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Old 02-05-2015, 07:37 PM   #21
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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
Can we clone you Steve and replace all the crazies out there?
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Old 02-05-2015, 07:42 PM   #22
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...the Andersen (note the "e" not the "o") as there may, indeed, be an Anderson leveler out there....

I stand corrected: "e" not "o". My apologies.

Good points about reading the manufacturer's documents. They provide good fuel for more accurate decisions.
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Old 02-05-2015, 07:45 PM   #23
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I would go with a wdh hitch sized correctly, but get one you can add sway control to later if necessary.

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Old 02-05-2015, 07:55 PM   #24
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I would go with a wdh hitch sized correctly, but get one you can add sway control to later if necessary.

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Pro Series has a provision for bolt-on addition of the sway control. On the ball mount casting, right side, there is a boss for a small ball that is the front connection of the sway control. It then bolts to the right side of the tongue. Holes must be drilled.
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Old 02-05-2015, 07:58 PM   #25
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I have used both , get the anderson.
Ditto that Dave. Am not going to drag a 21 far on a rough road to need something to control it more from any roll like the Equal-i-zer is purported to do. Don't miss the mess or the weight either.
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:26 PM   #26
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I tow my 19' with a 4WD Honda Pilot, 4 batteries in the front box and used to use an Equalizer WDH until I installed custom coil springs and air bags and now I am dead-level with the trailer on the ball of a conventional hitch. Tows fine!
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Old 02-05-2015, 10:09 PM   #27
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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
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In the scheme of things $500 for a WDH is nothing when compared to a $35K Escape
While some members may have noticed that I am not a huge fan of WDH I certainly agree with this: if a WDH is right for the rig, the price of the hardware is not an important factor in the decision.
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Old 02-06-2015, 11:06 AM   #28
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While the tounge weight of our 21 or our 19 for that matter wasn't a issue although I do have air bags and factory air shocks. The anderson simply makes towing much smoother. I also needed someway of moving the trailer back a few inches so I can open the rear hatch on the Yukon. It makes the entire rig handle as one and feels very stable and smooth, I have towed alot of miles over the years with a standard Wdh hitch and it just isn't as nice.
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Old 02-06-2015, 11:50 AM   #29
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Opening the rear hatch on our Yukon is tight- have to be fairly square to the trailer. That would be one advantage of the Pro Series I believe as my recollection is the stinger was longer by several inches than the Andersen.

Wonder if there is any way to have a longer stinger with Andersen.
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Old 02-06-2015, 12:01 PM   #30
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Moving the ball rearward is bad in just about every way for towing, but if your rig can handle it (which would likely include cranking in a little more WD action) it can fix clearance issues.

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Wonder if there is any way to have a longer stinger with Andersen.
Probably, yes. Andersen's weight distribution parts page lists:
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3373-A Extra labor fee: custom WD/EZ HD rack w/ 3" extra shank length (add to 3351 or 3353)
Those other part numbers (3351 and 3353) are the 8" drop/rise and 4" drop/rise racks (which include the shank)... so it's not cheap, but it appears to be available.

To explain the part description: the same rack/shank is used for the No-Sway WD hitch system and the heavy duty (HD) version of the "EZ hitch" adjustable non-WD ball mount.
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