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Old 05-21-2012, 12:55 PM   #181
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gwest - Thanks! That's just the info I was needing. I think I'm going to take the plunge and order one. I'll still have the equalizer until I check out the Andersen.
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:53 PM   #182
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Yesterday we did our first weekend using the new camper and the Andersen hitch. Since this was our first actual trip with this whole new setup I was fooling around with the compression of the bushings alittle on the trip to the campground vs the drive home.

On the way to the camp ground we had 20-25mph winds with gusts to 35, I had 6 threads showing which was just a hair under 3/16" of compression. There was no bounce at all and but a little bit of sway with the higher winds.

On the way home winds were only 10-20 mph with gusts to 25, I had 9 threads showing which is 1/4" of compression. The camper pulled very well, no bounce or noticeable sway.

Also as a side note, I am guessing that I had about 400-500lbs of firewood and other gear in the bed of the truck. And I also ran 25 psi in my airbags to level the truck back out.

Considering this was my first tow with a WD hitch at all, and also the first trip with our new camper I was pretty impressed with how everything went and how it towed. Granted I still have some messing to do to fine tune the my truck and hitch setup, it was a very good experience.
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Also as a side note, I am guessing that I had about 400-500lbs of firewood and other gear in the bed of the truck. And I also ran 25 psi in my airbags to level the truck back out.
IMHO, if you had to use airbags to level out the truck even while using a WDH (Anderson), then your truck was overloaded, the WDH was not distributing the weight properly, or some of both.

Next time you need to use the airbags to level the truck, a trip to the scales might be in order, weighing both the empty truck and with the trailer attached to see which of the above 2 scenarios are happening.
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IMHO, if you had to use airbags to level out the truck even while using a WDH (Anderson), then your truck was overloaded, the WDH was not distributing the weight properly, or some of both.

Next time you need to use the airbags to level the truck, a trip to the scales might be in order, weighing both the empty truck and with the trailer attached to see which of the above 2 scenarios are happening.
My truck sits dead level with no air in the bags, and it sits about 1/4" lower in the rear trailer hooked up using the Andersen. Then I add 500lbs and the truck is about 5/8" lower in the rear than the front, so I use the airbags just to level the truck back out, so the front and rear are level.

If my truck was not lifted in the front I would not need or even have the bags. My truck in stock form even with the trailer hooked up and NO WD hitch, my truck would sit with the rear high by roughly 1.5". The whole reason for me using the airbags and even having the bags on my truck is because the of it being lifted.
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Actually, I view this thread as very useful for members to discuss their thoughts alongside the few experiences posted now that some have opted to try it out. It's perfectly fine to express reservations as well as praises. It's all good.
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Did a post get deleted? I saw a response in my email but its not here.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:56 AM   #187
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Did a post get deleted? I saw a response in my email but its not here.
Yes. A member deleted his own threat, which is his right. My response to his is the one immediately above yours.
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Great threat - been looking for a WD that didn't have some kind of bar to engage the spring bar and this Anderson is the one. I just need to know if they have longer chains and what the distance is from the center of the ball to the hole the pin goes in on the receiver. I need at least 12 inches. Can anyone give me that measurement. i'll send a request to Anderson also.
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I bought one of these and have had a Reese in the past. I am much happier with the Andersen. I called them with a few questions before I bought mine and they are easy to reach and very helpful.
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Great threat - been looking for a WD that didn't have some kind of bar to engage the spring bar and this Anderson is the one. I just need to know if they have longer chains and what the distance is from the center of the ball to the hole the pin goes in on the receiver. I need at least 12 inches. Can anyone give me that measurement. i'll send a request to Anderson also.
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You can add links to the chains, or shorten, to get the chains to the lengths that you need. I personally had to lengthen my chains to clear my LP tanks. From the center of the ball to the center of the pin hole is roughly 10 5/8" and from the back of the U that holds the aluminum tapered ball sleeve the measurement is roughly 4 3/4" to the center of the hole.

Maybe Andersen has a longer shank available, it would be worth a call to find out.

Also I only have about 500 miles on while towing with the Andersen, but I love this thing so far! And I get people asking me almost everytime we go camping about the hitch, how it works, ect.
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