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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Comparing Andersen Ultimate and PullRite SuperLite 5th Wheel Hitches
  • The Andersen Ultimate Conneection 5th Wheel Hitch System with Adapter # AM3200 and the PullRite SuperLite Fifth Wheel Hitch referenced in your question have a very similar design. We do not currently carry PullRite products so I am a little less familiar with this model, but I was able to gather some information from the manufacturer in order to compare the two units. Both hitches feature an extremely lightweight construction. The hitch itself on the Andersen Ultimate weighs only 40...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch For Light Weight with 6-1/2 Foot Bed on 2016 Chevy 3500 SRW
  • For your 2016 Chevy Silverado 3500 SRW short bed, let's start with your 5th wheel rails. I recommend getting the Reese Quick-Install Custom Installation Kit w/ Base Rails for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # RP50066-58 which has custom brackets so it won't require drilling into your frame. The brackets will attach to holes already present in your frame. The Andersen Ultimate # AM3200 is a great option for your truck with its 9 inch offset and light weight design. It will be far easier...
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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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  • What Locking Hitch Pin Should I Use for My B&W Tow & Stow 3-Ball Mount with 5 Inch Drop
  • B&W recommends using a pin in their Tow & Stow 3-Ball Mount with 5 Inch Drop # BWTS10048C that is rated at 10,000 lbs. The only locking hitch pins that we carry that specify they are rated for 10,000 lbs and will fit the span of the Tow and Stow mount are the Rapid Hitch Trailer Hitch Lock and Adjustment Pin Lock Set # AM3492. You need to order 2 sets of these locking pins in order to lock the hitch balls to the mount and the mount to the shank.The longer pin in the set will be used...
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  • Can Andersen Ultimate Connection AM3200 be Used in Factory Prep Package in 2017 Ford F-350
  • There is an adapter for the factory puck system in your 2017 Ford F-350. It is # RP30156. It has 2 sets of mounting slots for a hitch. The inner set is spaced 20-1/2 inches apart on center and the outer set is spaced 29 inches apart on center. But there is one problem. The picture frame # RP30156 is an adapter and the Andersen hitch # AM3200 is also technically an adapter and using an adapter in an adapter can lead to unknown performance and/or problems. Ideally you would use a hitch...
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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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  • Adapter to Move a 5th Wheel Trailer with a Dolly that has a 2 Inch Diameter Ball
  • You would have to use a 5th wheel to gooseneck adapter such as the Ranch hitch # AM3100. All of these adapters couple to a 2-5/16 inch ball but for use with a dolly and not actually towing the trailer it is possible that a 2 inch ball could be used. But I would advise using a 2-5/16 inch ball if you are able to use one with your dolly. Dollies like what you are describing usually do not have the capacity for heavy 5th wheel trailers. If you move forward with this then make sure the capacity...
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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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  • How Do Safety Chains Work with Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection # AM3200
  • The safety chains for # AM3200 are # RM3230. The two eyelet bolts included with the safety chains will replace the king pin coupler bolts that ship with the Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection. The other ends with the hooks will need to attach to the 5th wheel rails using safety chain loops such as # C16000.
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  • How Does Andersen Hitch Safety Chains Attach to Andersen Ultimate Fifth Wheel Connection
  • The safety chains for # AM3200 are # RM3230. The two eyelet bolts included with the safety chains will replace the king pin coupler bolts that ship with the Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection. The other ends with the hooks will need to attach to the 5th wheel rails using safety chain loops such as # C16000.
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  • Will Andersen Ultimate Fifth Wheel Hitch Adapter part # AM3200 Fit Rails Reese Hitch Fit
  • We have the Andersen Ultimate Fifth Wheel Connection part # AM3200 which is the correct adapter to fit the industry standard fifth wheel rails you have. Reese hitches like what you have, and nearly all other fifth wheel hitch manufacturers, make their hitches to fit the same rail dimensions. The dimensions are in the attached picture but I can tell you right now this will fit what you have.
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  • Recommended Base Rails and Andersen Hitch for 2002 Chevy Avalanche Z71 1500
  • The Andersen Ultimate Connection 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch System with Adapter - 20,000 lbs # AM3200 can work with any standard 5th wheel base rails. There is not a custom fit for your 2002 Chevy Avalanche, so you would need to use the universal base rails # RP30035. You will want to pay attention to your maximum towing capacity and your payload capacity as you will be close to your vehicle limits with this combination prior to loading your trailer. Any hitch other than this lightweight...
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