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SpletKay06 05-29-2016 02:27 AM

Anderson WD Hitch
 
Hi there im wondering if anyone on here has an experience using Anderson weight distribution hitch setup. https://www.andersenhitches.com/Prod...-brackets.aspx

SeaLevel 05-29-2016 05:24 AM

There have been many discussions here about that brand. Here is one:

https://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ead-92131.html

AWCHIEF 05-29-2016 07:17 AM

https://www.airforums.com/forums/sear...archid=5903686

Troy Tyson 05-29-2016 07:24 AM

I have an Andersen hitch. It is the best for towing I have ever used. The folks at Andersen are very helpful if you have questions,Especially Nick in Service to answer your questions.

SpletKay06 05-29-2016 12:15 PM

Ok thanks for the links. And Troy I fully agree ive used there products for years just never the wd hitch.

dkottum 05-29-2016 12:25 PM

You have a 25' Excel, you better do a little more research before buying that thing. We had one.

SpletKay06 05-29-2016 11:35 PM

Did you have a bad experience with it?

ROBERTSUNRUS 05-30-2016 12:22 AM

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Originally Posted by SpletKay06 (Post 1798911)
Did you have a bad experience with it?


:) Hi, I was contemplating buying one of those hitches, but from what I've seen and read, it was a great idea that didn't work for most people.

AWCHIEF 05-30-2016 06:48 AM

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Originally Posted by ROBERTSUNRUS (Post 1798920)
:) Hi, I was contemplating buying one of those hitches, but from what I've seen and read, it was a great idea that didn't work for most people.


I would say it did not work for "some" people. Many happily use the Anderson system. Honestly you have to take the somewhat distorted and highly questionable comments here from some with a whole shaker of salt.

Airtandem 05-30-2016 07:29 AM

I have/had an Andersen and liked it. It traveled great and was light to lift on and off the truck. We got a couple of new toys and converted from a queen to twins and now can't get the truck level. I have adjusted the raiser and torqued the hitch but the truck still is 2 inches higher in front.
I have a Blue Ox on order and should be here Wednesday, hopes this works. Sure liked my Andersen. I have had it for 3 years.

Trailer: 2010 FC 25 fb Truck: 2011 Ram 1500 quad

mike

AWCHIEF 05-30-2016 07:58 AM

Mike, I also moved from the Anderson to the Blue Ox when moving up to a larger trailer. Words of advise learned the hard and painful way. Make sure the frame brackets are sufficiently tightened to the A-Frame. Also hooking or unhooking up lift the tongue jack as high as is necessary to remove all pressure from chains/bars. Takes bit of trial and error but set up is very easy and repeatable. Blue Ox has excellant customer service if required.

dkottum 05-30-2016 08:24 AM

The Andersen hitch doesn't have the leverage designed into its "unique" weight distribution idea to transfer enough weight but for very small trailers. We tried everything to get it to work, tried to believe in it; finally a series of problems realized for us it was poorly designed and made us wonder if they even tried it on a medium sized trailer before dumping it on the market.

Very light duty components that all showed significant wear within our 4,000 miles of use before we got rid of it. We had to drill onto our Airstream A-frame to run bolts through to try to keep it in place, the "unique" design caused enough stress to elongate the bolt holes in our frame. The friction material squeezed out of the stinger. The hitch ball wore severely. The chain keepers wore away part of the chains. The urethane bushings squeezed down so bad they began to fail, and allowed virtually no flexibility in the assembly as conventional w.d. bars provide; the front corner of our new Airstream's banana wrap tore loose from its rivets.

It's too weak to be a weight distribution hitch, better to think of it as an expensive friction sway control device that will do little to nothing keeping your medium sized Airstream from being pushed around by gusting side winds and passing semis.

And the package will now come with a note inside advising you the hitch is incompatible with the hitch coupler all modern Airstreams use. The design can wear away your hitch latching mechanism causing the trailer to disconnect from your tow vehicle. You can cut off your Airstream coupler and weld on a different one to use it.

