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Old 05-10-2012, 09:35 PM   #1
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Andersen weight distribution hitch ?

Just curious if anyone using or your thoughts on the Andersen Weight distribution Hitch.Can't seem to find much for reviews out there.Looks like a unique design ,one size fits all,with anti-sway and allows you to unhitch quickly . Thanks, Mark
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:50 PM   #2
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Re: Andersen weight distribution hitch ?

There is a monster thread on it at rv.net you will learn more than you'd even want there.
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:00 PM   #3
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Re: Andersen weight distribution hitch ?

I don't think it will fit on a frame as small in cross-section as the Escape.
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:07 PM   #4
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Re: Andersen weight distribution hitch ?

As Paul says, not every WDH fits. One company's hitch will fit certain trailers and not others. We have a Reece Pro which is what was supplied by Escape.
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:17 PM   #5
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Re: Andersen weight distribution hitch ?

One thing I read, is you add or subtract chain links to get that trailer bracket bolted to the frame in the position that works for you.
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:55 PM   #6
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Re: Andersen weight distribution hitch ?

I just checked out their website and they have more choices for frame size then they did before Christmas when I first looked into a different hitch. If you're looking into hitches I would look closely at this setup!!!
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:32 AM   #7
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Re: Andersen weight distribution hitch ?

I like to say I have an open mind. Others might say it's a vacuum.

I've watched the video, and I just don't understand how weight is transferred by a couple horizontal chains. I can see how a solid bar does that.
I just don't get it.

Not that I'm in the market anyway.

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Re: Andersen weight distribution hitch ?

A rotational torque is applied from the bottom of the ball (chains) to the top of the ball (coupler).
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Old 05-11-2012, 03:18 PM   #9
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Re: Andersen weight distribution hitch ?

baglo, if you pause the video at the 1:05 mark where it shows it from the side, and visualize weight added to the tongue, you can see that this would cause more tension in the chains, and they would have to stretch to allow the hitch to drop.

One thing I question, is the length of the fulcrum arm, which on this is from the top of the hitch at the ball, to the bottom of the hitch where the chains connect. This would rely on those Urethane springs to help reduce what could be an enormous amount of torque. With the conventional system, this torque is absorbed by the bars.

All in all, I really like the look of this system, I would just prefer to see the results of more testing and road miles. I imagine it will have a track record by the time I would need one with my setup.
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