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Old 06-18-2013, 02:14 PM   #2003
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Hi, I'm not going to say you are right or wrong because I don't know; Could you scan a page from an owner's manual, stating this, and post it on this thread?
The manuals are available as downloads. Traveling now, so scanning is not practical. GM dropped their WD requirements entirely for their HD models. They revised them on their 1500's to a range from 0-50-100% . They are now at 0% up to7,000 pound trailers for the latter. Apparently they have learned something in the past couple of years that made them change their specifications. Engineers are usually pretty conservative, so it is very interesting. This does NOT apply to sedans, delivery vans, or micro buses.
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FYI - The manual for our 2005 F350 says to return the front bumper height to within 1/2" of the unhitched height when using a WD hitch. It doesn't give a weight. The receiver itself indicates that WD is required for a trailer greater than 5000 lbs or tongue weight greater than 500 lbs.
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I copied this from the Ford site:



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Weight-Distributing Hitches
WARNING:
Do not adjust a weight-distributing hitch to any
position where the rear bumper of the vehicle is higher than it
was before attaching the trailer. Doing so will defeat the function of the
weight-distributing hitch, which may cause unpredictable handling, and
could result in serious personal injury.
When hooking-up a trailer using a weight-distributing hitch, always use
the following procedure:
1. Park the loaded vehicle, without the trailer, on a level surface.
2. Measure the height to the top of your vehicle’s front wheel opening
on the fender. This is H1.
3. Securely attach the loaded trailer to your vehicle without the
weight-distributing bars connected.
4. Measure the height to the top of your vehicle’s front wheel opening
on the fender a second time. This is H2.
5. Install and adjust the tension in the weight-distributing bars so that
the height of your vehicle’s front wheel opening on the fender is
approximately halfway between H1 and H2.
6. Check that the trailer is level or slightly nose down toward your
vehicle. If not, adjust the ball height accordingly and repeat
Steps 2–6.
Once the trailer is level or slightly nose down toward the vehicle:

Lock the bar tension adjuster in place.

Check that the trailer tongue securely attaches and locks onto the
hitch.

Install safety chains, lighting, and trailer brake controls as required by
law or the trailer manufacturer.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:41 PM   #2006
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Hi, I'm not going to say you are right or wrong because I don't know; Could you scan a page from an owner's manual, stating this, and post it on this thread?

See Attached20130618163342.pdf

20130618164127.pdf
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Can I ask what if anything this discussion of manufacture's receiver specification has to do with anything?

There aren't 20 people in the world that ever even looked at that requirement let along have 10 of them here trying to reinvent the wheel.

Next you will be discussing if LT tires can be used on a trailer with an Andersen hitch. They can and I have for years. Mainly because NO ONE makes a trailer tire that will travel down the road behind my truck. And I for one am not going to slow down just to meet some manufactures specifications. The world has moved on.
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My experience with the Andersen was like swimming against the current, always something until I no longer trusted it. I worried about its safety. When they decided I needed to cut the coupler off my new Airstream and weld on a new one to use this contraption, that was the last straw. It's gone.

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You seam to have changed your mind from when you posted these comments.

2/23/13

I set my Andersen (and my Equal-I-Zer) according to mfg's instructions, using wheel well measurements. I have driven both thousands of miles and they both work very well, but the Andersen performs much better. I have not seen any need to weigh either one.

I'm not here to PROVE anything on this USER'S thread, just report my installation and experience. You have it as best I can, if you want more buy one, or ask Andersen.

Those who don't want to accept or understand the concept, won't, no matter what information is provided.

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Andy

I am reluctant to state such a defined formula because of the number of variables, truck length, trailer length, truck weight, trailer weight, truck spring ratios.

Yes. The point that several posters here have missed in their bashing of the Andersen is the fact that SOME weight is moved to the trailer when using a WD hitch. There persist is leaving this factor out while stating all forms of Fuzzy math around 100% of weight transferred to the TV in forms of equally fuzzy ratios based on a manufactures manual.
Howie.

The formula was designed over 40 years ago.

It's not to be used as "it's that way or no way", but it is used as a ball park guide, so that if someone wants to have a general idea as to what to shoot for, then that formula helps them out.

Yes there are many variables, but the biggest one, is opinions instead of facts.

Facts usually come from several inputs.

Opinions usually come from one.

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The point that several posters here have missed in their bashing of the Andersen is the fact that SOME weight is moved to the trailer when using a WD hitch.---
Howie, will you please substantiate this seemingly unfounded claim by providing links to, or the numbers of, the posts in which these several posters have said the Andersen does not transfer any weight to the trailer?

All I've ever read are statements to the effect that the Andersen does not transfer enough load for some applications -- not that the Andersen is incapable of transferring any load at all.

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Doug

You seam to have changed your mind from when you posted these comments.

2/23/13

I set my Andersen (and my Equal-I-Zer) according to mfg's instructions, using wheel well measurements. I have driven both thousands of miles and they both work very well, but the Andersen performs much better. I have not seen any need to weigh either one.

I'm not here to PROVE anything on this USER'S thread, just report my installation and experience. You have it as best I can, if you want more buy one, or ask Andersen.

Those who don't want to accept or understand the concept, won't, no matter what information is provided.

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I have definitely changed my mind.

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Doug, based on your actual personal issues with your Andersen, not the second hand reports of others, what has made you change your mind?
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There have been several attempts to lend credibility to this experimental hitch by discrediting or mocking those who question its safety and effectiveness. This is but another.

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Doug, simple question. Why the reluctance too answer?
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So there you go folks, yet another "issue" with the Andersen hitch.

Lets see if I have them all in order.

1. The coupler on your trailer may not withstand the forces applied by the Andersen so you may need to change it.

2. The chains wear into the square brackets and may fail as result.

3. The brackets may slip on your trailer's tongue and reduce weight distribution if not welded on.

4. If you have a large trailer with a heavy tongue weight, the Andersen my not be able to distribute the weight properly.

5. The anti-sway "brake" material may fail and need replacement prematurely.

Did I miss any "issues"? And, while this thread is only a year old, that's like brand new in the life of a weight distribution hitch design life.
New to this thread tonight. Fascinating. And for what it's worth, if the above is true, seems like good reason to stay away from this equipment.
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Doug, simple question. Why the reluctance too answer?
I have no horse in this race but it seems that this continued questioning means you require something bad to happen in order for someone to not prefer or recommend the experience with a particular piece if equipment. That's peculiar...to me anyway.

I'm interested in both reviews of this hitch.
The flaming is fun to read but pretty silly.
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