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Careful @LITEPHIL - someone might try to prove to you the earth isn’t flat either.

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The tongue and truck are raised to attach the chains. When lowered, the chains become as tight as a bar, not allowing the tongue and the truck to go down as far as they were before attaching the chains, just like any other WDH.
The Andersen lowered the front of my truck about an inch. I’m guessing here, but I weigh 165# and I hardly move the front of the truck down standing on the bumper, so I’d say the Andersen restored around 300#,
By CAT scales, it definitely put weight back on the front axle and removed weight from the rear axle of my previous truck and helped level it out. Way more than 2 pounds.


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GrandpaKip wrote:

The tongue and truck are raised to attach the chains. When lowered, the chains become as tight as a bar, not allowing the tongue and the truck to go down as far as they were before attaching the chains, just like any other WDH.
The Andersen lowered the front of my truck about an inch. I’m guessing here, but I weigh 165# and I hardly move the front of the truck down standing on the bumper, so I’d say the Andersen restored around 300#,
By CAT scales, it definitely put weight back on the front axle and removed weight from the rear axle of my previous truck and helped level it out. Way more than 2 pounds.


But that can't be because LITEPHIL said it's not so in his opinion.....


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I've said that it may put a slight amount of weight on the front wheels but why buy a set up like that when you can get a Reese strait line or a 4way for around the same price? My argument wasn't just to argue.I would rather steer someone in the right direction and if you all want to blast me for that,then fine. Happy camping and be safe.


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LITEPHIL wrote:

I've said that it may put a slight amount of weight on the front wheels but why buy a set up like that when you can get a Reese strait line or a 4way for around the same price? My argument wasn't just to argue.I would rather steer someone in the right direction and if you all want to blast me for that,then fine. Happy camping and be safe.


Remember that these are for trailer with under 1k tongue weight, I would argue closer to 800 lb max. Having said that, 500 lbs of return weight isn't required for this application. I know the Andersen can return 300 lbs per past CAT scale readings, and that's all I needed at the time since our TW was around 500 lbs at the time.

Andersen isn't a one size fits all, but for lighter trailers they do the job.

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And I can see how it may help on a lite trailer. Anderson claims its for up to 16,000 lbs GTWR • 1,600 lbs tongue weight. I don't see that and for $600 bucks,well,I guess I've said enough.

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And I can see how it may help on a lite trailer. Anderson claims its for up to 16,000 lbs GTWR • 1,600 lbs tongue weight. I don't see that and for $600 bucks,well,I guess I've said enough.


They do a good job on sway and are light weight, easy to use/store and no disconnect required for backing (vs. some traditional sway bars) so that's the main benefits.

I agree, that would be a no-go for a 1,600 lb tongue weight....

I think their niche is small trailers and for people who actually care about payload and are counting every lb. due to the tow vehicle limitations. The Andersen worked great when we had a Jayco Hummingbird with a 480 lb TW and pulling with an FJ Cruiser that had a 1,100 lb payload. Now that we're pulling with a 2500HD and have a TW of 720 lbs it's not as important to us.

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So far, we have had actual users report a good or better experience with the Andersen hitch, and one who has never used one, warn us how "hokie" they are. I suppose I could call a Reese "hokie" even if had no facts or engineering to back up my opinion. Now the attack has switched to the maximum rating, which is as bogus as most advertising claims. That's why we ask actual users about products.

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I used one for years, and it worked exactly as advertised. It brought the front of my tow vehicle back to the unloaded height, and it prevented sway. Not sure what else there is to say about it.
There will always be those who stubbornly resist or argue against something new. I used a Equilizer brand hitch for 8 years, and the Andersen worked and behaved just like the Equilizer minus the weight, noise and grease.
I towed a 34’ 7500 TT with a Tundra and a 2500 Ram Diesel.


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LITEPHIL wrote:

And I can see how it may help on a lite trailer. Anderson claims its for up to 16,000 lbs GTWR • 1,600 lbs tongue weight. I don't see that and for $600 bucks,well,I guess I've said enough.

No, it doesn’t “help”, it actually works and does what it is designed to do.
Proponents of this system have repeatedly stated that the max tongue weight for it is around 800 pounds or so.
Actually, though, I could see it working on a 1600 pound tongue weight if the TV is a 3500 series. Anyhow, I’m glad they rate it that high. Since my tongue weight is only 600 pounds, it should last forever.
I’ve had mine for several years now, the money really doesn’t matter at this point.

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