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Old 05-04-2016, 03:36 PM   #11
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Last year I acquired a new travel trailer which is a bit heavier than the one it replaced. I owned a 10000 Equalizer and used that with the new trailer. With that hitch I too had excessive porpoising. I went to the scales and found that my tongue weight was right at the max for that hitch and I was also not getting adequate weight transfer back to the front, even with the max number of washers setting, as verified at the CAT scale. I then tried an Andersen hitch. With that I still had porpoising and the CAT scale showed even less weight transfer. My family voted for the Equalizer in back to back comparison. Being adventurous, I then decided to try a Blue Ox 15000. With that one, I got no porpoising, a good ride and proper weight transfer. However, I didn't like the handling quite as much as I was used to with either the Equalizer or the Andersen. So, I decided to return to a larger Equalizer. I went with the 12000 lb version. With that I get proper weight transfer, no porpoising and excellent handling. I'm very happy with the present setup. It handles so well that my wife is happy to drive, which I could never get her to do with any of the previous setups. Based on my experiences, I'd highly recommend that you again go with an Equalizer. Just make sure that your tongue weight is well lower than the max rating for the hitch, or porpoising will result. You need to weigh to know the actual tongue weight. Mine is about 150 lbs higher than the Forest River specified tongue weight. Good luck
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Old 05-04-2016, 03:39 PM   #12
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Hitch Suggestion

I've got a small SUV pulling a Roo 17 and was pushing the limits w/r to capacity so I looked into various WDH options. I was using a older Reese with friction sway control and changed to a Reese Strait-Line with the Dual Cam Sway control and it has made a world of difference. Can't say it's for you but it's no sweat no strain and can backup without removing anything. Best of luck with your search.
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Old 05-04-2016, 05:44 PM   #13
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Front wheel wells are about 1/4" high and rear about 1.5" low. Tongue weight is 700 lb. so it is well under the Anderson's rating.
IIRC, the Andersen only comes in 1 version, up to 1400 lbs. But that only means nothing will break thru 1400 lbs TW. That does not mean that it's working effectively thru 1400 lbs TW, to transfer adequate weight.

It's a fine hitch as far as being light, easy to use, and preventing sway. But it's been shown to be lacking in it's ability to transfer weight, which is the primary purpose of a WDH.
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I will agree that Anderson does have trouble getting most weight transferred back to the front axles when TT has a 800+ TW and in use with half tons. Have never heard a complaint from 3/4 or 1 tons.

As a owner of a half ton, I am happy with my setup and what the Anderson provides me.


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Last year I acquired a new travel trailer which is a bit heavier than the one it replaced. I owned a 10000 Equalizer and used that with the new trailer. With that hitch I too had excessive porpoising. I went to the scales and found that my tongue weight was right at the max for that hitch and I was also not getting adequate weight transfer back to the front, even with the max number of washers setting, as verified at the CAT scale. I then tried an Andersen hitch. With that I still had porpoising and the CAT scale showed even less weight transfer. My family voted for the Equalizer in back to back comparison. Being adventurous, I then decided to try a Blue Ox 15000. With that one, I got no porpoising, a good ride and proper weight transfer. However, I didn't like the handling quite as much as I was used to with either the Equalizer or the Andersen. So, I decided to return to a larger Equalizer. I went with the 12000 lb version. With that I get proper weight transfer, no porpoising and excellent handling. I'm very happy with the present setup. It handles so well that my wife is happy to drive, which I could never get her to do with any of the previous setups. Based on my experiences, I'd highly recommend that you again go with an Equalizer. Just make sure that your tongue weight is well lower than the max rating for the hitch, or porpoising will result. You need to weigh to know the actual tongue weight. Mine is about 150 lbs higher than the Forest River specified tongue weight. Good luck
WOW, where have you been all our lives?!?!
This is by far the best comparison of multiple WDH kits, on the same tow vehicle and trailer. And I think it presents the answer to the OP.
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Old 05-05-2016, 09:00 PM   #17
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Tighten the Andersen compression bushings more. How many threads can you see? I ran at 5-6 showing in smooth roads but would often pull over and crank them down a thread or two to compensate rough roads or windy days.
Crank her down, I run with 9 threads showing and no issues. Don't be afraid to crank down and get the weight transferred back to the front.
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Thanks for all of the great replies. Very helpful. The 700 lb. tongue weight I measured with a Sherline tongue scale. I contacted Andersen and they are sending me new urethane springs which are stiffer than the ones I have. I also am contemplating installing air bags on the rear to firm up the suspension. If these mods don't do the trick I will replace the hitch. I want to keep the Andersen due to it's light weight. Also, the Andersen folks have been great. They are also sending me new brake material. Thanks again & happy camping!
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