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Old 07-12-2016, 12:32 PM   #91
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My Reese hitch created a lot of groaning and squealing sounds, and transferred them to the TV so we felt them as well. Currently our Andersen is dead quiet. I guess I may have to replace the liner as it wears. ETI told me at one point 80% of their trailers left with an Andersen hitch. I wonder if people without issues don't bother to post on the forum?

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You're probably right. I've yet to read of a ProSeries issue.
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Old 07-12-2016, 12:33 PM   #92
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I wonder if people without issues don't bother to post on the forum?
Mine groans occasionally; but so does my wife. I'll keep both, they seem to be working out.
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Old 07-12-2016, 12:40 PM   #93
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Old 07-12-2016, 12:46 PM   #94
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I've towed 10,300 miles so far with our Anderson hitch with no problems yet. I've used a dryer sheet for lubrication with no squeaks or squeals yet. Recently saw a post advising using T-9 lubrication and will try that soon. I think that many Escape buyers went for the Anderson as it is unique. We tend to march to a different drummer. How many other trailer manufacturers can claim buyers from all over the continent driving to Chilliwack to pick up a travel trailer?
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Old 07-12-2016, 01:29 PM   #95
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At the risk of repeating things I've probably said in the past about our Andersen, it was the second one installed by Dennis at ETI. We've towed just about 20K miles with it now. At about 10K, maybe less, I raised concerns about the conical sleeve migrating upwards and possible permanent compression of the elastomer springs. They sent me all three pieces free (the sleeve was still a red one then), I installed them, and things have been fine since. The new elastomer springs, were, in fact, about 1/8" longer than the old ones. There are a few creaks and groans, but nothing to compare to our old friction damper on our Casita. My biggest concern is the way the ball showed signs of wear just behind the flat spot on top, meaning that this edge on top of the ball was likely causing extra, concentrated wear inside the coupler. That's when I started lubing it with a stick lubricant. I have also filed that upper rear intersection of the flat spot and the rear surface of the ball to blend the two together. This may not be a problem for others; I think it just depends on how the hitch and ball meet, which is probably a function of loading, tongue angle if not perfectly level, etc. I do think it would be better if they manufactured the ball without the flat on top. The ball and coupler are pulled very tightly together, and I would prefer to avoid any areas of possible wear or stress concentration.
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Old 07-12-2016, 02:53 PM   #96
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..... I wonder if people without issues don't bother to post on the forum?

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3 season on ours with no issues - I think it's really the way to go if you are close to your tug's tongue weight/axle limit or just don't want 75# of steel hanging off your rig.
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Old 07-12-2016, 02:58 PM   #97
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3 season on ours with no issues - I think it's really the way to go if you are close to your tug's tongue weight/axle limit or just don't want 75# of steel hanging off your rig.
You may have to explain the 75# of steel hanging off the rig.
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Old 07-12-2016, 03:10 PM   #98
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You may have to explain the 75# of steel hanging off the rig.
Steel hitch head & bars.... altho' I guess the weight one member quoted was 68# putting him 43# over his max tongue weight (350#)....don't know if that was just the head or head & bars.
Anderson weights 24#....
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I imagine that the collar we have is what the snap ring replaced.
Exactly. Having the snap ring means that when the triangular plate is removed, a collar is not needed to replace it. The snap ring also fits more closely, which keeps the ball and cone from unseating a bit if pushed upward hard enough.

The snap ring design replaced the collar design. I don't know exactly when, but it was sometime prior to August 2013.
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Old 07-12-2016, 03:43 PM   #100
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Steel hitch head & bars.... altho' I guess the weight one member quoted was 68# putting him 43# over his max tongue weight (350#)....don't know if that was just the head or head & bars.
Anderson weights 24#....
I've never weighed my ProSeries hitch. That seems high. I guess it never bothered me.
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