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Old 03-25-2016, 09:22 AM   #1
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wdh hitch and backing up

The escape options list the equalizer and e2 as wdh options. Anyone know if you are able to back up and manuver as you are backing without taking off the wdh bars? I didn't know how forgiving they were without binding and putting unwanted stress on the trailer frame over time from backing up. Didn't the Anderson chain model stress the escape frame.....and escape dropped this option? I would rather go without than having to disconnect the bars before every backup and gas station manuver. Thanks in advance. I've never owned a wdh before.
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:09 AM   #2
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I believe the Andersen is more forgiving compared to the solid bar w/d set up while in reverse, at least that has been my experience.
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I don't know what type of WDH Escape is currently using, but my bar & chain type causes no problems backing up. The only time I had a problem with it was when I did an extremely sharp turn (repeatedly back & forward) to get out of a tight situation. The bar turned far enough that it fell out of the receiver.
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:19 AM   #4
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No, the WDH 'bars' do not need to be unhooked when backing up. So far, I've not read any discussions on problems relating to the Escape option brand of Equalizer Hitch (Pro Series).
Several places in this forum discuss returns, worn out parts and other problems with the Anderson 'chain model'. I'm not sure why it would ever be recommended. (It costs more and is problematic). Read them (reviews) prior to any decision making.
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I had the Equalizer brand WDH with solid bars, which looks just like the E2. Backed up with the bars on all the time with no adverse effects. They actually helped keep the rig closer to level when backing up hills keeping the shank from hitting.
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If you have a Pro series hitch and you fail to take your wife's advice telling you not to take a curvy road along the side of a West Virginia mountain, and it ends in a dead end against a gate with no turnaround, you will not worry about the hitch as you back up a quarter of a mile with your wife walking along the side of the tow rig in the gathering darkness. Your worry priorities will be crystal clear at that time. And it ain't the hitch.
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Old 03-25-2016, 12:41 PM   #7
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If you have a Pro series hitch and you fail to take your wife's advice telling you not to take a curvy road along the side of a West Virginia mountain, and it ends in a dead end against a gate with no turnaround, you will not worry about the hitch as you back up a quarter of a mile with your wife walking along the side of the tow rig in the gathering darkness. Your worry priorities will be crystal clear at that time. And it ain't the hitch.
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Ditto previous comments. Don't think very many people would use a WDH if you had to disconnect to back up.

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If you have a Pro series hitch and you fail to take your wife's advice telling you not to take a curvy road along the side of a West Virginia mountain, and it ends in a dead end against a gate with no turnaround, you will not worry about the hitch as you back up a quarter of a mile with your wife walking along the side of the tow rig in the gathering darkness. Your worry priorities will be crystal clear at that time. And it ain't the hitch.
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If you have a Pro series hitch and you fail to take your wife's advice telling you not to take a curvy road along the side of a West Virginia mountain, and it ends in a dead end against a gate with no turnaround, you will not worry about the hitch as you back up a quarter of a mile with your wife walking along the side of the tow rig in the gathering darkness. Your worry priorities will be crystal clear at that time. And it ain't the hitch.
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Not that something like that could actually happen though, eh?
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If you have a Pro series hitch and you fail to take your wife's advice telling you not to take a curvy road along the side of a West Virginia mountain, and it ends in a dead end against a gate with no turnaround, you will not worry about the hitch as you back up a quarter of a mile with your wife walking along the side of the tow rig in the gathering darkness. Your worry priorities will be crystal clear at that time. And it ain't the hitch.
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Been there, done that (although I no longer have a wife to help!)
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