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Old 04-05-2013, 04:37 PM   #1681
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On a little three hundred mile tow up from South Texas yesterday, I made a discovery of sorts. I started out with the Andersen pretty well maxed out for front axle load transfer. There was a quartering 15-20 mph northeast wind which affected me some but not bad. Half way through the trip, I reduced the bushing compression by about half. The drivability improved quite a bit. The steering went from feeling stiff and somewhat rigid to much more like it is when not towing. I did not notice any change in trailer control, just more relaxed steering. May not have any factual reason, just a personal preference.
Please tell us what you were towing and towing with. When you say Max Out is that against fender height or scale weight?

It is becoming increasingly clear that it is not necessarily true that WEIGHT has to be moved forward to the extent that older WD hitches have called for. As long as you are not lifting the front axle and changing the steering geometry

This hold unless you are towing with a very lightly sprung TV and have to get tongue weight off the rear axle. Not a common situation these days with most of us towing with some form of truck.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:12 PM   #1682
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I was towing a 6,000 pound travel trailer with a Silverado 1500. I went from about .38 inch compression to .20 inch or one half as much. I am only getting about .75 inch rise without WD and less than .50 with. It certainly "felt" better, but it could be just me. (My girlfriend was following in her Airstream Interstate)
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:40 PM   #1683
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We just picked up our new 2013 Flying Cloud 23D. We had an Anderson hitch installed and had the Atwood 88000 series coupler replaced with a Quickbite 7700XT. The Anderson hitch package included two inserts. The first warns against using the Anderson hitch with a Atwood 88000 series coupler. The second insert discusses a "new feature" of the Anderson hitch.
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:13 PM   #1684
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I am upset Andersen has not tracked us Atwood users down to warn us of this potential hitch coupler failure. If not for this forum I would be totally unaware of it.

We have several thousand miles planned, starting next week. Although the Andersen performance has been remarkable, I'm not taking any more risks with it and will install a Propride hitch when it arrives in a few days.

I am going to ask for a full refund of the Andersen because it is not compatible with my Airstream and was not forewarned; we'll see how that goes after 2,000 miles journey home next week (with the Propride attached, Andersen in a box). I'll keep all informed.

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Old 04-05-2013, 11:22 PM   #1685
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On a little three hundred mile tow up from South Texas yesterday, I made a discovery of sorts. I started out with the Andersen pretty well maxed out for front axle load transfer. There was a quartering 15-20 mph northeast wind which affected me some but not bad. Half way through the trip, I reduced the bushing compression by about half. The drivability improved quite a bit. The steering went from feeling stiff and somewhat rigid to much more like it is when not towing. I did not notice any change in trailer control, just more relaxed steering. May not have any factual reason, just a personal preference.
If you are loosening the Andersen w.d. chains, you are lightening the weight on your steering axle. Although it may "feel" more relaxed, it is because the steering is too light. The danger is if you come upon slippery roadways you may not be able to control the vehicle.

So keep you weight distribution in full effect, and compare loaded/unloaded measurements of weight or fender heights to be sure you have restored the unloaded weight to the front of your vehicle after hooking up to the trailer.

Some have stated here it is not possible achieve full weight distribution with the Andersen. This may or may not be true in some cases, but my faith in the Andersen slipped a cog or two after the incompatible Atwood hitch decoupling situation that we were not, and still not have been warned of.

