I wanted to share the results of my recent trip to the scale.
I have a 2004 Chevy Tahoe 5.3l tow vehicle, Cherokee Grey Wolf 26DBH trailer and the Andersen weight distributing hitch. The trailer weight is 6200 lbs, tongue weight is 920 lbs.
This rig is new to me and I've read countless debates on many forums regarding the effectiveness of the Andersen hitch. So I wanted to hit the scales and see for myself what was happening in my specific situation.
A spreadsheet of my results can be found here:
The summary is that with 1/2" urethane bushing compression, I can transfer ~340 lbs off the drive axle, 260 to the front axle and 80 to the trailer axles. I say ABOUT 340 lbs because there is a 20 lbs discrepancy between the two scale readings so it's somewhere between 320 and 340. My steer axle is still 200 lbs lighter than when unloaded.
I sent these results to Andersen today asking for advice on whether I should tighten the bushings further. I'd like to get the steer axle weight closer to where it is when unloaded.
I may also look for opportunities to reduce the tongue weight a little, I'm doing very little discretionary storage forward of the axles though so it may not change much.