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Old 08-02-2019, 02:31 PM   #1
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Anderson WDH vs. E2 WDH for bumper towing

I did a preliminary search and didn't find any discussion comparing the two brands of weight distribution hitches for bumper towing. I am very new at this and my questions reflect that lack of knowledge.

What attracts me to the Anderson is the lighter weight and possibly the use of the ball to tow my two light utility trailers without the weight distribution equipment installed. What attracts me to the E2 is it's availability from Escape Trailer Industries (ETI) with the proper setup. To make matters worse, there seems to be more than one E2 on the market and I don't know which E2 ETI offers.

What has been peoples experience and recommendations? Would you go the same way again knowing what you know today? I would be interested in other brands too but, this is not really a poll or survey so just offering that you have X hitch without your reason why is not helpful.
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Old 08-02-2019, 03:40 PM   #2
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I have no personal experience with the Anderson, but in doing my research, I saw that others expressed concern about premature wear of the friction cone on the Anderson.

I ended up buying the 4500/450lb e2 for my new to me 2010 escape 19. The 4500 model is much smaller and lighter than the usual 6000+ lb hitches friends of mine have. So far I am happy with it. Easy to hook up and unhook. And provides plenty of weight distribution for my 19. I originally installed all 3 spacer washers, but took one out after I hooked it all up the first time and realized that it was providing way to much lift. At 390lbs tongue weight, 2 washers seems just about right. (Based on the instructions proved by fast way)

As for sway control, itís hard to say how well it works because I have never experienced sway with the 19.
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I see you show a Ridgeline for a tow vehicle; what trailer are you getting? TA(Tom)Fraser tows a 2014 21, which is somewhat lighter than Gen2 trailers with a Ridgeline and Andersen he bought from ETI when they were selling them. Also, if I remember correctly Bill & Earline also towed a 21 with Ridgeline, yet traded up to F150 I believe. I used an Andersen with a 21 and Yukon and had to replace it after 18 months due to excessive wear in the chain guides and the cone was starting to go. After reading what Tractors is going through am glad I saw on this Forum a member stating he got a refund in full from Andersen before the two year mark and I too was able to do the same. Went back to Pro Series and it works great. Never had anything close to sway.
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I see you show a Ridgeline for a tow vehicle; what trailer are you getting? ... Went back to Pro Series and it works great. Never had anything close to sway.
I'm looking at getting a 21. What is the Pro Series?
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Old 08-02-2019, 06:52 PM   #5
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I'm looking at getting a 21. What is the Pro Series?
It is what ETI calls an "Equalizer Hitch" and sells for $350. E2 is $625.
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I see you show a Ridgeline for a tow vehicle; what trailer are you getting? TA(Tom)Fraser tows a 2014 21, which is somewhat lighter than Gen2 trailers with a Ridgeline and Andersen he bought from ETI when they were selling them. Also, if I remember correctly Bill & Earline also towed a 21 with Ridgeline, yet traded up to F150 I believe. I used an Andersen with a 21 and Yukon and had to replace it after 18 months due to excessive wear in the chain guides and the cone was starting to go. After reading what Tractors is going through am glad I saw on this Forum a member stating he got a refund in full from Andersen before the two year mark and I too was able to do the same. Went back to Pro Series and it works great. Never had anything close to sway.
As a retired licensed engineer, I think the current Andersen design is far better than the one I bought through ETI 5 years ago. Been through that same developmental process myself, so I'm sticking with my Andersen - I love the basic design. Some things take a while to perfect, and until enough copies are in customer hands for feedback over a few years the design will never be finalized.


They are completely replacing my 5 year old unit with the current design at no cost to me. Plus paying for the shipping! That's customer service.
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Sounds good Charlie- if they are replacing everything you might ask for a longer shank. They now also know the o es we got were short enough not to allow a tailgate or truck bed gate to open properly.
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Sounds good Charlie- if they are replacing everything you might ask for a longer shank. They now also know the o es we got were short enough not to allow a tailgate or truck bed gate to open properly.
Well, mine works fine with my Tacoma, so no need.
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My $350 Pro Series works just fine.
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As a retired licensed engineer, I think the current Andersen design is far better than the one I bought through ETI 5 years ago. Been through that same developmental process myself, so I'm sticking with my Andersen - I love the basic design. Some things take a while to perfect, and until enough copies are in customer hands for feedback over a few years the design will never be finalized.


They are completely replacing my 5 year old unit with the current design at no cost to me. Plus paying for the shipping! That's customer service.
I had one of the old ones and it stayed with the trailer when I sold it. What are the design improvements that you consider important? They aren't visually apparent to me, looking at the photos on their site.
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