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Old 03-22-2012, 11:37 AM   #141
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Thanks for the report PHS79. Very useful to see some real world measurements.

I saw in a previous post of yours that you have the front of your truck lifted 3" and Firestone ride-rite bags. Were these measurements taken without air in the bags?

Also, how easy was it to tension the chains and, after you disconnect and then reconnect, how easy will it be to get back to the same tension?
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:23 PM   #142
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Good report !!! I have been wondering how well the Anderson can distribute the weight, and you have the fender measurements to prove it. Several trips across the scales should be even more proof.

Do you have something other than a stock suspension ??

With a 700 lb. tongue weight (compared to your 648 lbs.) , my trailer raises the front almost 1/2" (compared to your 1/8"), and lowers the rear axle 2" (compared to your 1") without the spring bars attached.
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I have the front of my truck lifted 3" and I have Firestone Ride-Rite bags under the rear, I took all my measurements with NO air in the bags. One thing that may play a part in the difference of measurements is that in 04 and 05 F150's (atleast 4X4's) came with 4 leafs in the rear spring stack, 06-08's came with only 3. Because of this the 04 and 05s sat a little higher in the rear and also were known to ride a little rougher, atleast that is what was said on a F150 site that I am a member of.


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I think acadianbob has some good advice. The wd hitch needs to spread the load just enough, not too much. If the there is not enough weight on the back axle, you won't have "sway control", you'll have "out of control". It will be more dangerous than with no wd hitch. Your measurements show that you are puuting some weight on both axles. Try backing it off a little to see what happens maybe so the front is the same height as with no load. The nice thing is you have virtually unlimited adjustibilty. I think you'll be able to dial it in just right.
Thanks for the input, when I pull the camper out for our first trip with it I will try 3/16" of compression of the bushings and see what that does to the front end.
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So do you adjust how much weight it transfers by the amount of links? Or can you adust it by how tight the nut holding the chain is?
You adjust it by how many turns you put on the nut and how much is compresses the bushing. It is pretty easy to turn the nut with a 1/2" ratchet 12" long, with the supplied 1 1/4" socket.

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Thanks for the report PHS79. Very useful to see some real world measurements.

I saw in a previous post of yours that you have the front of your truck lifted 3" and Firestone ride-rite bags. Were these measurements taken without air in the bags?

Also, how easy was it to tension the chains and, after you disconnect and then reconnect, how easy will it be to get back to the same tension?
I dumped all the air from the bags before I took any of the measurements.

It was pretty easy to disconnect, probably took maybe 2mins. I had a tape measure and just set them to 1/4" of compression. It is very easy to adjust and I will play with the hitch a little as we start camping to fine tune everything.
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Thanks!

I have the front of my truck lifted 3" and I have Firestone Ride-Rite bags under the rear, I took all my measurements with NO air in the bags. One thing that may play a part in the difference of measurements is that in 04 and 05 F150's (atleast 4X4's) came with 4 leafs in the rear spring stack, 06-08's came with only 3. Because of this the 04 and 05s sat a little higher in the rear and also were known to ride a little rougher, atleast that is what was said on a F150 site that I am a member of.
I do have the 3 spring combo in 2006, with the bottom spring acting as an overload. That might make some of the difference.

Not understanding everything about air bags, but if you dump the bags without a load, once the springs settle with a load, could the bag inflate some from that ??

Since you have a 3" lift, I presume that you have non-stock springs in front now, or were spacers used ??
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I have a spacer from Auto Spring Corp, mine is a 2.5" model. But I ended up gaining 3" from it, which is not unheard of but kinda rear, so maybe my truck is a freak of sorts...
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Old 03-23-2012, 12:23 PM   #146
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I purchased one of these hitches for use with a horse trailer. I read through this thread before I bought it and, despite the fact that there appeared to be little testing from the manufacturer, I decided to get one and try it. The things that appealed to me were... lightweight, quiet,easy to install, and anti-sway built in. The concepts looked nice in the videos but after having bought it and installing it, for whatever it's worth, I wish I would have bought a tried and proven hitch.

Early in the thread there were concerns that the frame brackets would slide forward. That is a problem. There is an optional set screw installation, which may help to some degree, but my trailer is all aluminum including the frame and I am not going to damage the frame with the set screws. I could not distribute any weight at all without the brackets sliding forward.
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That's too bad.It looked like a good idea.Do you think your frame being aluminum may have something to do with not being able to keep the brackets in place?
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sherkad25, you might have a couple of alum blocks tig welded to the frame in front of and to the rear of the brackets to keep them from moving. That would not harm your frame.
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I am not sure if the frame being aluminum had anything to do with the frame brackets sliding or not. I have also thought about having a rod welded between the two inside frame brackets so that, as pressure was pulled forward, the rod would keep them from being able to come closer as they were pulled forward on the a-frame. Not sure if it would work or not. I also thought about having aluminum frame brackets made and welded permanently onto the trailer frame. Or... as Dunn said, I could just have something welded on the frame to keep them from pulling forward. Not sure what I'll try yet. Thank for the input.
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Last week I talked to a sales rep from Andersen. I had asked him about the brackets sliding like has happen to some people with the Equalizer hitches. He said that the kit comes with set screw (which I used), or you can use the set screw to dimple the frame and then drill a hole and then put in a bolt, so then the bolt would actually have to shear off in order for the bracket to move. Or the other option was to just have a weld bead ran on the frame right in front of where the brackets mount so they can not slide.
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