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Old 07-18-2012, 02:51 AM   #253
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Put on the Andersen today. I ran into one problem. My propane bottle holder is welded under the frame and was in the way. That gave me two choices: cut part of the tank holder out. Or move the mounts forward and take out some links. I chose to take out links. I would still have clearance issues with the tanks even if I cut part of the bracket away. I ended up taking three links out. The directions say this is ok.

I also drill a part way hole for the set screw to sit on.

You can see in one of the pictures lines I drew where I wanted to set the bracket.
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:45 PM   #254
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This is definitely worth a look. My current system, a Reese dual cam, works fine, but so many heavy parts to store when I unhook! I also need to get a lower drop, as my AS is tilting back some when towed. My tv is a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited so I need a long shank to clear the spare. Do they offer that thru Andersen?
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Old 07-18-2012, 06:40 PM   #255
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Rich: Andersen 'No-Sway' Weight Distribution Hitch

Check out their site and then give them a call with specific questions for your trailer/TV combination.
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Rich: Andersen 'No-Sway' Weight Distribution Hitch

Check out their site and then give them a call with specific questions for your trailer/TV combination.
Thanks, I did check their site. Those shanks don't look long enough. Didn't someone here say they ordered a longer one?

I will probably call them when I get my measurements in order.
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:30 PM   #257
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I ordered a higher/lower one (8"), not longer. It has a pretty short stinger, but works fine on my Grand Cherokee. The liftgate opens fine, Of course yours may be very different.
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Well, I have put 1200 miles on the Andersen Hitch in 3 days. AND I LOVE IT. Now given I had a valley WD with a friction sway control.

The Hook up is cake and I don't dread taking it off. I have just been loosening the nut as I then don't have to jake the trail up then down then up again. I'm in 7 threads and it takes a few seconds to tighten or loosen them.

The rubber washer/gaskets on the chains take out a lot of the bumps that my other WD didn't. It is a much smother ride. Also There has been no sway what so ever. It seems like the trailer and SUV are one unit. I came through the Columbia Gorge with 20-30 mph side and head winds. I saw motor homes all over the road towing cars. I got pushed around but no swaying of the trailer. Very stable.

With no bars backing up is a breeze, and I don't worry about how far I am turning.
Also no banging or creaking.

There is some wear on the ball but on the sides and top a little on the back. I will post pics on that later. But it would seem to me to be expected wtih little movement and no grease.

So far I love it.

I did have one problem. My brackets on the bottom moved about 1/4 inch. I even drilled tap holes for the tap screws. When I get to my folks place in Washington I will either drill holes for them to screw into or weld the brackets in place. not sure yet, anyone do either?

So I have all positive and no negatives so far. We have about another 1500 - 2000 miles left on this 3 week trip. Will keep everyone posted.
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My brackets also moved maybe 1/4 in. I asked Dave Andersen about it and he said it would not effect the operation. So I have not bothered to redo them. I have over 3500 miles on the hitch so far and it continues to work perfectly and as advertised.
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My brackets also moved maybe 1/4 in. I asked Dave Andersen about it and he said it would not effect the operation. So I have not bothered to redo them. I have over 3500 miles on the hitch so far and it continues to work perfectly and as advertised.
Ok, the one thing I did notice as I get 7 threads the socket is not much deeper. it would seem you cold only get maybe 9 before you need a deeper socket. And they are made by Andersen by the looks of them. i might have to pull an extra 1/2 thread to make up that 1/4 inch move.
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:07 PM   #261
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I am halfway through a 2500 mile trip with the Andersen and have hooked up and unhooked every night due to site level issues. Like Jason, I find that using the supplied socket with a half inch drive on the big nuts is the easy way to unhook and hook up. Takes about 2 minutes or so. My chain brackets were installed with a slight angle to begin with, and have not moved.

On I 80 in Wyoming I was passed by a lot of large trucks going faster than me (I was going about 70). Absolutely no movement or even sensation of anything passing at all. Going south into Craig CO, there were side winds, but no movements. Long days of driving and no tiredness on my part, but the new Jeep Grand Cherokee may be more responsible for that than the Andersen. But, as I have said in other posts, the Jeep with the 20' Argosy behind feels just like the Jeep solo. Hitch weight is 680 pounds, total weight of the Argosy, as normal travel, about 4200 pounds. Jeep weight is 5200 pounds.

