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Old 11-01-2015, 02:12 PM   #11
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I'll admit I don't know anything about the Andersen system but I have the Blue Ox with my 27HFS and it performs flawlessly. You don't need to unhook it to back up. I had the Reese dual cam on my older 32' TT, it took all afternoon to set up after installing. The Blue Ox set up is a lot quicker and hook up is easier.
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Old 11-01-2015, 02:23 PM   #12
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I have extensive experience with Andersen, Equalizer, and Blue Ox. Just returned from a 5000 mile trip using Blue Ox. I row with a Sierra 2500HD which technically doesn't need a weight distributing hitch. What such a hitch does, is reduce sway, and transfer weight back to the front axle which greatly affects the ride quality.
Here's what I think.

Andersen - easy hookup, totally quiet, light, no grease. On the downside, the Andersen is incapable of transferring more than 50% of the weight lost from the front, back to the front. This results in the poorest ride of the three determined by my family in back to back comparison with Equalizer. The Andersen is short meaning you can't open the tale gate with the trailer attached.

Equalizer - grease, very noisy, but adequate weight transfer - about 87% of the lost weight back on. Superior ride compared to Andersen. Best handling of the three

Blue Ox - very easy hookup, best weight distribution - 116%, no sway, totally quiet, best ride. Handling not quite as good as Equalizer.

I presently own both an Equalizer 12,000 lb and the Blue Ox 15,000lb.

To me the handling trumps all else so I'm sticking with the Equalizer.

All setups where done by weighing at the cat scale.

One thing I highly recommend no matter your choice, get a 2 1/2 inch shank. A 2 inch shank with adapter is very sloppy and results in greatly reducing the ability of any of these to properly transfer weight, and reduce sway, because the head angle of the hitch head is reduced.

My Blue Ox is for sale if anyone is interested.
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Old 11-01-2015, 04:09 PM   #13
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I have blue ox and love it. That is what couches mainly sells and bought mine off Amazon cheaper. I also went with the 1500 lb bars. It's simple to use and I have experienced no sway what so ever.
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Old 11-01-2015, 04:09 PM   #14
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I have extensive experience with Andersen, Equalizer, and Blue Ox. Just returned from a 5000 mile trip using Blue Ox. I row with a Sierra 2500HD which technically doesn't need a weight distributing hitch. What such a hitch does, is reduce sway, and transfer weight back to the front axle which greatly affects the ride quality.
Here's what I think.

Andersen - easy hookup, totally quiet, light, no grease. On the downside, the Andersen is incapable of transferring more than 50% of the weight lost from the front, back to the front. This results in the poorest ride of the three determined by my family in back to back comparison with Equalizer. The Andersen is short meaning you can't open the tale gate with the trailer attached.

Equalizer - grease, very noisy, but adequate weight transfer - about 87% of the lost weight back on. Superior ride compared to Andersen. Best handling of the three

Blue Ox - very easy hookup, best weight distribution - 116%, no sway, totally quiet, best ride. Handling not quite as good as Equalizer.

I presently own both an Equalizer 12,000 lb and the Blue Ox 15,000lb.

To me the handling trumps all else so I'm sticking with the Equalizer.

All setups where done by weighing at the cat scale.

One thing I highly recommend no matter your choice, get a 2 1/2 inch shank. A 2 inch shank with adapter is very sloppy and results in greatly reducing the ability of any of these to properly transfer weight, and reduce sway, because the head angle of the hitch head is reduced.

My Blue Ox is for sale if anyone is interested.
I would have to disagree with your thoughts on the andersen
1. you can open the tailgate on the truck while hook up to tt with the andersen . .
I do it all the time plenty of room /maybe not for ford or dodge

2. your correct it does not transfer 100% of the weight back to the front wheel which is why you need a truck capable like a 2500 or the OP's 3500
3.handling . i've towed over 4000 mile to date since last April and the truck handle great 0 issues with the andersen . most seem to think getting 100% or in your case more then 100% back to the front is needed
it's not only if you have a very undersized TV
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Old 11-01-2015, 05:48 PM   #15
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Andersen hitch

I pull a Catalina 303RLS with a F-150. The Andersen allows me to ride level with no sway at any posted speed. It is quiet, grease less, very light, and easy enough for my wife to hook up. T
The hitch is about the size of most, but I can stow the rest it in a 6" x6" bin.
I would like to go to a F-250 diesel on the future.
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I use a Huskey 12,000/1200 WDH and it works great. No noise, requires grease, but that's not a problem. I use the sway control bar and keeps the nice and steady. Pulling a long trailer, you should find a good, quality WDH and have it setup properly if you are unable to do it yourself.

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Old 11-01-2015, 07:17 PM   #17
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Thanks everyone for all of the great advice!!!!
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Old 11-01-2015, 08:38 PM   #18
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I'm a one year travel trailer owner and reader of the FR Forum. This forum has been of tremendous assistance to me . . . read it daily and learn from it daily. Outstanding contributions from experienced folks. Forum comments led me to a decision to purchase a weight distribution/sway bar hitch. I see Andersen mentioned numerous times in today's forum and that is the brand I installed on a Vibe 6502. While it is effective the best feature is how quick it disconnects from the TV. Once the trailer is parked a pin is removed and the Andersen collar is off in less than one minute. After removing several other cables/chains the TV is trailer-free in less than five minutes after arriving at the camp.
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Old 11-02-2015, 07:49 AM   #19
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I would have to disagree with your thoughts on the andersen
1. you can open the tailgate on the truck while hook up to tt with the andersen . .
I do it all the time plenty of room /maybe not for ford or dodge

2. your correct it does not transfer 100% of the weight back to the front wheel which is why you need a truck capable like a 2500 or the OP's 3500
3.handling . i've towed over 4000 mile to date since last April and the truck handle great 0 issues with the andersen . most seem to think getting 100% or in your case more then 100% back to the front is needed
it's not only if you have a very undersized TV
I have been using the Andersen hitch all this year and been very pleased with it. Easy hookup and disconnect. With my GMC 2500HD, when hooked up to my 29HFS, I can open the tailgate just fine.

Having the right TV starts everything....
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Old 11-02-2015, 03:26 PM   #20
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Blue Ox always seems to be pushed by dealers. This is the hitch they make the most profit on and is certainly not the best. The two best without going to huge money like the ProPride or Hensley are either the Reese Straight Line Dual Cam or the Equalizer E4. They both perform identically and are all in one sway control and weight distribution. However the Equalizer E4 is a touch cheaper and MUCH easier to setup and use. I've used both extensively and would go for the Equalizer 100%. Should cost you about $450 delivered.
I would argue that the Blue Ox is in the same class as the other hitches you mentioned (with the exception of ProPride). It is also "all in one WDH and sway prevention" and in addition to the other two mentioned has a superior mechanism for attaching the bars (in my opinion), has less setup to do (no angling of head) and is silent.

From etrailer.com, I purchased, installed, and set up this hitch myself for $555.83.
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