My cunning plan to beat the Denver traffic worked like a charm. I got on the road it at 4:15 a.m. and cruised through Denver without a care in the world, no bumper-to-bumper traffic, no stress, no problem.
Well there was one tiny little problem. My days drive was over when I arrived at my first overnight stop at Wyoming's Glendo state Park at 8:30 in the morning. Now I know most people would think that 8:30 AM might be a little early to pull in for the night, but to me driving is like a job, and like any other job, my philosophy has always been, it's never too early to quit.
Yes I could've continued to drive farther down the road but that would've violated my self-imposed rule of never driving more than 200 miles in a day, in less for some reason it's absolutely necessary. After all, what's the point of imposing rules on one's self if you can break them on a whim.
Now some of you, and you know who you are, may be wondering how I liked towing with the new Andersen ultimate fifth wheel hitch, after all this is the first time I've taken it out on the road and first impressions are usually lasting. So in a word ..... I LOVE IT!
In over 20 years of pulling three different fifth wheels with two different old-fashioned fifth wheel hitches, I have never towed this smooth and this quiet before. It's hard to describe how it feels if you have never towed with an old-fashioned hitch before but if you have then all of the chucking, bucking, clanging and banging are gone. It used to feel like there was a trailer back there fighting my every move, now it feels like the truck and the trailer are one unit doing the same thing at the same time.
When the old-fashioned hitch would go over some whoop de do's in the road it would feel like the trailer was trying to tear the hitch out of the bed of the truck. And when I would drive over a transition from a road to a bridge the trailer seemed to be doing the Lambada back behind the truck. But now there's none of that, it rides over everything and doesn't feel any worse than a three-quarter ton truck with 80 PSI in the tires is going to feel by itself. In other words it tows almost like it's not there.
Now I only went 200 miles today and there was no wind to speak of so I still don't know how it will handle on a windy day. I also didn't have the opportunity to make any really sharp turns to see if the pin box is going to hit anything in the bed, so there's still some testing that needs to be done
But for the things it's done so far it's been great, lining up the hitch is no harder than it is with an old-fashioned hitch. When it's hitched up I feel like it's a whole lot safer. And it pulls like a dream. So right now I couldn't be happier.