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Old 03-18-2017, 08:46 AM   #85
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The issue isn't with the Anderson hitch it's the coupler design. The coupler doesn't like the way the pressure is applied. That worries me in a panic stop if the trailer brakes were to malfunction. The best bet is probably to weld on a better coupler rather than a different hitch.

I did exactly that with the Anderson I bought 2 years ago. I welded the very coupler Anderson recommended, going through the expense of removing the original. With my set up TV 2012 F-150, 5' bed and 30' Airstream International with 1,000 hitch weight the Anderson didn't work. I had to remove a link from the chain to be able to apply sufficient torque to get the required WD. And sway control was basically non existent. The problem in MHO is that the with a longer trailer there isn't enough arresting force generated by the "brake shoe " system and the chain WD doesn't provide any counter force to stop the sway.
In the end I ended up having to torch of the new coupler and re-welding an original coupler. In all the cost of my experiment ended up over $ 900.00 and almost two seasons worth of uneasy travel. I replaced it with the Blue Ox which works great, just like it's advertised.
It might work on a shorter and lighter tongue trailer but why experiment when there are a number of proven hitches out there .
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Old 03-18-2017, 11:19 AM   #86
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My Anderson hitch works much better than my Reese hitch. No sway or porpoising and great weight transfer. Thats with the original coupler on my 25ft with 1200 lbs of tongue weight.
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