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Old 02-18-2013, 01:39 PM   #1
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Anderson weight distribution hitch

Just wondering if anyone on the forum has any experience with the "Andersen sway less wdh " I have had the wdh with the bars and find that altough they work they can be a bit of a pain to use and store. This hitch looks interesting http://www.andersenhitches.com/Produ...-brackets.aspx
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:04 PM   #2
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Hi Dave,
Unfortunately, but soon to be rectified when I pick up my 17B at the end of May, I have no experience with any type of.WDH. This Anderson "Sway Less" looks very interesting especially for a mature solo traveler with a few back issues. Wondering if this one would be easier for me to lift and work with. Have you heard from anyone who has used one yet? How do you think it compares in function, quality and weight to the standard Equalizer WDH Escape uses?

Thanks for any information and opinions you might have!
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:10 PM   #3
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No I haven't had any feed back from other owners so the only info I have so far is from the Anderson propaganda , I am always a bit suspicious of someone who claims to re-invent the wheel but this product does appear to be onto something . There is nice little video on their site . I like the idea of physics of how it works and certainly would be much easier for hooking up than a traditional WDH with bars . I guess I was hoping one of our fellow members here would have some more insight
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:34 PM   #4
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Like mentioned the other thread on WDH's, I had looked at it, and have pretty much the same conclusions as you, Dave. It looks easy to install, and way easier to store. No need for lube either, as the ball turns with the trailer hitch.

On their site, they list a dealer just east of Calgary, but their website is for a company that does "Excavation, Landscaping and Snow Removal In Calgary". I might fire them an email, and see what they have to say though. Maybe they are using the product. There is a company in Ontario that has them too, but only two of the larger 2 5/16" balls. LINK

HERE is a link to one for sale on eBay, though it seems they use UPS for shipping, so a caution there. HERE is another even cheaper, but still UPS shipping.
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I believe the Anderson is pretty new. It is a completely different animal from the WDH that Escape supplies. One thing I would say is that I would never buy a product like that unless I could locate a bunch of owners giving it good reviews.

For sway control hitches, there is Equil-I-zer (note the hyphens, as without them, you are probably not talking about anything with sway control although occasionally someone has one and reviews without the hyphens). Someone told me about the Reece Dual Cam with Sway Control. You would probably have to ask Escape about any particular one to make sure the Escape can take it. If there are any Escape owners with any of these, we have not heard about it I can remember. Hope someone pops up on it.
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To me, this looks like a sway control device rather than a WDH. From what I can see. The hitch does not do any transfer of load from hitch to front axle of TV and to trailer axles. If you are looking for a WDH, you would have to go with a more conventional design. For sway control, this could possibly do the trick.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:56 PM   #7
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They do look interesting...
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:57 PM   #8
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If the propaganda is correct, and it does seem to make sense In my head (I know that's frightening ) , by tightening to chains you reduce the distance thus pulling up and providing the levelling effect .
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I don't need a lot of weight distribution for my set up , but I want to kill a couple of birds with one stone, I need bit more distance between the truck and the trailer to be able to open my rear hatch , would also like to take a bit of the bounce out while going over bumps.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:34 PM   #10
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I have no experience with WDH, so when I started exploring towing a 19 I tried to figure out how WDH worked, before ever seeing one. The Andersen actually works the way I guessed all WDH's might work...

The trailer tongue holds the hitch ball in place. The chains pull on the lower part of the hitch below the ball, causing that piece to torque forward at the top and backwards at the bottom. This applies torque to your hitch receiver which transfers it to your whole vehicle which effectively tries to rotate your whole vehicle down in front and up in the back -- hence putting some of the weight on the front wheels.
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