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Old 06-25-2014, 08:26 PM   #1
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Another Andersen WD review

Trailer is a 24' Rockwood Ultralite about 6500 fully loaded with a tongue weight of about 670 without full tanks. Previously had a Reese Pro WD with round bars and 2 friction bars. Hitch came with the trailer and I added the second friction bar. Was not that fun to tow with our F-150 rated for 7800 lb. Anything over 55 could get squirrley. Aside from the ease of hitching the Andersen and the lack of noise, it is just so much better to drive with. The sweet spot seems to be 60-65 and I actually find myself having to slow down, it is so comfortable. No more white knuckles and death grip on the wheel. It feels almost like not towing. With the Reese, things could get scary pretty quick, but the Andersen just seems so much more predictable. The ride remind me of driving my dad's big old Desoto V8 with the fins back in the 60s, lol. Just kinda floating down the road, dum de dum. The most that happens is a kind of nose to tail shimmy or slight undulation, again very predictable and not at all scary, even with crosswinds. Just ease up on the gas for a moment instead of hitting the brakes. Probably towed about 5000 with the Reese and so far about 1000 with the Andersen. The weight distribution seems fine, although I feel I need to be more conscious of weight and load distribution, no bad thing. First short trip I had full tanks and know my tongue weight was over. Second long trip had empty tanks and proper tongue weight which was great. Third trip I weighted the rear more to see the effect, and it was not quite as good, but still fine, and all combinations were still much better than the Reese. I can't speak for a longer trailer with higher tongue weight, but the Andersen has made this 65-year-old lady a much happier camper!
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Old 06-26-2014, 12:47 AM   #2
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Nice write up! I too have and AWDH and I have no other experience with WDHs but I feel very confident with this setup. Curious, did you happen to take any pics? I just hooked up tonight and went to a friends house to do some work on my 233s. I can't decide if I need to drop the ball down a notch, but I'm pulling empty right now (maiden voyage is 7/2-7/6!). Here's a few pics I took of it hitched up:





Like I said, it looks a little high at the ball, but it was hooked up dry and empty so hopefully weight will bring it back down. If not, I'll prob. drop the ball. Thanks for the write up though!
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Old 06-26-2014, 08:31 AM   #3
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I would be interested to see some before and after scale weights. The jury is still out if the Anderson can properly get the weight back on the front axle.
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Years ago I had a 21' TT and a Reese WD with sway control and while it was a tremendous help I like my Andersen far better. I'm currently pulling a 33'-6" trailer with it and it pulls just as well as a fifth wheel that I used to have. No more snap, crackle and pop. No more grease and dirt and noise and lifting bars off and on. No more dirty hands. Can't beat the Andersen.
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Based on my engineering edumacation, I can't see the numbers to make those things transfer the weight to the front wheels.
The tension on the chains would have to be HUGE!
I'd also love to see scale numbers.
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I've asked for such numbers on multiple sites. Only 1 person provided those numbers. They (like most people) said they were happy with the setup, but acknowledged the front was not brought back down where it needed to be.
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Old 06-26-2014, 07:12 PM   #7
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Ignorance is bliss?
If they are happy with it, that's all that matters.
I'm getting a Hensley if I ever get a trailer (in America) that requires a WDH.
In Korea an Anderson would be great because of the ground clearance and the fact that I'll never have a 'monster-sized' trailer, so I won't need a lot of weight transfer.
(Also it's lighter to ship here, too! LOL)
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I admit that I cannot get the weight back to the front of my setup, but it's better than nothing and easy to hook up and no issues driving. Did my first long pull with it last weekend and was not bothered with crosswinds or passing semis.


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I wish there were some scales near me to just hook up and go weigh things. I'll have to measure my wheel wells and hook up again to see if there's any difference. I did it once when I first set it up but haven't done so any other time.
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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.
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