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Old 07-25-2015, 07:47 PM   #11
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The airbags or bumpers would be just added insurance to go along with the Andersen WDH to make sure the FJ doesn't squat in back. We are going to be light on the way back with the trailer, to keep the weight at a minimum. Not too many pots and pans, not much (5 gallons or less) water in the tank, and no stoves, heavy awning mats etc. I don't want to have to leave items on the side of the road with a "for free" sign next to them!
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Old 07-25-2015, 07:57 PM   #12
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I use Pro Series WDH on my RAV4 17B combination. No air bags or such.
Over on that other site, Derek first tried air bags on his RAV4 ParkLiner combo. Then he added a WDH. Then he bought a truck...
See pix. First without WDH. Then with.
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Old 07-25-2015, 08:04 PM   #13
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So are you saying the Pro Series is a better option to the Andersen? Without having the airbags or bumpers being part of the discussion...
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Old 07-25-2015, 08:27 PM   #14
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Nope. Pro Series is a couple hundred dollars less than Andersen. I wouldn't spend the money myself, but many others have.
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Old 07-25-2015, 09:25 PM   #15
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Ahhh...ok, I see. I have a similar WDH to the Pro Series that I got when we got our Casita, but I gotta say, I like the simplicity of the Andersen hitch...
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Old 07-25-2015, 10:14 PM   #16
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I think you should try the Andersen before deciding it is simpler. I expect it gets better, but I watched one member here hopping from one side to the other with his ratchet to hook up. Others are replacing parts that wear.
I will admit that it is lighter than the Pro Series, and for some ( including me ) that could be the critical factor.
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Old 07-26-2015, 02:39 AM   #17
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Ah, the hopping! There is no hopping if two people put it on! We've had our 21 since March, hooked up about 30 times with the Anderson, always with one on each side. I'm sure either one of us could now do it handily, in short order, without any hopping.
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I think you should try the Andersen before deciding it is simpler. I expect it gets better, but I watched one member here hopping from one side to the other with his ratchet to hook up. Others are replacing parts that wear.
I will admit that it is lighter than the Pro Series, and for some ( including me ) that could be the critical factor.

I "hopped" a few times until I figured it out. Now I can do it all from the same side. Figured out that once the chains are adjusted (just count the number of exposed threads) they will stay that way.

The only thing to remember is to hook up, jack it up high, triangle plate, then lower. When unhooking, just reverse it. Just a personal opinion but for me it's way easier than the conventional bars.
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