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Old 05-29-2016, 03:27 AM   #1
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Hi there im wondering if anyone on here has an experience using Anderson weight distribution hitch setup. https://www.andersenhitches.com/Prod...-brackets.aspx
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Old 05-29-2016, 06:24 AM   #2
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There have been many discussions here about that brand. Here is one:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ead-92131.html
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I have an Andersen hitch. It is the best for towing I have ever used. The folks at Andersen are very helpful if you have questions,Especially Nick in Service to answer your questions.
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Ok thanks for the links. And Troy I fully agree ive used there products for years just never the wd hitch.
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You have a 25' Excel, you better do a little more research before buying that thing. We had one.
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Did you have a bad experience with it?
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Old 05-30-2016, 01:22 AM   #8
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Did you have a bad experience with it?

Hi, I was contemplating buying one of those hitches, but from what I've seen and read, it was a great idea that didn't work for most people.
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Hi, I was contemplating buying one of those hitches, but from what I've seen and read, it was a great idea that didn't work for most people.

I would say it did not work for "some" people. Many happily use the Anderson system. Honestly you have to take the somewhat distorted and highly questionable comments here from some with a whole shaker of salt.
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I have/had an Andersen and liked it. It traveled great and was light to lift on and off the truck. We got a couple of new toys and converted from a queen to twins and now can't get the truck level. I have adjusted the raiser and torqued the hitch but the truck still is 2 inches higher in front.
I have a Blue Ox on order and should be here Wednesday, hopes this works. Sure liked my Andersen. I have had it for 3 years.

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Mike, I also moved from the Anderson to the Blue Ox when moving up to a larger trailer. Words of advise learned the hard and painful way. Make sure the frame brackets are sufficiently tightened to the A-Frame. Also hooking or unhooking up lift the tongue jack as high as is necessary to remove all pressure from chains/bars. Takes bit of trial and error but set up is very easy and repeatable. Blue Ox has excellant customer service if required.
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The Andersen hitch doesn't have the leverage designed into its "unique" weight distribution idea to transfer enough weight but for very small trailers. We tried everything to get it to work, tried to believe in it; finally a series of problems realized for us it was poorly designed and made us wonder if they even tried it on a medium sized trailer before dumping it on the market.

Very light duty components that all showed significant wear within our 4,000 miles of use before we got rid of it. We had to drill onto our Airstream A-frame to run bolts through to try to keep it in place, the "unique" design caused enough stress to elongate the bolt holes in our frame. The friction material squeezed out of the stinger. The hitch ball wore severely. The chain keepers wore away part of the chains. The urethane bushings squeezed down so bad they began to fail, and allowed virtually no flexibility in the assembly as conventional w.d. bars provide; the front corner of our new Airstream's banana wrap tore loose from its rivets.

It's too weak to be a weight distribution hitch, better to think of it as an expensive friction sway control device that will do little to nothing keeping your medium sized Airstream from being pushed around by gusting side winds and passing semis.

And the package will now come with a note inside advising you the hitch is incompatible with the hitch coupler all modern Airstreams use. The design can wear away your hitch latching mechanism causing the trailer to disconnect from your tow vehicle. You can cut off your Airstream coupler and weld on a different one to use it.
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The Andersen hitch doesn't have the leverage designed into its "unique" weight distribution idea to transfer enough weight but for very small trailers...finally a series of problems realized for us it was poorly designed...Very light duty components that all showed significant wear within our 4,000 miles of use...We had to drill into our Airstream A-frame to run bolts through to try to keep it in place...the "unique" design caused enough stress to elongate the bolt holes in our frame. The friction material squeezed out of the stinger. The hitch ball wore severely. The chain keepers wore away part of the chains. The urethane bushings squeezed down so bad they began to fail...the front corner of our new Airstream's banana wrap tore loose from its rivets...The design can wear away your hitch latching mechanism causing the trailer to disconnect from your tow vehicle.
But other than those minor inconveniences, it worked okay?
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Mike and Doug, agree with both. Mike, that is the way I hooked up with the Andersen. I found this to be easiest.
Doug, Sanme here. Before toys and mod to AS, all went well. The added wt. in truck and mod changed everything. Considered new suspension in truck, but ??? I replaced the friction material 4 times under warranty.
I thought of Pro and haha, but for my age and travel, couldn't t justify.
I think the Andersen is a good hitch for some units but outgrew mine.
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