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Old 08-17-2012, 01:08 AM   #1
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Perhaps the lamest question that has ever been asked...

<--- Take a look at my rivet number, was 1 when posting this, so go easy here.

I have been boning up on everything related to my future 27FB purchase, and now contemplating the "Andersen hitch"... but I just do not get something, so with out further ado, here is what possibly could be the lamest question ever asked on this Hitch related sub-forum of Air Forums.

Deep breath...

Tell me what on earth keeps the hitch from popping right off the ball when you hit a big jolting bump? For the "Andersen hitch" is it simply that the tightening chains supply a lateral force that engages the hitch to the ball. Really? If that is it, I guess it is sufficient but seems wrong.

Stinger systems (hope I said that correctly) seem better to me based on this one observation, but again I must have the forces misunderstood in my brain.

(I am a computer scientist not a physicists :-))
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:17 AM   #2
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Hi, I don't fully understand your question, but if it what I think you are asking, the coupler latches onto the ball same as with any other hitch.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:40 AM   #3
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Are you asking how the trailer stays attached to the ball? Or are you asking how the ball stays attached to the truck? Or am I missing it all together?

the trailer tongue has a locking mechanism built into it. So no matter what hitch you use, the trailer attaches and then "locks" to the ball the same way. That part is a function of the trailer, regardless of what fancy hitching set up you decide to use to distribute trailer tongue weight. Hope that answers you question.
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...trailer tongue has a locking mechanism built into it. So no matter what hitch you use, the trailer attaches and then "locks" to the ball the same way...
That does, thanks, told you guys ... lame question, but you were warned.
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That does, thanks, told you guys ... lame question, but you were warned.
I find it interesting that this post catapulted me to 2 rivet status.
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Yay!! 2 rivets.
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I find it interesting that this post catapulted me to 2 rivet status.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:18 AM   #8
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With more rivets you get to post detailed lame answers and generally become obnoxious and overbearing. See my posts...LOL.

On the Andersen, the chains do the actual towing (pulling), but the hitch weight is still applied to the top of the ball and the "twisting" to do the weight distribution is provided by the chains and the force on the rear of the ball. That puts torque on the stinger and then transfers that to the frame via the hitch receiver on the TV. That does the actual force to put weight back on the front of the TV.

See why I have all the rivets? Grin.
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With more rivets you get to post detailed lame answers and generally become obnoxious and overbearing. See my posts...LOL.

On the Andersen, the chains do the actual towing (pulling), but the hitch weight is still applied to the top of the ball and the "twisting" to do the weight distribution is provided by the chains and the force on the rear of the ball. That puts torque on the stinger and then transfers that to the frame via the hitch receiver on the TV. That does the actual force to put weight back on the front of the TV.

See why I have all the rivets? Grin.
Now your just trying to confuse him I use an Andersen too, and love it. Light weight and easy to set up.
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Now your just trying to confuse him I use an Andersen too, and love it. Light weight and easy to set up.
Ha! Thank you O'Rivet masters, when I ascend to your levels someday I will look back fondly at this post of mine and recall my pre-AS life. I have feeling it might be the same feeling I have when I think about my life before kids.
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Lamest question ever? Trust me you are not even close.

You just keep on asking them. The more you know the safer you'll tow.
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Lamest question ever? Trust me you are not even close.

You just keep on asking them. The more you know the safer you'll tow.
True, I posted a picture of a pump relay switch once, wondering what it was. Someone pm me asking what it said on the label on the top of it, Guess what? It said pump relay.

And that wasn't very long ago
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Ha! Thank you O'Rivet masters, when I ascend to your levels someday I will look back fondly at this post of mine and recall my pre-AS life. I have feeling it might be the same feeling I have when I think about my life before kids.
OH kids, yeah, I have four, 2 are 2 year old twin girls, Life will never be the same...

You may not want to ascend to our level, It's rather pathetic at times..
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Lamest question ever? Trust me you are not even close.

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I have to agree.

Actually, I thought people might nominate questions for the honor of lamest question. Possibly something that has been addressed dozens of times already.

Then I thought, "No, that would probably turn mean in a hurry."

Anyway, you got good answers. Now you know. Good.

Enjoy the learning experience.
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