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Old 07-20-2016, 05:29 AM   #1
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Andersen No Sway Weight Distribution Hitch

I have a 2016 Ford F-150 Super Crew 3.5L Ecoboost with the heavy duty tow package. I'm picking up a new Surveyor 245BHS which ways around 5200 pounds dry. I had planned to purchase and Equalizer, but ran across a video of the Andersen No Sway WD Hitch and many good reviews. Does anyone on here have thoughts on the Andersen? I like the simplicity, low weight, and how quick it can be attached and disconnected. Is this as good of an option as it seems to be? Adequate for my tow vehicle and trailer?
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Old 07-20-2016, 05:36 AM   #2
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Here some threads on subject.....

https://www.google.ca/search?q=ander..._oBNHneLzHuIAP
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Old 07-20-2016, 09:52 AM   #3
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Those that have used the Andersen and nothing else, typically give it rave reviews for the reasons you listed. But those that actually check the amount of weight being transferred find that they are not getting the weight transfer that they need, unless they are significantly under-utilizing their tow vehicle. A camper like yours, being towed by a 3/4-ton truck would work well wiht the Andersen, because it's nowhere near the truck's max capability. But a 1/2-ton truck with your trailer, in my opinion, could be running too high a percentage of max rating for the Andersen to be effective enough.


For your combination, I would not want to take a chance on the Andersen. Go with the Equal-I-zer. You will probably be 6200 lbs loaded, and around 800 lbs TW loaded. I recommend the 10,000/1,000TW version for you.
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Old 07-20-2016, 10:04 AM   #4
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I used an Andersen when I was towing a TT. I liked it a lot better than the old bar & chain system. As you stated it is much easier(lighter) to use than the old back busters. I highly recommend the Andersen.
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Old 07-20-2016, 10:06 AM   #5
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The Andersen is a great set up . needs to be sized with TV and TT . no it will not help those in the little 150, eco pull a 9000 lbs TT . it does great on a 3/4 pulling a 9000lbs TT . basically IMO if you need the 1400 lbs bars or pro-pride hitch you are making up for not enough TV . a correctly sized TV / TT combo should not even need a WDH
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Old 07-20-2016, 11:02 AM   #6
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I owned the Andersen ,Blue Ox, and now the Hensley (I only have it cause I got it dirt cheap). Andersen worked well with my first TT, but not worth a darn with my current unit. The Blue Ox worked well, it too has its issues. If I was to do it again, I think I would look at the Equalizer brand. Of course if you want to afford the Hensley, It tows like no other. "it like its not even back there"
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Old 07-20-2016, 12:06 PM   #7
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The Andersen is a great set up . needs to be sized with TV and TT . no it will not help those in the little 150, eco pull a 9000 lbs TT . it does great on a 3/4 pulling a 9000lbs TT . basically IMO if you need the 1400 lbs bars or pro-pride hitch you are making up for not enough TV . a correctly sized TV / TT combo should not even need a WDH
Sorry, but I do not believe any manufacturer of any tow vehicle will support that statement for a tow-behind trailer. Most OEM's require a WDH for loaded TW exceeding 500 lbs.
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Old 07-20-2016, 12:42 PM   #8
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I also have the Andersen and love the ease of operation and weight. However, as previously stated and now I have determined, it will not distribute the weight back on the truck. Although my truck is within 1/2 inch when WDH is hooked up, I still have 1300 lbs on the tongue, and roughly 340 lbs removed from the TV front axle, per the Cat Scales. Mine tows beautifully, but I believe that's only because I have the heavy Diesel and my front axle weight is still at 4060 hooked up and 4400 no TT attached. I'm debating on maybe moving to a different WDH. Just hate to spend the money, since I'm not really experiencing any sway or handling. Can't say that would be the case if I had a lighter gasser engine or was a 1/2 ton.
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I had the old style bar WDH. Switched to Andersen and loved it. F-150 pulling FR Catalina about 8000 loaded. First trip over 1000 miles and no issues. No sway, weight distributed properly, great ride. I installed my Andersen my self and understood how to adjust everything properly. If it is set up per instructions, it will do the job as advertised. No hitch will be satisfactory if it is not used properly. I now use the Andersen fifth wheel hitch. You can buy my used Andersen if interested.
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Old 07-20-2016, 01:48 PM   #10
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Anderson hitch

I am pulling a FR360PDEK @15500 lbs with my F250 6.7 turbo diesel. ..smooth as silk...U have the B&W with air bags...better than a 350 and I can drop the psi to 0 and get a normal rude when unhitched...the Anderson weighs 32 lbs and I can remove it in 5 minutes with a torque wrench. .the ball slips right out and zi end up with a flat bed 5 minutes...and no strain. ..we love it
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