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Old 07-06-2019, 04:34 PM   #1
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Andersen Hitch

I am contemplating an Anderson hitch for a 17 B, instead of the equalizer hitch that has worked very well, but has become rather cumbersome for me. I have had poor luck in finding out whether they have a good anti-sway feature, and if they are lighter in weight than those equalizer bars with chains. Initially I perceived that there were some problems with them and figure that by now many bugs have been ironed out.
Is that true?
Any recommendations?
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Old 07-06-2019, 04:52 PM   #2
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Well, there is this:
https://www.idahostatejournal.com/me...53287525d.html
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Old 07-06-2019, 05:04 PM   #3
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Had Pro Series with 17B then went Andersen with the 21. LSS went back to Pro Series. Yes the Andersen is lightwe, however is much more difficult to hitch up and unhook IMO.

Also the ball is closer to the tow with Andersen. I can open the tailgate now with Pro Series.
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Old 07-06-2019, 06:13 PM   #4
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Yes the Andersen is lightwe, however is much more difficult to hitch up and unhook IMO.

Agree with Ross. We had the Anderson in our 17B and the E2 Pro WDH on our 19. E2 is much faster and easier to use.

On a related note, I also highly recommend an electric tongue jack for either WDH option. There is a lot of up down up down with either, which isn’t a big deal if you’re only going out for a weekend at a time, but if you’re traveling a lot, setting up in new places every couple days, and especially if you’re doing it in crappy cold driving PNW rain in the winter, at night, then you really get to appreciate an electric tongue jack fast.
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Old 07-06-2019, 06:18 PM   #5
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I have an Anderson on my 15B and the ProSeries on my 19'. I really dislike the Anderson and would not buy another. The ProSeries is simpler and easier to use.
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Old 07-06-2019, 06:39 PM   #6
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Our Andersen WDH is working well

Hi Sandra L,

We installed an Andersen WDH on our new 2019 Escape 21.

We are very pleased with the results.

Pros:
* Lighter than other WDHs
* Easy to hookup (IMHO)
* No heavy bars (we struggled with bars on our tent trailer we used for years)
* The chains can be easily removed and stored indoors when the trailer is not in use
* Works great with our Ford Expedition 3.5L. Trailer feels very well connected and no swaying occurs.
* Better ground clearance than other WDH systems
* The ball mount shank has a couple holes now, so it was easy to find a setting that allows our tailgate to open easily (earlier versions of Andersen had some problems providing space for tailgates to open)

Cons:
* For our Ford, we have to turn off the anti-sway feature that is built into the vehicles computer every time we start the engine and tow. (The Andersen manual says to do this - I guess the computer fights the Andersen anti-sway feature).
* After installing the Andersen brackets on the trailer frame, I noticed they moved a little (i.e. rotated on the set screw). Thus for the first couple trips, the chains would start firm, but were a little loose at the end of the tow. Thus you may need to make a few adjustments at first (I ended up using one less chain link).

Bottom-line: We are very glad we chose the Andersen WDH.
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Old 07-06-2019, 07:09 PM   #7
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Where to buy Andersen WDH

One more thought on the Andersen WDH:

We bought ours directly from Andersen's website.

The same unit was available on Amazon.com, but there are reports that some of the units on Amazon may be older and may not have some of the tweaks and improvements that Andersen made for their latest version of hitches.

It cost about $20 more to get the item directly from Andersen, but I wanted to make sure we had the latest and greatest version.
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It cost about $20 more to get the item directly from Andersen, but I wanted to make sure we had the latest and greatest version.

Does it have Ryan Andersen's initials carved into it?
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I'm becoming increasingly disillusioned with Amazon. They have a hellacious problem with their 'marketplace' vendors supplying counterfeit merchandise which gets co-mingled with official stuff and sold as 'amazon prime'. they don't seem to care, and only deal with counterfeits reluctantly on a case by case basis, when their entire system is rife with it.
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What kind of products have you found to be counterfeit?
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