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Old 08-07-2014, 04:30 PM   #1
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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?
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:40 PM   #2
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Hi Charlie,
It comes with 1-1/4" socket. You will need a 1/2" wrench to tighten the tension nut.

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Old 08-07-2014, 04:52 PM   #3
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"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)


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Old 08-07-2014, 05:26 PM   #4
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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.
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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.
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How about just getting a 1/2" drive torque wrench, kill 2 birds.
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[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.

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Old 08-07-2014, 07:05 PM   #8
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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.
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Doesn't ETI install the hitch if it's ordered on the build sheet?
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