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Old 05-01-2020, 03:03 PM   #1
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Cutting Chains on Andersen WDH

I wonder if anyone has ever removed a link or two from the chains on a Andersen WDH? The installation instructions say you can do it.. but if you did.. how did it help or hinder the operation of the hitch?

I set mine up last fall.. and only towed with it once. It seemed to be ok. Maybe just a little sway.. very little in certain situations. But.. as I recall (it was last fall) it seemed it was difficult to tighten the chains because I couldn't get the socket on comfortably. The bolts were too far out. It's hard to explain without seeing it. But if the chains were shorter... I could better tighten them. Make sense?
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Old 05-01-2020, 03:09 PM   #2
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Yes, I removed a couple of links to provide more range of adjustment. The brackets on my trailer were on the closer end of where they recommended mounting due to LP tanks, etc. So I backed the nuts off so I had fewer exposed threads and was able to cut off 2 links from each chain. It's nice that you can just move the shackles to different links before removing any to make sure you can get it adjusted how you want.
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Old 05-04-2020, 09:34 AM   #3
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FYI - I use this to adjust the tensioners, I cut it in about half and just use the gear wrench end -

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 05-04-2020, 11:24 AM   #4
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FYI - I use this to adjust the tensioners, I cut it in about half and just use the gear wrench end -

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Huh, I just use the socket that came with the WDH with my 1/2" ratchet. I always take a tool bag when we travel so the only thing added to the bag with the WDH was the aluminum socket.
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We have parked a couple of times where it seems that the "extra" links made life easier when un or re-hooking - especially with truck at odd angles. We unscrew the horseshoe bolts from the triangle to unhook. We also use a box end wrench because they had to cut the frame some to get the brackets on - the socket will not fit. A small price to pay for a great hitch.
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Old 05-04-2020, 02:39 PM   #6
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If you're having to use the wrench, you have not raised the tongue jack enough. Jack it up further and you will be able to spin the nuts all the way back by hand. I do so with my 6,000 lb trailer.

If the Anderson leaves you with any sway with your setup of an F150 towing a pop-up, you certainly do need to remove some links, because you don't have enough tension in the chain. If it's set up properly, you will get absolutely zero sway. In 15,000 miles of towing, I have never had a single sway with the Anderson on my short-bed Ram 1500 towing a 25 ft, 6000 lb trailer.
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I cut a few links off, but only because the distance to the brackets on the trailer was short enough that I couldn't get the tension I needed to achieve proper weight distribution (aka I bottomed out the threads).
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You donít need to cut the links, just disconnect one or two and let them hang. Connect the third link to the shackle.
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Old 05-08-2020, 03:31 PM   #9
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yes remove what is needed . make sure you leave enough so when you jack up your unit and can get the bracket on the ball . Then i tighten my chains while unit is jacked up this way i can get the ball to move if needs be to centered . if you can just finger tight when jacked up then your most likely not tight enough . on my unit i have 8 threads showing and it takes the socket to get it there while jacked up . rule of thumb is between 80 to 100 ftlbs of torque on the chains when hooked up and tongue weight fully on the ball . should have 0 sway .
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