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Posted: 06/16/19 11:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It doesn't sound like you would benefit at all from airbags. Is your entire truck and trailer level with the bars on? Maybe some time with a tape measure and some adjustments are in order.

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Hey folks, he has an Andersen hitch. It doesn’t have bars and uses a tensioned chain instead. Whole different animal than hitches with bars.


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GrandpaKip wrote:

The chains are supposed to be tight. How much are you compressing the urethane bushing? Should be about 1/4” or so, if I remember correctly. I raise the tongue and truck with the jack to make it easy to adjust the tension nut. I have about 600# on the tongue and have no problem returning the front end to spec.
Do you know the tongue weight?


Tongue wt is approx 550 # and I can't get the front end down to spec, I'll try more tension on the chains to see if that helps. I get a fairly smooth towing on smooth roads, but it can bounce on a rough road. Is that normal?


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I get less bounce with the Andersen than I did with my other WD, but some roads still cause porpoising. Sometimes, changing speed helps.
When I set them up for the Silverado, I used the tongue jack to raise everything to make it easier to adjust the nut. Then I tightened it one turn, let it all back down and remeasured. Kept it up until the truck sat properly. I did this with the truck unloaded. If I have a lot of stuff in the bed, I’ll usually make another half turn from “normal”.
The chains on mine are so tight that they feel like a solid piece of steel.

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