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Old 02-25-2013, 04:33 PM   #1421
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A side benefit of the longer reach of the Quickbite is I will not dent the front of my Airstream again with my kayak. Have to get that dent out
Hope you didn't dent the Kayak as well!
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:01 PM   #1422
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As promised, I received my Andersen hitch today. Everything looks good except I do not see the "Retaining Ball Collar for towing without Weight Distribution". It appears that that is a retaing clip in place which would accomplish the same thing. My question is, "Do I have something missing or not"? Looking forward to doing some testing tomorrow.
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Yes, you are missing something necessary. Contact Andersen and tell them about the missing colllar.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:34 PM   #1424
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Not sure but they may have dropped that from the material supplied. I have never used mine and can't see any reason to ever use it. That ball is not coming out of the housing and the pin and clip will do the same thing as the collar.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:44 PM   #1425
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I feel better knowing the collar is there and the pin is in it, with the clip. I know the ball is in a tapered hole. If you were to hit a bump where the trailer tongue put a lot of upward pressure on the ball. It might lift the ball and then slam it down. It could cause damage to the brake material inside the taper. Next time you use the equalizer function, it may not have the anti sway function.
If you don't have the retainer ring. Just remove the chains from the plate used for the WD, then pull the pin and rotate the plate 180 degrees and put the pin back in.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:22 PM   #1426
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I only use the collar when storing the hitch; with the weight distribution chains on you don't need it. But if towing a light trailer with the only Andersen drop bar and ball, the collar should be on there I think.

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Old 02-27-2013, 05:59 AM   #1427
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If you don't have the retainer ring. Just remove the chains from the plate used for the WD, then pull the pin and rotate the plate 180 degrees and put the pin back in.
Thanks, that comes under the "Why didn't I think of that" department. I doubt that I will ever use the hitch without WD anyway.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:26 AM   #1428
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Leaving part of Atwood on

You mentioned that you left part of the Atwood coupler on when you installed the Quickbite. What part? Can you send a picture and also show the where the angle iron was welded.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:50 AM   #1429
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Just do a search for HowieE. There are at least 3 threads on the Andersen. Within the last 10 days he has posted pics with the info you are looking for.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:17 AM   #1430
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You mentioned that you left part of the Atwood coupler on when you installed the Quickbite. What part? Can you send a picture and also show the where the angle iron was welded.
If your question relates to my installation just look at post 1396 above.
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Received the hitch yesterday and installed it this morning. Took longer to go get a 5/16 allen wrench than anything. I was lucky enough that on the first try the trailer was sitting about one inch low in the front with everything hooked up and WD applied.

I took it for a fifteen mile test drive under the best of conditions. I had a cross wind of 9 mph gusting to 17 mph, which is really no wind at all for this part of South Texas. The first thing one notices is the quiet. It is totally silent compared to the many WD hitches with spring bars that I have been around. The second thing is the smoothness of the pull. Sure, you can feel the engine pulling harder but the ride is as good as or better than unloaded. The third result was about the same amount of sway control as with two friction sway bars. I could not force it to sway and I never felt out of control. I like the lightness, the cleanliness, and the ease of hitching and unhitching. I am pulling a 28' 6,000 pound trailer with a tongue weight of 700 pounds with a 2012 Silverado 1500.
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:23 PM   #1432
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Slightly off topic, but......

Hi, Sorry, but people on this forum have made statements about 35 mph side drafts, 50 mph head winds, and 10 mph tail winds; How do you know this? Do you have wind meters on your tow vehicles, are you just guessing, or was this wind speed stated on the the weather channel/station? I have towed in some really windy places and mostly didn't know how bad it was until I stopped at a rest stop and got out of my vehicle. [almost blown off of my feet]
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:08 PM   #1433
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Hi Bob, probably because it they had said "light wind with medium gusts" someone would say "without a number, it didn't happen", on this thread.

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Hi, Sorry, but people on this forum have made statements about 35 mph side drafts, 50 mph head winds, and 10 mph tail winds; How do you know this?
Ha! Good question. Most of it is guesswork (looking at how hard the wind is pushing through the trees, etc).

Having ridden a motorcycle from L.A. to Death Valley every year for the last 8 years, I know when a Mojave crosswind is over 50 mph because it starts to pull my helmet off!
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On the eastern slope of the Rockies along the I25 corridor. The wind speed and direction are posted on the electronic billboards above the highway along with warnings for high profile vehicles and other conditions.
Truck stops also have the information on their monitors that show traffic conditions etc.
The area near Cheyenne, WY is famous for it's wind. We also check at the Port of Entry.
A wind gage in Wyoming is a log chain fastened to the top of a fence post. The wind is blowing when the chain is flying horizontal from the post. Otherwise if you ask how hard the wind is blowing. The locals say; What wind? LOL
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A wind gage in Wyoming is a log chain fastened to the top of a fence post. The wind is blowing when the chain is flying horizontal from the post. Otherwise if you ask how hard the wind is blowing. The locals say; What wind? LOL
A friend in Iowa claims they use a chain also, but the wind isn't blowing until links are snapping off the end!
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A friend in Iowa claims they use a chain also, but the wind isn't blowing until links are snapping off the end!

A Wichita anemometer is that same log chain with a bowling ball fastened to the end. You boys ain't got nuthin' on "Kansas wind...."
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Some of you guys, with a little practice, might qualify to be a Texan someday. I live in near Sweetwater, Texas, the Wind Energy Capitol of the World. Suffice it to say, they don't put all those wind turbines up around here for their looks. The wind blows consistently and forcefully. I leave my Andersen hitch hooked up all the time so IT won't blow away.
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Hi, Sorry, but people on this forum have made statements about 35 mph side drafts, 50 mph head winds, and 10 mph tail winds; How do you know this? Do you have wind meters on your tow vehicles, are you just guessing, or was this wind speed stated on the the weather channel/station? I have towed in some really windy places and mostly didn't know how bad it was until I stopped at a rest stop and got out of my vehicle. [almost blown off of my feet]
Head winds and tail winds, within reason are easy to measure, when towing.

All you need is a calibrated speedometer and a calibrated air speed indicator, as they use on aircraft.

I used that system for 4 years, and it worked great in terms of telling you when to slow down or speed up.

Other than that, it's a wild guess at best.

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In Jersey we use a weather rock hanging outside.
If the rock is dry it is clear
If the rock is wet it is raining
If the rock is white it is snowing
If the rock is moving it is windy
If the rock is not there it was stolen.
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