My Andersen WD hitch arrived Thursday afternoon from thehitchstore.com 2 days after ordering (Great purchasing experience BTW, timely notifications for purchase confirmation and shipping). I took inventory and noticed that the black collar that I have seen on all the videos was not there. I gave Andersen a call to ask about it and Dave Andersen promptly called me back explaining that their newer design replaced the collar with a heavy spring clip, so no issues there. I also noted a torque value difference in the bracket hardware from previous version installation PDFs that I read. He assured me that new lower torque was correct.
Friday afternoon got home loaded the trailer up, filled the water tank and drove over to the back side of the local mall a couple miles away to find a nice level area to install the hitch. My wife came along to assist and was a real help taking notes for measurements and just saving me time raising and lowering the tongue jack, helping with the chocks. Anyways 45 minutes and we were done. Trailer level, my F150 now sits 1 inch lower in the rear and only Ĺ higher in the front. Getting it to that point only took me one try from the instructions base setting, finished at 4 threads exposed. We took it for a 5-7 mile ride on the highway and side roads. Iím very happy with the way the truck now drives, makes a hugely noticeable difference in handling. It feels like the truck does unloaded. I canít comment on the quietness as I havenít really driven a conventional WD system in a number of years. I could hear a thing even backing up into our driveway. We are working this Memorial Day weekend, but will be taking the new trailer out next weekend for a shakedown trip up to the Canadian border area. Iím sure it will need a little tweaking.