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Old 04-04-2013, 09:32 PM   #11
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On the Airstream forun it seems like the people having problems have one very specific coupler. I know of at least 3 different styles of coupler that Airstream has used. Many of the Airstream folks have been having different couplers welded on just so they can continue using the Andersen. I chose Andersen and I admit I have very few miles on the Andersen so far, but I expect it to work very well and do what it is supposed to do.

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Old 04-04-2013, 09:42 PM   #12
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It just looks light what it weigh 40 pounds.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:16 PM   #13
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Don't know about Andersen hitches but, couplers wear, I have a utility trailer with a 1.7/8 coupler and I now have to use a 2 inch ball it has that much wear.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:19 PM   #14
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Don't know about Andersen hitches but, couplers wear, I have a utility trailer with a 1.7/8 coupler and I now have to use a 2 inch ball it has that much wear.
DDC think it's from years of use.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:29 PM   #15
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It just looks light what it weigh 40 pounds.
It is a little less than 60 pounds.

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Old 04-06-2013, 10:32 AM   #17
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From one of the posts on the other forum;
"With the chains trying to pull the trailer forward on the ball, the ball is forced against the rear of the coupler, forcing the latch wedge up."

So, in other words, the camper is being towed by the chains, and not by the ball? And there is a lot of force applied on the locking latch, instead of the front of the coupler?
I don't think any locking latch is designed to have that much force applied all the time, especially when turning.
Just something to consider.
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From one of the posts on the other forum;
"With the chains trying to pull the trailer forward on the ball, the ball is forced against the rear of the coupler, forcing the latch wedge up."

So, in other words, the camper is being towed by the chains, and not by the ball? And there is a lot of force applied on the locking latch, instead of the front of the coupler?
I don't think any locking latch is designed to have that much force applied all the time, especially when turning.
Just something to consider.
The pressure against the latch pawl was something that I had not considered with the Anderson hitch until I read that. That puts tremendous pressure against the pawl on at the back of the hitch, but I am not sure anymore then hard braking without the trailer brakes engaged. As long as the latch is securely latched in position, I would't think there should be a problem, but it would still be something to be aware of.
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The pressure against the latch pawl was something that I had not considered with the Anderson hitch until I read that. That puts tremendous pressure against the pawl on at the back of the hitch, but I am not sure anymore then hard braking without the trailer brakes engaged.
Hopefully, the trailer brakes are working, so that should be a one-off event. I think the issue is that the pressure on the latch mechanism is always there. So with the forces exerted while turning, and the millions of up-and-down cycles it would experience, I can see it being a wear/fatigue factor.
But I am like you, I was concentrating more on the lack of leverage in the system compared to a bar-type WDH, and never thought of where the forces ended up with the Anderson.
But users seem generally happy with the Anderson, so what do I know!
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I think the issue is that the pressure on the latch mechanism is always there. So with the forces exerted while turning, and the millions of up-and-down cycles it would experience, I can see it being a wear/fatigue factor.
The way I understand the Anderson system, is that the ball and trailer tongue turn as a unit, so that the pressure against the ball would not change during a turn.
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