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Old 12-21-2015, 02:47 PM   #31
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Thanks to the great contributions by the many members of this forum I am very close to buying a Cherokee 26rr. You all have been very helpful in my decision and I'm pretty sure this trailer is the right choice for me.



I'm also leaning strongly toward getting an Andersen weight distributing hitch. I've read just about everything I can find on it and think it is probably the right choice for me as well.



I'll be buying the trailer from a dealer a couple of time zones away. I'd like to order the hitch beforehand and get it set up as quickly as possible. So I have a few questions that I hope other owners can help me with:


  1. What is the vertical measurement of the frame of this trailer on the tongue in the area where a weight distributing bracket will attach? That is, what bracket should I order with the Andersen hitch?


  2. Is there any wiring or anything else in that area that I'll need to work around or relocate so that I can attach the brackets?


  3. What is the height from the ground to the bottom of your trailer coupler with the trailer level?


  4. What make and model of trailer coupler does this trailer come with? Andersen hitches seem to have a conflict with one or two particular couplers.


  5. And can you confirm that this trailer coupler uses a 2-5/16" towball?



Thanks all for your help and advice. I'm really looking forward to this purchase and getting a lot of use from this trailer.



Cheers,



-J. Brandon

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Old 12-21-2015, 06:38 PM   #32
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Depending on where the brake break away switch is, that may need relocated. I also had to cut wire ties holding wires for the power tongue Jack. I ordered the longer hitch bar to be safe and cut off the extra bit later. Guessing that Lippert makes all frames for forest river frame height would be 6". The coupler on the unit should be compatible as well. Since you're going with Andersen you cannot grease the ball and there is a good chance coupler will be greasy. The ball doesn't turn on coupler like most hitches. If it's greasy it will turn and you will get sway. Be ready for that.
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Old 12-21-2015, 07:20 PM   #33
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Please don't think I'm criticizing the Andersen hitch, because I'm not. Have no experience with one, so I really don't know much about it, just what I've read here on FRF. Just trying to gain a little knowledge about this hitch. Seems as though there quite a few variables with this hitch that have to be addressed in order to use one. It doesn't seem to be very easy or simple to use; kind of complicated in fact.
I do use a different hitch & it works very well. Easy to set up & use, even for me.
Good luck with which ever hitch you decide to use & happy camping.
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Old 12-21-2015, 09:12 PM   #34
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Please don't think I'm criticizing the Andersen hitch, because I'm not. Have no experience with one, so I really don't know much about it, just what I've read here on FRF. Just trying to gain a little knowledge about this hitch. Seems as though there quite a few variables with this hitch that have to be addressed in order to use one. It doesn't seem to be very easy or simple to use; kind of complicated in fact.
I do use a different hitch & it works very well. Easy to set up & use, even for me.
Good luck with which ever hitch you decide to use & happy camping.
Well it is a simple system, if it works for you. Hitch the ball, slide chains into brackets and install the nuts tighten you're done. OK its not that simple, you got to get the triangle plate square to the hitch. Option 2 is hitch and unhitch with TV at the exact same angle each time, piece of cake right? You know,you right it might be complicated.
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Old 12-22-2015, 11:51 AM   #35
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Hi JCBrandon,
Yes, it is a 2 5/16" ball.

I love this system! All the things I don't like about the spring systems are gone.
Comparing this to a spring bar system is like comparing apples to oranges for sure.
There is no prefect system that will work for everyone.
The setup, install and removal are completely different to accomplish the goal.
I have only used it a couple of times but it is not that tough.
I think the biggest problem is lining up the triangular plate, I plan on buying a bar so I can straighten it out. They say it does not have to be perfect but cant be way off.

I too ordered the 8" kit #3380 and cut off the extra, I could have used the 4" kit.
If you can cut it off yourself, it is a safe bet to get the 8", same price. I can throw the hitch on my truck and measure it so you will have a ball park. Unless your truck is really low or high, I think the 4" will work.
I did not have to move anything to mount it, fit great behind the propane tanks.
If you can, plan on putting the weld on the back of the bracket on the frame.
There is a lot of tension on the chains while towing, they pulled forward on me so I plan to weld it up. There is a set screw but it is on the top, they recommend drilling a hole which might work, I think it slipped, I have a welder, I know that will work!
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Thank you. Greatly appreciate the responses.

Pretty sure I'll need an 8-inch drop shank. The top of the receiver on my pickup (a Dodge Power Wagon) is 23-1/2" above the ground.

I've got a bit of angst about buying this trailer remotely, ordering a hitch system, and getting everything set up correctly before hauling the trailer back across the country. I didn't like the hitch system the dealer wanted to sell me, so I need to be much more self-sufficient when I pick up the trailer. Insights from other owners are very helpful with that.
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Old 12-22-2015, 01:21 PM   #37
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Have you looked into the Blue Ox Sway Pro? MUCH easier to set up & install, & it really does a great job. If you are going that far to pick up your TT, all you will need is a couple of wrenches. The only thing you may have to do is adjust the number of chain links you catch, & that is very easy. Yes it does use spring bars, but no need to unhook to back up, no noise, & no problem with grease.
Just a thought.
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I used the blue ox sway pro.

Great hitch.


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I used the blue ox sway pro.

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I have no experience with BO nor A. But you could PM Play Harder he loves his pulling an XLR 29HFS like I do. He is a good source for honest evaluation on the Anderson. Frankly I'm about to sell my Reese dual-cam and try to find a Propride or Hensley... if no; then A or BO.
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