The Marshian's New Home - 19ft New Age Gecko

Smergen

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A couple of new additions.

Got a new BOS370 at the caravan show. Was skeptical about the price required to spend on it, but with the ease in setting up the hitch I think it will be money worth while for life on the road. Further reviews pending.

Also took the van down to the train station to find a level straight place to set up the Andersen Hitch I bought a few weeks ago. Was a little tricking around and interestingly I have different brackets to @pauljygrant. Need to check back with @Base23 and see which ones he has.

Needed some chain extensions (provided by trailer place who sold me the hitch) to get the brackets to a point where the hitch clears the reinforcement bar.

Took it for a spin around town and it seems better. Not remarkably but a bit more testing to do. Mrs Smergs thought it was much better and we agreed that whilst it wasn't "smoother" there was less bounce back from any dips and bumps that were hit. See how we go.

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A couple of new additions.

Got a new BOS370 at the caravan show. Was skeptical about the price required to spend on it, but with the ease in setting up the hitch I think it will be money worth while for life on the road. Further reviews pending.

Also took the van down to the train station to find a level straight place to set up the Andersen Hitch I bought a few weeks ago. Was a little tricking around and interestingly I have different brackets to @pauljygrant. Need to check back with @Base23 and see which ones he has.

Needed some chain extensions (provided by trailer place who sold me the hitch) to get the brackets to a point where the hitch clears the reinforcement bar.

Took it for a spin around town and it seems better. Not remarkably but a bit more testing to do. Mrs Smergs thought it was much better and we agreed that whilst it wasn't "smoother" there was less bounce back from any dips and bumps that were hit. See how we go.

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Hello Smergen.
The A frame brackets look the same as my original brackets. I have since replaced the original bracket with longer ones to suit the Jayco Outback's lower hitch mount position so the chains now run parallel.

Original bracket
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New longer bracket to suit Jayco outback
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As for how the Hitch can make the ride feel, I have found that 1 turn of the tension nut either tighter or looser can make a big difference.
If I am driving down the road and the van just dose not seem steady or the car seems a bit light in the front I just pull over and tighten the nuts 1 full turn and then I can sit on 100 to110 kph no problems.
 
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Smergen

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Thanks @Base23. I was wondering if they were the shorter bracket. I don't think the longer bracket would be relevant to my set up given the support bar that runs along my A-Frame. I could put it outside the bar but I don't think that would be wise given it's working against the force to which it is actually there for.

It all looks pretty good in setup up to me so hopefully we'll see how we go. Appreciate the feedback mate.
 
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