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Old 06-05-2015, 12:00 PM   #61
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50 pounds of hitch holding 15000 pounds together. That don't add up to me !! I been a machinist for 20 years everything has a breaking point. That being said I like it heavy and lots of steal. Just me not saying its bad or good.
I'm not a fan of the Andersen. But I think you are a bit off-target.
The actual pulling load of the trailer goes thru the ball, to the shank, to the receiver, to the frame. For that, I see no significant difference here.
The parts that are lightened up, are those that distribute weight and control sway. Those forces do not amount to 15000 lbs.

The light weight of the Andersen may be indirectly responsible for the fact that it is limited in it's functionality (IMHO). But I don't think this amounts to a safety issue, for fear of something failing.
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Old 06-10-2015, 05:49 PM   #62
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Yea It's just a personal opinion. Your truck weighs so much and the trailer weighs so much. Then the 50 pound hitch holds it all together.
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:45 PM   #63
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What about the 5/8" 4 ounce pin that keeps it attached to truck. I don't lose sleep over the Andersen hitch. (nor pin)
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Question what connects most spring bars to the trailer? Answer chains. The chain that connected my old wdh to my trailer were a lot lighter than the ones on my Anderson hitch. The fact that it weighs 50lbs is irrelevant the weakest link is the chain and this chain is just a little smaller than the safety chain.
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:37 PM   #65
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I just covered 2,000 miles with my Andersen Hitch attached to a FR 264 Surveyor pulled by my 2013 Ford F150 Ecoboost with the max tow package. Towed like a dream especially when passing or being passed by semi's. Wind doesn't blow the trailer and then the truck like the old system, it moves them together, sure beats the white knuckle feeling of the bars and chain system I used to have. Also I used premium fuel on this trip, averaged 12.5 MPG's and the same trip with regular last year I got 10.5. Granted there could have been more wind involved then last time but it seems like it was worth the fuel price difference which in the end I feel I was ahead by a slight amount. I'm impressed by the Andersen Hitch.
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:01 AM   #66
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Connect to the plate using the SECOND link and leave the first dangling.
Can you still feed the little link that has the screw on it through? It seemed real tight. I tried what you say for a sec and gave up. Trailers parked at storage, I may try again later. With how I have it now, all the way back, it hits the battery box tray and in order to get it to start to snug up, I am 3-4 threads , rather than 1. It still works if I crank down to 7 threads showing, but the issue is at much more, the socket isnt deep enough.

I'll check this out next time.
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Can you still feed the little link that has the screw on it through? It seemed real tight. I tried what you say for a sec and gave up. Trailers parked at storage, I may try again later. With how I have it now, all the way back, it hits the battery box tray and in order to get it to start to snug up, I am 3-4 threads , rather than 1. It still works if I crank down to 7 threads showing, but the issue is at much more, the socket isnt deep enough.

I'll check this out next time.
I had the same issue on my Hemi. Battery box frame was in the way. Could only get the brackets back 27 1/2" from center of tongue. Had to cut 1 link each side. someone earlier mentioned you could add washers between nut and tube. Don't see why that won't work. That would let you tighten down and not run at of socket. I know when I hand tighten I'm already at 4 threads showing and I tighten on down until I have 8 threads. Jason at Andersen says there's no real significance on number of threads as long as you equal on both sides and tt and tv are level, or with tt slightly nose down.
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I will have to go back thru my emails. I could be nose high or nose low but not level. An email to Andersen they recommended nose high. Not trying to be argumentative, but I have some doubts about answers from Andersen. But they did tell me to stack washers to get more socket on nut. They also said 9 threads showing with properly spaced brackets is to tight.
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Set up Andersen hitch

I have pulled over 14,000 miles with my Anderson in all manner of weather, road, wind and load conditions, and have hooked up and unhooked 40- 50 times minimum. IMHO it is a great hitch, little if any bounce or sway, and very easy to use.

My observations:

Proper/correct initial setup is critical, especially ball height;
This hitch will not lift your loaded ball up 4" as some have tried;
A TV with a suspension capable of towing your trailer is necessary;
You should be able to get TV and trailer level with no more than 4 threads showing;
Anderson will not put all the weight back on the front wheels;
Read and follow the instructions;
Call the factory for help- they are great at solving your problems;
Reading thru the various threads leads me to believe that about 800# tongue weight is max to get a good setup with the Anderson.

Just my 2 cents worth......
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I have pulled over 14,000 miles with my Anderson in all manner of weather, road, wind and load conditions, and have hooked up and unhooked 40- 50 times minimum. IMHO it is a great hitch, little if any bounce or sway, and very easy to use.

My observations:

Proper/correct initial setup is critical, especially ball height;
This hitch will not lift your loaded ball up 4" as some have tried;
A TV with a suspension capable of towing your trailer is necessary;
You should be able to get TV and trailer level with no more than 4 threads showing;
Anderson will not put all the weight back on the front wheels;
Read and follow the instructions;
Call the factory for help- they are great at solving your problems;
Reading thru the various threads leads me to believe that about 800# tongue weight is max to get a good setup with the Anderson.

Just my 2 cents worth......

I agree with you, I think you are spot on. I just traveled 2,000 miles with my Andersen setup and love it. But like you stated, it has to be set up correctly from the gitgo.
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