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Old 01-27-2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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Just bought the Andersen "No sway" WDH

Well, I took the plunge and purchased the Andersen "No sway" WDH while I was at the Calgary RV show. Got it on offer for $509 Cnd, down from 599. Having poured over the installation manual several times, it looks easy enough to install and operate. I'm now just hoping it does what it claims to do but having read many other reviews 99.9% seem to be happy with it. I guess I'll find out for myself when I start towing the new rig at the end of April - hopefully sooner if this years mild winter sticks around.

I had actually gone along to the show looking for the Blue Ox sway pro but the dealer I was talking to couldn't be bothered to find a price and told me they didn't come in a 1500lb spring bar. I showed him the brochure I'd picked up from his stand which clearly indicated they did come in that size. He shrugged his shoulders and told me to phone the office! Guess he lost that sale.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:03 PM   #2
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I've had the Reese with the bars and sway control. I bought a new toyhauler last spring and had an Andersen Hitch installed. I am completely satisfied with it, no more poping, snapping, squeaking, greasy bars and sway control to mess with. I believe Andersen is to the old WDH as the smart phones are to land line phones. I hope you will be as happy with your Andersen as we are with ours.
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Did you have any trouble fitting the collar of the triangular plate to the base of the hitch ball? I've just tried dry fitting the bits together and without 'persuasion' from a club hammer I doubt I would get it on. If I did, I think it will be a monumental job taking it off. I also just found that I'm missing the collar that allows me to use the hitch without the WD chains. Looks like I have to return this one to the dealer or contact Andersen.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:29 PM   #4
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I also have the Andersen WD hitch and I have been very happy with it also. On mine the triangle plate slides onto the bottom of the ball easily, without any issues. And I also got the other collar for useing the hitch without the rest of the WD setup. Talk to the dealer you bought it from, if he doesn't help then call Andersen directly they are great to deal with. I called them with a couple questions and they were very easy to deal with and extremely helpful! Good luck!!
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:36 PM   #5
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Thanks for the heads up on how easy it is together the collar onto the bottom of the ball hitch. Definitely heading back to the dealer tomorrow but this time ill check the parts while I'm there.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:54 PM   #6
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Those of you with the Anderson hitches, I'd sure like to hear of your experiences and opinions on it. I bet a lot of other people would too.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:04 AM   #7
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I had actually gone along to the show looking for the Blue Ox sway pro but the dealer I was talking to couldn't be bothered to find a price and told me they didn't come in a 1500lb spring bar. I showed him the brochure I'd picked up from his stand which clearly indicated they did come in that size. He shrugged his shoulders and told me to phone the office! Guess he lost that sale.
Yep, he was full of hooey. I had 1500lb bars when I first got my Blue Ox and traded them in as they were too stiff for our trailer. Makes you wonder how places stay in business when they have sales people like that. Congrats on the Anderson unit though .
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:44 AM   #8
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We have the Andersen no sway hitch and used it all last year. We love our hitch and couldn't be happier. DH is so glad we settled on that because we were originally going with the Husky Centerline. It is completely quiet and weighs very little. DH can hardly tell the camper is behind him when using it. Our set was missing the washers and we called Andersen directly. They sent them to us immediatley free of charge. Our true test will be when we pull it across the Mackinac Bridge this year.

