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Old 03-21-2016, 09:57 PM   #1
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Maiden Voyage and New Andersen Hitch = Success!!

We headed out for our maiden voyage last weekend to Dreher Island State Park and had an amazing trip My husband drove and he was very impressed with the new Andersen hitch. I could also tell an improvement in the amount of bounce compared to the traditional WDH. The only issue we ran into was forgetting to reinstall the water heater plug. Oops....Lol. We enjoyed lots of fishing, bike riding, roasting marshmallows and lots of laughs with old friends. We even made a couple of new friends who were the camp host. They even gave our four year old son a small prize for being the safest bike rider Here are a few pictures from our trip. Safe travels everyone!






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Very nice!
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Old 03-21-2016, 11:32 PM   #3
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Looks like you had a great trip and wonderful time. I see that your son is learning how to set up the trailer already (stabilizers)! We love the Anderson Hitch too. It is so easy to set up.
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Old 03-22-2016, 05:20 AM   #4
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I'm green with envie. We have just shy of 2 months to go before our season starts.
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Old 03-22-2016, 05:52 AM   #5
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Awesome! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-22-2016, 05:54 AM   #6
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Enjoyed the photos! I keep meaning to get to Dreher.
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Old 03-22-2016, 07:04 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by :D Here are a few pictures from our trip. Safe travels everyone!

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I see some links in the quote, but do not see the pictures/links in the actual thread. Setting on my profile?
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I see some links in the quote, but do not see the pictures/links in the actual thread. Setting on my profile?
I'm really not sure. They are showing up on mine.
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I agree, great photos. Like another post, in my area it's still about 2 months until the campgrounds start to open for the season.
I have a question about your Andersen hitch, when we bought our 2015 trailer in 2014 we opted for the Andersen hitch set up and we really love the easier and more stable towing over our old sprung steel arm WDH. The problem we have with ours is when it's time to pack up and go, then getting the connection correct is a real pain more often than not with often hooking up one side and moving the rig back and forth to get the other side lined up again to connect the plate.
If we don't go anywhere and nothing has been changed, hooking up is no problem, but if we go anywhere it is most often several minutes or more spent getting the bottom plate lined up again! Have you come across any secrets to hooking it up faster?
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Old 03-22-2016, 03:52 PM   #10
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I agree, great photos. Like another post, in my area it's still about 2 months until the campgrounds start to open for the season.
I have a question about your Andersen hitch, when we bought our 2015 trailer in 2014 we opted for the Andersen hitch set up and we really love the easier and more stable towing over our old sprung steel arm WDH. The problem we have with ours is when it's time to pack up and go, then getting the connection correct is a real pain more often than not with often hooking up one side and moving the rig back and forth to get the other side lined up again to connect the plate.
If we don't go anywhere and nothing has been changed, hooking up is no problem, but if we go anywhere it is most often several minutes or more spent getting the bottom plate lined up again! Have you come across any secrets to hooking it up faster?
Always try to get the rig straight before disconnecting when you arrive or be vigilant about remembering the disconnect angle and match that angle when breaking camp. Being a little off isn't a big deal. Just check to be sure chains are tight after a few miles.
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Ummh...the pictures are there at home. Must be something with our setup at work.
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I agree, great photos. Like another post, in my area it's still about 2 months until the campgrounds start to open for the season.
I have a question about your Andersen hitch, when we bought our 2015 trailer in 2014 we opted for the Andersen hitch set up and we really love the easier and more stable towing over our old sprung steel arm WDH. The problem we have with ours is when it's time to pack up and go, then getting the connection correct is a real pain more often than not with often hooking up one side and moving the rig back and forth to get the other side lined up again to connect the plate.
If we don't go anywhere and nothing has been changed, hooking up is no problem, but if we go anywhere it is most often several minutes or more spent getting the bottom plate lined up again! Have you come across any secrets to hooking it up faster?
This was our first trip using ours and we were pretty much straight when we set up so hooking back up was a breeze.

Not sure if this is recommended or not but a few days before we left we were hooking up for some reason and the truck wasn't straight the last time we unhooked so when my husband backed the truck up the plate wasn't perpendicular with the tongue. We just tightened the nut on the chain that was stretched the farthest to cause the plate to turn. Once it was perpendicular we tightened both sides to the same amount of threads showing. It doesn't matter that the truck isn't lined up with the trailer since the ball turns with the trailer and the plate is attached to the ball
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Great looking photos...looks like you had a good time!
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Old 03-23-2016, 07:40 PM   #14
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Good looking family. Enjoy your camping life together! Happy trails.
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:40 PM   #15
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Thanks everyone
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Thanks for sharing!

What is your tongue weight on your setup? I so want to pull the trigger on the anderson hitch but I have 860 lbs tongue weight and from what I've read, the anderson seems to not be able to transfer enough on the heavier tongue weights. Thanks
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Old 03-28-2016, 03:09 PM   #17
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Thanks for sharing!

What is your tongue weight on your setup? I so want to pull the trigger on the anderson hitch but I have 860 lbs tongue weight and from what I've read, the anderson seems to not be able to transfer enough on the heavier tongue weights. Thanks
Our tongue weight is just over 500lbs.
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