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Durb

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Posted: 12/12/19 02:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A word of caution, do some measurements of your pin box before jumping to an Andersen. I talked to a gentleman with a newer short bed Ram and a busted out rear window. He was pulling a Montana High Country with rounded front corners. With the Andersen adapter facing rearwards his pin box was damaging his tailgate. He turned the adapter around and happily towed for many thousands of miles before he took out his rear window and dented his cab. He did say he lost focus when the incident occurred. I wouldn't run the hitch with the adapter forward with your truck.

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Durb wrote:

A word of caution, do some measurements of your pin box before jumping to an Andersen. I talked to a gentleman with a newer short bed Ram and a busted out rear window. He was pulling a Montana High Country with rounded front corners. With the Andersen adapter facing rearwards his pin box was damaging his tailgate. He turned the adapter around and happily towed for many thousands of miles before he took out his rear window and dented his cab. He did say he lost focus when the incident occurred. I wouldn't run the hitch with the adapter forward with your truck.


Although thats a possibility ,that gentlemen would of NEVER been able to run an Auto slider, he would of hit every time he turned a corner, that had to be one screwy pin box.Although I have seen where some have had to clip the corners on the pin box, with just a manual slider , its rare, but Its a possibility. Why would the gentlemen not clip the corners. ??? It sounds like it was not making a lot of contact.


I am not sure what you mean, not run the adapter forward, that means putting the fifth wheel closer to the cab to me, I run mine putting the fifth wheel further from the cab, so to me thats the adapter in the rear position . If I have the terminology wrong ,you know I mean .

OP has the same truck as mine, megacab short bed. If he runs it the same as I do ,and the corners are rounded on the fifth wheel , and he has what I would call a normal pin box or the MorRyde pin box, and hopefully he will, there should not be a problem .

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End cap on the Solitude
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Likely pin box that will be on the 2020
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Does either the front cap or the pin box look likely to present a problem to either the rear window, or to the side rails of the truck in tight turns?
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Posted: 12/12/19 09:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don't pay extra for the RotoFlex pin box because you will have to lock out its function when using with an Andersen hitch. If you want the chucking control of that pin box, you will have to use it with a conventional hitch.

In my post regarding the broken rear window, the man's trailer was similar to yours in that the front cap tapered forward. His situation involved a tight backing scenario combined with a driveway. When the truck tires hit the driveway dip, the trailer leaned forward, busted the window, and dented the cab near the roof. Not a typical scenario, but many of us have backed tight on uneven terrain. I did witness the bites his pin box took out of the inside of his tailgate. His truck was a beautiful high end model (Platinum if I recall). He was not happy at all.

So, with the adapter in one position, his pin box was impacting his truck. Switch the adapter and out goes the window.

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DesertDogs wrote:

End cap on the Solitude

Likely pin box that will be on the 2020

Does either the front cap or the pin box look likely to present a problem to either the rear window, or to the side rails of the truck in tight turns?


Couple things to remember:

One, the RAM short box is the shortest of the three.

Two, going forward is not a problem, as the truck will not turn tight enough for the trailer to contact the cab. It is backing up where the issue occurs. With a mega cab, the contact will be even farther away from the drivers seat and hard yet to monitor for contact issues.

In the fall of 2015 when we purchased our RAM, I knew I wanted the pucks and installed them myself, as the truck we purchased off the lot had everything else we wanted.

At the time there was not a slider, manual or auto that mounted via the pucks. There is now B&W Slider So I choose the Demco picture frame and the B&W manual slider. Because of the position of the B&W latch handle and the front bed box I had, I had to slide the hitch to uncouple. So I became SOP to slide the hitch back at check in and forward after straighten out of the street to exit a park or campground. So I never had an issue. With an auto slider I would have had a problem releasing the trailer as the handle would not clear the front box.

I used a HF hoist to lift the hitch and picture frame in and out of the truck as a single unit. I ran without the trail gate as I had a V-Box behind the hitch. I modified the front box twice. This box had been in my 1993 and 2001.5 RAMs. The first mod was step in the rear low side to clear the Demco picture frame and when we bought the Big Horn, I had to shorted the box from to back to clear the bigger pin box.

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Posted: 12/13/19 06:36am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Regarding pin box mount flanges, I cut them off on our Cardinal 5th wheel.

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DesertDogs wrote:

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" I knew I wanted the pucks and installed them myself"

Full disclosure! "WE" had a time planned to do the pucks. Someone got antsy and got it done before I could help.[emoticon]


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Me Again wrote:

DesertDogs wrote:

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If you use this link to post pictures they will come out to correct size. http://photoposting.is-great.net/


Sorry about the photo size. I'm used to forums which automatically size them down for regular forum viewing and then allow them to be enlarged by clicking on the picture.

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Durb wrote:

Don't pay extra for the RotoFlex pin box because you will have to lock out its function when using with an Andersen hitch. If you want the chucking control of that pin box, you will have to use it with a conventional hitch.

In my post regarding the broken rear window, the man's trailer was similar to yours in that the front cap tapered forward. His situation involved a tight backing scenario combined with a driveway. When the truck tires hit the driveway dip, the trailer leaned forward, busted the window, and dented the cab near the roof. Not a typical scenario, but many of us have backed tight on uneven terrain. I did witness the bites his pin box took out of the inside of his tailgate. His truck was a beautiful high end model (Platinum if I recall). He was not happy at all.

So, with the adapter in one position, his pin box was impacting his truck. Switch the adapter and out goes the window.



Let me ask again, was there a reason he just didn't clip the corners of the pin box. Its usually pretty obvious , and does not hurt to do it .


As far as the front cap , they are all pretty much that way, with the corners rounded off .

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