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Old 03-08-2013, 01:19 AM   #1
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Do you need a WDH to pull a Escape 19?

I'm thinking of getting either Toyota Highlander or a new Hyundai Santa Fe (the long wheel base version). Both are V6 and both have 3 rows of seats. The Santa Fe is a bit longer and the wheelbase is a bit longer too. The engine is also a bit more powerful. Both are rated to pull 5000lb.

Do I need a WDH on either of these vehicles if I choose to pull the Escape 19?
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:20 PM   #2
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I have a 2012 Santa Fe and the WDH is recommended for all SUV's especially with primary FWD/AWD and unibody construction. One caution, Hyundai mileage is notoriously inaccurate. I am getting 25% less than stated for around town; 15 mpg unloaded. It is also worse on the highway. This is the first vehicle that I have ever purchased where the mileage was worse than was stated. JD Power and Associates now lists this as a major complaint among Santa Fe owners. There are also lots of quality control issues on the build, at least there are on my 2012. My advice- go with the Toyota. Good luck! Tim
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:37 PM   #3
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Definitely the Highlander, and yes to the WDH. That's what Rick and Laura use to pull their 19, I'd suggest you PM him.

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Old 03-08-2013, 01:43 PM   #4
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Everything I've read said that even if you don't need WDH, it does improve the stability and quality of your ride. I'm planning on going with a WDH with a Nissan Frontier when the time comes.
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Thanks guys, looks like WDH all the way!

As for Santa Fe vs Highlander - I will need to look into it more carefully.

I currently own 2012 Sonata Limited 4cyl and it is the most trouble free car I have ever owned. Zero issues in 2.5 years.

I was never able to get the listed mileage from any of my past cars, this one included. Having said that, I thought its highway mileage is pretty impressive - around 34mpg on the highways around my town. This is about the same as what I used to get from Civic while back.
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Just catching up . . . As Bruce said, we pull our 19 Escape with a 2008 Highlander. And yes we use a WDH.

A good combination of a everyday driver and a tow vehicle, just like Jim Bennett's description of his Honda Pilot.
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:43 AM   #7
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The traffic on the 427, 401, 407, QEW and Don Valley Parkway must have improved dramatically since I left there three years ago, especially in rush hour
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:49 AM   #8
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The traffic on the 427, 401, 407, QEW and Don Valley Parkway must have improved dramatically since I left there three years ago, especially in rush hour
During rush hours, of course its pretty bad.

But outside that, its not that bad. I averaged from my house to Niagara Falls return trip, averaging around 35mpg as well.

I have a friend who also owns 2013 Sonata and he never exceeds the limit. He consistently gets over 38mpg... He lives in St Catherines but needs to travel back to Toronto often.
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What does an equalizer hitch do ?

The EQ hitch evenly distributes the trailer tongue weight of the trailer throughout the front and rear axles of the tow vehicle and the trailer axle. All front wheel drive vehicles will require an equalizer hitch.

Thank you for your interest in the Escape Trailer.

We have had a couple of people ask for a sway bar however, it is not something that people request very often. The key to preventing sway is loading the trailer properly; maintaining a 15% hitch weight. In the 19’ Escape we offer a permanent queen bed in the back of the trailer with storage underneath this storage space is easily accessible and is often filled before any of the storage compartments in the front of the trailer are used.


The equalizer hitch we offer does not include a sway control feature however it does distribute the weight evenly throughout the frame of the tow vehicle and trailer maintaining a positive hitch weight.
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I think saying these hitches distribute the weight evenly is not exactly true. Yes, it does distribute the weight, but in no way does it equally. Wheel base length of the tow, axle to tongue length of the trailer, and the way both units are loaded will all play on the degree of distribution.

I kinda think that is why most manufacturers now mostly call them a WDH (Weight Distribution Hitch), and they do in fact distribute the weight is a beneficial way, but not that the weight is distributed equally.

THIS Andersen WDH that Dave had linked to before does have sway control, I know little about it, but it does look like a nice simpler and lighter system, which would be way easier to store when not needed.
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