Kent Sundling: Mr. Truck 3-26-12
March 26, 2012
RV folks have embraced weight distributing hitches for their travel trailers for decades.
A necessity for bumper pull trailers, I’m working in the horse industry to get more folks using weight distributing on bumper pull horse trailers. A good WDH will distribute the trailer tongue weight to all the axles of the truck and trailer. This helps manage trailer weight, braking and sway. This new Andersen Anti-Sway Cushion weight distribution system can be unhooked in two minutes. Yes that’s a big improvement over what’s on the market today with trunion bars, spring arms with chains, and the dangerous levers popping the chains on the trailer tongue brackets.
Now imagine no more squeaking, popping and bouncing weight distributing. Andersen has created a whole new system for weight distributing and trailer sway control.
Made heavy duty, with thick steel plates (3/4 inch) on the trailer tongue brackets, grade eight bolts, a thick ball shank (2 inches down to 1-3/4 inches). Basically one size fits all with two choices of shank drops. Instead of sliding sway bars, spring arm cams or gripping spring arm brackets, Andersen forces the trailer coupler forward to put pressure down on the ball for sway control. The ball shaft goes all the way through the hitch head. The cone shaped socket in the hitch head has brake lining in it. The ball moves with the trailer creating friction sway control in the brake lining. Urethane cushions on the end of the chains take the bounce and squeak out of the weight distributing hitch. Sway control is from the friction of a brake liner inside the ball socket in the ball shank.
Pressure on the ball into the socket with the brake lining is applied by tightening the chains. So it’s a pulling action on the ball shank that moves the trailer tongue weight forward instead of a lifting action on the spring arms as with most WDH’s. The more weight that’s applied to the ball, the more the ball wedges down into the brake lining for sway control.
Quick detach of the WDH can be done by loosening chains, and using the trailer jack to take pressure off the ball. Then unpin the chain spreader from the bottom of the ball shaft sticking out the bottom of the hitch head. Basically leaving the WDH on the trailer. Attaching is even easier and faster.
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A dual purpose hitch, comes with a collar to use the drawbar without chain spreader as an adjustable hitch too. No spring arms, greaseless ball, no squeaks, no bounce and a Lifetime Warranty, what else do you need?
Kent Sundling (alias “Mr. Truck”) spent 20 years wearing out pickup trucks as only a farmer could. With over 1 million miles pulling trailers, Mr. Truck has a unique collection of truck and farm stories that will educate and entertain. Mr.Truck gave up his bib overalls and John Deeres in his quest to save the farm and moved to the big city to sell trucks. After selling trucks for 10 years, this farmer now writes for eight magazines and owns over two dozen Web sites, helping folks find the “Right Truck.” If you have a question for Mr. Truck, you may contact him at his Web site, http://www.MrTruck.net.
Mr. Truck will be introducing new truck and trailer products at these horse expo’s:
• April 20-22, 2012 Midwest Horse Fair, Madison Wisc.
• June 1-3, 2012 Ameriquine, Ft. Worth, Texas