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Old 04-24-2018, 05:01 AM   #1
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Hi there, does anyone have the Anderson WDH for their 17 foot Casita? Was the initial installation fairly simple. Were there any modifications needed? How simple is it to set up once installed? Thankyou
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Old 04-24-2018, 05:22 AM   #2
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Just make sure you get the correct frame brackets, the "universal 3/4/5/6" brackets do not work as well as the one made for your particular frame size.
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Old 04-24-2018, 05:23 AM   #3
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Got it = very simple - LOVE it - added 3 links to each chain and mounted the brackets just behind the propane tank cross bar so they would not slide. No welding needed. Adjusts very easily and performs as you want it to - a home run for sure - get it and forget it.
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Please stay on topic discussing to OP's questions.
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Old 04-24-2018, 12:40 PM   #5
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I have the Anderson and I use it with my 17 foot Casita and my Tacoma X-Runner. I love it. I followed the directions closely and it all works well. I did drill a deep pocket for the set screws, and no sliding. I had to take three links off, but that was simple.

It is light and easy to install and remove. I do keep a 1/2 inch ratchet in the box with the hitch to make tensoning the chains easier. I also have painted marks on the chains to use as a reference while tensoning.
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Thank you Everyone!!!
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Old 06-01-2018, 07:59 PM   #7
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andersen wd hitch paired with 17' casita

I just got a 2012 17' Spirit DL and am trying to work out the best Andersen wd hitch. I purchased the 3/4/5/6 bracket (kit #3326) but quickly saw that would leave only ~5 inches of ground clearance. I tried talking to someone at Andersen, they put me through to a variety of reps, with only one returning my call. He told me about a 3/4/5/6 raised bracket (#3369) that he recommended for casitas. Anyone have first hand knowledge of this setup? Why would that be better than a simple 3" bracket? FYI- I'm pulling it with a 2009 Toyota Sienna. Thanks in advance for the help.
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Old 06-01-2018, 08:57 PM   #8
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what matters is how high the hitch reciever on your tug is, compared with how high the tow socket on the trailer is when its frame is level. This also depends on whether your Casita has 15" or 14" tires, and lift kit vs no lift.

on my Tacoma 4x4, I was using a 3" drop tow bar, but my Tacoma's receiver is about 18" high, probably quite a bit higher than a Sienna. I also have airbags on theTaco, so when I load the truck, I pump up the airbags so the chassis rides at the same height it did empty, then I hitch up.
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Old 06-01-2018, 11:41 PM   #9
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I have that bracket on my Casita 17. It gives me about 12 inches ground clearance. In my case, the lowest thing is now the jack.

There was about 3 inches of steel above the trailer frame, so I cut that off, and now it does not interfere with the propane cover.

I also had to remove three links. But it's all working smoothly now.
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Old 06-02-2018, 07:59 AM   #10
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I pull a 2018 Casita 17' with our 2017 AWD Honda Ridgeline, doesn't need a WDH or swaybar, pulls like it's not even there. You may need a WDH with smaller tow vehicles, I'm pretty sure you would need one for safety and your vehicle tow restrictions. Since the original poster did not mention what tow vehicle would be used with the Anderson and the Casita, it's hard to answer the question. Since it's a setup between to vehicles, for correct size and weight for the two is needed for a correct answer.

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When we purchased our Casita SD 17' used from a private party he had installed the Andersen WDH behind the propane tanks and extended the chains. We have had our Casita for about 3 years and towed about 8k miles and it has worked flawlessly. We tow with a 2nd generation Honda Ridgeline AWD and one thing that is noticeable when not using the WDH is how much the rear bounces but that disappears with the WDH installed. Here is a photo for reference of our installation.
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When we purchased our Casita SD 17' used from a private party he had installed the Andersen WDH behind the propane tanks and extended the chains. We have had our Casita for about 3 years and towed about 8k miles and it has worked flawlessly. We tow with a 2nd generation Honda Ridgeline AWD and one thing that is noticeable when not using the WDH is how much the rear bounces but that disappears with the WDH installed. Here is a photo for reference of our installation.
Glad to see your using the Ridgeline and the Anderson WDH is working well for you. I would never rule out a WDH, but so far I just don't feel any bounce that you feel, it could be how and what each of us carry in the trailer and in the RL, this could make a difference. Doesn't the Ridgeline do a wonderful job in pulling the Casita and get very decent fuel mileage, many don't even look at the Ridgeline as a tow vehicle, I can't tell if it's price, uni body construction (NO FRAME), or just the low build amount that Honda produces. I've had both a G1 and now the G2 models and both have been excellent trucks for towing within there specs from Honda.

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Old 06-12-2018, 04:07 PM   #13
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Got it = very simple - LOVE it - added 3 links to each chain and mounted the brackets just behind the propane tank cross bar so they would not slide. No welding needed. Adjusts very easily and performs as you want it to - a home run for sure - get it and forget it.
Do you have photos of your wdh mounted on the Casita? As we are completely unfamiliar with WDH, I thought I could save a hassle and just have our RV guys install but they say they need to remove and raise the propane tanks. That seems a bit excessive and $$$ added to an already expensive item. When I looked at the install manual, I thought behind the tanks would do the trick.
I know a lot of these go on Casitas, it should not be this difficult.
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Do you have photos of your wdh mounted on the Casita? As we are completely unfamiliar with WDH, I thought I could save a hassle and just have our RV guys install but they say they need to remove and raise the propane tanks.....
post #11, 2 posts above yours has said picture...
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