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Old 07-06-2015, 12:32 AM   #11
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I called ETI and got the neutral level measurement for our 19'. And placed 350 lbs+/- on the hitch and made sure it hit the mark. I had to purchase an up 3" stinger.


We picked up the trailer and I like how it tows off the ball. The dual axle tracks like a dream and it's simple to hitch.
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Old 07-06-2015, 01:34 AM   #12
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Thanks for the info Klem. More evidence that a WDH may not be needed by the OP. His trailer will be single axle so it may not track as well, but certainly weight distribution will be even less of a concern with such a light trailer.
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Old 07-06-2015, 03:23 AM   #13
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I may tend to be overly cautious but I think I'd get the Anderson from ETI. The least it will do is eliminate any chance of sway or bounce, at least that's what the website says. You can always try towing later without if it proves to be much of a hassle.

I previously used a non Anderson, the only real hassle was carrying it out front from the back yard. It was a beast.
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:32 AM   #14
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Adding an Andersen WDH to an Escape trailer is a relatively simple process. Some larger sized sockets or wrenches are the only tools needed. It can be done in two hours. The company provides some excellent videos on doing the install.

There maybe some cost savings: the first is to determine if you even need a WDH and second the hitches sell for $449 in the US, including shipping.
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:32 AM   #15
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the hitches sell for $449 in the US, including shipping.
Don't forget conversion. That's $567 CA.
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:46 AM   #16
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The OP's 17A will be well over the 2000 lb limit Toyota states for towing without an anti sway device. I'm an overly cautious ole man so I'd opt for for either hitch with anti sway control now rather than drive down the coast during the winter white knuckled all the way.
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Old 07-06-2015, 12:22 PM   #17
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Many thanks to all of you for your responses --- very educational. Although a few questions still remain.

My understanding is that Escape trailers do not come with a weight distribution hitch (WDH) unless you select it as an option.

Is it possible to have a sway control device without a WDH?

When I pick up our trailer we will not be in a rush so I suppose I could have modifications done along the way if necessary.

And Klem --- I like your idea for pre-testing the hitch. What method did you use to add 350lb?

Thank again to all. This is really helpful

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My understanding is that Escape trailers do not come with a weight distribution hitch (WDH) unless you select it as an option.
Correct.
Is it possible to have a sway control device without a WDH?
Yes. My truck has one built in, but they do sell "sway control only" systems. Here's an example:

Sway Control Only Weight Distribution | etrailer.com

When I pick up our trailer we will not be in a rush so I suppose I could have modifications done along the way if necessary.
Yes, but it's more convenient to just have it done at ETI or go without. More time camping instead of an RV shop.
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Old 07-06-2015, 12:36 PM   #19
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Deciding on the Andersen hitch was one decision that I was back and forth on more than anything else. I have a tow vehicle that I ordered mainly for trailer towing and yet when we were in Chilliwack, Reace looked at it and still thought that the Andersen would be a good idea. And after reading all of the positive comments on this forum, it went on the build sheet. Now just waiting to see and feel the results. Loren
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Deciding on the Andersen hitch was one decision that I was back and forth on more than anything else. I have a tow vehicle that I ordered mainly for trailer towing and yet when we were in Chilliwack, Reace looked at it and still thought that the Andersen would be a good idea.
Exactly what happened to me Loren. Having said that, we're talking about a 17 here, and not a 21. That's a big factor. Maybe the OP could just wait until pickup day and go with Reace's recommendation?
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