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Old 03-04-2013, 12:32 PM   #29
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It's true that it's good practice to 'break in' the ring and pinion on a differential before subjecting them to constant heavy loading. However, in this case, one has to wonder if this isn't just an over-reaction by Nissan and Dana from the failed differentials of the early Titans. I think most in the industry agreed when it was all said and done the failures were caused by faulty parts when assembled as new. There was a fair bit of finger pointing and blaming the other guy at the time, but from what I heard, Nissan stepped up and took care of their customers. Behind the scenes, I'd bet money they made Dana eat the costs.
Well GM has break in restrictions for towing to. No towing in the first 500 miles and limit speed to under 50mph and no full throttle starts for the first 500 miles of towing.
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A weight distribution hitch has a singular function: to restore the front axle of the tow vehicle to the unhitched weight value. The tongue weight of the trailer is "distributed" across all three axles via leverage when properly set.

Unfortunately, the Andersen is incapable of this amount of leverage unless trailer tongue weight is low, maybe 400-lbs. Another choice would be in the offing.

First step for your rig is a set of weight scale tickets. Separating the tow issues -- proper weight distribution -- from potentially worn or inadequate tow vehicle components needs clarification.

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Old 03-06-2013, 10:44 AM   #31
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Slowmover, what do base your opinion of the Andersen system on? As someone with over 4000 miles of actual use of the Andersen system I believe you to be incorrect in your statment.
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:58 AM   #32
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Basic numbers to bolster the conclusion. The thing can or it can't. Every other WDH can generate the needed leverage. The higher the TW the more important is the issue. The definition is met, or it is not.

And what is the TW of that Bambi? A 17' travel trailer has next to no need for a WDH depending on the TV manufacturer requirement. In which case the plastic bushings/Acme screw can probably meet the definition -- Front Axle Load Restoration -- and provide better-than-friction-bar anti-sway control . . but so does every other anti-sway type out there.

As before, the OP needs some numbers to separate out the problems of towing. Load the TT as for travel (including full propane and fresh water) and get the TW and Axle weights for that trailer.

Several decent threads on the subject. Search the title term "CAT Scale" in Towing and read that thread for a primer.

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Old 03-06-2013, 11:00 AM   #33
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Slowmover, what do base your opinion of the Andersen system on? As someone with over 4000 miles of actual use of the Andersen system I believe you to be incorrect in your statment.
Ha! The Andersen Gambit!

No offence, Chief, it just made me laugh
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Yep, slowmover is definetly suffering from the "Andersen gambit". No reason to let a little thing like actual facts and experience confuse his opinion.
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