Andersen hitch - nut size? - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Problem Solving | Owners helping each other
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-07-2014, 04:30 PM   #1
Commercial Member
 
tractors1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21 - "Felicity"
Posts: 2,637
Andersen hitch - nut size?

"Nut" is apparently too short a word for the search function. What size is the adjuster nut? Somewhere I recall a statement the hitch came with a socket but no wrench - if true, what size socket wrench do I need to bring on pickup day....... 1/2 inch?
__________________

__________________
Charlie Y

Need custom storage to your design? Don't drill holes!
www.RVWidgetWorks.com
tractors1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 04:40 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Trailer: 2014 Escape 19' and 2016 GMC Yukon SLT SUV.
Posts: 341
Send a message via AIM to Tonny LR
Hi Charlie,
It comes with 1-1/4" socket. You will need a 1/2" wrench to tighten the tension nut.

Tonny LR
__________________

Tonny LR is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 04:52 PM   #3
Member
 
Dave&Jane's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Logan, Utah
Trailer: Escape 17B (2014)
Posts: 95
Quote:
Originally Posted by tractors1 View Post
"Nut" is apparently too short a word for the search function. What size is the adjuster nut? Somewhere I recall a statement the hitch came with a socket but no wrench - if true, what size socket wrench do I need to bring on pickup day....... 1/2 inch?
I just received my new Andersen hitch.

It came with a 1 1/4 inch aluminum socket, half-inch drive, to adjust the tension nuts.

You also need other tools to install the hitch:
- 5/16" Allen wrench (for the bracket set screws)
- Two 15/16" box end or adjustable wrenches (for the bracket nuts & bolts)
- Two 1 1/8" box end or adjustable wrenches (for the ball housing nuts & bolts)
- Torque wrench of at least 100 ft-lb capacity (the instructions call for 90 ft-lbs for the brackets and "approximately 150 ft-lbs" for the ball housing)
- Measuring tape (to help position the brackets)


-Dave
__________________
Dave and Jane
Logan, Utah
Dave&Jane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 05:26 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
paulw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Marysville, Washington
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21 & Chevy Silverado 5.3L EcoTec
Posts: 635
I bought one of these instead of a 1/2" drive ratchet for the supplied socket.
GearWrench 9038 1-1/4-Inch Combination Ratcheting Wrench - - Amazon.com

Fewer pieces and you can count the threads as you adjust the tension.
paulw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 05:40 PM   #5
Commercial Member
 
tractors1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21 - "Felicity"
Posts: 2,637
Thanks all, ETI will install for the trailer pickup. I just like to be ready in case I need to disconnect the trailer on the way home.
__________________
Charlie Y

Need custom storage to your design? Don't drill holes!
www.RVWidgetWorks.com
tractors1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 06:32 PM   #6
Site Team
 
padlin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Southwick, Massachusetts
Trailer: 5.0 TA #6, 2012 F150 EB
Posts: 6,037
How about just getting a 1/2" drive torque wrench, kill 2 birds.
__________________
Happy Motoring
Bob
padlin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 06:50 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 582
[QUOTE=padlin;61943]How about just getting a 1/2" drive torque wrench, kill 2 birds.[/QUOTE

You should never use a torque wrench as a standard ratchet wrench it is not designed for that you may damage the torque system.

Cypher
Cypherian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 07:05 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 1979 Boler B1700
Posts: 12,189
Quote:
Originally Posted by paulw View Post
I bought one of these instead of a 1/2" drive ratchet for the supplied socket.
GearWrench 9038 1-1/4-Inch Combination Ratcheting Wrench - - Amazon.com

Fewer pieces and you can count the threads as you adjust the tension.
As a tool to stay with the trailer, dedicated to the WD system, that's a slick solution. I have ratcheting box-end wrenches... I have just never seen one that large, so it would not have occurred to me that it would be available.

