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Old 02-14-2015, 10:10 AM   #15
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It's more than speculation.

I have seen the pressure this hitch puts on the coupler latch first hand, on our Airstream. I have seen the heavy premature wear on the hitch ball and coupler mechanism inside the coupler. I have seen the urethane bushing bulge when attempting to distribute weight with our Airstream, and the w.d. chains wear against the guide tubes.

I have realized that unlike conventional hitches with spring bars that form a clamping action to prevent uncoupling if the coupler latch ever fails, the Andersen has no built-in prevention; if the coupler latch fails there is no such clamping feature, perhaps the tongue weight would keep it on the ball.

If a conventional spring bar breaks, there is still another spring bar keeping some weight distribution on the tow vehicle. If a Andersen w.d. chain breaks all weight distribution is lost. This could be dangerous in many situations, perhaps worse if the coupler latch also failed.

We were unable to get needed weight distribution with this hitch. If someone is satisfied with it's performance, they ought to take the manufacturer's advice and replace the coupler with one that the hitch cannot unlatch.
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Old 02-14-2015, 10:40 AM   #16
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As to "urethane bushing bulge" - It isn't a bushing, it is a urethane spring and if do a little reading on them you will find that most urethane springs are designed such that the increase in OD is approximately the same as the reduction on length. So what you perceive as a defect is actually the spring working like it should.
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Old 02-14-2015, 11:57 AM   #18
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Stop - just stop. OP's question was answered. Sheesh - I own a ProPride and I'M offended!

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Old 02-14-2015, 12:56 PM   #20
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The hitch incompatibility issue should not be ignored or jerry rigged, replace the coupler. It will work fine as it is until it doesn't, then you are uncoupled going down the roadway.

The hitch may work well for lightweight trailers with a compatible coupler, or medium hitch weight trailers on heavy duty, long wheelbase trucks where weight distribution is near impossible with any w.d. hitch.

Use the hitch if you like it, but check the w.d. at the scales to see if and how it's working on your rig. Don't be fooled by automatic leveling systems that look like they distribute weight but don't, they only level the truck. I also thought our Andersen hitch was working fine until slippery roadways and very light steering showed me it wasn't.

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Old 02-14-2015, 01:44 PM   #21
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I own and use an Andersen weight distribution hitch, and it works very well, very well that is with my 17' Casita that has a 400lb tongue weight, and does not have an incompatable coupler.

I would not use it with an Airstream, but that is just my opinion.
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Old 02-14-2015, 02:10 PM   #22
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I have 2014 International 30. The coupler is not marked, so I asked the dealer to trace it by serial number and I was informed that I have the 88007. I also had a 2007 Safari with the same suspect coupler. I have used the Anderson hitch on both trailers now for 22,000 miles. I watch the coupler carefully, and there has never been a sign of stress or abnormal wear. I use a safety chain over the top. My opinion is Anderson is simply erring to the safe side, and being overly cautious because of complaints received. It is a great, low-cost, light-weight hitch.
SafariBez, could you post a picture of your "safety chain over the top"?
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Old 02-14-2015, 02:38 PM   #23
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Safety Chain

Here is a pic of the safety chain on my Andersen Hitch.
I do not have the Atwood Coupler on my coach.
It is a Marvel Coupler and does not have the infamous "shark fin"
I tow a 26' Argosy with the Andersen System. In close to 30K miles I have had no problems. The Argosy weighs 5,500# when ready for travel.
The safety chain has been installed for over 4 years. It's just belts and suspenders.
I do not see any signs of excessive wear on the ball or coupler. The urethane bushings are compressed to where there is 3" between the outside of the washer on each end.
Hope this helps.

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I own and use an Andersen weight distribution hitch, and it works very well, very well that is with my 17' Casita that has a 400lb tongue weight, and does not have an incompatable coupler.

I would not use it with an Airstream, but that is just my opinion.
I agree it has enough weight distribution used with a lightweight trailer and distributing weight on a light, short wheelbase tow vehicle. There has been some success reported with some trailers using it on heavy duty, long wheelbase trucks who need the friction sway control but not the weight distribution function (noting that weight distribution can be very difficult with long wheelbase heavy duty trucks anyway).

That's not a recommendation to use it with an incompatible coupler however.
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Here is a pic of the safety chain on my Andersen Hitch.
I do not have the Atwood Coupler on my coach.
It is a Marvel Coupler and does not have the infamous "shark fin"
I tow a 26' Argosy with the Andersen System. In close to 30K miles I have had no problems. The Argosy weighs 5,500# when ready for travel.
The safety chain has been installed for over 4 years. It's just belts and suspenders.
I do not see any signs of excessive wear on the ball or coupler. The urethane bushings are compressed to where there is 3" between the outside of the washer on each end.
Hope this helps.

http://i1166.photobucket.com/albums/...itch/photo.jpg
So it looks like you have bolted to the triangle plate with your chain, so the ball could still release from the coupler if it were to fail, but then be caught from falling to the ground by the triangle plate?
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Thanks for the picture Twinkie. Mine chain is rigged the same. The purpose of the chain, should the coupler latch fail, is to prevent the coupler from ever rising high enough to clear the ball. In theory it will keep the coupler on the ball until the problem is discovered.
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