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  • How Many Andersen Camper Levelers # AM3604 Should be used for Tandem Axle Trailers
  • I have confirmed with my contacts at Andersen, and for a tadem axle trailers one leveler # AM3604 should be used per axle for stability purposes. So for your application you would need 2 of these levelers. This leveler provides from 1 inch to 4 inches of lift depending on the configuration needed. I have also included a short video review of this product for your reference.
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  • Is a 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Trailer Adapter with Offset Required for a Short Bed 2011 Ford F-250
  • To determine if an offset 5th wheel to gooseneck adapter is required for your 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty with the 6-3/4 foot short bed, you will need to do a little measuring. Use the formula below to ensure there will be enough space between your truck cab and trailer when executing a 90-degree turn. (A + B) - C = Clearance A = Distance from center of gooseneck ball to truck cab B = Length of Offset, 8 inches for the longest we have available (Use Zero for no offset) C = Width...
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  • Choosing Between Anderson Camper Levelers AM3620 and AM3604
  • The only silly question is the one unasked. You can use just one of the Anderson Rapid Jack # AM3620 on your single-axle trailer. This leveler is USA-made from 100-percent recycled materials. If you have a multi-axle trailer then instead use # AM3604.
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  • Do 5th Wheel Trailers Require the Use of Safety Chains
  • No, 5th wheel trailer connections do not require safety chains. Consumer 5th wheel applications connect to the truck the same way that big rigs connect to trailers and this is considered a secure enough connection to not require safety chains. Items that connect to a ball do require safety chains. So if you are using the Ranch Hitch adapter # AM3139 as an example, you would need safety chains. You can then use the safety chain attachment, # AM3109. You can also check the laws in your...
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  • Using Andersen Camper Leveler # AM3604 on Tandem Axle Trailer with Closely-Spaced Wheels
  • The Andersen Camper Leveler # AM3604, which is sold as a set of one leveler and one chock, will work on your tandem axle trailer even if the gap between the tires is only 2-1/2-inches. If you refer to the linked video and photo you'll see that the leveler does not need to fit vertically between your two closely-spaced tires to work properly as a leveling device. In fact the two pieces, the leveler and chock, can be used together in another configuration to allow both sides of a tire...
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  • How to Remove the Ranch Hitch Adapter From a 5th Wheel Trailer King Pin
  • You are correct, the Ranch Hitch, # 3100, adapter base does thread onto a collar system, see drawing, comprised of a collar and 2 wedges that fit around and into the recessed portion of the trailers king pin. When the adapter is tightened onto the collars system on the king pin the connection is very solid and hard to break. Once the bolts are removed from the trailer pin box, you will need the Spanner Wrench for Ranch Hitch Coupler Adapters, # AM3104, and a 4 foot cheater pipe, along...
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  • Will the Use of Extensions and Gooseneck Adapters Void the Warranty on Lippert 5th Wheel Pin Box
  • I spoke with my contact at Lippert and I have a solution as to how to maintain your warranty and still be able to pull your fifth wheel trailer with the gooseneck hitch. She said that the use of any extension or gooseneck adapter will void the limited frame warranty. This would include the use of the Andersen Gooseneck Hitch to Fifth Wheel King Pin Adapter, # AM3225. To maintain the warranty, her recommendation was for the Reese Goosebox. It is an acceptable aftermarket replacement for...
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  • Are Safety Chains Required When Using a 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Adapter
  • A gooseneck trailer, or in this case a converted 5th wheel trailer using Ranch Hitch, # AM3139, will still need safety chains as if required by law in the states you will be traveling. You will need to check with the Department of Transportation for your state and where you will be traveling to determine the specific requirements as they may vary from state to state. There is a set of chains made specifically to go with the Ranch Hitches. Take a look at the Safety Chains for Ranch Hitch...
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  • Installation of Andersen Ultimate Connection 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch System AM3200
  • The Andersen Ultimate Connection 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch System # AM3200 secures to your king pin with bolts so that the only pivot point is the gooseneck ball, on which the aluminum block adapter will then rotate. Please see the linked photo.
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  • What Is Needed For More Clearance Between The Bed Rails And Gooseneck Trailer On A Ford F-150 Truck
  • A good rule to follow is to allow 6 inches or more of clearance between the sides of the bed and the bottom of the gooseneck trailer to allow for dips and bumps in the road. You will want to check your gooseneck coupler to see if it has an adjustable tube with set screws that will allow you to adjust the height of the coupler for extra clearance when attached to your vehicle. If it does then you can loosen the set screws and adjust the length of the tube to get more clearance. If...
