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Old 05-07-2015, 08:59 PM   #11
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Needing it versus using it are 2 different thoughts. I do not need an Andersen but use it on any long distance trips. You mention being new to towing. The Andersen or Equalizer will provide a safer and more enjoyable towing experience. But each one has it plus and minus and backing up with one requires attention. Towing without either of these can be done and many do. It is a personal preference based upon your comfort level and experience. I do not use one for short trip but do for long trips. I find the truck and trailer combo a bit more ease to handling while using.
I hope I'm doing this correctly and responding directly to you.....being totally new to towing when you mentioned that backing up with the equalizer or the Anderson requires attention could you be a bit more specific. Thanks again for your help
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:02 PM   #12
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There is no issue backing while using the Andersen, but some conventional w/d set ups require dismantling before back up is attempted. Check with the manufacturer for their recommendations.
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There is no issue backing while using the Andersen, but some conventional w/d set ups require dismantling before back up is attempted. Check with the manufacturer for their recommendations.

Another reason to chose the Andersen over one that might require removal. I've got better things to do than remove the WDH before backing up.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:08 PM   #14
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I've never had an issue with backing using my Pro Series WDH from ETI.
I'll look at the Anderson after they've been on the market for another ten years and have dropped the price by a couple hundred dollars.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:09 PM   #15
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I hope I'm doing this correctly and responding directly to you.....being totally new to towing when you mentioned that backing up with the equalizer or the Anderson requires attention could you be a bit more specific. Thanks again for your help
CP wrote his response, but I can add. At this link I discuss issues backing up

https://sites.google.com/site/ouresc...andersen-hitch

With the Andersen, I would get out and loosen the chains or disconnect the collar, so the hitch is free floating on the ball and not grabbing the brake material. Again, it is not that you can't back up, but with the increased resistance on both types of hitches, it is difficult to "follow" your trailer when you want to straighten out. It will want to continue in the same direction. On the Equal-i-zer, the best way to solve this is to remove the bars. In both cases you would be removing any additional resistance especially in a tight turn situation. We have to do this at home because we have a narrow road and a 90 degree turn to get into the driveway.

Our problem is exacerbated because we have a 15 and a shorter distance between the hitch and the axle and the trailer wants to turn even more quickly than say a 19 or 21 with the tandem axles. Hope this helps with your question.
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The WDH from ETI we have is not an Equal-i-zer as far as I know. That is a brand name. ETI is selling something else and calling it an "equalizer" hitch. Theirs may be a Reese, the Pro that Glenn is referring to. We do not remove the bars for backing, not that we couldn't, of course.
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Our problem is exacerbated because we have a 15 and a shorter distance between the hitch and the axle and the trailer wants to turn even more quickly than say a 19 or 21 with the tandem axles. Hope this helps with your question.

A good point. We never had an issue backing/turning with our 19/Andersen, but it might be a very different experience with a shorter trailer with less space from ball to axle.
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