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Old 05-29-2016, 09:50 PM   #11
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21 towing: no WDH and medium sized trucks?

We like the Andersen. I'd recommend a power jack however, because there's more cranking in order to attach or remove the triangle plate. There's no greasy mess either. The sway control is superb. The Andersen gives towing a "one piece" feel for us. Very solid tow.


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Old 05-29-2016, 09:50 PM   #12
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Since the Andersen is a WDH, I don't see that as an option in your situation.
Glenn, I scratched the Anderson because of the miserable reviews. It's definitely low impact enough if it a). works and b). holds up. Do you use one? Thoughts?
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Old 05-29-2016, 10:19 PM   #13
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I was looking at the Anderson then when Escape stopped offering it I went for the E2 whd. Probably overkill for my Tacoma but that along with the power jack makes it very easy to hook up. No grease around. I do have to take a knee to get the bars in place. Just posting this for extra info
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Old 05-29-2016, 10:40 PM   #14
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Air bags work really well and they are not very hard to install yourself. The Tacoma will have enough power and the airbags will level it back up when you are towing. I prefer them over adding extra leaf springs because adding the springs often makes for a much rougher ride when you are not towing. I have had mine for a few years but I think you can still get them for a bit over $200. The Air Ride brand comes with lifetime warranty I believe.
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Old 05-29-2016, 11:12 PM   #15
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I was looking at the Anderson then when Escape stopped offering it I went for the E2 whd. Probably overkill for my Tacoma but that along with the power jack makes it very easy to hook up. No grease around. I do have to take a knee to get the bars in place. Just posting this for extra info
Great responses, thanks guys! Think I'll give the Andersen or airbags a whirl if it needs something.

Jeff, welcome to the Cal Escape Club, some call us a herd but I think we're more like a mob. A herd at least follows the head bull, we're all over the pasture, but we're lovable once you get used to us.

FYI, try towing without a WDH. I have +20k miles pulling our 19 with a 2010 Tacoma with nothing more that a Home Depot hitch. I actually like the one that has 3 balls in one, gives me something to hook the breakaway to. Nothing to it, easy and tows fine. No bounce, no sway, droop is maybe an inch.

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Old 05-29-2016, 11:17 PM   #16
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Hey Greggo,

Love the three baller! I've restored trailers for 10 years and it allows me to go pick up whatever without having to worry if I have the right ball with me.
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Old 05-29-2016, 11:23 PM   #17
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Hey Greggo,

Love the three baller! I've restored trailers for 10 years and it allows me to go pick up whatever without having to worry if I have the right ball with me.
There's a joke there but we'll save it for the campfire at Quartzsite!! I can only imagine what Earl would chime in! Ha!

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Old 05-29-2016, 11:33 PM   #18
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Glenn, I scratched the Anderson because of the miserable reviews. It's definitely low impact enough if it a). works and b). holds up. Do you use one? Thoughts?
I don't have the Andersen.
Bunch of people jumped at it after a couple recommendations, and then a bunch jumped off and ETI quit offering it.
I wasn't willing to pay $200 more for a WDH that didn't appear to do anything more than my Pro Series.
I have no expertise, but I question the use of air bags or other devices to stiffen the rear suspension. The WDH shifts weight to the front axle of the the tow and to the trailer. An air bag just makes it harder to compress the rear suspension ( that's my interpretation ).
Since my vehicle is mostly in front wheel drive, unless four wheel is required, I wanted weight transferred to the front.
Since I don't drive at night, I wasn't worried about where my headlights are pointed.
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Old 05-30-2016, 12:05 AM   #19
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I hear a lot of trash talk about the Anderson hitch, any words of praise?

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Glenn, I scratched the Anderson because of the miserable reviews. It's definitely low impact enough if it a). works and b). holds up. Do you use one? Thoughts?
Hi Gregg . We have airbags on truck for years . Don't know if we can compare with our trucks . But I remember Dennis when he hooked us up said that was good . We use no sway or weight hitch at all . We also have front box . Pat
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