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Old 11-03-2013, 05:53 AM   #2339
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In 167 pages, there are many examples of actual users who really benefit from and enjoy the Andersen hitch. People with 1,200 pounds of tongue weight and 600 pounds of payload won't like the Andersen. Those who have the opposite are in for a great towing experience with the Andersen. (Yes, I am aware that Andersen overstates their products capabilities, but at least they don't show it towing the Space Shuttle.)
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:14 AM   #2340
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I am old enough to remember when the overhead valve engine was introduced.There were those that formed clubs promoting the "Flat Heads For Ever" and refused to accept the advancement in engine design. As with any advancement there will be those who don't understand it, refuse to accept it, insist it be judged by the old standards, and offer comments without experience.

The FHFE clubs, like the engines, were short lived, cased aside to be a collectors item, as the newer engines quickly cleaned there clocks in all areas.

If you see me on the road and want to experience the Andersen first hand don't be shy just ask. "12156"
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Old 11-03-2013, 12:04 PM   #2341
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I have commented on the issue of WD and the Andersen several times. The limit is not within the Andersen it is within the rear springs of the TV. The lighter sprung, soccer mom, vehicles do not have enough carrying capacity to act as a point of rotation for the Andersen to move the load to the front axle.

Several have tried to convince readers that the Andersen will only work with light trailers. I offer the fact that my 34 ft trailer does not fall into that description and works great with my Andersen.

A few months ago I attempted to use an Andersen on my daughters trailer behind a Suburban 1500, a vehicle with almost the same wheel base as my Excursion but with much lighter spring set. My option was to revert to the Reese for our trip or install a heaver rear spring set, GM offers several different spring sets for the Suburban. Had to use the Reese but will correct that before next season.

I would strongly suggest anyone towing with a Suburban check the rear axle code before installing an Andersen and if the code is for one of the lighter spring sets consider changing the rear springs. Yes that is getting pricey but if you want the superior characteristics of the Andersen it will be worth it.
This all sounds to me like gobleygook for you need a heavy duty tow vehicle to use an Andersen WD hitch with a heavy trailer because the hitch will not transfer the weight properly.
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Old 11-03-2013, 12:12 PM   #2342
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I am old enough to remember when the overhead valve engine was introduced.There were those that formed clubs promoting the "Flat Heads For Ever" and refused to accept the advancement in engine design. As with any advancement there will be those who don't understand it, refuse to accept it, insist it be judged by the old standards, and offer comments without experience.

The FHFE clubs, like the engines, were short lived, cased aside to be a collectors item, as the newer engines quickly cleaned there clocks in all areas.

If you see me on the road and want to experience the Andersen first hand don't be shy just ask. "12156"
Hi, you must be really old because: "The original overhead valve or OHV piston engine was developed by the Scottish-American David Dunbar Buick around 1902." That's very close to 30 years before Ford made his famous single casting "L" head [Flathead] V-8 engine block. There were many other overhead valve and even overhead cam engines long before the 1949 Olds and Cadillac V-8's came out.
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GM had OHV engines in the 30's.
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Seams the younger members are not old enough to remember that the controversy of the OHV engine took place when Ford introduced it into the Ford line in 1955. Yes the Lincoln had it in 53 and the higher GM lines had it before 55, but not many were racing the Lincolns, Olds, and Buicks then

And yes I was there.
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Any Amazon shoppers here? This thread has digressed enough to resemble the so called Gold Box Forum.
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Peace friends. Since I haven't taken delivery of this rig yet I'm going to try to find something to match what the trailer already has simply to get it home. Once here in Atlanta I'm going to do more research. Thanks for all of your passion.

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Old 11-03-2013, 06:40 PM   #2350
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If you see me on the road and want to experience the Andersen first hand don't be shy just ask. "12156"
I will go you one better. Anyone in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, near McAllen, can road test my Andersen hitch for free. I won't be using it for a couple of months and it only takes a few minutes to install.
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This all sounds to me like gobleygook for you need a heavy duty tow vehicle to use an Andersen WD hitch with a heavy trailer because the hitch will not transfer the weight properly.
It doesn't just sound like gobbledygook -- it is gobbledygook.

SteveH is 100% correct.

In order to transfer load from the TV's rear axle to the front axle, a WDH must exert a torque on the hitch head.

The design of the Andersen WDH results in considerably less torque generation compared to the amount of torque generated by a bar-type WDH.

The stiffness of the TV's suspension has nothing to do with load transfer.

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The stiffness of the TV's suspension has nothing to do with load transfer.

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Correct, but it is a component to be considered when sizing and selecting a hitch. Yes? No?

Example, a late model GM 2500HD with a fairly stiff rear suspension "requires" no FALR. Switch out those rear springs with those from a 1500, and the picture changes. Get out the WD hitch then. At least that is what GM says. Look at the whole picture, not just the part that makes the Andersen appear bad.
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