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Old 02-13-2015, 01:53 PM   #21
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Our TV is a 2004 Toyota Seqouia 4x4 with tow package. The trailer is 2011 MicroLite 23LB. I believe the dry weight is around 3700 pounds.
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Old 02-17-2015, 09:11 PM   #22
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Thanks for all the feedback now one last question....when I get one is this something I can install myself?( I'm pretty handy with tools so no prob there)
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Old 02-17-2015, 10:10 PM   #23
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There are plenty of videos and instructions on youtube. They aren't that hard if your handy and have common sense. I guess It depends on which one you get.
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Old 02-17-2015, 11:32 PM   #24
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I see someone is offering an almost new Andersen for sale on the classified ads portion of this forum. $300 is a good deal. Its the same model I used for three years. It also was incredibly easy to install and maintain.
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Old 02-18-2015, 07:31 AM   #25
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Thanks for all the feedback now one last question....when I get one is this something I can install myself?( I'm pretty handy with tools so no prob there)
If you are pretty handy, you should have no problem with most of them. The only thing you are likely to run into is having the correct tools for the job. I can't speak for some of the models, but I know for a fact that you aren't going to be able to setup an Equalizer with a standard set of tools. I don't even remember what size socket you need for the ball, but it is big. I think the shank bolts are 1 1/8". Torque specs are really high, too. I think the ball I used was 450 ft. lbs. I used a cheater bar for this- me at just over 2' out equals 450 ft. lbs.
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Old 02-18-2015, 08:11 AM   #26
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I agree with DUSTMAN. For the Andersen you will want to have a Torque wrench. The hitch includes the special socket but you need a 3/4" torque wrench. I picked mine up on the internet from Harbor Freight for $20. It was cheap enough so I just keep it in the trailer.
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Old 02-18-2015, 08:38 AM   #27
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I agree with DUSTMAN. For the Andersen you will want to have a Torque wrench. The hitch includes the special socket but you need a 3/4" torque wrench. I picked mine up on the internet from Harbor Freight for $20. It was cheap enough so I just keep it in the trailer.
Harbor Freight 1/2" Torque wrench-#239 (21.99$), 3/4 Torque wrench #808 (79.99$) Youroo!!
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Old 02-18-2015, 10:41 AM   #28
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Torque Wrench for Andersen WDH and Wheel torques

3/4" Torque Wrench

You need a Torque wrench that provides 100 ft. lbs. setting. This is the Harbor Freight one I use.

3/4 in. Drive Click Type Torque Wrench. Pittsburgh Professional - item#808. 3/4 in. torque wrench provides a range from 50 to 300 ft. lbs. Only: $89.99 Sale: $79.99

It was a sale price of $19.95 free shipping when I bought it, at their current price you might as well just pick up one at Home Depot or Walmart. While you're at it, go ahead and get a cheap set of sockets, then you are set for torqueing your wheels too!

Here's the link for the Andersen WDH Installation Manual. It references the 1 1/4" Socket that's included in the package.

http://www.andersenhitches.com/uploa...02013%20sm.pdf
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Old 02-18-2015, 12:47 PM   #29
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Thanks I already have the torque wrench from when I used to work on cars now while we are on the subject of Harbor Frieght Tools I noticed that they have a Haul Master weight distribution hitch it's rated at 1000-10000 lbs is this any good or should I keep looking
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Old 02-18-2015, 01:13 PM   #30
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I have no experience or familiarity with the Haul Master, sorry. I like the Andersen because it was the lightest and my car's hitch weight allowance was pretty skimpy. Also, the Andersen seemed easy to install and operate when I traveled. It's definetly not the least expensive. New their over $500 and used you'll find them for about $300.
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