Our dealer wouldn't touch it when we bought our camper. We couldn't even install it on their property. DH and my Dad pulled it across the street and installed it in an hour themselves. The guys from the shop kept coming over the look, they thought it was really cool and had never seen anything like ot.
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Those of you with the Anderson hitches, I'd sure like to hear of your experiences and opinions on it. I bet a lot of other people would too.
Ditto on what Bob wrote. I would especially like to see the real world axles weights with and without the hitch hooked up. Inquiring minds want to know.
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I too would like some feedback....on the verge of ordering. Seems that there is a lot of people who have jumped in on this hitch but not a lot of indepth reviews. I mainly would like it for the ease of hitch up and weight savings
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Our true test will be when we pull it across the Mackinac Bridge this year.
I rode a motorcycle across that bridge once. . . . . . Once!
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:28 PM   #12
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We bought the Anderson hitch soon after acquiring our TT last spring. It's the first and only wdh we've used, but are very happy with it. I don't have any weight measurements or anything, but it is very easy to use. I've hooked it up if DH is busy. It's very quiet and we back into any spot without any trouble. I purchased it online for $400.00 with free delivery. DH and I had it installed in about an hour and love it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:32 PM   #13
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Well, I've just come off the phone with Andersen and they will mail me the new triangular plate and missing collar directly from the US at no cost to me. They don't even want the old one back because its too expensive to mail back to them from Canada. Regrettably, due to the somewhat chilly weather up here, I won't be able to give anyone a blow by blow account of how it performs until (hopefully) sometime in April. However, if it is as good as they say and as good as their customer service then I am really looking forward to trying it out. I have a two week trip down to YNP in June so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:11 PM   #14
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Received a cll today from the customer support dept. at Andersen Hitches. It looks like the hitch I purchased was their most recent variant but the parts and instruction brochure wasn't. Anyway, the upshot is that the new hitch no longer requires a collar to function without the WD chains. Hence, they don't include one in the box. As for the collar on the triangular plate; I sanded the inside of that (at their advice - actually they said take it to the dealer from where I bought it and have them sand it) and it now fits snugly onto the bottom of the ball hitch and is retained with the pin in the normal fashion.

Now all I need is an improvement in the weather so I can install it and take the rig for a test drive. I know it is wishing my life away but spring cannot come soon enough.
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For what it's worth, I will relate my experience with the Andersen No Sway Hitch. Installation was easy. I love the quiet. I really appreciate the low weight and the cleanliness. I did a quick and casual setup just to try it out. I put some tension on the chains, enough to pull the front fenders about half way back down to their unhitched height. It towed really well in a mild crosswind on the freeway. I will experiment with more and less tension in April. Right now, I have the urethane springs compressed about 3/16". I will try to answer any questions that might come up although I am thousands of miles from having all the answers. So far, after twenty miles, I am happy.
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My wife and I just bought the Andersen with our new TT. It took some convincing on my part because I was a critic of the system from the beginning. I have to say that so far I'm very impressed with the lack of sway, bouncing and grease. It still takes about as long to hook up any other system but it's so easy my wife can do it. Our TT has a 740lb TW and weighs 5700lbs empty. Without gear I would say the TW is closer to 850 and weighs 6500lbs. I tow with a 2009 F-150 with the Max Tow pkg. With the bushing compressed 1/4 inch, the rear is only 3/4 inch lower than front. This returns more than 1/2 of the rear sag and brings the front back to less than 1/2 inch of undistributed rise which what the new Ford towing guidelines recommend. I haven't weighed the unit because everything appears to be within the ford guidelines and the CGVW of the TV. We are leaving for FL next weekend and I am actually looking forward to not being seasick after towing 600 miles. I'll update on our experience after trip.
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Nice to see the satisfied owners of this hitch. It will still be nice to see some weights on a scale as Chap has mentioned back a number of posts ago.
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:33 PM   #18
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I have checked other forums and found only one post with CAT scale info and it wasn't very reliable. Today I found out there are some CAT scales very close to my house. Thursday I'm going to weigh my rig with and without hitch and post results because a lot of people have asked and nobody has produced. I was a critic until I used it but I also would like to know that it's doing its job.
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I also purchased the Andersen WDH. I won't be using it until April, but I am convinced it is right for us. Lots of Airstream folk are using this system and seem to love it. With the new camper and truck we have added additional trips to our usual 1000 miles a year including a trip to the UP of Michigan that will be 1100+ round trip. In total we have about 3000 miles in pulling planned between April and October. I will be posting a comprehensive review of the Andersen in the fall.

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intensepisgahbiker, were you you able to get the weight measurements? I need WD first and sway control second. For those of you using the hitch, do you feel you get the same WD characteristics of your previous spring bar style hitch?

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I have checked other forums and found only one post with CAT scale info and it wasn't very reliable. Today I found out there are some CAT scales very close to my house. Thursday I'm going to weigh my rig with and without hitch and post results because a lot of people have asked and nobody has produced. I was a critic until I used it but I also would like to know that it's doing its job.
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