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Old 02-22-2016, 05:34 PM   #21
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If you grease the ball wouldn't you have a greasy ball with any hitch? I don't grease the bars or chains.
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Old 02-22-2016, 05:52 PM   #22
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Last time we were out, at the end of uncoupling, I didn't want to get dirty from the ball of the hitch. I grabbed one of the plastic bags from the bags of ice out of the back of the track and put it on the ball like a shower cap with either end of the bag pulled down thru the d shaped holes that the torsion bars ride in.
5 months later it is still over the ball protecting me from getting dirty.
Hasn't blown off.
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Old 02-22-2016, 05:54 PM   #23
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Andersen has no grease nor bars, just 2 lightweight chains.
That may be true but you must be aware of the fact that several people on this site have had their troubles with the Andersen Hitch. Worn out parts, replacement parts etc. at a greater cost than the simple Escape Trailer issue that so far seems to work well.
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Old 02-22-2016, 05:59 PM   #24
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We try to wipe off the ball with a shop towel as soon as we unhitch, and then put the cover.

Our Pro Series WDH is not greasy where our hands go but it has grease where we oil it at trunnion points. We put those ends into paper bags.

I wish there were a cover for the adjustable hitch so that we didn't have to remove it for going anywhere. So when backing, if hitting a vehicle, there would be something soft there to keep from damaging it.
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Old 02-22-2016, 06:01 PM   #25
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By simple Escape issue you mean the Pro Series? If we do get another one that is likely it, having owned it before. Lot less $$ than the Fastway. And I'm the guy who said you usually get what you pay for when talking a year and half ago in respect to the cost of th Andersen. I believe I did say there are exceptions and that was one for us.
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Old 02-22-2016, 06:17 PM   #26
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If you read your Toyota manual, I suspect you will find a note saying NOT to leave the coupler installed when not towing.
I think the reason is the amount of damage that can be done if it gets hit.
I now remove mine, although for years, I left it in place to warn the guy parking behind not to hit my spare tire which is mounted on the rear hatch.
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Old 02-22-2016, 06:32 PM   #27
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maybe this?

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Old 02-22-2016, 06:45 PM   #28
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Maybe. Protects the bumper, but I wonder if it protects the hitch receiver and mounting points?
Saw one similar, but all chrome, and more than I was willing to pay.
I'll never really know how many people parking by ear hit my WDH.
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Old 02-22-2016, 06:57 PM   #29
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My favorite thing about a back up camera is being able to see that hitch when backing up and when hooking up. I get lazy and leave it on if we're leaving the trailer in the site while we go off somewhere. I supposed I should pull it off......
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If you read your Toyota manual, I suspect you will find a note saying NOT to leave the coupler installed when not towing.
I think the reason is the amount of damage that can be done if it gets hit.
I now remove mine, although for years, I left it in place to warn the guy parking behind not to hit my spare tire which is mounted on the rear hatch.
I was referring to the ball mount. I wish it could be left for one-night stops. The coupler, yes, they would say that kind of weight should not be on your TV.
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