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Old 09-28-2017, 02:25 PM   #1
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weight distribution hitch for new 19

I have 09 Tundra Double Cab, 17 Casita Spirit Deluxe, and have never used a weight distribution hitch since original purchase > 10 years ago. Hasn't really been an issue, but truck does squat a little, and at night sometimes get oncoming traffic flashing lights at me. I have enjoyed simpler setup with out a weight distribution hitch, but would like to try one.

Would have one on Casita, but best I can tell installation is not just bolt on, but requires some welding to attach the bracket to the tongue, i.e. the propane tanks are in the way. I have looked at a lot of different ones, and never found one with the right length of bar to just bolt on, always too long or too short.

As I understand it, my Casita probably has heavier tongue weight than Escape 19, but I don't know. Plus, I plan to get cargo box option, so after I get it loaded up, maybe Escape 19 will have heavier tongue weight?

On my Casita, I know tongue weight can vary a lot depending on level of black water tank in front of trailer, and potable water tank at rear of trailer. I suspect the Escape 19 will be the same. Quite a few times I have camped at sites that don't have a dump station, so have to haul black water to the next stop, or where I'm going doesn't have potable water so have to bring it with me. 1st few times this happened, I was anxious about it, but now doesn't bother me. I now often haul potable water tank full, trailer seems to ride better.

For my new Escape 19, I will probably go with the $350 hitch option. I know can buy something cheaper and take it with me, but just seems easier and worth the extra to have Escape install, at least I'm thinking they do that? With the cargo box option, I can visualize a tight fit for the weight distribution hitch bracket that goes on the frame. Just my luck I would buy something that didn't fit. All comments welcomed.
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Old 09-28-2017, 02:53 PM   #2
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For my new Escape 19, I will probably go with the $350 hitch option. I know can buy something cheaper and take it with me, but just seems easier and worth the extra to have Escape install, at least I'm thinking they do that? .
I've moved my 19 very short distances with my Ford Ranger without the WDH on. The squat is noticeable. Many will comment that with the WDH the feel is more of "one unit" and I agree. I don't need anti-sway but I do like the WDH.

Yup, just get it from ETI. Dennis installed my brackets and made the initial adjustments very quickly. Many, many miles later I haven't felt the need to change anything.

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And $350 CAD is $282 US currently. ( installed )
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Old 09-28-2017, 03:01 PM   #4
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The $350 hitch is the Pro Series RB2 600 lb. tongue weight- https://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Dist...ies/49568.html

I use this with our Yukon and it is much easier to hook up than our previous Andersen. Had this with our Highlander too, however sold it with our 17B. We have over 20,000 miles with this hitch with no issues or noise.

You can get the model with the straight bars (trunnion) vs. the round bars, which is what I believe Escape still sells. I would ask them to be sure. For $350, it will also include the ball and be installed of course. One thing I had to do is buy another shank that gave me enough drop. Dennis at Escape has all the different sizes suitable for all the different vehicles and that is another plus.
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The $350 hitch is the Pro Series RB2 600 lb. tongue weight- https://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Dist...ies/49568.html

I use this with our Yukon and it is much easier to hook up than our previous Andersen. Had this with our Highlander too, however sold it with our 17B. We have over 20,000 miles with this hitch with no issues or noise.

You can get the model with the straight bars (trunnion) vs. the round bars, which is what I believe Escape still sells. I would ask them to be sure. For $350, it will also include the ball and be installed of course. One thing I had to do is buy another shank that gave me enough drop. Dennis at Escape has all the different sizes suitable for all the different vehicles and that is another plus.
I use a very similar (or same) WDH provided by Escape when we purchased our 19'. I find it very easy to use, is a snap to hook up and unhook. Couldn't be happier with it.
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I would purchase a Sherline tongue weight scale and measure your new 19 tongue weight, mine is 450# and it caused 1.5" squat on my Ram 1500 with the bed full of "stuff". I installed a set of air bags to bring my rear level with 20 psi. I do not have a w/d set up with my Ram/Escape 19 paring. I did with my Ram/21Escape pairing as the t/w was higher, 500# for the 21. If it makes you feel safer then by all means purchase it, but you may realize later it is not needed or more of a hassle to use. Just my $.02 worth.
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Thanks for replies. Another reason I'm wanting to try the weight distribution hitch is my tow has class III hitch, which has 600# maximum tongue weight, wish I had class IV. With weight distribution hitch, maximum tongue weight goes to 800# with class III hitch, so I don't have to worry about having too much tongue weight, ever.

The air bags are cool, might do that later. I know of situation where guy has huge bumper pull trailer and used air bags instead of weight distribution hitch to level his trailer. Didn't work out well, he thinks needs larger truck now, but all he really needs is weight distribution hitch, IMO. Has plenty of HP to pull trailer, just not enough tongue weight capacity, which I think is what weight distribution hitches are for.
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Thanks for replies. Another reason I'm wanting to try the weight distribution hitch is my tow has class III hitch, which has 600# maximum tongue weight, wish I had class IV. With weight distribution hitch, maximum tongue weight goes to 800# with class III hitch, so I don't have to worry about having too much tongue weight, ever.

The air bags are cool, might do that later. I know of situation where guy has huge bumper pull trailer and used air bags instead of weight distribution hitch to level his trailer. Didn't work out well, he thinks needs larger truck now, but all he really needs is weight distribution hitch, IMO. Has plenty of HP to pull trailer, just not enough tongue weight capacity, which I think is what weight distribution hitches are for.
I'm pulling my 2013 19" with a WDH and I also have Sumo overload springs on my 2016 Tacoma. The WDH really make the ride / tow more solid. I'm currently using the Anderson WDH that came with my rig, but plan to upgrade to the E2 next spring. The Anderson works well but is a pain to hook up.

Regarding the overload springs, I had Firestone Air bags on my 2014 Tacoma before I traded it in on the 2016 TRD Sport. The Sumo springs on the 2016 give me the same result without the hassle of checking the air pressure. Just install and forget it.

Note: the reason I have the overload springs is for hauling loads in the bed, not for towing. If I was only towing with the WDH, I doubt I would need the springs. But I frequently am hauling mulch, topsoil and other heavy loads near my payload capacity so the overload springs really make a difference.

My free advice (for what its worth) is to spend the $$$ for the ETI installed WDH and forgo the Airbags unless you need them for non-towing payloads.
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Hi Arnie- curious as to why are you changing to the E2 vs. Pro Series or "Equalizer"(Escape should change that).
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I'm pulling my 2013 19" with a WDH and I also have Sumo overload springs on my 2016 Tacoma. The WDH really make the ride / tow more solid. I'm currently using the Anderson WDH that came with my rig, but plan to upgrade to the E2 next spring. The Anderson works well but is a pain to hook up.

Regarding the overload springs, I had Firestone Air bags on my 2014 Tacoma before I traded it in on the 2016 TRD Sport. The Sumo springs on the 2016 give me the same result without the hassle of checking the air pressure. Just install and forget it.

Note: the reason I have the overload springs is for hauling loads in the bed, not for towing. If I was only towing with the WDH, I doubt I would need the springs. But I frequently am hauling mulch, topsoil and other heavy loads near my payload capacity so the overload springs really make a difference.

My free advice (for what its worth) is to spend the $$$ for the ETI installed WDH and forgo the Airbags unless you need them for non-towing payloads.
I have the same setup towing a 2016 19 Escape with the pro series WDH and love it. I used the blue sumo springs.
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