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Old 06-12-2013, 09:18 AM   #91
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Jim:

We plan to be in the same position with lots of driving ahead, would like Beth to help out, so you would suggest the Anderson is a good purchase, right.

Just curious - Marina posted a photo on FGRV thread "sightings", post 2322, is that your Escape in the foreground - looks like your tug?

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Adrian, I found my expectations for what I wanted from it met, and if your wife is not used to towing much, it would be a worthwhile purchase.

Good eye, that is us. We were camped right beside Marina (and her furfriend, Tony).
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I've got a relative who towed trailers for many years. He told stories of all the wrecked trailers caused by poor hitches and high wind. Another friend who rolled a TV and trailer. Being new to towing, I consider $575 a cheap price for being as safe as possible when towing. There's too much at stake to cut corners. JMHO
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Don't be fooled, while a WDH may help with some sway (rarely caused by wind in my experience), the effects of real high winds that should be avoided with our bubble trailers.I have stopped towing a couple times in high winds.
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Thanks for the review of the Andersen WDH. Sounds like a good choice for me. Did you find the install pretty straight forward and instructions easy to understand.

Dave
The install was very straight forward. Typical of anything like that, I could do the next one with my eyes closed in half the time. I did screw one thing up, though it does not make a huge difference, in that I forgot to lock the hitch on the ball when I tightened up the brackets and set the set screws. This just resulted in my brackets being back near 1/4" too much, and instead of 7 threads showing, I am leaving only 5 showing.
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Old 06-12-2013, 01:01 PM   #92
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Much of the trip we just had was in very windy areas of west Texas and eastern New Mexico. I have been through those areas several times in recent years and I know west Texas is known for the wind. Nevertheless there was more wind than I ever remember and we had very little problem with it. We have the standard Escape WDH and I only remember some problem once or twice and I think that was the ridiculous pre-tornadic wind.

The biggest factor is probably how you are loaded and whether you have the needed tongue weight up there, which we do. When someone says the wind whipped him around, you don't know how he was loaded (and maybe he doesn't either.) Also, you will notice a big difference in how wind affects you depending on whether you are parallel to it or perpendicular.

We could never put our awning out! I have to say though that the WDH supplied by Escape seemed fine. The worse situations were definitely driving rain which of course comes with wind, too, and can fog your mirrors. I don't want to be on any highway then.
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:27 PM   #93
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Jim,

With the friction anti-sway tapered ball did you feel more resistance while turning or backing into sites? Seems like with the tongue weight on the ball it would be very hard to turn.

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Dave, I never had a problem at all, and last Sunday night I literally jacknifed it into a nice position with no problem. Hooking back up was easy in that position too.
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Thanks Jim I appreciate the quick reply.
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:10 PM   #96
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I am about to order the Anderson Hitch so we have it when we pick up our 19'. I just want to make sure that the correct model for the Escape 19' in the Anderson 3339?
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:36 PM   #97
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I am about to order the Anderson Hitch so we have it when we pick up our 19'. I just want to make sure that the correct model for the Escape 19' in the Anderson 3339?
That is correct. Reace mentioned last weekend that he had put one on a trailer recently, so must be able to supply them. You might check and see what one would cost installed from him. Though, I know they can be bought cheaper in the US, just might be a pain to haul with you.
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:07 PM   #98
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We have this hitch on order with our 19 ft and the cost is $550.
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That is correct. Reace mentioned last weekend that he had put one on a trailer recently, so must be able to supply them. You might check and see what one would cost installed from him. Though, I know they can be bought cheaper in the US, just might be a pain to haul with you.
Our trailer will be shipped to Elkhart probably and we will pick it up there so I want to get it before we leave and have the TV part already setup. We are not able to travel to Chilliwack because of work.

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Ah...gotcha. A fairly easy install anyway.
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