Originally Posted by dmand001
No hype, Andersen NO-sway WDH, says it on the installation manual. Their liable if not true, one would think. We're all ignorant till we have gathered enough conclusive information on things we do not know about. The ball tapered shank, brake pad and bushing setup of the Andersen no-sway WDH is new and the genius of the system. There's nothing like it, it's better. To put it simply, it's like the disc brakes in a car, it will stop the car when enough pressure is applied. It's like having a sway detector built in, not allowing sway to take place, applying the right amount of pressure needed.
Yes, I'm well aware of the NO-sway term. I am the first person to ever use it in marketing and selling of a hitch. I purchased the domain name. I put it on the brochures. I'm pretty aware of what NO sway means. In fact, the term NO sway applied to the hitch isn't even logical. The friction is only activated by a sway event so labeling the hitch as NO sway doesn't really work if one thinks it through.
Interesting comment about a brakes. Doesn't a car have to be moving for the brakes to stop the car? So, that means the trailer has to be swaying for the hitch to stop it? Why would you want the trailer to sway in the first place? Would it be better to actually HAVE a heart attack or would it be better to prevent it from beginning?
Brakes are also sized for the vehicle. How does the Anderson hitch vary in size for different GVWR and tongue weights of trailers? And, within the changing variable of tongue weight how does it apply consistent damping pressure? When there is less tongue weight on the hitch there must be less "braking" and when there is less "braking" (less friction) the trailer will sway more?
Originally Posted by dmand001
BTW, some dealers have it below $400 which will not break the bank. Try it and it will clear up the hype and ignorance for sure.
When there's something new it will be challenged as it should. There's now a better way in hitching, find out first hand.
They ought to know about what it's worth.
There is no ignorance on my part. I know exactly how it is damping sway once it begins. It is FRICTION. Friction is only as good as the FORCE it is able to apply. Once that friction force is exceeded the trailer will sway. If that is not the case I wonder what else they taught me in engineering school that was not needed. Based on your car brake analogy I know you aren't disputing the use of friction.
Another point to consider... what happens once that friction force is exceeded and the trailer is now at an angle to the tow vehicle? Do you have to apply an equal sway force in the opposite direction to get the trailer to come back to center?
Once again, we can clear all this up if each of the hitch companies will put up around $25,000 to have all the testing done. I've already had it quoted. I'm open to doing that. All they need to do is agree. Otherwise, it is just opinions even when I detail the exact physics behind what is happening.
Finally, I'm not arguing about the Anderson hitch being good or not. I only pointed out the fact that it is in NO WAY equivalent to the Hensley Arrow or the ProPride 3P. The Arrow and 3P are closer to a 5th wheel hitch than they are any of the conventional hitches because they place the pivot point at the same location as a 5th wheel hitch places the pivot point. I wonder why 5th wheel hitches don't use any friction to counteract the pivoting...