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Old 04-05-2013, 11:35 PM   #1686
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We just picked up our new 2013 Flying Cloud 23D. We had an Anderson hitch installed and had the Atwood 88000 series coupler replaced with a Quickbite 7700XT. The Anderson hitch package included two inserts. The first warns against using the Anderson hitch with a Atwood 88000 series coupler. The second insert discusses a "new feature" of the Anderson hitch.
This stinks. I bought my hitch in anticipation of getting my trailer later this month, no note of incompatibility. I love the light weight but hate the just admitted incompatibility more. I guess I need to seek a refund. I need something to get the trailer home.
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:32 AM   #1687
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I have an Andersen and replaced the atwood with a quickbite before all this incompatability talk started. The cost to change both was much less than either a propride or a hensley. I was going for the weight reduction and easy of hookup, and that my wife may have to hookup should I become injuried. I found the quickbite on e-bay for $49.95 + $30.00 shipping plus the cost of breakfeast for my brother-in-law (a state ceirtified welder) to do the welding. To date I have only towed about 25 miles, but the ride is much better than the old reese. With the Andersen I can bring the front of my truck back down to the unloaded wheel opening height. If I were kscheri I think would either use the atwood to get the trailer home then have the coupler changed or have the coupler changed before I picked up the trailer.
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I knew going in that the Andersen was new and that the company had no way of testing it with every brand and age of equipment out there. It works well for me and the pluses outweigh the negatives. Actually, I have no negatives unless long term use shows that my particular coupler is not compatible. I had a wife like that once. With Chevrolet (and Ford) revising their requirements for weight distribution hitches, I am right there, with nominal compression of the bushing(3/16"-1/4"). As mentioned above, I found the steering somewhat stiff and sluggish with one hundred percent front axle weight restoration and very good at fifty percent.
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Old 04-06-2013, 03:15 PM   #1689
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Rendrag, what trailer and TV do you have?

Observation: So far everything is OK with my combination of the Bambi II and the F150 w/Ecoboost. Having a smaller, lighter and older trailer seems to be best combination. The original Marvel on my trailer is a solid cast hunk of iron.
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Old 04-06-2013, 03:26 PM   #1690
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I knew going in that the Andersen was new and that the company had no way of testing it with every brand and age of equipment out there. It works well for me and the pluses outweigh the negatives. Actually, I have no negatives unless long term use shows that my particular coupler is not compatible. I had a wife like that once. With Chevrolet (and Ford) revising their requirements for weight distribution hitches, I am right there, with nominal compression of the bushing(3/16"-1/4"). As mentioned above, I found the steering somewhat stiff and sluggish with one hundred percent front axle weight restoration and very good at fifty percent.
I'm curious, have you run it across the scales ? Thanks for any further info you can provide. It does seem like an interesting hitch.

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Old 04-07-2013, 10:17 AM   #1691
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No scales, yet. I am having too much fun camping in the Hill Country of Texas to enjoy visiting a truck stop scale. All adjustments and measurements are per the instructions in the 2013 Silverado Owner's Manual. Chevrolet (and Ford) have changed their thinking on hitches recently. I have found that half the front axle weight replacement that they now require works for me. Might not for everyone though.
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I cannot remove the pin that connects the triangular plate to the hitch?

From day one, it has never come out. I've had to remove the chains from the bushings side to uncouple the trailer.

I've taken a mallet and tried to strike it but its in there good.

Is there something I'm missing? I know the videos shows that pin coming out with tremendous ease.
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The pin won't come out if you have full tension on the chains. either jack up the trailer to reduce the tension or back off on the chains. If this works you have solved the problem if not try the following.

Once you get it out with a hammer or what ever look at the pin to make sure it is not bent, not likely but check anyway.

Some thing you might check first is to see if you can put the plate on first by turning it over and then by reversing so the plate is facing forward. If turning it over works you are home free. If reversing it works you can turn the hitch over in the receiver and drive the ball shaft out and turn it around. If you have to do this makes sure you mark the ball before removing it so you know which way to put it back.

If the above does not solve the problem and you have a drill bit set measure the diameter of the pin and chase the hole, with the plate in place, with the smallest bit over the pin diameter. The plate and shaft holes may be just a bit off center to each other.

Once the pin is out it is a common problem to have trouble dropping the plate because the shaft and plate gall together. I put paraffin wax in the plate hole to reduce this problem. Don't use grease it attracts dirt.
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I cannot remove the pin that connects the triangular plate to the hitch?

From day one, it has never come out. I've had to remove the chains from the bushings side to uncouple the trailer.

I've taken a mallet and tried to strike it but its in there good.

Is there something I'm missing? I know the videos shows that pin coming out with tremendous ease.
It should come out very easily, so there is some problem here with your specific pieces of hitch equipment. Contact Andersen.
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