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Old 06-25-2014, 07:29 PM   #1
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Andersen WD hitch review

Trailer is a 24' Rockwood Ultralite about 6500 fully loaded with a tongue weight of about 670 without full tanks. Previously had a Reese Pro WD with round bars and 2 friction bars. Hitch came with the trailer and I added the second friction bar. Was not that fun to tow with our F-150 rated for 7800 lb. Anything over 55 could get squirrley. Aside from the ease of hitching the Andersen and the lack of noise, it is just so much better to drive with. The sweet spot seems to be 60-65 and I actually find myself having to slow down, it is so comfortable. No more white knuckles and death grip on the wheel. It feels almost like not towing. With the Reese, things could get scary pretty quick, but the Andersen just seems so much more predictable. The ride remind me of driving my dad's big old Desoto V8 with the fins back in the 60s, lol. Just kinda floating down the road, dum de dum. The most that happens is a kind of nose to tail shimmy or slight undulation, again very predictable and not at all scary, even with crosswinds. Just ease up on the gas for a moment instead of hitting the brakes. Probably towed about 5000 with the Reese and so far about 1000 with the Andersen. The weight distribution seems fine, although I feel I need to be more conscious of weight and load distribution, no bad thing. First short trip I had full tanks and know my tongue weight was over. Second long trip had empty tanks and proper tongue weight which was great. Third trip I weighted the rear more to see the effect, and it was not quite as good, but still fine, and all combinations were still much better than the Reese. I can't speak for a longer trailer with higher tongue weight, but the Andersen has made this 65-year-old lady a much happier camper!
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:53 PM   #2
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Trailer is a 24' Rockwood Ultralite about 6500 fully loaded with a tongue weight of about 670 without full tanks. Previously had a Reese Pro WD with round bars and 2 friction bars. Hitch came with the trailer and I added the second friction bar. Was not that fun to tow with our F-150 rated for 7800 lb. Anything over 55 could get squirrley. Aside from the ease of hitching the Andersen and the lack of noise, it is just so much better to drive with. The sweet spot seems to be 60-65 and I actually find myself having to slow down, it is so comfortable. No more white knuckles and death grip on the wheel. It feels almost like not towing. With the Reese, things could get scary pretty quick, but the Andersen just seems so much more predictable. The ride remind me of driving my dad's big old Desoto V8 with the fins back in the 60s, lol. Just kinda floating down the road, dum de dum. The most that happens is a kind of nose to tail shimmy or slight undulation, again very predictable and not at all scary, even with crosswinds. Just ease up on the gas for a moment instead of hitting the brakes. Probably towed about 5000 with the Reese and so far about 1000 with the Andersen. The weight distribution seems fine, although I feel I need to be more conscious of weight and load distribution, no bad thing. First short trip I had full tanks and know my tongue weight was over. Second long trip had empty tanks and proper tongue weight which was great. Third trip I weighted the rear more to see the effect, and it was not quite as good, but still fine, and all combinations were still much better than the Reese. I can't speak for a longer trailer with higher tongue weight, but the Andersen has made this 65-year-old lady a much happier camper!
X2 We went from a 24 foot 4900 lb. Dutchmen Kodiak (dry weight) to a 26 foot 7200 pound Outdoors Rv Timber Ridge. Actually get better gas milage and more control with the Timber Ridge over the Dutchmen. I worried when we bought the Timer Ridge if my truck would handle the extra 1300 pounds, but it passed with flying colours and I attribute part of that to the Andersen hitch.
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