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Old 09-29-2014, 02:58 PM   #1
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Push/Pull when towing

Trying to decide whether to get a WDH.
As this is our first camper and nothing to reference to, at times we get a bit of push-pulling from the trailer, mainly going uphill and on bumpy roads. Would an Anderson or something else eliminate this?
Our Jeep pulls fine, we never get any sway, even when big trucks pass, so I don't want to go to the trouble of getting an Anderson if we still have this effect or don't need one. It seems to make a difference on how the Escape is loaded, also taking heavy items out of the Jeep and putting them on the floor of the Escape helps a bit.
Any advice would be welcome.
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Old 09-29-2014, 03:05 PM   #2
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Biggest impact I've noticed with any WDH is the "porpoise" factor when the trailer wants to buck the rear end of the tow up and down when going over uneven roads/bumps. I tried with and without a WDH on my single axle Casita and it made a big difference. I have the Anderson on my 21 and that follows along like a puppy on a lease...........
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Old 09-29-2014, 03:27 PM   #3
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Ditto with my standard WDH. I've towed a short distance without WDH and even though it's a bit of a pain to use, it's worth it for the comfortable ride and the security.
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Old 09-29-2014, 03:53 PM   #4
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I have never used a WDH, both with a 4runner and 19 and now a Sequoia with a 21. I believe there is a safety factor the WDH, I have seen a trailer accident with a WDH so they can give a false sense of security. What has discouraged me is the connect/disconnect process and additional weight.

However when all is said and done you have to evaluate your driving style, tow and TV combination, and comfort level.
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A tow vehicle with properly distributed weight on the front and rear axles (a balance as close to unhitched as possible) will drive and handle better, and that makes it inherently safer. The question is, based on your tv, when hitched, does the weight need to be redistributed? That will tell you if a wdh is needed. If it's close to the same distribution when unhitched, you don't need a wdh. If not, you do. It really shouldn't be a preference thing, but a math thing. Either the numbers work or they don't.
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I'm struggling with the math.
My tongue weight is about 325. If I add the weight of the WDH ( 68 lbs ), I'm 43 lbs. over my max tongue weight of 350.
Never did well at math.
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I'm struggling with the math.
My tongue weight is about 325. If I add the weight of the WDH ( 68 lbs ), I'm 43 lbs. over my max tongue weight of 350.
Never did well at math.
Hey Glen!
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Aha!
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A tow vehicle with properly distributed weight on the front and rear axles (a balance as close to unhitched as possible) will drive and handle better, and that makes it inherently safer. The question is, based on your tv, when hitched, does the weight need to be redistributed? That will tell you if a wdh is needed. If it's close to the same distribution when unhitched, you don't need a wdh. If not, you do. It really shouldn't be a preference thing, but a math thing. Either the numbers work or they don't.
I don't understand how, after hooking up my Escape that the distribution is ever going to be the same as unhooked, I'm going to measure the rear sag this week when we take a trip, last time we took everything out of the Jeep and into the camper, it did make a difference. The Jeep GC supposed to have load leveling shocks as part of the tow package, I don't think they make a difference.
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It would be nice if someone could compare on the same trailer at the same time (or same loaded weights) how much weight is transferred by an Anderson and how much by the other WDH that many of us have. Our WDH transfers about 300 lbs. total back to the trailer and up to the front of the tow vehicle.
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