I figured I would write about the Andersen fifth wheel hitch that I installed just before I went to Montana and let everyone know how it worked out.
In a word it worked GREAT! I can't see any reason why I would go back to a regular fifth wheel hitch again. It is without a doubt the smoothest pulling, easiest to hitch and unhitch, and user friendliest hitch I've ever had.
With my regular hitch I would always have the fear in the back of my mind it would come unhitched going over a bumpy road, or it wasn't hitched properly and the Arctic Fox would fall in the bed of the truck as soon as I pulled away. To make sure those things didn't happen I would always check my hitch multiple times to make sure it was locked up properly, sometimes even using a flashlight to see inside the hitch. And if I remembered to do it I would also do a pull test by putting on the trailer brakes and pulling with the truck to make sure it was going to stay hitched.
All of that is a thing of the past and totally unnecessary. It's easy to see that the Andersen hitch is hitched and locked. There is no partial hitching, there is no wrong hitching, it's either hitched or it isn't, and it can easily be determined from a distance or from almost any angle.
I still haven't figured out where I want to mount my locking handle, right now it just lays in the bed of the truck where I can easily reach it and so far even that's worked out okay.
In an effort to prevent someone from messing with my aluminum ball on the hitch when I'm not pulling the trailer, I modified the pin that holds the ball in the hitch. I drilled the hole where the safety pin went a little bigger and threaded it. I then screwed a bolt into it and put blue Loctite on the bolt, then put a nylock nut on the bolt. Now this won't prevent it from being stolen but at least they will have to put some effort into it and it will take some time. And the point was to keep somebody from taking it just for the heck of it because It was easy to remove in just seconds.
Another thing I did was put two clevis's in one of the rails to attach my safety chains to. I never used the safety chains on the whole trip and don't intend to unless I absolutely have to. But if I ever did have to, I needed a place to hook them up.
The bolt is Loctited in a threaded hole, and the nut is Loctited to the bolt.
Clevis's for the safety chains within easy reach of the side of the truck