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Old 09-24-2015, 04:08 PM   #1
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Anderson Weight Distribution Anti-Sway Hitch

We are brand new to towing an Airstream trailer. Previously owned an Itasca 33' Suncruiser Motor Home. We towed our Honda CRV behind the motor home.

The Anderson No Sway Weight Distribution Hitch looks like it will provide the stability and Weight Distribution we need for towing our 2016 Flying Cloud. The hitch seems simple to install and set-up plus it is much ligther than the other available products. We will be towing our new trailer with a 2015 F150 Lariat 2.7l Eco Boast supercab with the 155.9" wheelbase, auto tow brake controler and factory installed sway bars are part of the basic towing package from Ford.

Comments and suggestions on what the most appropriate No Sway Weight Distribution Hitches would be appreciated as well as any negatives on using the Anderson vs. the new Blue Ox system which is much heavier and more complex.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions and comments.
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Welcome, it has all been beat to death here.

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Old 09-24-2015, 07:56 PM   #3
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No negative stuff on the Anderson just a comment on my setup. I tow with a RAM 1500 similar to your ford ( same only different) & use the Equalizer 4 point WD Hitch. We are returning to our home tomorrow after a 15 day trip into the Smoky Mountains & Nashville (seen Blake Shelton at the Opry). In MHO it's the easiest most effective hitch for this tow combination. I pull at 65 MPH up & down hills, on the straight away & no sway, no steering corrections, no problems, just smooth going.
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I found that our previous truck, F150 super crew liked the Andersen a whole lot more once I installed a pair of helper springs. That said will the 2.7 Eco boost be enough power for your trailer once it is loaded. What rear end gear is in the truck?
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I used one for several months and consider it a bad idea poorly developed. Troublesome. Parts wear prematurely (grease helps). The friction material squeezes out of the hitch over time. It cannot nearly distribute the tongue weight of a 25' Airstream because the mechanical leverage is not there. There is almost no flexibility when the chains are attached and drawn tight.

Andersen warns it cannot be used with the Airstream coupler, you must cut it off and weld on a comparable coupler; a few users have come up with jerry rigs. The risk of a disconnected Airstream was the last straw for us, we got rid of it.
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Got It & Works great

No complaints at all. Easy to hook up & feels great on the road.
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Old 09-25-2015, 01:05 PM   #7
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I found that our previous truck, F150 super crew liked the Andersen a whole lot more once I installed a pair of helper springs. That said will the 2.7 Eco boost be enough power for your trailer once it is loaded. What rear end gear is in the truck?
Thanks for all your comments on the Andersen. 2.7 Eco Boost puts out 375lbs of torque more than enough power and it has the 3.31 electronic locking rear axle. Also has the additional springs.. My biggest concern is the ability of the Anderson Hitch to push the load forward over the front axle. Sway control should not be a big issue despite the lighter weight of the truck. This is a two wheel drive not 4 so less weight on the front end. Thanks again.
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I've used it and it is great. Supremely stable with absolutely no hint of sway. Rides great with no porpoising. Easy to use.

It's perfect so long as you're not trying to transfer significant weight to the front axle. The people that are experiencing issues are using it outside of it's intended parameters (meaning trying to shift too much weight to the front axle). This will only prematurely wear the friction material at the ball, the chain donut springs, and risk detachment at the coupler.
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I Tow a 28 foot international with my VW TDI, remember to buy a good grease gun and grease it every 500 miles or so. We've had it for over two years and love it.
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I Tow a 28 foot international with my VW TDI, remember to buy a good grease gun and grease it every 500 miles or so. We've had it for over two years and love it.
Not sure what you are greasing. I have used the Andersen for 3 years and there is no place on the hitch that requires or wants greasing.

The ball does not move in the coupler so no need there. If installed correctly the chains are in line with the hangers so no need there. The only other moving part is the sway control material in the ball shank so no need there.

I have considered putting paraffin wax between the chain nut and washer, on my daughter's trailer, to reduce the effort when she is tightening the chains but since I never release the chains I keep forgetting to do that on her rig.

I jack the combination up to the point that the chains have relaxed while hitching and unhitching. I made a modification to the ball shank, installed a 5/16 roll pin, to keep the shank from coming out while jacking the combination up. Thus I never need or use the wrench on the chains. Andersen has adopted that idea and now puts a C ring on the shank.
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Sorry I was using Hensley, which needs greasing every 500 miles
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Sorry I was using Hensley, which needs greasing every 500 miles
Wow, that seems like a pain to grease every day or every other day when traveling.
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My biggest concern is the ability of the Anderson Hitch to push the load forward over the front axle.

From my experience the Anderson has very little weight transfer capability. It is only done by compression on the plastic bushings. If you compress them too much it "locks" up the functionality and makes everything worse. You will also lose the anti-sway function at this point. Buy a better better WD and anti-sway. I used mine once and immediately sold it to a pop- up owner.



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From my experience the Anderson has very little weight transfer capability. It is only done by compression on the plastic bushings. If you compress them too much it "locks" up the functionality and makes everything worse. You will also lose the anti-sway function at this point. Buy a better better WD and anti-sway. I used mine once and immediately sold it to a pop- up owner.
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Some of what you say may even be correct.

Yes you can over tighten the bushings, factory stated limit is 3/8 of an in.

However if you did over tighten them it would have no effect on the sway control. That is a function of the chains and angle plate moving the ball shank against the brake material.

Over tightening, by those attempting to transfer move weight to the front axe of the TV, has resulted in COLD FLOW of the brake material. Not an unexpected result for going beyond the manufactures instructions.

Not sure what you mean by Locks up functionality. It could result in the bushings exploding and thus such a loss.

I am not sure why there are a few so adamantly against the Andersen but it is clear their numbers are increasing fewer than those that are satisfied. I am sure there are those that have had bad experiences with every other hitch system. Whether that be the cumbersome and time consuming aspects of the Ha Ha type system, the miss-design of the Reese Straight Line System that results in the yokes failing on a tight turn, or the limits of curtain maneuvers. They are free, as I have stated such problems resulting from experience in the past, to post such comments as a limitation but do not support a complete condemnation.
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