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Old 11-11-2015, 02:06 PM   #11
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One word Jim. Scrapple.
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Old 11-11-2015, 02:36 PM   #12
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One word Jim. Scrapple.
Hi: BCnomad... I thought it sounded more like "Scrappy"!!! Alf
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Old 11-11-2015, 03:36 PM   #13
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Nah why would I do that when I could drive up to Polasheks Locker in Protivin and get some Jaternice'?
Pronounced yee- than- its- see. It's a meat cookie of its own and the barley added in gives a man the fiber he needs to go out and shovel snow or run his trap line. Or change the tranny in his tow vehicle when it fails.
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Old 11-11-2015, 06:33 PM   #14
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I tow with a 2008 Ridgeline with nothing other than a hitch and ball. I have a 19ft Escape and before that a Casita. I towed both with just the regular gear and the Escape tows beautifully with no fancy hitches.
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Old 11-11-2015, 06:46 PM   #15
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My 21 weighs in at 4200 lbs wet and loaded, about 425 lbs tongue weight. Tows fine with a Tacoma rated for 6300 lbs. I use the Andersen WD hitch (incorporates and anti-sway function) and it works very good.
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Old 11-11-2015, 08:34 PM   #16
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Pulling our 17B with 2011 Ridgeline, in excess of 10,000 miles past 12 months. Have the Andersen hitch ( understand no longer offered by ETI). Really like it for its ease of hook up and unhitch ( no lifting effort at all which is important if hooking unhooking on a daily basis), great anti sway, never know the trailer is back there. Factory support is superlative as request for warranty replacement of sleeve met within 4 days at my door (and that is international). Of course the question is do you need it, but I like the comfort of having the anti-sway when being buffeted by strong cross wind ( we had a huge dust devil in Arizona almost blow us sideways but the tow and trailer tracked straight without sway). Some commentary about the Ridgeline tranny...ours is 4X not AWD. When backing up steep gravel incline, several times and staying in 2X caused significant tranny overheat. My local Honda dealer changed the tainted oil twice and and monitored and another 8,000 miles towing this year confirmed no damage but definitely consider using 4X in soft ground. Attachment is Ridgeline at Bonneville (09/2014) but couldn't race as the salt flats were under water.
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Old 11-11-2015, 09:05 PM   #17
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There are a fair number of members here who have commented on Andersen's excellent warranty service.
I'm not sure that's a good thing.
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Old 11-11-2015, 09:24 PM   #18
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There are a fair number of members here who have commented on Andersen's excellent warranty service.
I'm not sure that's a good thing.
It was for them.
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Old 11-11-2015, 09:24 PM   #19
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There are a fair number of members here who have commented on Andersen's excellent warranty service.
I'm not sure that's a good thing.
For me, good follow up service is as important as the initial purchase. A company that does not hide from dealing with product shortcomings, is quite important to me.

As Andersen continues to refine their products, I am sure they will do good into the future.

Case in point, Craftsman tools from Sears. Far from the best quality, and frequently failing, but their great warranty with their no hassle return/exchange/repair policy, won them lots of customers.

This is one of the reasons I was glad to go with their Ultimate Fifth Wheel Hitch. A fairly new and innovative product, but fits my needs perfectly.
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Old 11-11-2015, 10:33 PM   #20
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The main problem with the Andersen hitch seems to be with the sleeve and I asked Andersen in an e-mail this week if it is anything we do wrong or what several solutions to the problem would be. They promptly replied that they were having quality control issues with the material that the sleeve is made out of and that they are working on it. I haven't taken mine apart yet to see what shape the old sleeve is in. It lasted a little over 3100 miles. Loren
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