Connecting 5er to Andersen Hitch

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I just got a 2019 Ram 2500 and had an Andersen hitch installed on a B&W turnover ball. I love the design and characteristics of the hitch, but I have one major problem. The landing gear on the fifth wheel much move the ENTIRE length of travel to hook up/ un-hook. I am hitting the stops in both directions because of the amount of travel required to put the ball into/ out of the receiver. In fact, to unhook the first time, I had to put 6 sandbags and 120lbs of free weights on the tailgate to get the rear of the truck low enough to clear the ball. How did others resolve this issue? Would airbags help to reduce truck squat, since the truck sags about 3-4" when attached? (My dry 5er weight is 9500 lbs). Any advice?
 
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GD Reflection
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303RLS
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WOW, that sounds like an issue. I have the Andersen Ultimate hitch also. On a Ford 250 King Ranch. I was worried at first because with 20" wheels, and being taller than a stock unit, I thought I might have problems.
Turns out there was no issue for me. So apparently the amount of travel in the ruck is likely to blame? I say that because, if you were able to hook it up, and then needed extra weight to unhook, it seems like there is some loose travel in your suspension that is allowing the box to rise too far?

But, I'm a newbie, and I am sure that there are others on here with far better info. On my 5 er I have adjustable front legs, and so I can ground them before running the landing gear. Any chance you can add an extension to the bottom of the landing gear to let you ground it at a much higher height before having to run the power gear? The bottom of my legs look like standard steel post with pin holes.
 
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Is the trailer and truck level when connected?
 
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It certainly appears to be. It tracks well, pulls well, and has not been any problem. Is it a little high? I don't think so. Even though my King Ranch is 2" taller than stock, it seems to be level.

Hope that helps!
 
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I was just thinking if the front of the trailer was a bit high you can adjust the king pin to bring the front of the trailer down. Then you might not have to fully extend the front jacks to get the trailer off.
 
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Sounds more like a suspension issue with the truck. The fiver just *may* have more pin weight than the truck likes. When you unhook the suspension on the truck unloads (rises) and you need to raise the pin box to clear the ball and when you hook up you are compressing the suspension. What I suggest is to get axle weights of the truck alone then with the fiver. That will tell you the pin weight and compare it with the truck capacity.
 
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