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RE: Besides Amazon where?

Another vote for etrailer.com
Ron3rd 04/14/21 09:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Inverter Recommendation

If you're just looking for cheap, Amazon has a ton of off-brand Chinese stuff. And many of those sound like a helicopter when the cooling fan kicks in.
Ron3rd 04/13/21 08:35am Tech Issues
RE: Standard hitch vs. gooseneck hitch

Yeah...lots of fake news in social media.....and rv websites in general mostly pushed by those that never use the product being discussed or other brand fan boyz, and specifically mfg voiding their trailers frame warranty because a certain brand 5th wheel hitch is used. PullRite has the same style hitch as a Andersen and nothing was said about its use voiding a rv trailers frame warranty. I would think Lippert would say all brands of Andersen type hitches and not just one brand. There has been a long lengthy discussion about this warranty thing with the Andersen over on the Montana Owners Forum. Many on there tow with the Andersen . I have no concerns about the frame on mine, as said this is the second fifth wheel I have used the Andersen . You are correct the Pullrite is the same exact hitch, with never a mention . Said it along ,most if not all the negative comments come from those that have never towed an inch with the Andersen . Bottom line IMO its the only way to go on towing a fifth wheel, once you have towed with one you will realize that. ...not to mention over at the Grand Design forum where lots of Solitude owners (the equivalent of Montana) are going to Andersen. Just pop it out of your bed and put it in the basement of your fiver if you like. But like anything else, the Andersen is just one choice in a field of many. All of them work.
Ron3rd 04/10/21 05:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Standard hitch vs. gooseneck hitch

The Andersen is a "Ball and Coupler Hitch" and it's Lippert who manufactures a majority of frames for most MFRs that has come out with a memo to MRFs that they will no longer cover Frame failures if an Andersen or real Goose Neck Adapter has been used. Great; can you get us all a copy of that memo? Refer also to the Andersen Multi Million Dollar Warranty posted prior.
Ron3rd 04/10/21 05:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Standard hitch vs. gooseneck hitch

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.
Ron3rd 04/09/21 03:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Standard hitch vs. gooseneck hitch

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.
Ron3rd 04/09/21 03:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: WASH WAX ALL ON FIVER; TIPS?

I use the aluminum 12ft pole that came in the deluxe kit. It does a big area very fast. KEN Just so I understand, you folks that are using the extended pole, you use the pole to both apply the product and to remove it? Our Solitude is 13.5 ft tall. I didn't want to deal with a ladder and maybe get hurt. The long, strong pole is very easy to use. There is a 2 sided "mop type head" that you apply with on side and wipe clean with the other. KEN Got it, thanks.
Ron3rd 04/09/21 03:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: WASH WAX ALL ON FIVER; TIPS?

I use the aluminum 12ft pole that came in the deluxe kit. It does a big area very fast. KEN Just so I understand, you folks that are using the extended pole, you use the pole to both apply the product and to remove it?
Ron3rd 04/08/21 03:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fresh water tank replacement

Hire a reputable mobile rv repair person. He/she will make quick work of it if they're competent
Ron3rd 04/07/21 07:43pm Tech Issues
RE: 5th wheel hitches

On new/newer trucks, with thinner bed metal, or aluminum bed, I would not use any single point attachment hitch, from any hitch maker. Just attaching to the ball only, and using the bed for stability can cause truck bed damage/deflection. Andersen does not make a hitch to fit the FW pucks. An adapter would be needed to attach to the pucks, and a 4-point steel Andersen hitch to fit the adapter. Jerry MFL I think you're referring to the Aluminum Andersen that mounts to a gooseneck ball in the bed. That's the only attachment to the truck. In a way I agree with you on that style of hitch. I'm not a fan of that style but a lot of people run them and like them. I'm running the Steel Anderson that mounts to Industry Standard Rails like many other fifth wheel hitches. The load is carried by the frame brackets under the bed and not the bed itself so it's no different from a normal fifth wheel hitch in that respect. I didn't have the puck system so I went with Pullrite Industry Standard Rails allowing me to use the Andersen, Superglide, or whatever.
Ron3rd 04/07/21 10:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitches

