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Old 08-08-2014, 11:37 AM   #31
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Electric tounge jack is really nice for this
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Old 08-09-2014, 03:28 AM   #32
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If Dennis has only done two Andersons, then ours must have been #1. He suggested 7 turns, we now find we use 4/5 max and the chains are super tight. Yes, side to side as otherwise the triangle gets skewed. Has anyone found getting the trailer to unhitch from the ball an issue with all the raising and lowering on the jack? Seems to me that a lot of pressure is placed on that piece of metal clamping the ball while doing this and I have wondered if that is factored into its design loads and whether in time it will weaken the clamp.
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Old 08-09-2014, 08:12 AM   #33
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It is no different than using conventional w/d set up and hopefully it is designed for some pressure. Either way, I just loosen the nuts without using the jack, the old fashion way.
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Old 08-09-2014, 08:18 AM   #34
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If Dennis has only done two Andersons, then ours must have been #1.
Didn't say that Dennis has only installed two. Ours was the second one he installed as of June 2013 when we picked up our Escape. I'm sure he's installed a bunch of them by now.
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:18 PM   #35
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Yes, I am sure he has, we picked up in Nov/2013. Still a unique hitch as in our month of various campgrounds around southern Vancouver Island, we didn't see another Andersen setup. After watching someone with the standard bar type struggle, I am sure glad we went with it.
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Old 08-09-2014, 03:52 PM   #36
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Has anyone found getting the trailer to unhitch from the ball an issue with all the raising and lowering on the jack? Seems to me that a lot of pressure is placed on that piece of metal clamping the ball while doing this and I have wondered if that is factored into its design loads and whether in time it will weaken the clamp.
Yes, the Andersen No-Sway design puts a huge load on the back of the ball (and thus on the coupler latch of most coupler designs) whether or not you are jacking it up. This is why Andersen advises not to use it with one particular Atwood coupler design (which has failed for some people using the Andersen WDH), and why at least one member here has reported wear on the back of the ball.

A conventional bending-bar WDH adds downward force on the ball, rather than forward force on the ball.
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Old 08-09-2014, 05:25 PM   #37
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Yes, I am sure he has, we picked up in Nov/2013. Still a unique hitch as in our month of various campgrounds around southern Vancouver Island, we didn't see another Andersen setup. After watching someone with the standard bar type struggle, I am sure glad we went with it.
I think you'll like it. I'm likely the one who reported wear on the ball, but that's after 9,000 miles, and it's really not significant. Regarding difficulty unhitching sometimes, I think that's a characteristic of the hitch coupler that ETI uses. It sort of hooks over the front side of the ball, maybe more than some others, so I sometimes have to back up just a tiny bit to get some clearance on the front side of the ball before I can get the coupler lifted clear. This can be a little tedious if stopped on non-level spot.
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