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Old 12-21-2015, 09:22 PM   #11
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The xterra is the off road version with a 6 spd manual transmission. Its red. With the xterra the headlights are already situated high on the body (similar to the FJ). I think that any load on the back end will raise the lights up so that oncoming traffic will think we have high beams on. This makes me want to get the WD hitch now. On the other hand I've heard that the WD hitch gives some problems with backing up. I also believe that they are an easy add-on later if I wanted to. This makes me want to try it without and add it later if needed. So all in all I'm still unsure.

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Old 12-21-2015, 09:31 PM   #12
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I've never experienced issues with WDH and backing.
I think there may be an issue with some sway control set-ups.

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Old 12-21-2015, 09:37 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by gbaglo View Post
I've never experienced issues with WDH and backing.
I think there may be an issue with some sway control set-ups.
Agreed - I've never had any issue with backing up with my WDH installed.
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Old 12-21-2015, 10:05 PM   #14
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Red, cool. As seen ours is blue. We have the 6sp manual, but had to threaten the dealer with going to Toyota before he'd order a manual for us. They are rare, we couldn't find one anywhere in the west.

I've had no trouble backing with the WDH. Hadn't thought it could be a problem so haven't even considered it. We have a sway damper on our 1955 Shasta and I'm careful backing it. But as yet haven't run into a situation that it would have caused a problem though.

You can easily add one later. I've found the hanling improvement with a WDH to be small. Don't know about the lights. But, if you order one with the Escape they will set it up for you.

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Old 12-21-2015, 10:23 PM   #15
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Backing up is only an issue for some specific WDH designs, due to their bar-to-bracket configuration; it's not a problem for the classic unadorned two-chain system.

John, does your Xterra have a control on the dashboard to change the headlight aim up and down? It is common to have either this type of manual control or an automatic feature in vehicles with high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, but it is otherwise rare... and it would address the aiming issue. I don't see any reference to this sort of system in the 2013 Xterra manual (the only one I have downloaded), so I'm guessing you don't have it in your 2010.

I'm surprised that the manual transmission allows the same trailer weight - due to clutch wear concerns, manuals are usually more limited in light vehicles. The 2013 Xterra manual (and perhaps the 2010 manual is the same) provides a single set of limits applicable to all variants of the Xterra.

In the 2013 version of the Xterra manual, the section regarding WD hitches is generic (not written for the Xterra) and only suggests WD for trailers over 5000 pounds (as mentioned earlier) - which corresponds to weights too high for an Xterra to tow.
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Old 04-18-2017, 04:36 PM   #16
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I have a 17B and a 2011 Xterra. For many years I towed without a WDH and found it to be fine. I found after a number of years that it didn't seem to be as "stable" to me. It's likely due to the fact that I am carrying so much more than I used to. I've had a WDH for a few months now and love it! It's a bit of a pain to hook up and take down but I find it to be worth the effort. The drive is so much smoother now, I don't feel like I'm being pushed, more stability during winds, and it really doesn't feel like I'm towing it at all. In fact I have to remind myself so that I don't take a short turn!

As for it causing more problems in backing up, I haven't found that at all. If anything, it feels like I'm parking quicker.

If I ever get a 19, I would definitely have the WDH. However, my eye is on the 5.0 and a new truck!
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Old 04-18-2017, 04:52 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by azutco View Post
If I ever get a 19, I would definitely have the WDH. However, my eye is on the 5.0 and a new truck!
That is a crazy notion, I tell you.

Oh, and welcome to the club of those with the same inklings.

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