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  • Is an Offset Adapter Needed to Tow a 5th Wheel with a Gooseneck Hitch on a 2011 Ram 2500 Short Bed
  • You will need to do some measuring to determine if you will need an adapter with offset or not, or if you will even be able to tow a 5th wheel trailer with your gooseneck hitch. Here is how to determine if an offset would be required. First, measure from the center of the hitch in the bed of the truck, and add any amount of extension from the front of the trailer to the center of the king pin on your fifth-wheel trailer. If the king pin is recessed under the front of the trailer subtract...
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  • What is the Maximum Distance Required Between the Truck Bed and 5th Wheel Trailer When Towing
  • The recommended clearance from the rear corner of your truck bed to your fifth wheel trailer when in a turn is 4 inches. If you have a 9ft or 10ft long flat bed, then you may not have the full 4 inches that is recommended. If you already have a fifth wheel hitch or gooseneck hitch installed on your truck, then you will want to measure from the center of the fifth wheel hitch jaw or the center of the hitch ball in the gooseneck hitch to the rear corner of your truck bed. Next, measure...
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  • How To Determine Which Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter To Use on a Ford F-250 Long Bed
  • Usually on a Ford F-250 long bed (8 foot) truck an offset gooseneck adapter is not necessary, but you can measure to see if you would need one. To determine the clearance needed on your F-250 long bed, you need to take the width of your trailer and divide by two. Then measure from the gooseneck hitch ball in the truck to the back of the truck cab. That dimension should be 4 inches more than your first measurement for correct clearance. For example, if your trailer measures 96 inches...
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  • Removing Trailer Ball from Andersen Rapid Hitch Ball Mount
  • As you can see by the photo I provided, both of the trailer balls used on the Andersen Rapid Hitch are constructed of a single piece. It is not possible to remove one ball.
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  • What is the Minimum Clearance Between Truck Bed Sides and the Bottom of a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • A good rule to follow is to allow 6 inches or more of clearance between the sides of the bed and the bottom of the 5th wheel trailer to allow for dips and bumps in the road. To find the right 5th wheel to gooseneck adapter for your truck and trailer, there is a simple measurement you can take. First, back your truck into position as if you were hooking up your fifth-wheel trailer. Make sure that the truck and trailer are level. Next, measure from the pin plate (the bottom of the pin...
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  • Installation Instructions for Anderson Fifth-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter # AM3100
  • The Anderson Fifth-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter, part # AM3100, installs in about an hour on standard fixed 5th wheel pin boxes to adapt them for towing with a gooseneck hitch. Anderson does not recommend it for use with a cushioned pin box. This adapter fits a standard 2-5/16-inch gooseneck ball and is rated for up to 24,000 lbs GVWR and up to 6,000 lbs tongue weight. It provide a vertical adjustment range of 3 inches (from 11-3/4-inches to 14-3/4 inches height) and is fitted...
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  • Would Andersen Ultimate AM3200 Give Enough Clearance with a Short Bed Truck
  • The Andersen Ultimate Connection 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch System # AM3200 provides an offset, or set-back, of 9-inches to allow better clearance for shorter truck beds. Now this typically will work in shorter truck beds, but since yours is 6 feet long it may not be enough. The only way to determine if you would have turning clearance is go also know the width of the nose of the trailer. Here is the formula you would need to use once you have that info. (A + B) - C = Clearance A...
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  • Will Andersen Camper Leveler # AM3604 Fit 2-Inch Gap Between Tires on 2013 Flagstaff 29RLS Trailer
  • The Andersen Camper Leveler # AM3604 is designed to fit the majority of tandem-axle trailers, but according to my contact at Andersen Tools the leveler can be trimmed if necessary to allow use with closely-spaced axles. You would simply need to trim off approximately 3/4- to 1-inch of material from the thin side of the leveler. This will give the leveler a slightly higher starting height but will also allow it to fit between the adjacent tires if it cannot fit at its full size. Please...
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  • How to Measure to Determine the Correct 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter
  • You will need to measure to determine how long the fifth-wheel to gooseneck adapter will need to be. Park your fifth-wheel trailer on a fairly level surface. Back your vehicle under the fifth-wheel trailer stopping when the center of the king pin is directly above the gooseneck hitch ball, measure from the top of the gooseneck ball on the truck to the base of the pin box on the trailer. This will give you the measurement needed to select an adapter. The adapters we offer range between...
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  • Recommended Clearance Dimensions Between Truck Bed Rails and 5th Wheel Trailer
  • If you take a look at the linked diagram you can see the minimum recommended clearance distances between truck and trailer for 5th wheel towing. It is recommended to have at least 5-inches from the top of the bed rails to the bottom of the trailer overhang. If you are intending to modify your truck by having its bed rails partially cut out you'll have to determine how much needs to be cut out based on the height of your trailer when level. If you're going to lower the trailer for reduced...