I have noticed some creaking at some times, and have no idea what that is. I hear it when moving forward slowly, but not always. I also feel the stinger is sloppy in the Jeep hitch receiver, and when you have it in, but not hooked up, you can move it a lot, both sideways and up and down. I have no idea if that is a Jeep issue, or an Andersen issue. My old Draw Tight and Reese hitches never had that slop in the stinger on my other Jeeps. Of course, once hooked up and under load the slop is gone.

It is just a nice hitch in all ways. Towing is great, light weight head, no spring bars to deal with. I do put a little dab of grease on the ball and wipe it off with a paper towel when I unhitch.
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If you mounted the brackets perpendicular to the frame they will rotate about the set screws till the bolts contact the frame top and bottom.

When placing brackets position them for length from the ball while rotating them back at the top to force the bolts to rest on the top and bottom of the frame. Run the set screw in to mark the frame and remove the brackets. Drill a hole about 2/3 the diameter of the set screw at the mark. Replace the brackets and set screws. This is the position that they will find if you have not set then up this way.
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Not sure if I mentioned this or not.

I store my trailer parallel to the driveway which lowers the tongue about 5 in. with respect to level.

When I jack the trailer level to start the frig the triangle plate cuts into the jack post and stalls the jack. I have ground a relief angle on the center underside of the plate so it will ride up the jack post without binding.
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I know you guys are a head above me on the physics of the Andersen WD hitch. But I am buying my second Andersen WD hitch because it works and my airstream just follows me down the road without noise and bouncing. It costs half what a reese WD dual cam costs and performs better. I am 66 years old and I can not deal with spring bars any more. Plus I am tired of the noise that sounds like the rear end of my truck is falling apart with reese. Also, reese hitch was dragging. I am buying second one because I just sold my other airstream and bought a new one. New 28 ft airstream came with reese and after weeks of negotiating dealer has agreed to take the reese back. I have encourage dealer to look at Andersen WD hitch. I think Andersen has made a remarkable product that will catch on.
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:47 PM   #265
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Not sure if I mentioned this or not.

I store my trailer parallel to the driveway which lowers the tongue about 5 in. with respect to level.

When I jack the trailer level to start the frig the triangle plate cuts into the jack post and stalls the jack. I have ground a relief angle on the center underside of the plate so it will ride up the jack post without binding.
I had the same problem with my manual jack, but just keep an eye on it when jacking it up high.

I haven't used anything but a spring bar system, but I can't imagine that a Hensley or any other brand does that much of a better job if better at all.

And you can't beat the price.
I have had no sway and the the simplicity of hooking and un-hooking is amazing. Plus nothing heavy to lift.

I have about 1600 miles on it now from Colorado to Washington. Through very strong winds, up over passes and winding roads. Never a problem or a worry the whole way. Heading back next monday after a camp out with the family this coming weekend at some property by Mt Rainer.
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Old 07-31-2012, 05:43 PM   #266
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Today I visited the Andersen factory in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I had been experiencing creaking noises which were annoying and since I was going right through Idaho Falls on my way back home from the Vintage Rally in Gunnison CO, I called and they said come in and they would look at it.

Two very knowledgable people came out and looked things over and as I drove around the parking lot they listened to the noises. They decided that the friction material may have been the problem, with water getting into it. They changed out the material and that cured the issue completely. It is dead silent now.

Two more people came out and talked with me, including Andrew, the VP of marketing. Great team. All were interested in my comments, problem, and providing a solution. As it is a new product, they want to know of any issues and want to resolve them. With feedback, they can continue to improve the hitch as needed.

I also got to meet the inventor of the system, John Andersen. Super nice guy, started and owned the company for 50 years, sold it to his son two years ago. I encouraged him to invent a better safety chain system for all of us. I told him how much I liked his hitch and he beamed.

So, was a great day. Now with about 2000 miles on the Andersen system, I could not be happier. The Jeep simply handles the same, solo or with the Argosy on the back. What higher praise could I give?
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