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Old 05-28-2013, 09:41 PM   #81
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Don't mean to challenge what you say Jim, but my socket (and the ratchet I had to buy for it) is 1/2 in. drive.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:44 PM   #82
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I'm having a bad night, my bad again. It's in the trailer and it's raining, I took a guess while watching BigBang. -0- for 2
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:48 PM   #83
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Okay, so they provide the socket and I just need a 1/2" ratchet or similar. Thanks!
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:25 PM   #84
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Well, I finally got around to installing my Anderson WDH, and gave it a good workout to Osoyoos and back.

Having towed lots since being a kid, trailers of all shapes and sizes, from semi-truck/trailer units, to farm equipment, to a few different travel trailers, to a measly air compressor. In that time I have never once used a WDH.

I also need to add that I never really felt the need with the 19 behind my Pilot. Adding bikes to the back last fall was the first time I ever felt a need to control sway. I do really need to double check my hight weight with that rear load, as it was likely a bit low.

I have done pretty much ALL of our towing of travel trailers, and would definitely want to get Lisa towing more. I wanted to make certain all the little nuances I feel but am not bothered by myself were minimized for her confidence. This is the main reason for the purchase.

My way of summing up the use of the Andersen WDH is that it does make the tow-trailer combo seem a bit more like one unit, as many of the little trailer idiosyncrasies, like a bit of sway, or a bit of bounce on big bumps, was minimized greatly.

I measured the wheel well height on the Pilot before and after hooking up. The front came up 1/4", and the rear dropped 3/8".

It took me about an hour to set the hitch up in the first place, then an additional 2 minutes every subsequent time was added to the hook-up routine.

BTW, Lisa drove quite a bit and did not have a single issue with towing. Not bad considering it was her first go at it. Heck, I had to get her to slow down a couple times, as she was pushing over 120 kph. I had even considered trying to get her to try backing in to a site, but thought that might be pushing our relationship a bit too much.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:34 PM   #85
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My experience with the RAV4, 17B and WDH ( not Anderson ) is the same. So, the question still is, is the Anderson better than a standard WDH? Is it worth the premium price? Is it easier to hook up?
You'll just have to come back to Osoyoos with a standard WDH so we have something for comparison.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:48 PM   #86
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Yeah, nothing to compare it too, other than nothing at all.

Not much chance of getting one of the old style either.

It would be easy to compare ease of hooking up though.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:49 PM   #87
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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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Old 06-12-2013, 06:24 AM   #88
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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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My experience with the RAV4, 17B and WDH ( not Anderson ) is the same. So, the question still is, is the Anderson better than a standard WDH? Is it worth the premium price? Is it easier to hook up?
You'll just have to come back to Osoyoos with a standard WDH so we have something for comparison.
Any feedback out there from those who have switched from the standard to the Anderson WDH?

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Old 06-12-2013, 09:31 AM   #90
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Jim,

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.

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