Andersen 5th Wheel Hitch - 3220 vs 3217 (Taller)

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Looking at 5th wheel hitches, and for everyone that has the Andersen, did you install the 3220 or the taller 3217 on your Tremors? Would like to keep it short to stay under my tonneau cover, but also want to make sure there is plenty of clearance.
 

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Man, I originally wanted one of these Andersen hitches when I was shopping for my 5th wheel. I had a couple of people mention horror stories about them. I did some searches and read about some pretty bad failures. I ended up getting the B&W companion slider hitch but really don't like how heavy it is. I like to have my bed space back when I'm not towing.

I am interested to hear what other Tremor owners say about the hitch.
 

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I just keep my heavy slider in my shop. I have a skid loader with forks so I can lift that heavy beast in or out no troubles. It's heavy and I trust it going down the mountain grades at high speed. The puck system is awesome just turn 4 levers and its out or in.

My back flip fully closes over it too.

But YES i'ts a heavy bastard. But so is my 5th wheel
 

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I just keep my heavy slider in my shop. I have a skid loader with forks so I can lift that heavy beast in or out no troubles. It's heavy and I trust it going down the mountain grades at high speed. The puck system is awesome just turn 4 levers and its out or in.

My back flip fully closes over it too.

But YES i'ts a heavy bastard. But so is my 5th wheel
My neighbor has a harbor friend engine hoist that looks perfect for reaching in the truck bed and hoisting it in and out. He said it was only like $150 bucks. Might be an option for me. It's too heavy for my wife to help me and I feel bad always asking a neighbor to help me lift it. I do love having the puck system though!
 
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That's one of my options that I'm considering (the B&W), but I'm really trying to keep weight down since I effed up and bought the 250 and not the 350 LOL! Seriously though, the 5'er I'm buying has a 2,400 pound pin weight and my Tremor has a stated payload capacity of 2,700 +/- lbs. I really like the lightweight and ease of the Andersen, but am also looking at the Goosebox as well (way easier and nothing in the bed at all). I'm installing the B&W Turnover Ball system on Friday so there are a few different options. Everyone who has either the Andersen, Goosebox or Companion all seem to love them.
 

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I just received my 3220. It’s sitting in my basement. And then I came across the 3217 (raised) hitch. Another member and I were just taking about this today on here.
we both talked to Anderson and we both got somewhat different answers.
the website states that the 3217 is for NEW 2020+ trucks with a bed rail height of 21.5 inches Or greater. The bed rail height in these trucks is just under that height. 21.1 I believe.
Anderson told me the new hitch was designed specifically because the new Chevy and GMC trucks have a deep bed and that I should be just fine with the 3220.
now the other member did have contact while making a u turn on an off chamber cul de sac. His pin box hit his bed cover rails. He decided that he’s now gonna get the 3217 so maybe you can buy his 3220

he also has his cupler block in the forward position because he wants all the cab clearance that he can get.
 

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I had not heard about the Goosebox and just watched a few youtube videos on it. This has me rethinking my whole setup.
 

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My buddy has a goose box and loves it. He did smack his cab once because he was getting close and the air bag on the goosebox absorbed some motion and it caused the trailer to move forward and make contact. Just keep that in mind because he had done multiple sharpe test turns and knew he had clearance. He didn’t think about the airbag allowing movement though
 

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Man, I originally wanted one of these Andersen hitches when I was shopping for my 5th wheel. I had a couple of people mention horror stories about them. I did some searches and read about some pretty bad failures. I ended up getting the B&W companion slider hitch but really don't like how heavy it is. I like to have my bed space back when I'm not towing.

I am interested to hear what other Tremor owners say about the hitch.
Man i really wanted one of these hitches too but could not bring myself to buy an aluminum product for an almost 14k gvwr 5er. I went with the Demco Recon above bed. It's about 110lbs heavier than the anderson but it can come apart in 3 pieces which lightens the loading/unloading process in the truck.
 
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I had not heard about the Goosebox and just watched a few youtube videos on it. This has me rethinking my whole setup.

Yeah, super convenient. However, I'm stuck on the increased leverage on the trailer frame caused by the gooseneck and although Lippert promises to warranty a frame issue if caused by the Goosebox, I'm still concerned about having to ever "deal" with it and the potentially ruined trip, down time and battling the claims process. I was 100% on board with this until I started thinking about it - now leaning toward the Andersen and using the $400 +/- cost savings toward airbags on the truck. But... having literally nothing in the bed when I pull up to the trailer to grab it and go is still tempting.
 

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Yeah, super convenient. However, I'm stuck on the increased leverage on the trailer frame caused by the gooseneck and although Lippert promises to warranty a frame issue if caused by the Goosebox, I'm still concerned about having to ever "deal" with it and the potentially ruined trip, down time and battling the claims process. I was 100% on board with this until I started thinking about it - now leaning toward the Andersen and using the $400 +/- cost savings toward airbags on the truck. But... having literally nothing in the bed when I pull up to the trailer to grab it and go is still tempting.
The goosebox is a full pin box replacement which does not cause that leverage issue that you’re referring to.
the long downward tube style adaptors are the ones the create those leverage issues.
i remember seeing a video that really described it well
 
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