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Old 01-31-2015, 06:51 PM   #1
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Andersen WDH install on a Casita TT

I'm looking for what interference issues I will have installing an Andersen WDH on my 2015 Casita Spirit Deluxe 17FT TT. I don't want to shorten the chains, as they can only be shortened by 3 links. If I have to add chain, I want to be prepared when I pick up the camper in April. The image is from the installation manual. Thanks.



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Old 01-31-2015, 07:45 PM   #2
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Mount bars behind propane tank brackets add 3 links plus use quick link rated 2500 lbs + to attach links. I purchased 1ft of chain and had Casita cut the links I needed, very easy install.
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:24 PM   #3
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All you need for a Capita is a sway bar. I have the Anderson on n y Oliver and it is way overkill and a real pain to hook up.

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Old 01-31-2015, 08:45 PM   #4
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David, I take that as a no vote for the Anderson on the Oliver. There was a huge discussion on the pros and cons over on the Airstream Forum, and I'm sure it still rages on.
When I seen you were getting one, I thought I would just wait a bit to see how it worked for you...Now I know. : )

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Old 01-31-2015, 10:00 PM   #5
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Yep. If I had it to do over I would pass on the Anderson, or any WDH for that matter.

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Old 01-31-2015, 10:08 PM   #6
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My tv is a 04 tacoma 4x4 v6 and a 17ft casita and the factory installed Curt swaybar works great.
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Old 02-01-2015, 01:29 AM   #7
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Its not one size fits all with needing a WDH or not, much of it depends on your TV size and what suspention it has also it depends on the type of roads you travel, flat land freeway vs mountain logging road. The Casita 17 has a 400 lb tongue weight +or- plus what people load extra up front can make a huge difference on how a vehicle will safely handle without a WDH. As the Andersen being a pain what's the difficulty in slipping a collar on a shaft inserting a locking pin an tightening two nuts and you don't get grease on you doing it?
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The videos put out by Anderson do make it look easy. Bear in mind that I do own the Anderson, and use it so my experience is first hand. 1. The chains must be a perfect length. 2. In order to achieve equal tension on the chains you must line up the tension plate which is the delta wing looking piece affixed to the hitch exactly the same as when you unhitched from your TV. If the plate is not in the same perfect attitude to the trailer one of the chains will be longer and the other will be shorter. Having to put the TV BACK into alignment while at the same time getting the ball under the receiver compounds the difficulty of hitching up. If your campsite is small you may need to drag the trailer out to a parking lot to get it lined up. It sounds as if your mind is made up so just be sure to attach the chains to a point on the trailer you can easily get to. You will be kneeling and going from side to side to tighten the chains.

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The op does not mention the tow vehicle but Casitas are generally heavier at the tongue than other small trailers. With adequate tongue weight perhaps nothing is needed. As the Oliver owner noted and myself with another heavier unit, they are not always needed.
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Thank you Larryf

Thanks Larryf. Just the information I was looking for. Also, good to know that the folks at Casita will cut the links as needed. It's a pretty strong chain. Can you comment on how using the set screws when attaching the vertical bars worked for you. When I get it home, I'll apply a weld to it so the bars don't shift. Would the folks at Casita do that too?

I've read an almost endless discussion on the benefit or lack of on using a WDH with the Casita, before I decided on the Andersen setup. My TV is a 2013 Tacoma TRD. When I add 360 pounds to the rear it will drop about 1.5 inches. The suspension has added leafs in the rear, an ARB front bumper and 8000 pound winch. It doubles as my hunting rig. As it sits now, the Tacoma is level. From what I've read, I can expect the Andersen hitch to adjust to maintain that level. Distributing the hitch weight to the front axle should improve handling. I just don't see an issue with the installation, or use of this WDH system. I will report on this topic again, after I pick up my camper in April. I'll be towing it from Texas to Montana, which should give me enough experience to make informed comment.

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Distributing the hitch weight to the front axle should improve handling.
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I just don't see an issue with the installation, or use of this WDH system.
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There are negative issues with the use of this brand of WDH. Do your research.
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I'm using an Anderson WDH and love it. It's easy to use, it works and it's silent.

Carefully follow the steps for setting up the hitch the first time. Then, just measure the distance between the adjusting nuts and the ends of the threaded rods at each side, make a note of the distance. Then, whenever you hook up, adjust the nuts to the same position on the threaded rods. The plate will be perfectly aligned every time. You don't have to go to a parking lot.

1. Raise the tongue and drop it lightly on the ball.
2. Attach the plate to the hitch. Loosen chains if necessary.
3. Adjust the nuts to the recorded positions.
4. Retract the tongue jack.

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I have the Casita factory installed Curt WDH with the Curt anti sway bar.
My Casita's tongue weight is 425 to 430 Lbs . My truck is rated for 500 lbs tongue weight without a WDH ( required above 500 lbs tongue weight per owners manual) but the dealer recommended a WDH above 400 lbs. . I am very pleased with the set up and glad we followed the dealers advise.
I did not believe that the additional cost for an Andersen WDH was warranted in our situation.
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I tow a 17 Bigfoot 17CB with a 2007 Tacoma X Cab 4 X4 with tow package rated to tow 6500 pounds an for maximum tongue weight of 650 pounds. My bigfoot weight is 3000 pounds on the axle and 400 pounds on the tongue for a total of 3400 pounds. I suspect your new trailer would weigh similar or a little less. Your Tacoma may have a different tow rating. I had the springs upgraded at Toyotas expense and I also added air bag suspension. The air bag suspension is very useful even when not towing. I have considered a WDH but I really do not need one. Think this through carefully. I would think your Tacoma set up just the way it already is would do well to get you from Texas back home. If tongue weight is more than 500 pounds a weight distribution hitch would be required but I'm thinking your Casita would be less than 500 pounds on the tongue. You have read the pro and con discussions about a WDH. Some people love them and some don't. I've never used one and at this point in my towing life, see no need. If I get a heavier trailer I might get one but for now what I have works great.
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