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Michelle.S wrote:

BUT Andersen doesn't make the Frame, a majority are Lippert and it's Lippert who will Void the warranty not Andersen.

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If we do it we will go with a standard king pin.


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BTW what ball are most using for the new GM HD trucks with factory puck system? I see Curt makes one and so does Reese


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Why use a hitch that could or might cause the trailer frame to fail? Seems like you are playing Russian roulette. If I know one things about companies, they will do anything to get you to buy their product and everything to not pay a claim. So, if the frame bends and cracks, it's on you. I think I read even the Goosebox is only a warranty for 2 years. What do you do after that?

Stick with a real 5th wheel hitch. If you have a ball hitch, get one that works with that like the B&W Companion.

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There’s an advantage to different types of hitches. I don’t want a massively heavy hitch head I my bed and I don’t want rails above the bed. I camp once a month and use my truck like a truck the rest of the time. Others have the ability to pull out the hitch easily. Some don’t like hitching to the gooseneck ball. Others want or need a rotating pin box which will not work with a gooseneck ball mounted hitch.

The old kingpins to gooseneck adapters put way too much stress on the frame, but I’m not sure why Lippert objects to Andersen, other than for financial reasons. If Lippert cared about there customer base, the would evaluate the Andersen and then put down requirements for Andersen to engineer towards.

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On the other hand, I haul stuff. With the rails above the bed, and straps that fit the slots, I have multiple tie down points that will hold anything the truck can haul.

And I love a slider because it moves the pivot point back, which gets the 5er swinging just a bit sooner.

Make your choice and pay the money. There is a reason they make all of the choices.

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Happy with our goose box. No more heavy hitch in the bed and the air bag and shocks make for a nice ride. The only downside is it's a little harder to line up hitching but adding a stripe of yellow tape in the center of the bed and on the face of the hitch does the trick if you ave a bed view cargo camera.


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ZeeLet50 wrote:

BTW what ball are most using for the new GM HD trucks with factory puck system? I see Curt makes one and so does Reese

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Thermoguy wrote:

Why use a hitch that could or might cause the trailer frame to fail? Seems like you are playing Russian roulette. If I know one things about companies, they will do anything to get you to buy their product and everything to not pay a claim. So, if the frame bends and cracks, it's on you. I think I read even the Goosebox is only a warranty for 2 years. What do you do after that?

Stick with a real 5th wheel hitch. If you have a ball hitch, get one that works with that like the B&W Companion.


Anyone who makes that statement does not understand the difference between a true gooseneck hitch and the Andersen Fifth Wheel Hitch. They're making a judgment on something they have never used. If you want to know about an Andersen, ask an Andersen hitch user.

As I said in another thread and will say again; THE ANDERSEN IS NOT A GOOSENECK HITCH! ANDERSEN GOT APPROVAL FROM THE DOT AS A FIFTH WHEEL HITCH!

First; How can an Andersen cause your frame to fail? The forces at the pin are the same as a conventional fifth wheel hitch.

Second; you must be referring to the hundreds of warranty claims made by Andersen hitch users for damaged frames. Oh, my bad, there hasn't been a single one with over 30,000 Andresen hitches in use.

Here's your answer from the Andersen website:

"A few RV/Trailer Frame manufacturers have said (or implied) that they will void the warranty on their 5th Wheel (or frame) if an adapter is used for hooking up.

Officially, that is illegal. According to the FTC’s Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act they can only void the warranty if the adapter actually CAUSES damage, not simply if it is USED. Additionally they have to PROVE the damage was caused by the adapter.

Our solution:

For the Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection, if they won't cover it, please submit a claim to [email protected] We stand behind our product and with the Ultimate Connection we will cover warranties up to $5,000,000. For more info regarding this coverage, see our supplemental warranty."

B&W, Curt, Pullrite, and others all make great fifth wheel hitches and they all work. Some of us just want a different solution that's much easier to use and more convenient to take in and out of the bed of the truck.


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work2much wrote:

Happy with our goose box. No more heavy hitch in the bed and the air bag and shocks make for a nice ride. The only downside is it's a little harder to line up hitching but adding a stripe of yellow tape in the center of the bed and on the face of the hitch does the trick if you ave a bed view cargo camera.


The Goosebox is a great way to go if you already have a true gooseneck hitch in the bed of your truck.

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