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Old 04-29-2015, 09:14 PM   #1
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Question equalizer vs anderson hitch for towing

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Not only are we newbies to the Escape Trailer we are newbies to any type of trailer camping. We have been tent camping most of our lives. We have just purchased an Escape 19' to be delivered the end of August and are in the process of selecting upgrades etc. We have a 2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4X4 (crew cab) bought in anticipation of towing a trailer. It has the factory installed tow package. We need help with figuring out whether to purchase the equalizer or anderson hitch. If anybody out there is towing a 19 foot with a Nissan could you please send your thoughts and ideas.

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Old 04-29-2015, 09:23 PM   #2
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Maybe you should try towing without any WDH. You may not need it. Your factory tow package gives you a very good towing and tongue weight capacity, well above what is needed to tow a 19. If you find later that you might benefit from weight distribution, you can always add it.

We have the Andersen and are happy with it, but many Escape owners who use the Reese Pro Series conventional WDH are happy with that setup too.
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Old 04-29-2015, 09:27 PM   #3
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I'm not sure if the Nissan Frontier SV 4X4 (crew cab) has a break controller installed or not. Just because it has the tow package doesn't mean it has a break controller. When I picked up my 17' trailer, I didn't have one installed even though my Ford Ranger had the factory tow package, and a quick trip to Cap-It was required. ETI might sell break controllers but I don't think they install them. You're best to make sure.
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Old 04-30-2015, 02:27 AM   #4
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Adding the Andersen later to the trailer frame is an option, but easier done if ETI does it at delivery time. The angle of the chains coming into the brackets is important as if it is wrong there will be wear on the chain links where they enter the brackets in short order. ETI would have installed enough of these by now to know where on the frame for your particular model length the brackets should be mounted. Quite happy with our Andersen, as it seems easier to hookup than the hanging the bars of a standard WDH. An interesting side note is for our tow vehicle, Honda Ridgeline tech guide does not recommend towing with antisway (). And yes, while the Honda has a factory tow package, it did not have the brake controller ( we added that ourselves but I would recommend only a qualified technician do it). I did see new Fords on the lot that did include the controller so it depends on the make I suppose.
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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.
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Old 04-30-2015, 11:26 AM   #6
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Quick correction: Honda does not recommend a WDH for towing, but does advise for a anti-sway if the trailer swings. We're on our second lengthy road trip and use the
Andersen for the anti-sway.
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Thank you to those that replied to my question....some very helpful advice. We will start by checking with Nissan about the brake controller
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Hi Erie: Towing with a Tacoma extended cab 4*4, I was on a trip across Alberta, Sask, and Man and encountered really high winds. Had a bit of sway, so I installed an Anderson. Now I have a 'little' bit of sway. I'm happy with getting a 'little' bit less sway, but it was never a serious problem. As your crew cab is longer than my extended cab, my guess is you would have even less than my 'little' bit. I'd try without any anti-sway before investing. I drove over 15,000 km without any anti-sway before investing in the Anderson - and having never had any other brand such as Equalizer, I have no comparison.
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We have used both for an almost equal number of miles. I have compared them on our web site. We also have a new Frontier with the tow package. I bought the P3 and installed it myself. All of the info is at Etrailer.com. It was a simple plug install. All our towing has been with the 15, however, not a 19.
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Hi Erie: Towing with a Tacoma extended cab 4*4, I was on a trip across Alberta, Sask, and Man and encountered really high winds. Had a bit of sway, so I installed an Anderson. Now I have a 'little' bit of sway. I'm happy with getting a 'little' bit less sway, but it was never a serious problem. As your crew cab is longer than my extended cab, my guess is you would have even less than my 'little' bit. I'd try without any anti-sway before investing. I drove over 15,000 km without any anti-sway before investing in the Anderson - and having never had any other brand such as Equalizer, I have no comparison.
Taco 4dr long bed 4WD, towed with both types of WDH and the Anderson rides better than the spring bars with sway attached. Also no noises.
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