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Old 06-27-2014, 06:38 AM   #11
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There must be enough friction to offset the lack of weight transfer.

Same thing with the HA. You could literally not engage the WD bars and still get no sway.
The weight transfer doesn't neccesarily reduce/eliminate sway. It may on a normal WDH however.

On the Hensley Arrow and the ProPride (which is Hensley's design for smaller trailers with surge brakes) the WD system is independent of the sway control system. It's an amazing system that is similar to the rear suspension designs on some higher-end mountain bikes. (virtual pivot point)
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Old 06-27-2014, 07:48 AM   #12
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I wish there were some scales near me to just hook up and go weigh things.
Check out your local rock quarry, grain storage facility, or landfill. They may allow you to weigh your rig. I used the local rock quarry for a number of weighs in past years. There was an outside readout screen, where I could record the numbers while sitting in my truck. I would weigh the front axle only, then both truck axles, then just the trailer axle with the WDH bars in place, then another trip across without the WDH bars. I would drop of the trailer at home, come back and weigh the front truck axle, both axles, and the rear axle only. Some calculations need to be done, but we could lead you through those.

The other option is a multi-section scales like CAT scales. Using the address on your profile, there are 3 within 22 miles of your location:
CAT Scale Locator | CAT Scale

And how to weight: How To Weigh | CAT Scale

You would need drop your trailer in the yard for 1 weigh-in, and the other 2 weigh-ins would include 1 without the WDH bars in place and 1 with the bars in place. Re-weighs are typically $1 ea.

I now use a CAT scale about 25 miles away for my weights.

Whether using a single section of mulisection scale, it is important to have all passengers and cargo in the same place, as well as the same level in all tanks, including the gas tank.
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:55 AM   #13
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The main task of a WDH is not to prevent sway! It's to transfer lost weight back to the front wheels for proper vehicle handling/dynamics. If you don't need weight transfer, then why get a WDH? Save your money, and get a friction sway controller? But if you do need weight transfer, then please be sure it's doing the job properly. You have to take measurements to do that. And if the Anderson system instructions do not have you taking measurements, that's another indication that it's probably not really up to the task, for those that care about proper vehicle dynamics/handling.
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Old 06-27-2014, 05:00 PM   #14
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Check out your local rock quarry, grain storage facility, or landfill. They may allow you to weigh your rig. I used the local rock quarry for a number of weighs in past years. There was an outside readout screen, where I could record the numbers while sitting in my truck. I would weigh the front axle only, then both truck axles, then just the trailer axle with the WDH bars in place, then another trip across without the WDH bars. I would drop of the trailer at home, come back and weigh the front truck axle, both axles, and the rear axle only. Some calculations need to be done, but we could lead you through those.

The other option is a multi-section scales like CAT scales. Using the address on your profile, there are 3 within 22 miles of your location:
CAT Scale Locator | CAT Scale

And how to weight: How To Weigh | CAT Scale

You would need drop your trailer in the yard for 1 weigh-in, and the other 2 weigh-ins would include 1 without the WDH bars in place and 1 with the bars in place. Re-weighs are typically $1 ea.

I now use a CAT scale about 25 miles away for my weights.

Whether using a single section of mulisection scale, it is important to have all passengers and cargo in the same place, as well as the same level in all tanks, including the gas tank.
Good info thanks! For some reason I thought these scales were closed. I'll have to take a drive out there and see if they're still open and try to get some weights!
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Old 06-27-2014, 05:50 PM   #15
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I looked long at the Anderson hitch and had my doubts. Read many good reviews as well. I just didnt think it could do the complete job I was looking for. Looks easy to use and no mess is way too cool!
I would like to see someone post measurements of wheel wells before and after and scale weights too. Show your getting weight back on your front axle and back to stock height in the front.

Im interested ProPride myself at some point.
For now I will just us my equalizer 4 point 14k. Does a great job with shoving the weight forward and I have no sway on my 37 foot 8500 lbs unit. I use a dry graphite lube (mower guard) so there is no mess on the bars. Slip plate mix with grease on the hitch head so my noise is not that bad. If does pop or bang it make fdw jump in her seat so that cool. Still get my kicks outta that
With me its about performance and safety even if it comes with noise.
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Old 06-27-2014, 06:21 PM   #16
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Well, as I said, with my old Reese WD the numbers were fine but it handled like crap. With the Andersen my wheel wells are equal, the truck and trailer are level and it all rides 10x more smoothly, so for me it works. YMMV. Probably no two truck/trailer combos will be the same. We all are looking for the "perfect" setup within our budget limitations.
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Old 06-27-2014, 07:49 PM   #17
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Question for you AWDH owners: On the F150 Ecoboost forums someone pointed out that the set screws were supposed to be on the bottom. If I remember correctly, the set screw holes and the bolt holes are not the same size. My set screws are on top. How are yours? What difference will it make (if any)? Google images shows majority are on the bottom with only a few on top.
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Mine are on top also. I'm going to have a friend weld the brackets in place- one side keeps slipping for some reason.


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I marked my brackets with tape so I can see evidence of them slipping (if they do). My friend said he'll weld them after this trip if it's dialed in so I won't have to worry about it anymore.
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