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Old 05-08-2012, 11:25 PM   #161
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Read the thread, looked and listened to company speil, then ordered from HitchSource. Tongue plates too long but quick trip to machine shop fixed that.
Set up easy, hook and unhook easiest WD/anti-sway I have ever used(50 years of trailer towing)
Only 280 miles so far and feels wonderful. Have not encountered strong crosswind with poor road conditions yet but everything else is stable.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:37 AM   #162
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I have a new truck and trailer (on the way) so, after hearing some favorable comments, I'm considering this hitch. My truck is a 2 wheel drive F150 and the trailer about 600 lb tongue weight. My guess is the 4" drop/rise is sufficient. Can anyone with this hitch confirm this? I'm just trying to keep it at a cleaner look with less metal, if possible.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:10 AM   #163
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I have a new truck and trailer (on the way) so, after hearing some favorable comments, I'm considering this hitch. My truck is a 2 wheel drive F150 and the trailer about 600 lb tongue weight. My guess is the 4" drop/rise is sufficient. Can anyone with this hitch confirm this? I'm just trying to keep it at a cleaner look with less metal, if possible.
I have a '97 f150 and a 2012 Grey Wolf 21rr. It required the 6" drop/rise. The 4" and 6" were the same price and the 6" can be cut off if you don't need the extra 2".
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I have a new truck and trailer (on the way) so, after hearing some favorable comments, I'm considering this hitch. My truck is a 2 wheel drive F150 and the trailer about 600 lb tongue weight. My guess is the 4" drop/rise is sufficient. Can anyone with this hitch confirm this? I'm just trying to keep it at a cleaner look with less metal, if possible.
I would go with the 6" version if I were you. I have the 4" and I have mine setup with 1" of rise on my 04 F150 and 2012 Grey Wolf 26BH. But my F150 is 4X4, lifted 3" in the front and running a tire that equals out to about 33.5" tall (about 2" taller than the stockers that came on my FX4.)

And like comfun1 said, if it turns out you don't need the extra height you can always cut it off. I would rather have the extra and not need it, rather than not have it and need it. I was actually surprised that I needed to use mine in the raise position with my setup, but it is what it is...
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:18 PM   #165
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Thanks, Guys. Sounds like 6" is it.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:11 PM   #166
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I have just completed my second trip with the Andersen hitch and I have to say it's the best, smoothest, quiet hitch I have used.
The bushings do a great job absorbing road bounce. To test it this time I drove the same route that with our old torsion bar hitch almost made us sea sick. Very smooth, one dip over a gap and right back to level.
I would highly recommend it. The hookup and un-hooking are a breeze. Spin the ratchet, pull the lower pin to drop the yoke and then extend the jack to release the ball.
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:57 AM   #167
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Curious on the unhooking/hooking - can you raise the TV and TT up enough with the jack to slide the yoke on/off and pin it without having to use the socket to back off the tension on the chains? Similar to raising them both up with a regular WDH to snap up the spring bars.
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I haven't tried that because it is much faster to back off the nut. It only takes about 3 cranks until the nut is loose enough to spin by hand. I can usually have the chains slack and the pin out in under a minute.

To tighten the chains you can either count the exposed thread or in my case I have 1-1/4 of bolt exposed when I am at proper tension. I keep a block of wood cut 1 1/4 as a guide.
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Thanks for the reply. I think I may order one from Radauto this weekend. Love the simplicity of it. My only worry is possible wear and tear on the coupler latch from having all that force up against it. I spoke to Andersen on the phone and he didnt seem worried, but his idea that the tongue weight would help seat the ball didnt add up for me. We are talking 700-1000# of tongue weight vs. a couple thousand pounds of force pulling on those chains.
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Curious on the unhooking/hooking - can you raise the TV and TT up enough with the jack to slide the yoke on/off and pin it without having to use the socket to back off the tension on the chains? Similar to raising them both up with a regular WDH to snap up the spring bars.
I think that is why I had sway problems when I first tried it out. When you jack it up high enough to slip the chains on or off, same w/ bracket,the ball will come up relieving the anti sway pressure. That said you can jack up under the hitch ball it's self and hookup no problems. Hope that makes sense. Lacy
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