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Old 08-02-2013, 08:55 PM   #111
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Sally,
I too have a 21' on order, December delivery. I too need a w/d set up if I want to tow with my FJ Cruiser. But I will have no issue with the 65 lb weight of the w/d hitch, you may. The Andersen weighs a lot less and if you use the front jack to raise and lower (increase/decrease tension) you can adjust the settings by hand. You can also remove one pin and the hitch is off. The amount of weight you are moving maybe 20 lbs. With the conventional hitch you mentioned, it will need you to remove 2 steel bars at least 20 lbs each in order to disconnect and involve you lifting same to reinstall. I'd stick with the Andersen. I used one on my 19' which I sold with the trailer last month in preparation for my new one. I'm thinking of getting another one for the new one but need to measure the drop of the new 21', that is unknown at this time until Reace can tell us. We also need to know the ball size and the frame width as well before ordering.
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:00 PM   #112
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Also remember you are getting anti-sway as well not just weight distribution.
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:34 PM   #113
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Thanks. Yes,that anti sway is important too, Tim. Appreciate the weight info,Jim. I think my RV place may not be familiar with the Anderson. I'll go with the Anderson and see how it goes. Coming from a small RV I worry about the hitch/unhitch but look forward to being able to leave my 'shell' in the campground.
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:41 PM   #114
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Sally,

Read Ice-Breaker's response to me. I've used this technique and it does minimize the effort required to set the trunion bars. Ordering your Escape with an electic tongue jack would further minimize effort in hooking up.

I'm an engineer and I like innovation. The Anderson WDH is a departure from the traditional WDH, so I think I'll have to try it. ;0)

Please understand that I'm not deprecating the WDH as supplied by Escape. It's a tried and true system and I works well, when you use the technique described by Ice-Breaker.

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Old 08-09-2013, 12:47 PM   #115
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We picked up our trailer yesterday at Escape in Chilliwack and had the Anderson hitch along with a 7 pin wiring harness and brake controller installed on our 2012 Highlander. I have towed boats and utility trailers with this vehicle but without a WDH hitch.

Once Dennis determined the correct level for the vehicle the hitching was a simple process. Dennis recommends 7 threads exposed when tightening the bolts for our rig and no grease on the ball which could contaminate the elastomers inside.

We towed back to Vancouver Island in busy traffic with a bit of cross wind coming through the Fraser Valley and many big trucks either passing us or us passing them. The Escape 19 towed much better than my old 3800 lb 18.5 ft Double Eagle boat that occasionally swayed in cross winds, creaked and growned and bounced along.

The Anderson WDH was quiet and when turning a small amount of sound was occasionally heard. There was no sway and the Highlander and trailer felt well connected with little bouncing when going over rough roads. Passing a semi-trailer at 100 kms was no problem, no sway or push from the wind coming off the big rig. In the heavy traffic I had to brake quickly and the vehicle and trailer quickly responded tracking straight and slowing down in a controlled manner, much much better than my boat trailer with surge brakes. I had the Prodigy brake controller set at 5.8. Dennis mentioned we may find a need to back that off after a few uses as the brakes get worn in.

Unhooking at home was quick on my first attempt, perhaps taking 3-4 minutes. Take off the chains and electrical plug, lift the jack a few inches, loosen the bolts to 1 thread showing, pull on the chain to give slack in the chain, pull off the pin holding the steel plate with the chains, lift the jack so the hitch is off the ball - done.

Thanks to Dave, Dennis, Kim, Tammi, Reace, and the rest of the crew at Escape trailers for treating us so well and making a great trailer which we will enjoy for years.
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:56 PM   #116
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Thanks for sharing your experience with us and congratulations on your new Escape. We will be picking up our 19 in September with the same setup, Highlander with the Andersen hitch.

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Old 08-09-2013, 01:33 PM   #117
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Thanks for the Andersen WDH report. Being new to towing its good to hear the hitch works well.....I'll need all the help I can get.
Sure wish my tow home was as short as yours. We will be leaving tomorrow early am from Albuquerque NM for a 3 day drive just to get to chilliwack.

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Old 08-09-2013, 02:01 PM   #118
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Thanks for the great update on the Anderson WDH. I'm another newbie to towing and have been agonizing over whether it was worth the extra $. On my last update for my build, I decided to "bite the bullet and go with the Anderson." Now with your confirmation, I feel good about the decision. Now, if the time would speed up a bit! Not only do I need to wait til January, but still need to get the 19' to the East coast. Come on east of Mississippi buyers, get your orders in so we can share a truck!
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Old 08-09-2013, 03:10 PM   #119
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Thanks for that update, especially as your tv is a highlander, as is mine. I'm convinced! I was worried as my only previous towing experience has been with honkin big horse trailers. Pulled by really honkin big pickups. Getting 4 mpg so the thread on gas mileage warms my heart.
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Thanks for the real-world report.

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Dennis recommends 7 threads exposed when tightening the bolts for our rig and no grease on the ball which could contaminate the elastomers inside.
Elastomers? There are typically no elastomers inside the coupler, and that isn't changed by the Andersen WD installation anyway. I don't think there are any elastomers inside the hitch head, but it makes sense to me to avoid grease because it might contaminate the friction material there... which should be like brake or clutch lining, not rubbery (elastomeric). The urethane springs are elastomers, but wouldn't be exposed to grease used on the ball.

I assume that Andersen would address the use of grease on the ball, but their installation and operation instructions are not publicly available, as far as I know.

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The Anderson WDH was quiet and when turning a small amount of sound was occasionally heard.
I assume that's the cone turning in the head... like what you sometimes hear when release a vehicle's brakes and just starting to move.
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