Just got off the phone with eTrailer regarding the Fastway e2 WDH. She told me that in order to pick the right model for my new 1685, I need to load the trailer up and take to a weigh station so that I get the exact loaded tongue weight...very important to have it as close as possible.
Not to take a shortcut here, but those of you out there who have bought this hitch for a 1685, which tongue weight model did you purchase and did you go through the process of getting your exact tongue weight?
Hi RM Drifter,
What did your dealer recommend? Lance normally gives them their latest recommendations. Or call Lance and ask them, they are the ones warranting your trailer. As a last resort use the 1685 GVWR! You should never exceed that, and tongue weight should be 10%-15% of the GVWR.
Thanks Bob. As I mentioned in a prior post, dealer for some reason does not believe in sway bars. I will call Lance directly, good idea.
With the Fastway e2, the Equalizer, the Anderson and most all the WDH's now days you get Sway control built right into the whole assembly. That's the major advantage to the modern WDH's. I think you just need to get the right weight distributing system for your rig. Right now a lot of people are going with the Anderson WDH. It's simple, light weight and cost about the same as the other brands. If you haven't called Lance yet see what they think of the Anderson.
I went with the recommendation from Lance that the WDH not exceed 1000# and that fact the posted GVW of the TT dictates the the TW never exceed 855# @ 15% of 5700# And my TV vehicles TW is not to exceed 770#. That all being said I went with the 800# e2 and am happy with it but had I done a little more research I think I would have really considered the Andersen due to the weight difference of the actual hitch and the ease of use.
Just my 2 cents
Chuck & Cindy
2013 Lance 1985
Fastway e2 WDH
2000watt Smarter Tools Yamaha mz80 powered Gen
2012 Grand Cherokee 4x4
5.7 Hemi - Factory tow package
Thanks guys. Just got off the phone with the Andersen rep for Colorado, and for their WDH, it doesn't matter what the tongue weight is, only the dimension of the trailer frame and the rise. It's light, installs easily according to them, and I think I'll go this way. A bit costly, but what price to you put on the safety of your family?
Now I've spoken with Lance and the only WDH they recommend is the Fastway e2--they are not familiar with the Andersen. Lance stated that for the 1685 they recommend to all dealers and customers the 6000 lb. GTW with 600 lb. TW. Lance stated that it's extremely important to not overload the trailer frame by putting on a WDH that is rated way over what's needed. He said that due to the way the frames are constructed, you can cause serious damage to the trailer by distorting it thereby ruining the floors if you do so.
The TW on the Andersen is rated 1400 lb. which is too high for the 1685. It may be suitable for larger Lance models, but not the one we pick up tomorrow.
If someone has a different take on this and doesn't agree with Lance, please let me know. I'm sure there are folks out there with Andersen's on their 1685s, and I'd like to hear from you.
The TW on the Andersen is rated 1400 lb. which is too high for the 1685.
Anderson states their hitch as being capable of handling tongue weights as high as 1400 lbs. But, it all depends on how much the urethane springs are compressed. You can compress the urethane springs as little or as much as you want simply by tightening the nut on the acme bolt. You can compress the urethane springs just enough to handle, for example, a 200 lb. tongue weight, or compress it incrementally more to handle increasing tongue weights up to 1400 lbs.
Here is a link to the Andersen website: http://www.andersenhitches.com...tribution-hitch.aspx
There are two videos at the bottom of the page that are very informative.
2012 Lance 1575 pulled by 2006 Honda Pilot 4WD
2013 Lance 1885 w/Four Seasons 2012 Ford F150 Supercab, 5L, V8, 4WD, Tow Package
Colorado Springs, CO
Life's uncertain...eat your dessert first.
Sounds as if we could go with the 6000/600 or the one you have. Thanks.
I don't see anything in videos your referenced or on the Andersen website about being able to adjust the tongue weight...do you have another link? Thanks, RMD
Here is a link to the installation manual for the Andersen Hitch. Starting on page 8 is the process for tensioning the chains. Urethane spring compression is incrementally increased until the desired level of trailer and tow vehicle is reached.
Hope this helps answer your questions.
Thanks Bruce, this is the one I'm going to install now that I know it's adjustable. I'm sure as I install per instrx and use, I'll have a better understanding how these WDHs work. Been an interesting experience and learning curve having a TT for a guy who's been a desk jockey his whole life.
Another vote for Anderson WDH here. After carefully researching on WDH couple months back, I ordered and installed the Anderson hitch. Bruce's been helpful with his informative comments on Anderson, I am happy with it so far..... It's really light and no more dreading on lugging around the heavy hitches. Smooth towing experience too.
2012 Lance 2185
2007 F150 Supercrew Lariat
Santa Fe, NM
Dilas, appreciate your input and the Andersen WDH is hopefully on the way shortly after ordering a few days ago. RMD