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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Can Trailair Cushioned Pin Boxes be Used with Andersen Ultimate Fifth Wheel Adapter
  • The Trailair pin boxes can be used with the Andersen Ultimate part # AM3225 according to our contacts at Andersen. The Rota-Flex style pin box is not compatible though. The Rota-Flex has more forward and rear movement which does not work well with the Ultimate Adapter. I attached a link to a page that has all of the cushioned pin boxes we carry as well.
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  • Comparing Anderson Rapid Jacks # AM3620 and # AM3604 For Trailer Leveling
  • The difference between Andersen Rapid Jack # AM3620 and # AM3604 is not only the height but the length. The Rapid Jack # AM3620 is 17 inches long whereas # AM3604 is 15 inches long. This small difference means that the longer one will not fit as a leveler of multi-axle trailers. Otherwise they are pretty much the same. Another option is to use Ultra-Fab leveling blocks # UF48-979051. There are 10 included and each is 7/8 inches tall. This will allow you incremental leveling. I have included...
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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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  • Gooseneck Adapter to Provide Additional Clearance Between 2006 Dodge Mega Cab and 5th Wheel Trailer
  • Where exactly is the 5th wheel contacting the bed? If its contacting the rear of the cab, then you will need to look into a sliding fifth wheel hitch or a fixed fifth wheel hitch with a sidewinder pin box as long as you have a short bed truck. The Ranch Hitch Offset Coupler Adapter, # AM3139, that you referenced will give you additional clearance when turning, but it is not designed to completely eliminate contact between your trailer and truck cab. If the trailer loft is hitting the...
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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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  • Will Andersen Rapid Jack # AM3620 Fully Lift Tires on 2016 Forest River Travel Trailer off Ground
  • I spoke with my contact at Anderson and he estimates that the Rapid Jack, # AM3620, will work for about 98 percent of the trailers out there today. Take a look at the video that I have attached where you will see that by using the Rapid Jack on the front tire, the back tire is raised just far enough to change the tire. The remaining 2 percent of trailers have an independent suspension so raising one tire will not raise the other. You can easily test this by pulling up on a large/thick board. Although...
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  • Can Camper Leveler Be Used On Class C Motorhome
  • I spoke with my contact at Andersen about your Motorhome and getting it level. They told me that there would be no issue with the tires being 1 inch wider than the Andersen Camper Leveler, part # AM3604. This provides 4 inches of lift for your motorhome and includes a chock to make sure the wheel stays in place once you find the level you are comfortable with. They did recommend using these on the inside wheel which would make it a bit more stable.
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  • Recommended Wheel Jack For Tandem Trailer For Changing Flat Tire
  • The best way to change a wheel on your fifth wheel trailer is to use the Andersen Rapid Jack, part # AM3620. You will pull the vehicle up on the # AM3620 so that the other wheel is about an inch off the ground. I have attached a link to a video that shows how the # AM3620 jack is used. It is always a good idea to use jack stands like part # PTW41021 as well. Having the jack stands under the frame while you change the wheel gives you added security.
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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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  • 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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  • How Does Andersen # AM3139 Ranch Hitch Attach to Fifth Wheel King Pin
  • Take a look at the photos I've provided, which will give you a clearer idea of how the adapter would connect to the fifth wheel king pin. The threaded collar would slip over the king pin, and would be slid up all the way. The split collet is placed in the groove on the king pin, and the threaded collar would slip down over the collet. A gear puller or the # AM3103 slide hammer is used to seat the collar on the collet. The # AM3139 adapter would then thread onto the collar. The flange...
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