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Old 05-21-2013, 09:19 AM   #15
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So you don't have a case to sight. Anything man made is prone to failure. It does not matter what the product is or who manufacturers it. Good luck with your new system. I hope you can prove me wrong and it never fails when you need it the most.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:08 AM   #16
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[QUOTE="dkottum;1301860

The Andersen horizontal weight distribution system pushes the coupler up and away from the ball.

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I don't agree. The system does push hard against the rear, but not up. If anything it pulls slightly down too. Look at the geometry. On a level surface to lift the trailer of the ball would require further compressioning of the bushings.

On a hard bump could the trailer disengage if the coupler latch is broken? Sure, but that's true of any hitch.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:47 AM   #17
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In recent postings on the other thread. It has been pointed out that 2 of the big three truck makers have reassessed and determined that it is not necessary to return all of the front axle weight of their trucks when towing. Now they say 50% is their recommendation. FWTW

1] This sort of assertion needs links to verify. Not all models of any one brand may be subject.

2] And, then, specific instances of this brand hitch was able to accomplish that goal. No one disagrees that the ANDERSEN is weight-challenged.

Some models of some brands of TV's with some models/years of Airstream TTs with some loadings may be able to use this brand hitch according to formula. Not all, and certainly not just any.

The range of TVs thus "acceptable" may not have changed all that much in re this brand of hitch.

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Old 05-21-2013, 11:32 AM   #18
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In recent postings on the other thread. It has been pointed out that 2 of the big three truck makers have reassessed and determined that it is not necessary to return all of the front axle weight of their trucks when towing. Now they say 50% is their recommendation. FWTW

1] This sort of assertion needs links to verify. Not all models of any one brand may be subject.

2] And, then, specific instances of this brand hitch was able to accomplish that goal. No one disagrees that the ANDERSEN is weight-challenged.

Some models of some brands of TV's with some models/years of Airstream TTs with some loadings may be able to use this brand hitch according to formula. Not all, and certainly not just any.

The range of TVs thus "acceptable" may not have changed all that much in re this brand of hitch.

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As slowmover says...this assertion is misleading. I hope the pic copies and pastes correctly, but GM makes NO reference to weight...only the fender to ground distance. Then only asserts the "hitch requirements". This is from a 2013 1500 owner manual.



"A. Body to Ground Distance
B. Front of Vehicle

When using a weight-distributing hitch, measure distance (A) before coupling the trailer to the hitch ball. If the hitch requires 50% distribution, measure the height again after the trailer is coupled and adjust the spring bars so the distance (A) is as close as possible to halfway between the two measurements. When 100% distribution is required the spring bars should be adjusted so the distance (A) is the same as the initial measurement after coupling the trailer to the tow vehicle and adjusting the hitch."

Edit: the graphics didn't make it...A is the distance from fender to ground at the vertical centerline of the hub.
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Old 05-21-2013, 12:49 PM   #19
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When I had my equilizer hitch, one method of attaching the bars was to attach the trailer to the ball and than lower the trailer jack (lift the rear of the TV) to reduce the force required to install the bars. I basically use this method of hook up with the Andersen hitch. I have the wing attached to the ball, and than attach the trailer. I than use the trailer jack to lift the rear of the TV and install the chains and plastic shock. I use the 7thread count and than raise the jack which puts tension on the chains and levels the trailer and TV. I have yet to have separation of the trailer from the hitch even when I have stood on the truck bumper. In all cases I have locked the trailer hitch.
So, Mike and Doug, where is this disconnect happening?? Could it have been that the trailer was NOT seated on the ball in the first place????
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Mike, I have explained it as I see it and the best I can. And no longer use the Andersen because of this and other concerns.

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Old 05-21-2013, 05:33 PM   #21
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You tend to love what you got, that goes for dogs, wives and trailer hitches, not necessarily in that order.

My HaHa is better than whatever your using....take that Pilgrim.

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Old 05-21-2013, 05:56 PM   #22
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I am towing a 69 27'Overlander with a f250 super duty. I have old trunnion bars for it, but need a replacement distribution hitch and shank $180 or so. Debating on buying pro series unit w/ sway $280 or so, maybe Andersen but nervous $500. Cannot spend $1000 and up on pro pride sorry. Suggestions would be appreciated
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Your current WD system is just that a WD system it has No Sway Control function, as noted by the lack of cams on the ends of the bars. So if you are looking at the Andersen you are gaining not only an improved hitching system but Sway Control. Reprice and rethink your situation get the Andersen and I think you will be very happy.

As for the questions about the Atwood coupling your trailer is old enough to not be so equipped and thus not an issue.
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:59 PM   #23
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Your current WD system is just that a WD system it has No Sway Control function, as noted by the lack of cams on the ends of the bars, so if you are looking at the Andersen you are gaining not only an improved hitching system but Sway Control. Reprice and rethink your situation get the Andersen and I think you will be very happy.
Yea, but don't forget adding in the price for buying and having installed a new coupler for your trailer.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:10 PM   #24
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Not sure if all those posting are reading the previous posts when commenting on a given trailer. The1967 Airstream was not produced with the Atwood coupler that has been noted with an issue.

There seams to be a say no to Andersen at any and every chance coming from a few.
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If the coupler has a pawl that is pushed down with a spring to capture the ball, it needs to be replaced because it will eventually fail under the load of the Andersen, IMHO.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:27 PM   #26
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Maybe I should stop speaking lest I become a hated person.

My thoughts on the subject are noted on this tread and should answer any questions for an objective individual.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ead-92131.html
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http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ead-92131.html
Yes, I'm very aware of that thread also as I am also an Andersen hitch owner, and user.
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:07 PM   #28
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Why is this a debate?

Pro pride - $2,400
Hensley - $3,200 +/-
Reese Dual Cam - $600 +/-
Equalizer - $500 +/-
Anderson - $400 + $200 (replace coupler) = $600
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