The same tool (same brand and part number) is C$43 from Amazon Canada (versus US$24 from Amazon in the U.S.). Andersen users here may find another source more practical, but neither of my usual moderately priced sources (Princess Auto and Canadian Tire) have ratcheting box end wrenches over about an inch... which takes me back to not expecting to find this item.
Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 07:33 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
batcat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Covington, Louisiana
Trailer: Escape 21 pick up on 5/26/15.
Posts: 107
Doesn't ETI install the hitch if it's ordered on the build sheet?
__________________
Steve & Julie
Covington, Louisiana

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!
batcat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 07:37 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
batcat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Covington, Louisiana
Trailer: Escape 21 pick up on 5/26/15.
Posts: 107
My wife says I'm dangerous with a screwdriver in my hand!
__________________
Steve & Julie
Covington, Louisiana

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!
batcat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 07:41 PM   #11
Commercial Member
 
tractors1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21 - "Felicity"
Posts: 2,637
Quote:
Originally Posted by batcat View Post
Doesn't ETI install the hitch if it's ordered on the build sheet?
Yes they do, but if you need to drop the trailer (accident, etc) you have to have the tools to get it off on the trip home. Just being prepared...........
__________________
Charlie Y

Need custom storage to your design? Don't drill holes!
www.RVWidgetWorks.com
tractors1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 07:46 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 1979 Boler B1700
Posts: 12,189
My shot at clarifying this: to unhitch or hitch up a trailer with the Andersen No-Sway requires turning those two chain-tensioning nuts with a 1-1/4" wrench... every time, so that one wrench is something you need to operate the trailer. All the rest of the tools are needed only once, to install the hardware on the trailer (which ETI does for you).
Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 07:48 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
batcat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Covington, Louisiana
Trailer: Escape 21 pick up on 5/26/15.
Posts: 107
Got it, thanks.
__________________
Steve & Julie
Covington, Louisiana

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!
batcat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 08:17 PM   #14
Site Team
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 8,652
Quote:
Originally Posted by tractors1 View Post
"Nut" is apparently too short a word for the search function.
Four character minimum for search. You need to use a wild card. Use as asterisk *.

Nut*
LED*
__________________
Donna D.
Ten Forward
2014 Escape 5.0TA
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 08:20 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
Trailer: 2014 19' Named Bailey
Posts: 129
My Anderson hitch was installed by ETI. All I have needed so far to hitch and go is the big socket thingy that came with it....hand tighten to one thread showing is what my instruction say.....I haven't use a wrench on it!
FishBioGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 09:32 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
paulw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Marysville, Washington
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21 & Chevy Silverado 5.3L EcoTec
Posts: 635
Quote:
Originally Posted by FishBioGirl View Post
My Anderson hitch was installed by ETI. All I have needed so far to hitch and go is the big socket thingy that came with it....hand tighten to one thread showing is what my instruction say.....I haven't use a wrench on it!
Are you sure the one thread showing isn't part of the initial bracket set up?
I was instructed to tighten them so 5 threads are showing by Dennis when he set my rig up, but every set up is different I suppose.
paulw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 09:45 PM   #17
Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 582
OK now I am scared if you have an Andersen Hitch review this http://www.andersenhitches.com/uploa...02013%20sm.pdf page 8 explains the chain tensioning. Watch this

Cypher
Cypherian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 10:00 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
Trailer: 2014 19' Named Bailey
Posts: 129
I didn't get much advice from Dennis on the hitch. I did ask him to look over my hook up before we drove off. I will reread the manual.
FishBioGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 10:12 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Trailer: 2014 Escape 19' and 2016 GMC Yukon SLT SUV.
Posts: 341
Send a message via AIM to Tonny LR
ETI does a good job installing the Andersen DH for you if you provide the parts. ETI charges $100 to install it.

Tonny LR
Tonny LR is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2014, 10:13 PM   #20
Commercial Member
 
tractors1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21 - "Felicity"
Posts: 2,637
The whole point of page 8 is to demonstrate chain tension application; the urethane spring only works in pure compression so the chain needs to pull as straight on the cushion as possible.
__________________

__________________
Charlie Y

Need custom storage to your design? Don't drill holes!
www.RVWidgetWorks.com
tractors1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Escape Trailer Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:23 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.
×