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Can Andersen Ultimate be Used With Rotating Pin Box in 2017 Ram 2500 With Factory Pucks

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I have a 2017 Ram 2500 with a factory puck system in a 6.5 foot bed. Will the Anderson fifth wheel hitch work with a Turning point pin box if the wedge is not applied leaving the pivot point at the ball? Also does the Anderson hitch void the warranty? The trailer is a Grand Design 150 series 295rl.

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A fixed fifth wheel hitch is what you are going to need in order to tow your Grand Design with a rotating pin box, the Lippert Turning Point. Rotating pin boxes should not be used with any type of adapter to ensure stability and a solid connection, and not only is the Andersen Ultimate # AM3200 an adapter, but it attaches to standard base rails so you would need to use the Reese 5th Wheel Rail Adapter for Ram OEM 5th Wheel Towing Prep Package # RP30154 to mount it. Additionally, the use of any adapter is likely to void the warranty on your trailer, though that can only definitively be answered by Grand Design.

I completely understand the appeal of the lightweight Andersen hitch, but you are going to be much safer and have a much better, more comfortable towing experience with a fixed fifth wheel hitch.

I strongly recommend instead the Curt A16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for Ram Towing Prep Package # C16520-16021 for a 16,000 lb capacity or Curt A20 # C16044 for a 20,000 lb capacity.

The Curt A-Series hitches have a pin in the head to make it easier to remove it in two pieces. While it will still likely take two people to remove the hitch, it is a much safer, more secure option that won't void your warranty.

The A-Series is also just a really good 5th wheel hitch because of its sturdy dual jaw system which makes full contact with your king pin to give you a comfortable ride, and because its color-coded lock indicator makes the hitch easier to use than other hitches.

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