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Old 10-01-2018, 02:55 PM   #15
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I have the extended shank to match the higher ride height of the ORV trailer with the 1000# spring bars. It is worth mentioning that the extended shank precludes dropping the tailgate while the hitchhead is in the receiver, and that is a negative. I have the standard StrapTek brackets that bolt on.
I went with the #1200 Reese Trunnion Bars for our ORV Timber Ridge. I have the same issue Modest Monk as I also had to get a larger / taller shank, which will not let me drop my Tundra's tailgate. I also had to get the Firestone RideRite air bags. About 30-35 lbs. of air in the bags and I'm perfectly level. I think with the air bags, that affords me more hitch jack lifting distance, which in turn makes it much easier to pop the trunnion spring bars on.

I have measured the truck and trailer a number of times at level rest stops to see I'm running perfectly level. I have a thought in the back of my mine where if I add another 10-15 lbs in the air bags to gain an inch of height, can I how lower the hitch ball one hole (1") and gain the clearance to lower the tailgate without removing the hitch. I don't want to mess up my set-up as I have it....I'll have to think about it more...


If you look at "other" RV trailers in the same length, there is a big difference in floor / frame height. If ORV went with smaller tires and lighter weight frames, they would not sit as high at the hitch. Also I believe the way the "A" frame front part of the hitch is constructed / welded to the frame rails, is different than many Indiana built RV trailers frames. Sure glad I had a "beefy" suspension for our just completed trip to Acadia NP. and New Brunswick. There were a few sections of road that were just plain BAD !!!! GO.... X4 Suspension !!!!!


Monk...while in Yellowstone we had some cell service in the lower section of the Old Faithful parking lot by the bike path.
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Old 10-02-2018, 12:36 PM   #16
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I find the Blue Ox has excellent sway control. I pulled in high winds this past weekend. Way better than the equalizer with sway bar that I used before.
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Having the old round bar and friction sway I am looking to getting a BO at the RV show.
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Rather than starting another WDH thread I thought I'd jump in here with a question. I don't see anyone with an Anderson WDH. On other forums there are people who say they are great. Anyone use them or consider them and not? Thanks
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Old 10-23-2018, 07:17 AM   #19
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Rather than starting another WDH thread I thought I'd jump in here with a question. I don't see anyone with an Anderson WDH. On other forums there are people who say they are great. Anyone use them or consider them and not? Thanks
I don't have one, but have heard elsewhere that they are fine up to maybe 750# tongue weight. Above that they cannot lift enough weight off the truck's rear axle. And pretty much all ORV trailers are over 750# TW.

However if you have a heavy enough truck (1 ton?) and don't need weight distribution, but do want some sway control, they might do that. Have heard of some folks using them like that.
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I have been running an Andersen for the last four years. 1st year on a 2500 and the last year on a 3500. Our trailer is a 2015 Timber Ridge 26RLS. I estimate the tongue weight at 1200lbs give or take depending on water load. I got the Andersen because our trailer porpoised badly and DW was not happy. I spoke to a number of people on the forum and found one running the same trailer so I could compare apples to apples so to speak. He was very helpful and let me know of the problems he encountered with the setup so I didnít have the same issues. We have travelled between 25 to 30k km over the last 3 years including travelling to Alaska and back this past summer. Iím happy with the Andersen. I like the fact I can carry the hitch head easily and it has virtually eliminated the porposing of the trailer. I was really impressed with the after sales support from the factory this past summer. The only thing I donít like is I found it a PITA to hookup after disconnecting if the truck and trailer werenít straight. After all the practice this summer I pretty much got that figured out. Would I buy one again? Yup. Iím happy with it. As far a weight transfer, when I spoke to Andersen they told me they had received complaints from people pulling long heavy trailers with light trucks.
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Wouldn't trade my Andersen for any of the other hitch options I know of. Note comments from actual owners/users of the hitch ... Especially those who have a long history of using other hitch styles!
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I had one on my escape from CA last year, my sis driving after my stroke. I liked it and the big bumps on CA99 that cut my brake lines, never really affected my driving. I white knuckled the thing without the Wdh with a race car in it from MO to Nor Cal, then a thousand lbs with the Andersen more to leave. 5500# Yukon pulling a 23 ft Utility enclosed with 7800#. So I could tell the difference. I would have liked a little more air in the rear, maybe bags?
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I have the 1400 Equalizer per recommendations here. I was seriously considering the Anderson but saw enough negative comments to scare me. I now wish I had given it a try and I am not in love with the Equalizer.

The Equalizer is a very heavy setup, and does tow very well and anti sway is very good. Just been fighting with the tuning and the noise. Wife hates all of the noise. I have added the pads, and that helps. I am debating welding the bar supports as they do move around and make some of the noise. (Someone had a Gopro on their hitch while turning, amazing to see how much the mounts move around.) The kicker for me is the weight of the head. It is heavy enough to hurt my back. (My back is not what it used to be.)

The other issue I have is the rear water tank on my 25RDS. It seems to be enough weight back there to throw off the WDH, and the Equalizer is not easy to fine tune.

I think the Anderson could address all of these issues. I have spotted a few at campgrounds on larger trailers. Owners have seemed pretty happy with them.
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We just got our 24RKS and selected the Recurve 6 after considering the Anderson hitch. The price was better for the Anderson, but out TT dealer didn't carry the Anderson. So far we really like the Recurve design and functionality.
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I'm putting a plug for Gen-Y Hitch here. Make them as heavy duty as you want. I like mine. Very versatile. They have lots of options for you. Mines a 1400# tongue weight 21,000# total. Adjustable sway bar/weight distribution. I can jacknife this thing without unhooking. I'll try and attach a pic but they are apparently to large for this site and I don't know how to make them smaller or compress them.




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Wow Jim, quite the shank contraption! Remove and install that every couple days as we travel from place to place ... hum ... no, not me!
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Shanks large because of my lift. That doesn't change the weight distribution/sway bar side that works well. It's simple. If you want something that works, here's an option.
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I'm putting a plug for Gen-Y Hitch here. Make them as heavy duty as you want. I like mine. Very versatile. They have lots of options for you. Mines a 1400# tongue weight 21,000# total. Adjustable sway bar/weight distribution. I can jacknife this thing without unhooking.
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Shanks large because of my lift. That doesn't change the weight distribution/sway bar side that works well. It's simple. If you want something that works, here's an option.
But Jim ... isn't your hitch side of things a Fastway e2? ... a lower cost, 2 point design, similar to Equal-i-zer's 4 point. And don't e2 round bent bar end versions max at 1Klb and 10Klb total?
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