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Old 04-14-2013, 03:31 PM   #1723
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The comments may be helpful, but to repeat them to each additional poster is juvenile. You do or do not like your Anderson, let us know, but once is enough. Jim
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:00 PM   #1724
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Apparently some folks that think there were just the right amount of hitches on the market, before the Andersen was introduced. They post this preference over and over until they believe it. The Andersen hitch is not perfect and I am glad that we have this forum to hear of both successes and failures. My experience has been positive so far, but I will report any change in that assessment. I know how to search for information about other brands.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:28 AM   #1725
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the tank heavy hensely/propride or vertical bar type wd hitches are just too rigid for trailer hitches and causes wear and tear overtime like it did to mine, rear-end separations, interior damage due to severe frame stresses. Folks invested heavily on these overpriced hitches will justify their over expense to the death. Had I had the smooth Andersen from the start the wear an tear would've been much less..Anti-Bounce feature is the genius of the Andersen against all other hitches
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:29 AM   #1726
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the tank heavy hensely/propride or vertical bar type wd hitches are just too rigid for trailer hitches and causes wear and tear overtime like it did to mine, rear-end separations, interior damage due to severe frame stresses. Folks invested heavily on these overpriced hitches will justify their over expense to the death. Had I had the smooth Andersen from the start the wear an tear would've been much less..Anti-Bounce feature is the genius of the Andersen against all other hitches
Wow! And I was told this thread was only about Andersen hitches....guess not.

By the way, the 70's Airstream 31's are notorious for developing rear end separation because A: They have a week 4" frame, and B: They usually have a rear bath.
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Weight scale comparisons for Anderson Hitch

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Second, who has done weight scale comparisons (full work-up) on this hitch, as against other types? Or even just of itself? The Full Monte of empty adjusted weights (both vehicles), loaded weights, and hitch weights on a certified scale.

Numbers matter.

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There is a long (informative) thread currently at Woodalls Open Roads Forum: Towing: New Andersen WD Hitch

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Hello All! What a lively discussion you have going on here

I do not have an Airstream however was in the market and purchased another trailer just a month ago however still lurk around. This thread really got my interest and I do have the Anderson WD hitch with my new trailer that is 25' with a GVWR of 6k lbs and is a Lance 2185. I have had two trailers prior to this one the last was similar in size and weight. My tow vehicle is a 2005 LandRover LR3 with an air suspension.

I am pretty picky about my weights and have a scale nearby so visit often. I also have a sherline tongue scale that I frequently use when I shift the configuration. I thought I would add my weigh tickets to the discussion since it helps people see what is happening. I am not debating the merits or issues with putting more pressure on the pawl side of the trailer coupler, time will tell. I can offer that my experience with towing so far has been phenomenal. The initial install was really easy and hitching to the TV takes no time at all. I also like that it does not weigh #100 lbs!

Now below are my weight tickets from this week. The first is my TV with full tank of gas and just the driver (top line front axle, second line rear axle, third line trailer, then combined weight). The second ticket from a couple days later is the same TV setup with a full tank of gas and the weight distribution hitch disconnected. For the last weigh I pulled off the scale and connected the Anderson weight distribution hitch and pulled back on the scales. The tongue weight measured with the scale was #620.

As you can see the hitch does move weight to the front axle as well as to the trailer. I did not weigh each trailer axle independently.

Everyone has their opinion and feelings about their particular setup. This one is working very well for me. Hope to see you in camp!
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Great

You have once again proven that an the Andersen will work dispute the opinions of the ill informed. Now we have to convince them that a really bee can fly
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Great

You have once again proven that an the Andersen will work dispute the opinions of the ill informed. Now we have to convince them that a really bee can fly
Actually, what he has proven, is what many have been saying all along: the Andersen does not restore 100% of the front axle loading. And of course, some tow vehicle manufacturers specify that 50% is the goal. In that case, he hit it perfectly, and may in fact have found a very nicely matched combo for his particular needs.
Others may want to come closer to 100% restoration of steer axle loads, for whatever reasons. I'd say that overall, there is room in the marketplace for most all of these different brands.
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I think this setup just might work for me. I presently have a reese dual cam strait line that I am not happy with. The ford f-150 manual says to return the front to 50%. I will have to replace the coupler. I am considering the atwood 81911. I just need to find a good welder.
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Hello All! What a lively discussion you have going on here

I do not have an Airstream however was in the market and purchased another trailer just a month ago however still lurk around. This thread really got my interest and I do have the Anderson WD hitch with my new trailer that is 25' with a GVWR of 6k lbs and is a Lance 2185. I have had two trailers prior to this one the last was similar in size and weight. My tow vehicle is a 2005 LandRover LR3 with an air suspension.

