects to a rail system that uses the 4 outer pucks of the 5 puck system in the truck. Can anyone tell me if either is the best way to go. I've heard the Ultimate 2 can sometimes dent the truck bed in some extreme cases. Thanks to all!

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I have the steel version that pins in my rails in the bed. To me it just seems more secure being pinned in four spots instead of just one with the goose ball. I don’t have to worry about dents or deflection of the bed floor. If I had the pucks I’d buy the adapter to pin the steel hitch in.


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Posted: 07/03/18 04:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bluie5 wrote:

I have the steel version that pins in my rails in the bed. To me it just seems more secure being pinned in four spots instead of just one with the goose ball. I don’t have to worry about dents or deflection of the bed floor. If I had the pucks I’d buy the adapter to pin the steel hitch in.


Seconded. I have the rail mount version as well and it's rock solid.


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Make use of the pucks. If you want to use the Andersen, get the adapter for the pucks. A hitch that fits the pucks directly would be my choice. It would not cost much more, but would be heavier.

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IdaD wrote:

bluie5 wrote:

I have the steel version that pins in my rails in the bed. To me it just seems more secure being pinned in four spots instead of just one with the goose ball. I don’t have to worry about dents or deflection of the bed floor. If I had the pucks I’d buy the adapter to pin the steel hitch in.


Seconded. I have the rail mount version as well and it's rock solid.


"Thirded." We used the steel, rail-mount version in our previous truck and it was great. I have read several reports (on multiple forums) of dented beds from the gooseneck ball mount version. I could still get the steel version in and out of the truck with one hand if I needed to the truck bed for something else.

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I'd go with the steel/pucks one also if I had the factory pucks. My truck didn't come with them, so I use the AUH2 with a B&W turnover ball. Very happy with the hitch.


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Personally would go with a B&W "BUT" if I had to choose I would go with the picture frame puck adapter and steel ANDERSEN. Never heard of one of them denting the bed or folding!

But with that investment I would consider looking into the B&W puck slider!!!


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Thanks all!

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If I had to do it again and had pucks to start with I'd go with something like this.
https://www.etrailer.com/Gooseneck-and-F........html#exp-productdetails=.all-description

Only need the GN ball in the bed.

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I just sold my Andersen steel ultimate, used with a turnover ball. The hitch worked well, no dents or problems in my 2016 Ram 6.4.
IF I was to buy another fifth wheel trailer, I'd consider a Companion instead of an Andersen. NOTHING wrong with the Andersen at all, but I think the Companion would be easier to hook up to and I wouldn't have to climb into the bed to affix the safety chains required in several states.
IMHO...

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