Bob662 05-30-2016 09:20 AM

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Originally Posted by dkottum (Post 1799004)
The Andersen hitch doesn't have the leverage designed into its "unique" weight distribution idea to transfer enough weight but for very small trailers...finally a series of problems realized for us it was poorly designed...Very light duty components that all showed significant wear within our 4,000 miles of use...We had to drill into our Airstream A-frame to run bolts through to try to keep it in place...the "unique" design caused enough stress to elongate the bolt holes in our frame. The friction material squeezed out of the stinger. The hitch ball wore severely. The chain keepers wore away part of the chains. The urethane bushings squeezed down so bad they began to fail...the front corner of our new Airstream's banana wrap tore loose from its rivets...The design can wear away your hitch latching mechanism causing the trailer to disconnect from your tow vehicle.

But other than those minor inconveniences, it worked okay?:)

Airtandem 05-30-2016 09:30 AM

Mike and Doug, agree with both. Mike, that is the way I hooked up with the Andersen. I found this to be easiest.
Doug, Sanme here. Before toys and mod to AS, all went well. The added wt. in truck and mod changed everything. Considered new suspension in truck, but ??? I replaced the friction material 4 times under warranty.
I thought of Pro and haha, but for my age and travel, couldn't t justify.
I think the Andersen is a good hitch for some units but outgrew mine.
Mike

HowieE 05-30-2016 11:14 AM

Spletkay06

You did not mention your TV. I say this because if you are towing with a a very lightly sprung rear axle vehicle you may not be able to transfer enough weight to the front axle to return to the original steering geometry. The Andersen is clearly designed with sway as the principle consideration as most TV have changed from sedans to trucks.

As for the stated limitation of a few commentators that the Andersen is limited to light trailer I have been towing my 34 fter for 4 years now and have converted my daughters 8,000 lb trailer to an Andersen because of excessive sway she was having while towing with a Reese Straight Line system.

What is your TV?

SpletKay06 05-30-2016 12:22 PM

I have a 2015 ram 1500 ecodiesel with full air ride. Im currently not using a wd hitch at all and it tows great front axle is 3400 but rear is axle 4400 so im a little overloaded. My trailer came with a resse wd hitch and it terrible makes the trailer ride horrible. When I first bought it and towed it home 280 miles nothing moved in the trailer and it towed great but then I setup up the wd hitch and everything moves around, it turns poorly etc. All im looking for is to lower the tongue weight a little and some sway control wouldmt hurt.

HowieE 05-30-2016 12:37 PM

60 lbs is about as low as you can go.

SpletKay06 05-30-2016 12:51 PM

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Originally Posted by HowieE (Post 1799125)
60 lbs is about as low as you can go.

60 lbs less tongue weight? Thats not much

rostam 05-30-2016 12:52 PM

The extreme issues one user has had seems to be setup related. Otherwise, how come andersen works fine for a heavier, longer 34?

Did you contact Andersen regarding the issues you were having? What did they say/advise?

HowieE 05-30-2016 01:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rostam (Post 1799134)
The extreme issues one user has had seems to be setup related. Otherwise, how come andersen works fine for a heavier, longer 34?

Did you contact Andersen regarding the issues you were having? What did they say/advise?

Unfortunately early on in the discussion of the Andersen system there was a concerted effort to discredit the system by some that feared the new competition. Even knowing the design intentions of the newer system, sway control over weight distribution, several tried to achieve the historically now unnecessary results of the older systems with the intent of discrediting the Andersen system. However there are very few modern TV that require the WD that older softly sprung cars required. Just do a count of those using the Andersen against those claiming it can't work and then make up your mind.

And yes there is an issue with some of the Atwood couplers failing when using the Andersen. That is not a problem with the Andersen but a design limitation of the Atwood. A type of problem often encountered when a new concept is invented.

Many had to decide what to do with their single cylinder gas engine washing machines when the electric motor came on line. The problem was not in the electric motor.


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