Andersen manufacturing company designed the high quality, smooth, and lighter-weight distribution hitch for trailers to distribute the tongue weight. It helps to reduce uncontrolled movement due to the heavy weight of RVs and provides proper weight distribution.
Common problems with Andersen weight distribution hitch include failure of hitch, broken safety chains, twisting and shifting, bending of hitches, and failure of funnels. Moreover, you can also see loose bolts, grinding noise, and coupler issues.
Weight distribution hitch also reduces the swaying issue of the RVs due to overloading. Moreover, you do not have to add extra sway bars after installing this hitch.
|Andersen Weight Distribution Hitch Problems||Solution|
|Failure of hitch||Avoid applying emergency brakes|
|Broken safety chains||Replace the chains|
|Twisting and shifting||Drive on smooth roads|
|Bending of hitches||Avoid overloading|
|Failure of funnels||Get free repair under warranty|
|Loose bolts of hitch||Tighten the bolts of a hitch with a screw wrench|
|Grinding noise||Avoid overtightening the bars|
|Coupler problem||Lubricate the coupler hitch|
Failure of hitch
Many people complain about the failure of the Andersen weight distribution hitch. There is no specific lifespan for these components, which can fail anytime.
You can only increase their life span by using them correctly according to the instructions of the manual and manufacturing company.
The durability of these parts increases when you install or handle them properly. The failure comes due to their improper installation with the trailer.
The improper installation occurs due to inexperienced mechanics and negligence. These can also collapse when you suddenly apply emergency brakes.
People often apply emergency brakes on their trailers to decrease the risk of accidents and stop them suddenly.
The sudden jerk and pressure can cause cracking of their parts, and these cannot control the movement of trailers further.
You cannot repair the collapsed or cracked kits because of the unique attachment of their parts. You have to replace them with new ones for proper weight control and reduce swaying problems.
Broken safety chains
Chains are the main component of the weight distribution hitches to exert weight on the front and rear axles and reduce handling issues.
These chains connect the spring bars to the trailers using several hook mounts. The primary purpose of metal chains is to adjust the tension of the spring bar to exert pressure on the front axle.
The broken chains are problematic because they cause severe swaying issues and sagging of the vehicle’s rear end due to poor weight distribution.
These are made of metal and can break when you put extra pressure or weight on them. In addition, these can break due to the overloading of the trailers.
In addition, the strength of chains decreases due to corrosion attacks. However, replacing the whole component is unnecessary, and you can fix it by changing connected chains.
Check the hooking mounts that secure the position of these chains at their place.
Twisting and shifting
The twisting and shifting is a common issues in weight distribution hitch. It occurs due to poor securing and adjustment of its parts.
Shifting can occur while driving on the road, and it is challenging to deal with.
Shifting and twisting various components during driving compromises the safety of the driver and people because of the increasing risk of collapsing.
You can face the issue when a component of the kits is not attached to the trailer and towing vehicle.
Moreover, excessive vibrations and bumps on uneven roads make their components lose, and these can twist at any time.
You can resolve the problem after re-adjusting and securing its components after driving on uneven road surfaces.
Preferably drive on smooth roads to increase the longevity of its parts.
Bending of hitches
The bending of the hitch occurs due to its low-quality components. The steel spring bars are made of less strengthening components that can bend over time.
In addition, bending also occurs due to rigs’ overloading, which can stress the bars. The bending can decrease the ride quality due to excessive bouncing and swaying.
The safety kit fails to perform its function due to bending problems. Sometimes, the bending occurs due to accidental cases and collisions on the roads.
Avoid overloading the trailers to resolve the bending problem. Furthermore, you have to replace these components if you see a bend in the spring bars.
Failure of funnels
It is the component of the weight distribution kit that is red. It is attached with a coupler assembly of the kingpin to avoid misalignment issues.
The funnel is more susceptible to breaking because of its low-strength manufacturing material. The funnel failure can also damage the back windows of the towing vehicles.
You cannot drive with a broken funnel because it can cause complete system failure and swaying issues.
It is part of the hitch that comes under warranty, and you can call the customer centers when these can break down.
The company will send the free-of-cost new funnel under warranty for replacement purposes.
Loose bolts of hitch
Andersen weight distribution hitch contains different bolts and screws to tighten its components.
The fastening of components and bolts is necessary to keep this kit functional and reduce their failure and twisting.
The bolts and screws become loose over time and cause the failure of the hitch component. The screws also get loose due to their excessive use and frequent RV towing.
Driving on uneven roads makes the screws loose because of frequent vibration. Therefore, it is necessary to maintain their components to reduce repair costs.
Tighten the bolts with a screw wrench when you hear the wobbling or vibrating sound during driving.
The weight distribution hitch’s proper tension is essential to distribute weight on the front and rear axles evenly.
Sometimes you can hear the grinding noise if there is too much tension between its components. You can hear the loud vibrating sound due to overtightening of parts.
Moreover, the problem also comes when tension becomes loose. The spring bars’ correct tension is necessary to improve the ride quality and enjoy a smooth driving experience.
You can tighten or loosen the tensions according to the type of trailer and towing vehicles. Ensure that these are not overtightened and reduce mobility.
The coupler is the small component responsible for connecting the hitch of towing vehicle with a trailer.
It becomes challenging to hitch or unhitch the trailers with coupler problems. These can get stuck in the ball due to poor lubrication and greasing.
In addition, these can also get stuck due to their incorrect size. Furthermore, you can also face difficulty unhitching when you park them on an unleveled ground surface.
You cannot free your trailers because of uneven ground surfaces. However, you can fix coupler problems by properly greasing the ball and couplers.
It is also beneficial to remove dust and dust from both of these components. Purchase the coupler according to the size of the ball.