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Old 05-13-2014, 11:41 PM   #1
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new owner /need advice Equalizer or Andersen Hitch

I have ordered an Escape 15 and am planning to tow with a 2013 Subaru Outback. What is the difference in towing with the Equalizer Hitch or Andersen Hitch ? I'd really appreciate any feedback in the use of these hitches. Thanks ! Craigend.
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Old 05-14-2014, 12:18 AM   #2
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Well, the Andersen costs considerably more...
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Old 05-14-2014, 12:24 AM   #3
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Just spent some time on internet looking at Andersen install video and then another with a guy hooking up a regular WD hitch. I didn't know that I should hook the ball on, jack up the tow vehicle and then pry the chains up on my WD hitch. Definitely a formula to it, and it pays to go by the book. Like many (not all) things, the Andersen looks like another example of you get what you pay for. Will use it in the future.
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Old 05-14-2014, 01:12 AM   #4
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When I had my 2005 Outback, the only receiver hitches available were 1 1/4", the only load distributing hitches i've seen need a 2" receiver. This is the reason I'm building a custom 2" receiver hitch for my Volvo XC70.

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Old 05-14-2014, 01:19 AM   #5
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I believe the Anderson is also lighter in weight that a conventional WDH with bars (they are heavy). This could be a plus if using a Subaru where you may be close to max capacity for the tow vehcile.
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JohnMR. Not sure why you would have to "build" your own hitch. See https://www.etrailer.com/vm/Volvo/XC70/hitch
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Old 05-14-2014, 01:31 AM   #7
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gbaglo, You may notice the only hitches etrailer.com has available for the Volvo also only have 1 1/4 " receivers. That's where I bought the hitches for my 2005 Outback (I didn't care about load distributing) and my 2006 Nissan Xterra.
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Sorry. Didn't delve into it that deeply.
I am surprised that there wouldn't be a 2" hitch for it, given a 3,300 lb. tow capacity ( according to what I found, not knowing year and model ).
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I think Subaru advises against using weight distribution hitches. Check your manual.
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Old 05-14-2014, 08:02 AM   #10
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There maybe a tongue weight limit of 200# for the Subie, another issue. Towing with a Subaru has been discussed many times over on Fiberglass RV, both the positives and negatives. If I recall, a Scamp 13 was the only unit that could meet the parameters. Compare Escape's specifications to Scamps, you may have to rethink the Subaru.
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