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Old 08-26-2012, 01:47 PM   #337
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I'm not using one but there is 2.5 inches of room after is comes out of the receiver..

hope this helps.
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:59 PM   #338
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Wayne:

I am siting in a k mart parking lot in Hamilton MT, and read your question about the Rock Tanmer flaps and the hitch. I am hooked up so I went out and looked. There is maybe 4" of shank showing between the hitch box and the drop, but about half or more of that is taken up on the underside by a welded brace, so not sure if it would fit.

When I was at the Andersen factory last month they told me they have had a lot of requests for a longer stinger and were considering making one. You might call the factory and talk to Andrew Porter the VP in charge of sales to see if they have one yet, or would make one special for you. They have done that for at least one person they said.

If you get the Andersen, I think you will like it very much. I sure do, and consider the ride it gives both to the TV and the trailer excellent, as well as towing great.
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Old 08-26-2012, 03:07 PM   #339
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"I am sure I ignorantly added to the problem by choosing a Ford F250 as TV."

I know lots of people who pull Airstreams very successfully with Ford 250's without the trailer suffering damage. I suspect you are hitched too stiffly or have a bad imbalance in the running gear. I think the Ford 250 was an great choice for a TV. Maybe your torsion bars are too heavy? Or you are transferring more weight than needed to the front wheels? Or you have 10 ply with 80 psi in them? I pull an older 25' with a 2500 Dodge that is not sprung nearly as well as the Ford and we marvel at how stuff stays in place in the trailer and does not bounce around.
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Bill M,

I have the correct bars on the Reese, and I have the tension set so that about 40% of the tongue weight is transferred to the front wheels of the TV which gives me a level TV and AS. From what I have read and learned at towing seminars, this should be the correct situation.

While we never travel with someone in the AS, we have from time to time moved the AS across a parking lot with my wife inside. She was astounded at how much shock there is even at such slow speeds. ( She also says she can't see how anyone would leave a pet in the AS while traveling, our dog and cat travel in the full sized crew cab. And, they thank us very much.)

Thanks again for all your input, what a great place to share ideas and get information.
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Do I still need an Andersen Hitch with an F250 TV?

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"I am sure I ignorantly added to the problem by choosing a Ford F250 as TV."

I know lots of people who pull Airstreams very successfully with Ford 250's without the trailer suffering damage. I suspect you are hitched too stiffly or have a bad imbalance in the running gear. I think the Ford 250 was an great choice for a TV. Maybe your torsion bars are too heavy? Or you are transferring more weight than needed to the front wheels? Or you have 10 ply with 80 psi in them? I pull an older 25' with a 2500 Dodge that is not sprung nearly as well as the Ford and we marvel at how stuff stays in place in the trailer and does not bounce around.
Hi Bill,

Just yesterday, my husband and I were test driving potential tow vehicles (3/4 Ton Ford, GMC & Dodge) and he asked me, "Do you think we'll even need a WD hitch if we are towing with one of these big boys?" I told him I'd ask the pros on Airforums. So, what do you think?
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I got mine today; now to set-it up. Looks simple and good instructions. Now to compare it to my Equi-lizer.
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Hi Bill,

Just yesterday, my husband and I were test driving potential tow vehicles (3/4 Ton Ford, GMC & Dodge) and he asked me, "Do you think we'll even need a WD hitch if we are towing with one of these big boys?" I told him I'd ask the pros on Airforums. So, what do you think?
It depends what you will be towing with it. For any TT (travel trailer) other then a popup an anti-sway hitch is very helpful some would even say necessary. With a 3/4 ton a 23' Airstream would be the biggest I would want to tow more then a short distance without WD, but I would rather not do that on a regular basis.

Using a WD/anti-sway hitch just increases safety so why not?
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It depends what you will be towing with it. For any TT (travel trailer) other then a popup an anti-sway hitch is very helpful some would even say necessary. With a 3/4 ton a 23' Airstream would be the biggest I would want to tow more then a short distance without WD, but I would rather not do that on a regular basis.

Using a WD/anti-sway hitch just increases safety so why not?
Also, check the rating on the truck's hitch (receiver). On my F350's factory installed hitch the maximum is 500 lbs tongue weight and 5000 lbs trailer weight without a weight distributing hitch.
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Thank you so much for the help Wazbro and DavidsonOverlander. We never considered looking at the rating on the truck's hitch. That would be an important consideration especially since the 27FB International has a hitch weight of 770 lbs.

Thank you again! It is really so nice to meet such nice and helpful people on this forum :-)
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It's more than hitch weight that you need a w.d. hitch, you need the sway control features as well. A 3/4 ton truck suspension and high center of gravity is not the most stable thing on the road in emergency maneuvers or if the trailer starts to sway.

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I hope this thread can remain information about the Andersen hitch and not the need for a WD hitch in general. Just a heads up not to let the topic drift too far from the original title.
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Will the Andersen Hitch Make A 3/4 Ton More Stable?

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It's more than hitch weight that you need a w.d. hitch, you need the sway control features as well. A 3/4 ton truck suspension and high center of gravity is not the most stable thing on the road in emergency maneuvers or if the trailer starts to sway.

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Hi Doug,

So do you think the Andersen Hitch will make a 3/4 ton pulling a 7600 lb Airstream more stable?
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Hi Doug,

So do you think the Andersen Hitch will make a 3/4 ton pulling a 7600 lb Airstream more stable?
Hi, I think the hitch [any hitch] is supposed to make the trailer more stable. [not the tow vehicle] Or I miss-understood what you are saying.
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Hi, I think the hitch [any hitch] is supposed to make the trailer more stable. [not the tow vehicle] Or I miss-understood what you are saying.
Looks like I'll be buying an Andersen WD Hitch I love the ease of use and no grease! I was just looking on their website and noticed that they also offer a "Greaseless Hardball" (costs extra) but looks like it might work better than the ball that comes standard with the hitch.
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3453 - 2" Greaseless Single AlumiBall
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