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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch to Pull Trailer with MORryde Orbital Pin Box with 2016 F-250 6-3/4 Bed
  • Since your 2016 Ford F-250 has the shorter 6-3/4 foot bed we would typically recommend going with a sliding 5th wheel hitch to allow you to make tight turns without your trailer hitting the cab of your truck. If you went with the MORryde Orbital Pin Box, then that would move the pivot point of your setup further back and allow you to use a stationary hitch instead of a slider (which is always heavier). Using the Andersen Ultimate Connection Adapter # AM3200 would be a great lightweight...
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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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  • Recommended 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter For Flatbed Truck Towing Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • To determine if the Ranch Hitch Fifth-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter with 8 Inch Offset, # AM3139, that you referenced will allow you to tow your fifth wheel trailer without hitting the back corner of your truck bed, you will need to know the distance between the center of the gooseneck ball to the back corner of your truck bed. By using this coupler adapter, you will gain 8 inches from the center of your gooseneck hitch ball to your fifth wheel trailer. Based on the measurements that you...
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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 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 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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  • 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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  • Brackets Needed To Install Anderson Ultimate Connection 5th Wheel Adapter # AM3200 on 2014 Ram 2500
  • The Andersen Ultimate Connection, part # AM3200 would connect to the truck using industry standard fifth wheel rails. The frame bracket/bed rail kit you need is part # RP50054-58. You'd also want to install a 7-way trailer connector in your truck bed, part # 41157. If you click the provided links, you can see install videos for the bracket/rail kit and the wiring harness I've recommended.
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  • Best Andersen Gooseneck to Fifth Wheel Adapter for Flatbed Dodge Ram 3500
  • It sounds like you're looking for an Andersen Ultimate adapter from a gooseneck ball on your flatbed Dodge Ram 3500. The Rapid Hitch # AM3139 will work for you. This has a maximum capacity of 24,000 pounds with an 8 inch offset. It installs onto your trailer's kingpin converting it to a gooseneck coupler. I've attached a video of the adapter for you.
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  • What Ranch Hitch 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter Will Work on 2010 Ford F350 6-1/2 ft bed
  • If you are going to use your B and W gooseneck hitch in your 2010 Ford F350 Diesel with a 6.5 foot bed to tow your new 30 ft toy hauler, then you will want to use an offset adapter like the Ranch Hitch Fifth-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter, # AM3139, to give you additional clearance when making turns. For trucks with beds shorter than 8 ft, a sliding fifth wheel hitch is recommended because it will provide the required clearance to safely make a 90 degree turn. The Ranch Hitch offset...
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  • Recommended Hitch to Use With B&W Turnover Ball Gooseneck on 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Short Bed
  • The Ranch Hitch Adapter # AM3139 is fine for temporary use but is not something I recommend using for an extended period as it may put added stress on your trailer frame and possibly void the warranty. You are already halfway to what is considered by many to be the best fifth wheel setup with the Turnoverball Gooseneck # BWGNRK1313-5W on your 2004 Dodge Ram; I highly recommend using the sliding B&W Companion # BWRVK3400-5W. With more than 400 reviews from our customers who have purchased...
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  • Can the Anderson Ultimate # AM3200 be Used with a 2017 GMC Sierra 2500 with Factory Prep Package
  • The Andersen Ultimate Connection # AM3200 can be utilized with the factory prep package on your 2017 GMC Sierra 2500 with an adapter. If you have the short bed you will need the Demco Adapter # DM6194, but if you have the long bed you will want the Adapter # DM6206 instead. Please keep in mind that we do recommend going with a sliding 5th wheel hitch for beds shorter than 8 feet to avoid trailer-to-cab contact when taking tight turns. The Anderson does provide 9 inches of offset but...
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  • Proper Installation of Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch System with Adapter AM3200
  • With the Andersen Ultimate Connection 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch System with Adapter # AM3200 the aluminum adapter box can only be installed one way. The end of the box with the two horizontal bolts running through it attaches to the trailer's king pin. The bolts engage with the channel in the king pin in the same way that the Blaylock EZ Lock King Pin Lock # BLTL-70-40D does. Please refer to the linked photo of this king pin lock for illustration. If your adapter box is installed on the...
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  • Are Safety Chains Required to Tow 5th Wheel Trailer with Gooseneck Adapter
  • State laws for trailer safety chains do vary a bit. In Indiana safety chains are required when pulling a 5th wheel trailer with a gooseneck hitch and any adapter. You may prefer to use chains like # RM3230 just for their safety margin, even if not required, to avoid any potential issues as you're travelling. 5th wheel trailers do not require safety chains but gooseneck trailers generally do.
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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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  • Trailer Coupler Height Compared To Ball Mount Height For Towing Safely
  • It is ideal to have the hitch of the vehicle paired with the level trailer tongue when trailer is loaded. If there is a little bit of a drop toward the hitch ball, that is better than being tongue high. I've attached an article to assist. One of the best ways to ensure you have the best function is to use an adjustable ball mount like # AM3290 to ensure you have the ability to adjust the hitch ball height to best match the level trailer height.
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