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Old 08-23-2015, 03:12 PM   #1
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Andersen No Sway WDH and Jayco 26BH/Ram 1500

Just wondering if anyone is running this configuration and if they have any pros/cons?

I am looking at the Andersen for weight (about 40 lbs lighter than Equalizer) and cost savings. What I have seen in other forums, is the Andersen seems to struggle with heavier tongue weights (ie. >800 lbs) but my 26BH should never be that high.
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Old 08-23-2015, 09:55 PM   #2
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If you watch what you store in the front you should be fine. #800 tongue weight is pretty substantial for that trailer. I can't speak to the Andersen as I use an equa-l-izer 4 point hitch and it has been amazing. I pull a 32BHDS with it and have had no issues.
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Old 08-23-2015, 10:20 PM   #3
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Hi Tommy,

Yes, I have the Andersen and love it. Used it first on our KZ Jaj and then moved it to the new Jayco. Here is a thread with pics of the trailer sand close ups of the Andersen:

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...ome-25967.html

Great hitch; get to the campsite, unhitch and drop the chains. No bars to store, no weights to lift and you can back up without having to remove anything.

Be sure to go to Andersen's website and watch the video!

https://www.andersenhitches.com/Cata...ion-hitch.aspx

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Old 08-25-2015, 12:28 PM   #4
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If we tow with full fresh water on our 26BH, we can get to 1,000# of tongue weight easily. Personally, I would look at a heavier WDH setup. 800# will be at the limit and you may not get the towing experience you like. I have never used an Anderson so you may be fine.
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The Andersen hitch is rated for 14,000 pounds.

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The Andersen hitch is rated for 14,000 pounds.

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Rating and real-world are two different things. There have been many (Andersen themselves even) that have said the WD part of the hitch does not work as well once the TW gets heavy (> 800-1,000#).
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Understood, Jason.

Have you real experience with the Andersen hitch?

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I don't, but I believe everything I read on the Internet!

I was researching because I needed to upgrade from my 1200# Equal-i-zer, and Andersen was one of the hitches I was looking into. Someone on one of the big RV forums posted that Andersen admitted via email that their WD doesn't work so well once tongue weight gets past a certain point (don't remember the exact wording).
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I have ordered the Andersen and will post on my experience with it in a couple of months after we have a few miles under our belts.

I had seen the comments in other forums about the Andersen not doing the weight distribution so well at higher weights - figured that the 2016 26BH has a maximum GVWR of 7000# and a dry hitch weight of 475# so in reality, I should be no worse than 800# on the tongue.

There were enough positive comments across several forums that convinced me to give it a go...and the negative comments seemed to be from those using the bar systems, or who knew someone that used it and didn't like it (didn't seem to be alot of first-hand dislikes).

What sold me on it was the dead weight of the hitch set-up of 50-60 lbs vs 100+ lbs for Equalizer, no noise, no bars, no need to grease it, price, and ability to easily adjust the tension depending on load.

We got the word yesterday that our factory ordered 26BH had arrived at the dealership so will probably pick it up in a couple of weeks - it wasn't supposed to be off the line until tomorrow so early is good.
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Great news! And good luck with the hitch. I almost pulled the trigger on it, but I got the Blue Ox instead (still no exposed grease, but there are bars and a heavy hitch head, but I'm sure it can handle my heavy tongue weight).
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