Drop for a 2" Ball - 2015 F150 4X2 - Page 5 - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Towing and Hitching
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-01-2015, 07:33 PM   #41
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 1979 Boler B1700
Posts: 9,056
The Andersen No-Sway system head - the most visible part - is aluminum. The shank is steel, and since the part in the receiver is solid (as is typical for Class 4 ball mounts) rather than hollow (as is typical for steel Class 3 mounts), it's hefty. The triangular plate is steel too, as are of course the chains, threaded ends, nuts, and brackets.
__________________

Brian B-P is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2015, 07:44 PM   #42
Senior Member
 
gbaglo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B - "Toad". '08 Toyota RAV4 V6
Posts: 10,740
Money aside, I'd much rather tow without WDH, if I had that option.
__________________

__________________
2009 Escape 17B "Toad"
2008 Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
North Vancouver, British Columbia

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
gbaglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2015, 07:54 PM   #43
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Olathe, Kansas
Trailer: 2015 21ft Escape "Spirit of the Plains", 2014 GMC Sierra with max tow package
Posts: 997
I have never been so back and forth as to getting a WDH. I have a big enough truck to easily handle the 21, but Reece still thought it might be a good idea. One concern is, how big of a pain is it to couple and uncouple the trailer? I would just about be done with the build sheet if I could make up my mind on this one. Loren
Loren & Cathy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2015, 08:15 PM   #44
Senior Member
 
TAfraser's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Auburn, Washington
Trailer: 2013 Escape 21 #3
Posts: 378
To throw something else into the mix. Honda recommends using sway control but not Weight Distribution Hitches for safety reasons. Since I already owned an Anderson WDH I called Anderson. I asked if I could take advantage of sway control without redistributing any weight, and if so, how much weight I would need on the ball. They said I didn't have to redistribute any weight and all I needed was 100 lbs on the ball for sway control to work. Kind of expensive sway control but, what the hay!!!!!!!!!
Tom
TAfraser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2015, 08:23 PM   #45
Senior Member
 
rbryan4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Trailer: 2015 19 "Past Tents", 2015 F150 Ecoboost
Posts: 7,616
Quote:
Originally Posted by Loren & Cathy View Post
I have never been so back and forth as to getting a WDH. I have a big enough truck to easily handle the 21, but Reece still thought it might be a good idea. One concern is, how big of a pain is it to couple and uncouple the trailer? I would just about be done with the build sheet if I could make up my mind on this one. Loren
I did the same thing. Talked myself into it, then out of it, many times. In reading all the previous threads on the Andersen when towing with a full size pickup, the general consensus seems to be it makes towing feel more smooth and connected. I probably won't benefit much from it, but I guess I'm saying I just talked myself back into it - with a little nudge.

If you don't want to decide right now, you can always leave it off the build sheet and pick one up later. -- um, like I did.
__________________
"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy an RV. And that is pretty close."
rbryan4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2015, 08:27 PM   #46
Senior Member
 
gbaglo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B - "Toad". '08 Toyota RAV4 V6
Posts: 10,740
One less instruction manual to read.
And, one less thing to maintain.
__________________
2009 Escape 17B "Toad"
2008 Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
North Vancouver, British Columbia

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
gbaglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2015, 08:27 PM   #47
Senior Member
 
paulw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Marysville, Washington
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21 & Chevy Silverado 5.3L EcoTec
Posts: 607
Quote:
Originally Posted by Loren & Cathy View Post
I have never been so back and forth as to getting a WDH. I have a big enough truck to easily handle the 21, but Reece still thought it might be a good idea. One concern is, how big of a pain is it to couple and uncouple the trailer? I would just about be done with the build sheet if I could make up my mind on this one. Loren
It's easy Loren.
In addition to the usual hitching steps, you install a steel plate under the ball with a pin and tighten a nut at the end of the two chains.
I needed the WDH with my Trailblazer so I don't have to make the "buy" decision... I will keep using my Anderson for the stiffer connection and sway control.
paulw is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2015, 08:37 PM   #48
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 1979 Boler B1700
Posts: 9,056
Quote:
Originally Posted by TAfraser View Post
... I called Anderson. I asked if I could take advantage of sway control without redistributing any weight, and if so, how much weight I would need on the ball. They said I didn't have to redistribute any weight and all I needed was 100 lbs on the ball for sway control to work.
I don't think that's quite true, and likely a bit of playing a little loose with the facts, which is common for marketing people.

For the sway control action, the chains must be hooked up so that they turn the plate and thus the ball/shaft in the friction material. Slack in the chains would cause a jerky action, so to avoid slack the urethane springs must be compressed at least a bit, and that means tension in the chains. With tension, you get load transfer (weight re-distribution)... but you could operate with very little load transfer.

As long as the chains don't go slack, the amount of sway control depends only on the tongue weight on the ball (which apparently needs to be at least 100 pounds for proper operation, but it will be for any travel trailer).
Brian B-P is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2015, 11:44 PM   #49
Senior Member
 
Dave Walter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 2013 Escape 19 & 15B
Posts: 1,873
Pretty unlikely that sway control or WDH would be required with an f150 towing a escape 19'. You may be better off applying that money to campgrounds and gas.
__________________
2013-19' & 2013-15B {avg is two 17's}, towed by 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser

"It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it." - 1907, Maurice Switzer
Dave Walter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2015, 12:09 AM   #50
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Oakland, California
Trailer: not yet
Posts: 166
There is a bit of a difference in "needed" and "appreciated". I don't think anyone would advise that the F150 "needs" any sort of WDH to pull a relatively small ETI 19. But there are plenty of folks that don't need the Andersen that have appreciated using it, simply for how it smooths out the ride.

I have had my wife along on only a few tows with my Frontier, and she's always commented on the bumpiness of the ride while towing. I for one would be considering getting the Andersen in order to get a smoother ride.

But I guess it depends on the truck/trailer combo.
__________________

LeonardS is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:08 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.