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  • Can the Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection AM3225 Install Over a Bed Mat in a 2012 Ford F-350
  • I spoke with my contact at Andersen about the Ultimate Connection # AM3225. He stated that on a rubber type mat or spray in type of bed liner you can use this adapter. The adapter should not be used with the plastic type of bed liners because it would not be a secure enough connection. For the best results Andersen stated that trimming the bed mat where the adapter would set will provide the best connection. I have included a link to a video review of the adapter for you. You also may...
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  • Way to Lock a Trailer with an Anderson Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection
  • The uniqueness of the Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection part # AM3225 acts as some-what of a theft-deterrent. Most likely a thief wouldn't have this adapter on their vehicle. However, for an actual way to lock your trailer I would use a wheel lock like the Rack'em Manufacturing Lock'em Magnum Wheel Lock # RA-25.
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  • Installation and Safety of the Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Adapter # AM3100
  • The Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Hitch Adapter, part # AM3100, is very easy to install and use. The base of the adapter will clamp down on the gooseneck ball in your truck bed just like a regular gooseneck coupler. You will insert the fifth wheel trailer king pin into the top of the adapter, and then bolt it to the base of the kingpin using provided mounting hardware and existing bolt holes. This is a very safe product, it has a Gross Weight Capacity of 24,000 pounds and 6,000 pounds Tongue...
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  • Improving Fifth Wheel Ride Quality with Fifth Wheel To Gooseneck Adapter
  • For starters, keep in mind that for the best ride quality, ideally you would want to tow a fifth wheel trailer using a fifth wheel hitch. Sacrificing some ride quality is usually the nature of the beast when using a fifth wheel to gooseneck adapter. Having said this, there are some things you will want to check. If you are using the offset adapter like part # CAB-C5GX1216, you will need to make sure that the flange on the top of the adapter is bolted to the bottom of the pin box. Make...
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  • Recommended Steel Hitch Pins For 2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty Truck
  • From my research I found your F-350 can tow between 12,500 to 21,000-lbs depending on how your truck is set up. Regardless of any of the hitches or accessories you put on you will want to make sure you do not exceed the capacity of your truck. The towing capacity for your F-350 should be able to be found in your owner's manual. If you are not able to find it there you can check with your dealership and they will be able to tell you what your towing capacity is. If ever in doubt...
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  • Are Safety Chains Required with the Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection 5th Wheel Adapter
  • I spoke with my contact at Andersen to see if safety chains are required with the Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection # AM3225. He confirmed that safety chains are only required to be used with the Ultimate 5th Wheel Hitch in Indiana. The Ultimate # AM3225 is classified as a 5th wheel hitch so most states do not require safety chains. If you do not live in Indiana or plan on traveling through, you can use the # AM3225 without safety chains. If you do live in Indiana, I strongly recommend...
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  • How To Install Safety Chain Attachment U-Bolts With Ranch Hitch Gooseneck to 5th Wheel Adapter
  • Which U bolts you will need, depends on the manufacturer of your gooseneck hitch. If you have Curt Quick Goose 2 Gooseneck Hitch, you will need Safety-Chain U-Bolt Kit for Curt Quick Goose 2 Gooseneck Hitch, part # C113. If you have a Reese or Draw-Tite Remov-A-Ball Goosneck Hitch, you will need Replacement U-Bolt Safety Chain Kit for Remov-A-Ball Gooseneck Hitch, part # 6308. You could also install part # 6308 in your truck bed to use with other brand gooseneck hitches. You would...
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  • How to Determine if Andersen Ultimate Adapter Has Enough Offset for Short Bed Truck 90 Degree Turns
  • That really depends on the nose of your 2003 Cougar EFS267, if its a narrow v-nose you'd have a better chance of the Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection # AM3225 having enough clearance. Luckily there is a formula that will tell you exactly if the # AM3225 would give you enough clearance. You will need to measure from the gooseneck ball to the truck cab on your Chevy truck with a 6-1/2 foot bed and then also the width of the nose of your trailer. (A + B) - C = Clearance A = Distance...
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  • Will Andersen Rapid Jack Work on Trailers with Long Distance between Front and Rear Axles
  • Most likely the Andersen Rapid Jack Item # AM3620 would not offer enough lift on a wide track trailer with a longer distance between the front and rear axles. What I recommend is Powerbuilt Unijack Bottle Jack with Built-In Jack Stand - 21" Lift - 6,000 lbs Item # ALL620471 because it is small and easy to store and this model has 21 inches of lift. I have linked a video review of this jack for you.
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  • Recommended Gooseneck Trailer Safety Chains
  • For a general-purpose safety chain for a standard gooseneck trailer we offer # FCHA0050324 from Fulton. This is a 42-inch Grade 70 chain with 5/16-inch clevis. This is sold as a single chain, not a pair. The 36-inch safety chains included with Ranch Hitch 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter # AM3109 are similar to chains like # RM3230 which include the D-rings needed to attach them. This item is intended for use with that specific adapter. We also have the Tow Ready Safety Chain...
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