Originally Posted by jawga
Ok so people are asking to see scale numbers so here we go. I did not tighten the chains anymore after weighing with just 1/4" compression on the bushing because it put me within the weight limit of the hitch. I had pulled the same trailer without any WDH on the interstate and it moved all over the place when cars or trucks went by. With the andersen WDH installed the trailer hardly moved at all. When coming back from the campsite I did compress the bushings to their max and the ride was a lot worse. It felt like there was too much weight off the hitch. Also keep in mind I don't drive too much over 60 mph because the gas mileage drops so much after that. My trailer is around 21' long including the rear bumper. Also without the WDH the difference between the front and rear height was 2 & 1/2" and with the WDH at 1/4" bushing compression it was 1 & 1/2". And like I said when I compressed the bushings even more it felt like there wasn't enough weight on the trailer hitch. I was worried about the whole tongue latch also, but I figure the chances of this breaking vs having a tire blowout is much smaller. Things are going to happen regardless of how much precaution is taken. What I mean by that is something is bound to fail, if it didn't why would we need safety chains, oh that's right the tongue itself could fail :-) Just a bit of humor at the end sorry. Had to lighten things up here. Just a note I will be weighing each time we go out since I don't want to exceed the trailer or vehicle capacity. I also use a P3 brake controller. My tow vehicle is a 2005 Ford Explorer 4dr 2wd V8.
FT AXLE 2480LBS
REAR AXLE 2740 LBS
With andersen hitch with no tension on chains
FT AXLE 2280LBS
REAR AXLE 3480LBS
TRAILER AXLE 3240LBS
With andersen hitch with only 1/4" compression on chains
FT AXLE 2360LBS
REAR AXLE 3380LBS
TRAILER AXLE 3260LBS
You are so close to having all of the correct data.
You have weights in all of the 3 conditions. But this shows you have not returned all of the lost front weight. You then increased the tension on the chains...but you didn't tell us the FT AXLE weight in that condition.
Maybe I'm completely wrong, and with MAX tension, the Anderson has pushed the FT AXLE weight to 2600 lbs. I doubt it. But we don't know. Maybe that's why you don't like the ride quality. You don't want to just crank it to the max. you want to intentionally adjust it until the FT AXLE weight is back to the original 2480 lbs.
If you are not able to easily get back to the scales, just repeat all of your conditions, but use front wheel well height. Until then, there will still be questions about whether the Anderson can deliver on the true intent of any good WDH kit.
Thanks for your effort. Anything additional would be greatly appreciated.