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Old 08-19-2015, 10:40 AM   #51
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Aren't you glad they try? There would be no progress otherwise... and no one would be towing trailers, or driving anything, or using a computer, or anything else...
Darn right I'm glad they try!! I was just making the point that sometimes a "better mouse trap" is sometimes just "another mouse trap".
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Old 08-19-2015, 10:42 AM   #52
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Yeah Rich, its really easy to attach the plate if the tongue is jacked up high. So, I hook up, then jack it up high so the chains have slack, and the plate slips on easily. As you lower it, the chains tighten. For unhooking, same thing. Jack it up high first, drop the plate, then lower it to unhook. Never have to mess with the chain adjustment at all. Just a periodic visual inspection to make sure the number of exposed threads stays the same.
I'm going to give that a try ASAP; thanks! Dumb question: do you leave the hitch latch secured or released when raising the trailer?
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I use the same method to hook up and unhook. I don't even need the socket wrench then.
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Old 08-19-2015, 10:55 AM   #54
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I'm going to give that a try ASAP; thanks! Dumb question: do you leave the hitch latch secured or released when raising the trailer?
Definitely DO NOT unlatch it before raising it. Last thing you want is for it to come unhooked from the ball.
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Old 08-19-2015, 11:16 AM   #55
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I use the same method to hook up and unhook. I don't even need the socket wrench then.
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I do the same with the WDH. Put the trailer on the ball, latch it and lock it on and then start cranking. I don't even have to use the pry bar to put the chains on, I can just place them on the hook. Then crank'r back down. about half way down the chains become quite tight and everything is ready to roll. Just crank the foot up to its lock position.
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Old 08-19-2015, 11:57 AM   #56
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As much as I like my Andersen, I will have to take these posts into the future for troubleshooting. I hope to hit 6000kms towing this year, so that should start to show the shortcomings, if any on my rig. Heaven forbid I have to start using a hammer and block like Jim B.

Like others, I can't help but wonder if Sunrisetrucker had a set up issue. I know on my nose light 21, having weight in the forward tanks had an impact on towing 'feel'. That doesn't explain his issues with his mileage though. Now that all my tools etc are crammed into the underbed storage, I'll likely list to the left.







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So, two Andersen "secrets":

- cranking up up up will allow one to never need to move the retaining nuts.

- standing on the taunt chain to move the plate enough to straighten up for attaching nuts is ok, or at least what Dennis showed me one day..... (ie, if you unhitch at a sharp angle and the plate isn't square on to the trailer).
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:05 PM   #57
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I do the same with the WDH. Put the trailer on the ball, latch it and lock it on and then start cranking. I don't even have to use the pry bar to put the chains on, I can just place them on the hook
Thought I was the only one doing that. Certainly makes for easy on, easy off.

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Old 08-19-2015, 12:05 PM   #58
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Heaven forbid I have to start using a hammer and block like Jim B.
When you are disconnected, can you just lift the ball free from the brake material, Bruce? I thought the friction I was experiencing was a good thing, as it is what provides the anti-sway for the hitch.
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:13 PM   #59
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When you are disconnected, can you just lift the ball free from the brake material, Bruce? I thought the friction I was experiencing was a good thing, as it is what provides the anti-sway for the hitch.
Jim, are you saying you remove the ball from the brake material each time? Or am I not understanding what you're saying?
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Yes Jim. The coupler lock occasionally gives me grief but the ball and coupler are free as birds otherwise. Only 3000km towing though??


edit: oh, your ball comes out of what I jokingly call the "play dough"? Yikes, not here!
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