Ok, I talk with Dave at Andersen for awhile this morning and got some Interesting Information.
I owe you an apology
, it does put force on the ball differently than a Regular WD. It also pulls the trailer more into the TV than a regular WD does.
The Force put on the Ball is not straight forward though. It is more of a down and forward angel. So Dave says the ball is driven up into the back top of the Coupler and not into the locking mechanism itself. (he also mention that the locks on any camping or large car, horse trailers are built to withstand any type of force like stopping or the ball being driven into it.)
In fact he said you can lift up on the coupler (most times) and have the lock hit the bottom of the ball. ( and thats what it is designed to do, stop the ball from coming out) He said it was the least thing they were worried about
, and the force of stopping puts far more stress on the lock than their hitch ever does.
It didn't really seem to be a concern to him, After their thousands of miles of testing.
I also asked about the braking sleeve. He said they had run tests and sent it out to an independent tester. After 250,000 miles worth of twisting it showed no ware. He said it is still running in their swivel testing machine. (It has a life time warranty)
Also the rubber gaskets have not worn out after the same testing. I believe he said they would replace those free too. Should have asked about UV ware on them.
Dave said there is a guy in Ca towing a 22" AS with a Mercedes suv and had to back the nuts off the recommended setting because it was putting to much weight on the front wheels and making it hard to turn. But the Treads pretty much have infonaut adjustment in them to whatever weight / force you want.
I also asked about the bolts and threads. He seemed unconcerned as they have been tested past what they believe any stress on them could be and they didn't fail or show signs of failure.
they not only have tested it, but they have had and independent tester test it all too..
So I think thats about it. I'm sure there will be more discussion though.
So at this point, I think most concerns could
be put to rest. (but won't)
and we should start testing this thing.
If there are still concerns I say go buy one and start testing it yourself before we start making any more assumptions on what it does and does not do.
Dave said; "the fact that it is light weight, no grease, built in sway control, easy on and off, and doesn't make noise is what the selling points are."
Dave also said he would talk to anyone about it and any concerns they have.
I did forget to ask about the Made in China thing. But I'm sure they buy some of there stuff from US distributors and who knows where they get stuff. But everything has been tested.
I'll be getting mine and testing it on our trip to the Oregon Coast.
Through high mountain passes
Hot desert plains with high side winds
Up and down steep grades
and winding narrow costal roads
It will be about a 3000+ mile trip.