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Old 08-13-2015, 10:49 PM   #11
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I've been looking closely at the Anderson.
From what I have read, that seems like a great option for lower tongue weights. What you have to keep in mind is that by giving up the lever arms the Anderson hitch requires a large force on the chains parallel the ground and an equal/opposite large force on the ball/coupler.

I have no doubt that Anderson's ball assembly can handle that force, and it rotates with the coupler so there is no friction like a normal setup. The issue is that there is alot of force on the rear inside of the coupler, which some people claim have caused them problems when trying to decouple. Search "anderson hitch force diagram" and you will find the post that describes this, but I am sceptical of his description because his force "balance" shows that he has never heard of Newton's 3rd Law.
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Old 08-14-2015, 12:17 AM   #12
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From what I have read, that seems like a great option for lower tongue weights. What you have to keep in mind is that by giving up the lever arms the Anderson hitch requires a large force on the chains parallel the ground and an equal/opposite large force on the ball/coupler.



I have no doubt that Anderson's ball assembly can handle that force, and it rotates with the coupler so there is no friction like a normal setup. The issue is that there is alot of force on the rear inside of the coupler, which some people claim have caused them problems when trying to decouple. Search "anderson hitch force diagram" and you will find the post that describes this, but I am sceptical of his description because his force "balance" shows that he has never heard of Newton's 3rd Law.

Will do. I was also looking at the Centerline TS and BlueOx. The BlueOx is a bit spendy, though.
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When setting up your hitch, it is important to know two major items: tongue weight and proper weight distribution. The information you provided definitely shows proper weight distribution, but if your tongue weight is too light, that could potentially cause sway.

Assuming your tongue weight is in the proper range (10-15%), I wouldn't change your setup. The rear end sagging is what will happen when you tow a heavy trailer. Nothing wrong with that, assuming you are not over your rear axle weight rating.

The best thing to do would be to go to a Cat scale to weigh your setup when fully loaded for camping. That will tell you all you need to know.
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Looks spot on to me.
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Will do. I was also looking at the Centerline TS and BlueOx. The BlueOx is a bit spendy, though.
The Blue Ox was cheaper than the Equal-I-zer at my dealer, they did not have many other options so I shelled out the $$$ (painfully).

The Blue Ox is very very heavy, it must add 70-80lb to my tongue weight, so if you are skirting your maximum payload that is another plus for the Anderson Hitch.
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The Equalizer is heavy, too. Probably even heavier than the Blue Ox if I had to guess. But it's also rock solid and very heavy duty so worth it for me.

How much are the Equalizers going for at dealerships anyways?
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The Equalizer is heavy, too. Probably even heavier than the Blue Ox if I had to guess. But it's also rock solid and very heavy duty so worth it for me.

How much are the Equalizers going for at dealerships anyways?
The Equal-i-zer head is a little lighter than the Blue Ox SwayPro, but not much.

You can buy it online for under $600 shipped and install it yourself (even cheaper for those less than the 1,400# model). The hardest part is torquing down the ball.
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The Equal-i-zer head is a little lighter than the Blue Ox SwayPro, but not much.

You can buy it online for under $600 shipped and install it yourself (even cheaper for those less than the 1,400# model). The hardest part is torquing down the ball.
Most of these hitches are relatively easy to install. The biggest problem is most people don't have a torque wrench that goes up to 200, 300 ft lbs. I wonder if those can be rented?
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There are two auto parts stores near me that rent torque wrenches that go up to 250 ft. lbs. When I told them I just needed to torque one bolt in the parking lot, they let me use it for free.
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