I am pretty picky about my weights and have a scale nearby so visit often. I also have a sherline tongue scale that I frequently use when I shift the configuration. I thought I would add my weigh tickets to the discussion since it helps people see what is happening. I am not debating the merits or issues with putting more pressure on the pawl side of the trailer coupler, time will tell. I can offer that my experience with towing so far has been phenomenal. The initial install was really easy and hitching to the TV takes no time at all. I also like that it does not weigh #100 lbs!

Now below are my weight tickets from this week. The first is my TV with full tank of gas and just the driver (top line front axle, second line rear axle, third line trailer, then combined weight). The second ticket from a couple days later is the same TV setup with a full tank of gas and the weight distribution hitch disconnected. For the last weigh I pulled off the scale and connected the Anderson weight distribution hitch and pulled back on the scales. The tongue weight measured with the scale was #620.

As you can see the hitch does move weight to the front axle as well as to the trailer. I did not weigh each trailer axle independently.

Everyone has their opinion and feelings about their particular setup. This one is working very well for me. Hope to see you in camp!
Thanks for the info, very useful. Your setup moved about 60 lbs to the trailer and about 130 lbs to the front. Do you think you could have moved more weight if you wanted by further tightening the bushings? Would you want to? Did you get this result by following the Andersen "measure the wheel fender" instructions?
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Yes, I could easily add more wight to the front by giving another turn of the tensioning nut. However, the way the setup is working now I just don't see a need to move more weigh to the front. I have noticed a stiffer ride when adding more tension. I'm sure this would be different if I had 1k lbs on the hitch but I only have about 600lbs and I am very pleased. Next time I go through the scales ill se about doing a second weigh with another turn see how much weight that moves to the front just for the experience points!
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That set of tickets would be considered a failure to transfer weight by many people. They would like to see (at least) the original weight restored to the front axle. Some would like to see the trailer tongue weight transferred to the tow vehicle evenly distributed on front and rear axles.

That's become yet another controversy. I think the steering would be too light for safety on wet/icy roads if the weight is not restored, and there would be too much weight on the rear axle for some lighter vehicles (such as mine) if more than restoration weight is not transferred to the front.

I had the Andersen and was very happy with the performance on the road. The weight distribution was in question; I never weighed it but set it up according to Andersen instructions, trusting they knew more about this than I do.

When I found out the hitch was not compatible with my trailer coupler (only when a member posted a warning from Andersen included with their new Andersen hitch), I began having serious doubts they had thought this design through enough to put it on the market. The doubts have increased now that Andersen has not issued a recall of this hitch for incompatible couplers, or offered a refund to us who purchased it in trust of them, or advised us of the problem.

I had the Andersen removed because of this. An additional concern came to light. I had drilled the frame to allow the bracket mounting set screw into the frame as insurance it would stay put. This hole had become elongated (oval) on both outer sides of the frame, after 4,000 miles. The concern is that there is not enough compression left in the urethane bushing, after weight distribution is applied, to compensate for roadway undulations and especially entering steep driveway approaches. Additionally, there is the question whether this elongation would become worse, weakening my trailer frame, and whether this inflexibility would bend the trailer A-frame. Note that the elongation was hidden under the bracket.

The best features of the Andersen is its resistance to sway and its ability to dampen bounce on certain roadways. But I don't trust the safety of its design. To suggest the Andersen performs as well as a Hensley/Propride design is simply untrue, it's not even close. The driving experience is completely different. I know because I replaced the Andersen with a Propride, best thing I ever did for towing our Airstream.

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Doug, I am happy you are happy with your PP. I replaced my Hensley with an Andersen and am very happy with it's performance.
As long as we are both happy, we can quit beating the horse,
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Joe, are you trying to say the Andersen performs as well as the Hensley, or its performance is good enough to make you happy.

I was also happy with my Andersen's performance, but it is not in a league with Hensley/Propride.

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Joe, are you trying to say the Andersen performs as well as the Hensley, or its performance is good enough to make you happy.

I was also happy with my Andersen's performance, but it is not in a league with Hensley/Propride.

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For me, the Andersen performs much better for my requirements. Yours may vary and again, I am happy you are happy.
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