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Old 08-26-2014, 03:02 PM   #1
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Anderson weight distribution

Have a HW276 and TV is a 2014 Explorer AWD so far we have not really needed a WDH but the DW thinks she would be able to tow the pup better and safer. Ive been looking at all the different kind and heard the horror stories when using the chain style, think a trunnionwould be safer but seen the anderson WDH and it was wondering if anyone else looked at it or even has it.
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Old 08-26-2014, 05:08 PM   #3
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Just looking at the picture, I would ask a couple of questions:

- how adjustable is the WDH? Setting them up for the correct height and tensioning of the chain is pretty important to get the weight distribution correct.

- I assume the chains have a quick release at the camper frame clamps. Undoing or screwing shackle screws every time is way too much work for me.

- the only anti-sway would be the rotational resistance of the chain connection plate under the ball. Is this designed to be anti-sway or just WDH?

I ended up with an Equal-i-zer 600/6000 which appears to be a quite a bit more adjustable. Because it uses spring bars which provide 4 point anti-sway as well as WDH, the location of the camper frame clamps is not nearly as critical, and can be moved a few inches either direction to avoid obstacles on the camper frame.

Mounting the spring bars is a simple matter of inserting them into the hitch - sprung retaining button in a slot holds them in place. Raise the tongue of the hitched camper with the tongue jack until the bars pivot into place. Insert retaining pins in the camper frame clamps, retract tongue jack and I'm good to go.

I have not tried other setups, but I am very happy with what I have. I would not want to tow my camper without it - I tested without in the dealer lot before taking delivery. Without the WDH, both camper and van "bounced" a lot even at 20-30 MPH. With WDH, the van rides normally even when hitched up. Good enough that DW feels comfortable driving the rig - was definitely NOT the case with our old Explorer and PUP (without WDH). Drives normal and no sway to 75MPH on I-25 (tested, but normally tow at 65 or less due to camper tires).

The Explorer was light in the front, which could be felt in the steering. And the rig would start to sway at 62MPH, scaring the DW on I-80 Sierra Mt downgrades.

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Old 08-26-2014, 05:19 PM   #4
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Fred what im also concerned about is the weight of anything (bars.shank. ball ) I dont want to leave anything on my TV when not using the pup. I can only lift n carry with 1 hand due to a stroke.
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Old 08-26-2014, 05:35 PM   #5
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this is a video of the anderson wdh from youtube

http://youtu.be/HRoQ_yQZQwQ
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Old 08-26-2014, 06:08 PM   #6
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How does it work? The Equalizer and Reese seem to have bars that take the load. A chain cannot do that. It can only work in one direction - Pull.

I love my Equalizer as it also gives sway control.

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Old 08-26-2014, 06:22 PM   #7
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yeah vin i have watched the anderson video it looks like it can but not sure thats why i am hoping someone here has seen or use it. the proplem i have is the weight of the shank/ball i cant carry it 1 handed i dont think (not sure what it weights) i dont want to leave it on my TV all the time ( i like my wifes legs!)
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Hi Kinma,

Are you talking about the weight of the equalizer shank/ball set up? Yes. the thing is crazy heavy. My TV sags once I put it into the hitch receiver.

Sorry about your arm/hand. It would not be easy for you at all. Unfortunately.

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Yeah the shank/ball that you install on the truck that the bars go into. Bars are about 20lb or so. So not a big deal on those but that head part has to be about 50lbs or more. It might not be a big deal at home but if I wanted to take it iff any where else that might be hard or at least suck.
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Yeah. It is too heavy for one hand. Not sure what to recommend instead but this thing just looks wrong. I'll catch the video tomorrow and let you know if I see any major flaws.

Any reviews on the other forums? Maybe a google internet search will bring up other posts on the hitch.
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