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Old 07-09-2016, 03:57 PM   #61
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Seems like all this should be in a new thread somewhere, instead of under the OP's Andersen hitch topic.....but now that the thread is thoroughly hijacked, do you find it necessary to use a sway control bar with the Pro Series hitch? I really like not having to mess with one of those on the Andersen.
See how easy it is to change the topic?
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Old 07-09-2016, 04:16 PM   #62
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I know. We have the second Andersen that ETI ever installed. I asked if the Pro Series users are adding external sway control to it.
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I sent photos of the chain wear to Andersen in February. They said it was normal wear and to be expected. My brackets aren't perfectly aligned, but they are pretty close. I suggested that they provide a different lower bracket with the holes for the chain 1/2 inch closer to the ball. But Andersen said they had tried that and it didn't work as well.
Sometimes you just have to shake your head...
The chain bracket tubes are parallel to the frame and just outboard of it, which means the always point at a place just ahead of the ball; however, the chains run to the corners of the triangular plate, which are always significantly outboard from that. The chains will always wear on the chain tube opening, until the bracket design is corrected to skew them out a bit. It's an angle issue, rather than a position issue, and it's understandable because it's certainly cheaper and easier to build this way - they place a square tube against a flat plate and weld.

Of course this could be a design "feature" providing "friction-based damping" of chain movement... which should not be needed because the polyurethane spring is self-damping.
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Old 07-09-2016, 04:49 PM   #64
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I know. We have the second Andersen that ETI ever installed. I asked if the Pro Series users are adding external sway control to it.
We have had ours for five years and have not added sway control, however, since they now offer it, I would get it if buying now.
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Old 07-09-2016, 04:52 PM   #65
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Does it have a pro series sticker on it Donna? If so then yes, that one.
"Pro Series" is one of the Cequent brand names; there are hundreds of Pro Series products and two main types of Pro Series WD systems in several models. So no, it may not be the same one.

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Go to the Escape web site and click Equalizer in the options. There's a picture of the one being discussed. It's the same one that gets discussed and referred to every time there's a comparison to the Anderson hitch.
That photo shows a round-bar WD; however,
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ETI went from the round bars to this for Pro Series:

https://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Dist...ies/49585.html
The current offering is a trunnion-type WD. So no, if you go to the web site the photo will not show the current model (unfortunately not uncommon for the Escape website), and having a Pro Series sticker doesn't mean it's the right one.


But I agree - this has nothing to do with refurbishing an Andersen No-Sway WD hitch.
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I know. We have the second Andersen that ETI ever installed. I asked if the Pro Series users are adding external sway control to it.
Nope. I've had to make a couple evasive maneuvers and been passed by semis, driven in cross winds, without an issue.
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Nope. I've had to make a couple evasive maneuvers and been passed by semis, driven in cross winds, without an issue.
Okay. Good to know. We're on our second (red) cone and elastomers. I think I'd at least consider the Pro Series the next time we need to replace parts. Our Andersen is old enough that it doesn't even have the snap ring. They provided a heavy metal ring that replaces the yoke for towing a trailer not set up for their hitch. I can't complain, though. We have almost 20K miles on it, relatively trouble-free.
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I'm not endorsing the Pro Series, I just think it and probably other WDH do what I need for a lot less money than some of the more complex devices.
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I'm not endorsing the Pro Series, I just think it and probably other WDH do what I need for a lot less money than some of the more complex devices.
I don't think the Andersen is more complex Glenn. In fact, the design is quite simple. It's just more money.
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"Pro Series" is one of the Cequent brand names; there are hundreds of Pro Series products and two main types of Pro Series WD systems in several models. So no, it may not be the same one.


That photo shows a round-bar WD; however,

The current offering is a trunnion-type WD. So no, if you go to the web site the photo will not show the current model (unfortunately not uncommon for the Escape website), and having a Pro Series sticker doesn't mean it's the right one.


But I agree - this has nothing to do with refurbishing an Andersen No-Sway WD hitch.
This may all be true but the hitch I pointed out is the hitch CPAHarley referred to when he wondered which hitch was being discussed.
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