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Old 05-29-2016, 05:41 PM   #1
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21 towing: no WDH and medium sized trucks?

I really can't/don't want to mess with a weight distribution hitch and my Tacoma and incoming 21. Any folks towing 21's with medium duty trucks like Tacomas/Colorados/etc without a WDH?

What mod's like air bags or after market suspension upgrades were involved. I added a 4th leaf spring already that makes towing my 19 a breeze. Hoping it will be the same with the 21.

Not questioning the glory of a WDH, I know their virtues. Various injuries make hassling with one a no go for me. As time marches on we get to pay the price for life's past indescretions, sort of like maxing out credit cards for a vacation!
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Any folks towing 21's with medium duty trucks like Tacomas/Colorados/etc without a WDH?
You threw me for a minute: "medium duty" trucks are things that can weigh ten tons or more when loaded... of course you meant medium-sized pickup trucks, as shown in the thread title.

The "etc" might be a Frontier... although I can't think of a forum member towing a 21' with one, only smaller models (including 19') and the 5.0/5.0TA. The Colorado/Canyon only grew to mid-sized recently, so the odds are low for that one.
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You threw me for a minute: "medium duty" trucks are things that can weigh ten tons or more when loaded... of course you meant medium-sized pickup trucks, as shown in the thread title.

The "etc" might be a Frontier... although I can't think of a forum member towing a 21' with one, only smaller models (including 19') and the 5.0/5.0TA. The Colorado/Canyon only grew to mid-sized recently, so the odds are low for that one.
I had that in mind when I was thinking of calling a Tacoma anything but a medium truck. I know trucks are pretty prevalent above the border and know from my travels that up your way a truck is more a definition of body style but down here, if it "ain't an f-250 with anything less that 6 wheels, it ain't squat"! Horns on the crash bars make it "more better".

We're a little more genteel here in SoCal, where a Tacoma/Colorado/Frontier/Ranger can be grudgingly accepted as a truck, but to plenty of folks here, it's not the # of wheels as much as how many feet it's off the ground that defines a "truck"!
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I had that in mind when I was thinking of calling a Tacoma anything but a medium truck. I know trucks are pretty prevalent above the border and know from my travels that up your way a truck is more a definition of body style but down here, if it "ain't an f-250 with anything less that 6 wheels, it ain't squat"! Horns on the crash bars make it "more better".

We're a little more genteel here in SoCal, where a Tacoma/Colorado/Frontier/Ranger can be grudgingly accepted as a truck, but to plenty of folks here, it's not the # of wheels as much as how many feet it's off the ground that defines a "truck"!
I own a fullsize Ram 1500 with the Hemi V8 . I agree it is not a truck ,it is a glorified passenger vehicle or what is called a "Grocery Getter" Real trucks are one ton and above. In the real world a Tacoma is a toy truck , the same as mine. I have to also agree that California is in a world of its own so things may be different there .
Good luck with whatever you decide on for a vehicle .

PS : I did add a set of Airlift airbags to my rear suspension and they did improve ride and ride height when towing.
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The Andersen w/d is very easy to use as compared to conventional set ups.
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21 towing: no WDH and medium sized trucks?

Greg, you can always add one if you try it without and you don't like how it feels. I appreciate the way the WDH makes the two vehicles feel more like one unit and am more than willing to spend the couple of minutes the hookup takes for that. But you may well feel that it tows and handles to your liking without a WDH. On my 2008 Tacoma I always felt like the rear springs were too lightweight so the WDH helped a lot with rear sag.


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Thanks, I'm looking for options to a WDH. The Anderson and or airbags are doable, I'm hoping the 21 handles when hitched similar to my 19 but a loaded storage box might change the equation.

Thoer, thanks but its not a question of want/don't want to use a WDH, it's more like can't. Had one on a prior rig so I know what to expect but (cue the violins) low back op's, a neck and shoulder injury from my crime fighting days plus a pending wrist fusion from hockey and it's a road I'd rather not go down. Besides, I got tired of wiping grease off my hands and knees!!

I hear a lot of trash talk about the Anderson hitch, any words of praise?

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Sorry Greg, looks like I didn't read your first post well enough. Since you added a leaf to the rear springs you might just be fine with your setup as it is.
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Since the Andersen is a WDH, I don't see that as an option in your situation.
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Thanks, I'm looking for options to a WDH. The Anderson and or airbags are doable, I'm hoping the 21 handles when hitched similar to my 19 but a loaded storage box might change the equation.

Thoer, thanjs but its not a question of want/don't want to use a WDH, it's more like can't. Had one on a prior rig so I know what to expect but (cue the violins) low back op's, a neck and shoulder injury from my crime fighting days plus a pending wrist fusion from hockey and it's a road I'd rather not go down. Besides, I got tired of wiping grease off my hands and knees!!

I hear a lot of trash talk about the Anderson hitch, any words of praise?

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I like mine.... bought it for my Trailblazer/21 and still use it now that I have a Silverado. The truck doesn't need it, but it smoothes the ride and is easy to install.... I do have to take a knee to tighten the nuts on the chains tho'. (No grease).
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