Originally Posted by tmhudg
I called them but I'm concerned with buying from a non-local dealer. These forums are full of posts about not being able to get (timely) warranty service from a dealer you didn't buy from.
I was actually looking at the Andersen hitch. Lots of glowing reviews, lightweight, quiet. I guess there is some concern that it can't put 100% of the weight back on the front axle on "heavier" trailers but I don't know at what weight level that becomes a factor.
I was very leery of purchasing from them the 1st time as well. I am almost exactly 1000 miles away. After reading the horror stories of people attempting to get things fixed at a local dealer they purchased from I don't see how I could lose. I have always gotten great service, but all of the things I've had to do were small and I do the labor. The way I look at it is this: I saved a few thousand dollars by purchasing from RVW. Even if I had NO service (which isn't the case) I could pay out of pocket for a LOT of repairs before I went in the hole going with RVW. Pretty much the only thing I'd trust a local dealer with would be a basic repair anyway(read as cheap and I can do it). Some type of major structural issue would definitely be going back to the manufacturer. So for me to buy local, I looked at it as I'm going to pay a lot of extra money for service I might not even get or need. No thanks. I'll take the savings.
As far as the Anderson hitch goes- I would definitely give that a try on anything with a tongue weight less than ~600 pounds. Anything over that and I'm going with an Equalizer. I'm not a physics expert or an engineer, but even I know that it is much easier to transfer weight by pulling up on a bar ~30" behind the ball than it is pulling back on a point ~8" below the ball.