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Old 01-28-2013, 09:53 AM   #11
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Our true test will be when we pull it across the Mackinac Bridge this year.
I rode a motorcycle across that bridge once. . . . . . Once!
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:28 PM   #12
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We bought the Anderson hitch soon after acquiring our TT last spring. It's the first and only wdh we've used, but are very happy with it. I don't have any weight measurements or anything, but it is very easy to use. I've hooked it up if DH is busy. It's very quiet and we back into any spot without any trouble. I purchased it online for $400.00 with free delivery. DH and I had it installed in about an hour and love it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:32 PM   #13
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Well, I've just come off the phone with Andersen and they will mail me the new triangular plate and missing collar directly from the US at no cost to me. They don't even want the old one back because its too expensive to mail back to them from Canada. Regrettably, due to the somewhat chilly weather up here, I won't be able to give anyone a blow by blow account of how it performs until (hopefully) sometime in April. However, if it is as good as they say and as good as their customer service then I am really looking forward to trying it out. I have a two week trip down to YNP in June so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:11 PM   #14
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Received a cll today from the customer support dept. at Andersen Hitches. It looks like the hitch I purchased was their most recent variant but the parts and instruction brochure wasn't. Anyway, the upshot is that the new hitch no longer requires a collar to function without the WD chains. Hence, they don't include one in the box. As for the collar on the triangular plate; I sanded the inside of that (at their advice - actually they said take it to the dealer from where I bought it and have them sand it) and it now fits snugly onto the bottom of the ball hitch and is retained with the pin in the normal fashion.

Now all I need is an improvement in the weather so I can install it and take the rig for a test drive. I know it is wishing my life away but spring cannot come soon enough.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:36 PM   #15
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For what it's worth, I will relate my experience with the Andersen No Sway Hitch. Installation was easy. I love the quiet. I really appreciate the low weight and the cleanliness. I did a quick and casual setup just to try it out. I put some tension on the chains, enough to pull the front fenders about half way back down to their unhitched height. It towed really well in a mild crosswind on the freeway. I will experiment with more and less tension in April. Right now, I have the urethane springs compressed about 3/16". I will try to answer any questions that might come up although I am thousands of miles from having all the answers. So far, after twenty miles, I am happy.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:14 PM   #16
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My wife and I just bought the Andersen with our new TT. It took some convincing on my part because I was a critic of the system from the beginning. I have to say that so far I'm very impressed with the lack of sway, bouncing and grease. It still takes about as long to hook up any other system but it's so easy my wife can do it. Our TT has a 740lb TW and weighs 5700lbs empty. Without gear I would say the TW is closer to 850 and weighs 6500lbs. I tow with a 2009 F-150 with the Max Tow pkg. With the bushing compressed 1/4 inch, the rear is only 3/4 inch lower than front. This returns more than 1/2 of the rear sag and brings the front back to less than 1/2 inch of undistributed rise which what the new Ford towing guidelines recommend. I haven't weighed the unit because everything appears to be within the ford guidelines and the CGVW of the TV. We are leaving for FL next weekend and I am actually looking forward to not being seasick after towing 600 miles. I'll update on our experience after trip.
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:08 AM   #17
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Nice to see the satisfied owners of this hitch. It will still be nice to see some weights on a scale as Chap has mentioned back a number of posts ago.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:33 PM   #18
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I have checked other forums and found only one post with CAT scale info and it wasn't very reliable. Today I found out there are some CAT scales very close to my house. Thursday I'm going to weigh my rig with and without hitch and post results because a lot of people have asked and nobody has produced. I was a critic until I used it but I also would like to know that it's doing its job.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:16 PM   #19
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I also purchased the Andersen WDH. I won't be using it until April, but I am convinced it is right for us. Lots of Airstream folk are using this system and seem to love it. With the new camper and truck we have added additional trips to our usual 1000 miles a year including a trip to the UP of Michigan that will be 1100+ round trip. In total we have about 3000 miles in pulling planned between April and October. I will be posting a comprehensive review of the Andersen in the fall.

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intensepisgahbiker, were you you able to get the weight measurements? I need WD first and sway control second. For those of you using the hitch, do you feel you get the same WD characteristics of your previous spring bar style hitch?

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I have checked other forums and found only one post with CAT scale info and it wasn't very reliable. Today I found out there are some CAT scales very close to my house. Thursday I'm going to weigh my rig with and without hitch and post results because a lot of people have asked and nobody has produced. I was a critic until I used it but I also would like to know that it's doing its job.
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