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Old 08-10-2013, 02:09 PM   #131
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Jim,

I was referring to the friction between the coupler and the ball. I'm aware the vertical pressure applied generates friction between the cone-brake lining material and the conical hole in the ball mount. All I was saying is that the ball applies the pressure to the cone shaped brake and that friction's resistance to motion is carried via the yoke on the bottom which provide a lever arm against which the chains act in providing sway control. The ball provides downward pressure to the anti-sway system only and doesn't provide friction in and of itself. I'm not sure the nylon capped Anderson balls would be up the the vertical pressure.

It's a wonderfully simple system.

Keeping the coupler clean and rust may get tedious, since many of us are used to having grease in there prohibiting water from getting to the metal. Whatever rust inhibitor one uses better not be runny.

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Old 08-10-2013, 02:34 PM   #132
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Ahhh...gotcha. Yeah, the coupling has really nothing to do with sway.

Last weekend I used my F250 to tow the trailer, as I needed a lot of tools that were in it. Had to grease the ball, and now will have to clean the coupler up again to use with the Andersen hitch and the Pilot.
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:05 PM   #133
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Let's make sure we are on the same page, the ball is on the hitch, coupler is on the trailer, when hooked up and chains tightened there is no movement between the ball and coupler, they are one unit now.. The ball however is free to turn within the hitch, as when making turns around corners. The pink matter makes it harder to turn the ball within the hitch, the more downward pressure from the tongue makes the ball less apt to turn within the hitch, this is anti-sway action.
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:16 PM   #134
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Let's make sure we are on the same page, the ball is on the hitch, coupler is on the trailer, when hooked up and chains tightened there is no movement between the ball and coupler, they are one unit now.. The ball however is free to turn within the hitch, as when making turns around corners. The pink matter makes it harder to turn the ball within the hitch, the more downward pressure from the tongue makes the ball less apt to turn within the hitch, this is anti-sway action.
All correct in my books, Jim. Just a bit confused by what you mean by 'pink matter'. The ball is solid steel, and the inside cone area on the hitch had the black brake lining material that can be replace.

edit: I just saw the red lining in the photo above. It must be they have different colours, as mine is most definitely black, as shown in this photo of theirs.

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The pink/red brake material matter seen in post #125
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Was yours pink or red, Jim? Or were you just looking at it through rose-coloured glasses.
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:25 PM   #137
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Yep! That's the theory. It's probably black but shown on Anderson's website as hot pink to let's you know where it is, by way of explanation.

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Mine was black......
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Was yours pink or red, Jim? Or were you just looking at it through rose-coloured glasses.
My wife want's hot pink, do I need to call Kim and specify that on my build sheet?
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get 2, one hot pink for when she tows and the other for the man cave
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