The bottom line is all the hitches mentioned will work. What the OP is requiring in his post is the ideal application for an Andersen. I was ready to go with a Superglide until I was talked out of it by a few former owners who are now using Andersen hitches and I'm glad I listened. There's a lot of misinformation about this hitch. According to Andersen it's not a gooseneck hitch; it's a fifth wheel hitch and they got their approval from the DOT as a fifth wheel hitch. So why do some run safety chains with an Andersen when fifth wheel hitches don't require them? The reason is there are states that insist it's a gooseneck requiring chains so Anderson came up with a chain kit although they claim you don't need them. As to the Andersen voiding your frame warranty, the logic behind this is that you're modifying your pin box and the MFG does not want to be responsible for your modifications so any modifications void your warranty. As an Attorney myself, I understand this reasoning. If you look at the Andersen you'll see the actual forces applied to the pin box are very similar to those on a fifth wheel hitch. In fact, Andersen has a multi million dollar guarantee to cover any damage/void warranty claimed to be caused by their hitch. What's a completely different animal are true gooseneck adapters they made for fifth wheel pin boxes that extended down into the bed to mount on a true gooseneck ball. These long arms worked as a "lever" that could put undesired forces on the pin box. None of this applies to the Andersen which makes hitching up so much easier. A good camping friend and my son in law both have Superglides and I've seen the good and the negative with them and the challenges hitching up in certain situations and angles. Those challenges don't exist with the Andersen. As to strength, the Andersen is rated at 20,000 lbs while the Superglide is rated at 18,000. Andersen has a test video on their website showing the steel Andersen finally breaking at 60,000 lbs of force in a hydraulic press. While the hitch doesn't look that strong, it's actually made from very thick steel tubing. I have no experience with the aluminum Andersen so I can't comment on that model. IMO these types of hitches like the Andersen and the similar Reese Goosebox are the wave of the future. As said on other threads , we have most if not all the negative comments about the Andersen from members that have never towed an inch with one. Yes the aluminum version had some problems . Andersen redesigned it ,and there have been no further issues with the Andersen . Should they supply shims for the valleys in the bed on the gooseneck version, yes . Bottom line is we have choices. I think its a bit unfair to bash a product, without anything but an opinion, not facts. I have towed many thousands of miles now with the steel Andersen ,and I would not tow with anything else. I would recommend for " ANY" fifth wheel that that falls within the weight ratings. The Andersen is easy to hitch, and unhitch , no slop ,no noise etc etc. It solved a problem for me removing a hitch when out of town on fishing trips . Allowing me to to remove the hitch easily to transport my inflatable pontoon boat in the bed of my truck . I had only planned to use it for those trips, other trips my 18K Reese slider . I have now quit using the Reese , the Andersen is used on all trips now, just a better way to go then a conventional fifth wheel hitch, that would include any brand of conventional hitch. All conventional fifth wheel hitches require the same process to hitch ,and unhitch . I agree 100% and you're one of the members on this forum that got me thinking about the Andersen. Then a good friend bought one. Then I started researching and reading. The last two sellers of the GD Solutude fiver we just bought were using Andersens. The only issue I see, and maybe this is a limiting factor, is that it is not a slider hitch. That means it might not work for some short bed trucks with some fivers. It appears the Andersen is ideal for the modern fivers with the curved corners on the cap. On the other hand, a friend has a 2000 Alfa fiver that's got the old style blunt, squared off front cap. It appears to have a shorter arm on the pin box than what they're using now. It's possible the Andersen won't work with his Short Bed CTD. Other than than, if you've got the agreeable combo of truck/trailer, I see no reason not to use and Andersen and I love the fact you can pop it out of the bed in about 30 seconds.
Ron3rd 04/07/21 10:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitches

