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Old 05-12-2015, 07:04 PM   #11
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Ok . had a great visit with Jason at Andersen Manufacturing . also can't remember the others guys name now but he was also very helpful . he jumped on my a-frame and i drove him around the lot so he could pin point the creaking . It was coming from the Ball Shank and the breaking material . they took the ball off and pressed it out of the sleeve and found some glazing going on along with what looked like skipping of the ball shank that occurred when turning . i have about 2500 miles on the hitch now and have been through major torrential rains , temps from 90 to 20 over passes etc . They decided to keep my ball , the ball receiver and break material for further study . Then with awesome attitudes we went out with a new ball and sleeve , installed it on my truck where they proceeded to re-set my hitch brackets and just re-install the hitch from scratch . Seems they've done this a few times before as they had it done in no time and now only 4 threads show instead of the 6 or 7 it was . I did bring up the triangle alignment and the procedure to straighten it out , Got good confirmation that a rubber mallet or dead blow hammer can be used . I just happpened to have a dead blow hammer right there in the truck umm! They mentioned they may change the procured to allow for this . coupled up and lifted up the the jack slight taps will move the triangle plate into position. also got the extra washers so now i have them on both sides of the spring . something else their working on . the product is getting better and the slight kinks they have had are getting sorted out .

I love the hitch, it works as advertised and would not put a conventional WD hitch on my truck after using the andersen . The TH tow like a dream . never any bounce issues sway issues and other then the creaking which they took care of no questions asked . I woulds say it is one of the better if not one of the best hitches out there . you almost forget you have a 34' tt behind you

Also got my best mpg today from pindale WY to Idaho Falls of 9.78 . a short 2 hr drive to west yellowstone . where i am right now set up and ready to enjoy the summer and work at the KOA and Motel 8 . i couple days to get settled in and then some work and play
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:15 PM   #12
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I had "brackets" welded on and has made it much easier for me to drive. Click image for larger version

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Once I added those, the main brackets were not slipping on the a frame anymore and could feel a difference in weight being returned to the front axle.
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:22 PM   #13
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This is what Andersen recommends for the weld (only on the outside bracket).

Easily removable and can be angled so the bottom of the bracket aligns with the chain.
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:41 PM   #14
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...they had it done in no time and now only 4 threads show instead of the 6 or 7 it was.
Are you saying they think you had the brackets installed too far forward and moved them back farther, or you were tightening the nuts 3-4 turns too much?


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...also got the extra washers so now i have them on both sides of the spring
I was told to add two washers to the rear just before the nuts. Did they install yours on either side of the spring? Pictures of your completed setup please?

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...I love the hitch, it works as advertised and would not put a conventional WD hitch on my truck after using the andersen .
Love mine too. Weight savings and ease of hookup and drop made my choice to purchase easier.
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:20 PM   #15
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[QUOTE=madmaxmutt;861718]Are you saying they think you had the brackets installed too far forward and moved them back farther, or you were tightening the nuts 3-4 turns too much?

I was told to add two washers to the rear just before the nuts. Did they install yours on either side of the spring? Pictures of your completed setup please?

brackets where a little far forward they said it was fine . but they did start to slip so not where i had put them to begin with .wish i had welded them before hitting the road, now the welder is hundreds of miles away . I should have gone through and had them welded when i was there . Now unit will be parked for 4 months . May rent a welder and get it done

washers on both sides of the spring. I requested this and they agreed with the set up . when compressed the bushing outter edges would wrap past the bracket washer , the other washers are bigger diameter so it contains the spring . sorry don't have any pics of it hooked up but could get a pic with it unhooked .
I tend to make lots as of mods but fail to take pictures ,not used to sharing lol
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:21 PM   #16
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Yes should have welded them when i had the chance .i've seen your pics before and thought that was a great idea . thanks for sharing .lol
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Yes should have welded them when i had the chance .i've seen your pics before and thought that was a great idea . thanks for sharing .lol
Here is a pic of my trailer frame after the 2" welds were done. The brackets had walked forward a 1/2" over time. They will not move again. I would recommend the welds to everyone.
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Old 05-17-2015, 05:54 PM   #18
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Mad max- yep those look familiar. No matter how tight I torqued they still shifted. We originally welded a front brace for the brackets. It only proved to be a pivot point and had to add a rear brace too. Have a 300 mile pull this week so I can fine tune my setup as I go.
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Old 05-17-2015, 06:03 PM   #19
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I drove from Colorado Springs, CO to Dallas, TX and back with the two inch welds in place and no issues. I think because they are at the bottom of the bracket where the chain attaches there is no real pivot point.
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Old 05-17-2015, 06:29 PM   #20
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Going to try mine out in a week for the first time didn't weld it yet but there is a bracket left from my old set up right in front of it so it shouldn't move.
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