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Old 02-05-2015, 03:45 PM   #11
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So, what's the advantage of spending money on some other method of leveling the vehicle?
Obviously if you decide you need WDH, then you don't need to add air bags or similar. If another owner decides the only reason they need WDH is leveling, then they have other options.

Even if using WDH, there are other advantages to adding air bags - primarily that less WD force could be used, reducing effort to hook up and strain on both trailer and tug structures. The bags also help the vehicle handle cargo loads when not towing. The change in suspension behaviour when towing may also be desirable, but that could go either way. None of these are likely big enough factors to make someone decide to add air bags, but the combination of air bags (or full air suspension) with WDH is somewhat common - I've seen many references to it in various forums.
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Old 02-05-2015, 03:48 PM   #12
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As I recall, Derek ( over on FGRV ) installed air bags on his RAV4, towing a Parkliner.
Then, he bought WDH.
Then, he bought a truck.
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Old 02-05-2015, 04:50 PM   #13
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At first I was going with the Reese Pro then decided on the Andersen because I wanted sway control too. This is my first WDH so I have nothing to compare to; I can say coming down from Chilliwack the truck rode smooth as silk and there was no noise. My 4Runner is an AWD 4X4 so the front wheels are always doing some of the work.
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Old 02-05-2015, 05:00 PM   #14
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I have used both , get the anderson.
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Old 02-05-2015, 05:06 PM   #15
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There is no need for any kind of WDH to get either the tug or the trailer level. The trailer can be leveled by adjusting the ball height, and the tug can be leveled with help springs (such as air bags).
Correct, and it addresses a common misconception. Leveling is not weight distribution, although proper weight distribution may "help" with leveling. The WDH's purpose is to redistribute weight from the back to the front axle of your tow.
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Leveling is not weight distribution, although proper weight distribution may "help" with leveling. The WDH's purpose is to redistribute weight from the back to the front axle of your tow.
True, but the effect of moving weight from the rear of the tow to the front ( and to the trailer ) is to level the tow vehicle. All an air bag does is prevent the rear from dropping.

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Old 02-05-2015, 05:30 PM   #17
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True, but the effect of moving weight from the rear of the tow to the front ( and to the trailer ) is to level the tow vehicle. All an air bag does is prevent the rear from dropping.

Now to inflict my WDH pix on you again.
And once again Glenn, we don't disagree. You can "inflict" pictures on me anytime....
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Old 02-05-2015, 05:50 PM   #18
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Here's what you are comparing:
-The Anderson


-the current equalizer (not the brand, just the type) hitch
ETI's hitch, as of the e-mail I received this morning:


Our Equalizer hitch is a Reese Pro Series 600 and comes with a 2 ball.

Let me speak for the brand, Equal-i-zer. Not only is this a WDH but it IS a anti-sway device. I have also used both the Andersen (note the "e" not the "o") as there may, indeed, be an Anderson leveler out there. We have driven almost an equal number of miles on both. Our preference is for the Equal-i-zer for a number of reasons. You can read our review here:
https://sites.google.com/site/ouresc...andersen-hitch

As to weight distribution, my research indicates that most manufacturers who produce unibody vehicles with either front or awd suggest weight distribution. (There are some exceptions.) These vehicles tend to be lighter and because the primary drive is in the front, they want firm contact with the road for traction and steering. Trucks don't generally have this problem.

Because of these differences it is important to read up on the manufacturer's recommendations for towing on the specific vehicle you are looking at. Go to their website and download the car manual and look at the towing section. Happy reading!
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Good info Tim. Thanks.
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I tow with a 1/2 ton truck with air bags ,Curt WDH and a Curt anti sway bar.. I am not concerned about the minor cost to improve my towing experience . I have been witness to people driving down an interstate at 40 mph with their backend dragging ,trying to maintain control of their vehicle and decided that I will not follow their example. In the scheme of things $500 for a WDH is nothing when compared to a $35K Escape
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