The bottom line is all the hitches mentioned will work. What the OP is requiring in his post is the ideal application for an Andersen. I was ready to go with a Superglide until I was talked out of it by a few former owners who are now using Andersen hitches and I'm glad I listened. There's a lot of misinformation about this hitch. According to Andersen it's not a gooseneck hitch; it's a fifth wheel hitch and they got their approval from the DOT as a fifth wheel hitch. So why do some run safety chains with an Andersen when fifth wheel hitches don't require them? The reason is there are states that insist it's a gooseneck requiring chains so Anderson came up with a chain kit although they claim you don't need them. As to the Andersen voiding your frame warranty, the logic behind this is that you're modifying your pin box and the MFG does not want to be responsible for your modifications so any modifications void your warranty. As an Attorney myself, I understand this reasoning. If you look at the Andersen you'll see the actual forces applied to the pin box are very similar to those on a fifth wheel hitch. In fact, Andersen has a multi million dollar guarantee to cover any damage/void warranty claimed to be caused by their hitch. What's a completely different animal are true gooseneck adapters they made for fifth wheel pin boxes that extended down into the bed to mount on a true gooseneck ball. These long arms worked as a "lever" that could put undesired forces on the pin box. None of this applies to the Andersen which makes hitching up so much easier. A good camping friend and my son in law both have Superglides and I've seen the good and the negative with them and the challenges hitching up in certain situations and angles. Those challenges don't exist with the Andersen. As to strength, the Andersen is rated at 20,000 lbs while the Superglide is rated at 18,000. Andersen has a test video on their website showing the steel Andersen finally breaking at 60,000 lbs of force in a hydraulic press. While the hitch doesn't look that strong, it's actually made from very thick steel tubing. I have no experience with the aluminum Andersen so I can't comment on that model. IMO these types of hitches like the Andersen and the similar Reese Goosebox are the wave of the future.
Ron3rd 04/07/21 08:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitches

To be clear the B&W 18K Companion that sat on the bed floor was designed when the truck beds were much stronger. Once they realized the beds were thinner and causing bed deflection they provided spacers to anyone wanting them and then proceeded to design a similar hitch but with adjustable spacers so there would be no further bed deflection. Bottom line the ANDERSEN people simply have ignored this issue. Anderson all the way. Choice is obvious imo.
Ron3rd 04/07/21 07:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: WASH WAX ALL ON FIVER; TIPS?

Got it, thanks.
Ron3rd 04/01/21 06:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: WASH WAX ALL ON FIVER; TIPS?

Got it, thanks folks.
Ron3rd 03/31/21 04:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: WASH WAX ALL ON FIVER; TIPS?

Good info folks. Not skeptical at all, just looking for the most efficient way to apply. Also, do most was the rig first or use the "dirty" method?
Ron3rd 03/31/21 01:50pm Fifth-Wheels
WASH WAX ALL ON FIVER; TIPS?

Hi Folks, I read with interest the posts about WASH WAX ALL so I ordered a jug. How is everyone applying the product? Do you use a spray bottle, pump sprayer, or some other method?
Ron3rd 03/31/21 12:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Black oil in propane line?

https://i.imgur.com/DpPMsFKl.jpg Thanks for the info folks. I can easily install a short pipe like shown.
Ron3rd 03/27/21 07:10am Tech Issues
RE: Black oil in propane line?

Got it, thanks!
Ron3rd 03/26/21 11:21am Tech Issues
Black oil in propane line?

I'm going to be installing a propane quick connect on our new to us fiver which to my surprise does not have one. The hard line I'm tapping into appears to be 1/2" gas pipe. I've found a convenient tee with a plug to tap into. I've removed the plug which was facing DOWN and some smelly black oil came out; maybe a teaspoon or so. Is this anything to be concerned about? Also, can I install my quick connect also facing DOWN off the tee without fear oil flowing into the quick connect?
Ron3rd 03/26/21 09:36am Tech Issues
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