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Old 06-06-2016, 03:44 AM   #51
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I've never experienced a problem with my WDH in the rain. I didn't know it could be a problem it's just the standard one with the bars. I also back the trailer with the bars on . Once when I first got it I backed up and turned to tight and one came off but that hasn't happened again.
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Old 06-06-2016, 10:23 AM   #52
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The issue is only with add on friction based anti-sway bars. They come with a warning that they should not be used in the rain. I realize now that there are other non- friction options out there.


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Brian, the link you posted is the exact one that my friend who tows the 17' Casita uses. (She said that she didn't know about taking it off in the rain and has never noticed a problem.) She has never used a WDH. I realize the Casita weighs less than my 19 Escape, which I am estimating could weigh as much as 4000#, but I watched a youtube video of the Reece WDH, and it looks complicated and not something I want to deal with if cautious driving and a friction-based sway bar will be enough.

Also, another friend told me to check out the 2016 Pilot because it now tows 5000#. I can't find the GCWR for it though. The new Pilot's curb weight is 4239#. The HP is 280@6000rpms, and the torque is 262@4800rpms. Do you think that would be a good option over the Tacoma? I do understand that everything you all post here is just an assist. The responsibility of the final decision has to be all mine. Thank you all.
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Old 06-16-2016, 10:16 AM   #54
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Hi Julie,
I commented earlier this morning on the Canyon/Colorado thread (not posted as I write) on my decision to buy a GMC Canyon diesel. I looked at the Pilot (I have owned several Hondas) but the 5000# limit was too close to my comfort zone for my eventual Escape 19. I think you win by researching it as much as you can before discussing with a dealer (surprising how little they know most of the time), test driving all the vehicles you can (I liked the 4 Runner until I drove one and even then it does not pass the 5000# criterion). Good luck! JPS
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Old 06-16-2016, 05:01 PM   #55
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Also, another friend told me to check out the 2016 Pilot because it now tows 5000#. I can't find the GCWR for it though.
Published specs for the Pilot do not appear to include Gross Combined Weight Rating, and that's not surprising - other than pickups and commercial trucks, GCWR is hard to find.

The section which I have clipped from the owner's manual and shown below (from page 450) suggests that the 5,000 pound limit is calculated on the basis that the GCWR is the curb weight plus 5,000 pounds. Every passenger or bit of cargo added to the empty (other than driver) Pilot reduces the allowed trailer weight, because an empty Pilot with the driver and a 5,000 pound trailer attached is already at GCWR. This is typical of trucks, although some SUVs and other multipurpose vehicles (such as my Sienna van) have other limiting factors on trailer capacity so they still tow their maximum trailer with some passengers and cargo.
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Old 06-16-2016, 05:11 PM   #56
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I ended up getting a Tacoma Off Road with the tow package. Now I have to decide on a WDH that isn't too complicated.
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Old 06-16-2016, 05:20 PM   #57
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I ended up getting a Tacoma Off Road with the tow package. Now I have to decide on a WDH that isn't too complicated.
It's only complicated the first time or two. After that, it's routine.
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Old 06-16-2016, 11:04 PM   #58
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Yes, Pro Series WDH that Escape sells is not complicated. You just have to crank up to make it easier to remove the bars.

Escape will set that up for you but have them remove it and you set it up once or twice with them helping, so you know for sure how. But if you forget, many at a campground can show you a time or two until you know how to do it well.
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Old 06-17-2016, 10:03 AM   #59
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True Cathy, the process is similar for many common WDH systems. Only difference is whether it uses spring bars or chains.

My 'system' (with an Andersen in this case):

Hooking up
1- Connect the receiver to the ball normally.

2- Once your tongue latch is locked, crank up just high enough to allow the triangle plate to slip on to the bottom of the ball assembly. Install the lower pin and secure with the cotter pin.

3- Crank down all the way.

4- Attach safety chains.

5- Attach the 7-pin power cord.

6- Remove chocks.


For unhooking, just reverse the process:

1- Secure chocks.

2- Detach the 7-pin power cord.

3- Remove the Safety Chains.

4- Crank up just high enough to produce slack in the chains so the triangle plate can be removed. Pull the pin from the bottom of the ball assembly and remove the triangle plate.

5- Crank down to relatively level.

6- Unlock the tongue latch, then crank up and disconnect the trailer from the ball.

It gets automatic after awhile, regardless of the WDH type you use. Of course, there are other tasks not mentioned, like leveling side to side then front to back, dropping or raising the stabilizers, etc, but those are the same whether or not you use a WDH.


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Old 06-17-2016, 10:15 AM   #60
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I have never used a WDH but believe I will when we get the 21' next year. It seems that the E2 integrated sway control and WDH is the one that ETI generally favors, and it is the most expensive. Is it easier and/or quicker to use, or better in some respects?
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