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Old 02-28-2021, 09:03 AM   #1
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Andersen weight distributing hitch

Anyone using the Andersen weight distributing hitch to tow a Scamp 16? I have a 2030 Ford Escape with tow package for a tow vehicle. It has a class 2 receiver. If anyone has a similar setup and you are using the Andersen hitch I would like to know your recommendation.
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Old 02-28-2021, 10:33 AM   #2
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I tow a 2019 17 foot Casita with an Escape that has the tow package. We have the anderson weight distribution hitch. I have found it is easy to hook up and I feel it provides some protection from sway. If I had to do it all over, I would still get the Anderson hitch.
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Old 02-28-2021, 11:27 AM   #3
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Some vehicles, depending on their load capacity and the weight of the trailer, require a weight distributing hitch to tow safely. Otherwise tongue weight is carried entirely on the rear axle. And because this weight is applied behind the rear axle, it can actually reduce the weight applied to the front axle which can impair steering and braking. The weight distributing hitch prevents this from happening.
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Old 02-28-2021, 11:58 AM   #4
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Thanks

Exactly information I wanted. Just noticed I said I had a 2030 Escape. They havenít been released yet. LOL. Itís a 2020.
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Old 02-28-2021, 12:15 PM   #5
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Anderson WD Hitch

I have the Anderson WDH on my Escape 19 and have used it for 3+ years with an Audi Q5 and a VW Touareg. Very happy with it. Easy to hook up, quiet and relatively light. Anderson had some design issues with the early versions, but after some discussion with them they updated my hitch to the latest version in late 2019 and it has been great since then. Both of my vehicles were uni-body construction like the Ford Escape, and so using the hitch to shift very much weight to the front wheels is not advised, although I know those who do it anyway. I'm primarily interested in the sway control it provides.
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Old 02-28-2021, 12:42 PM   #6
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Steven, Some years ago I ordered a GMC Safari van with a 4.3l engine and the trailering package. It was rated to tow 5500lb with the weight distributing hitch. My trailer dry weight was 3500lb. Without the WDH my van sat like a speed boat with the front way up and little weight on the front wheels. With the WDH both the tug and trailer were level and towed well.
Before I hook up my trailer I measure the distance between the bottom of the bumper, front and rear. When I hook up I adjust the WDH so that both front and rear bumpers drop the same distance and both the tug and trailer are level with the ground. I've found this to be the most stable configeration for towing.
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Old 02-28-2021, 01:04 PM   #7
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A Class 2 hitch is not rated for WDH use. It needs to be Class 3 or higher and rated for WDH by the hitch manufacturer.
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Old 03-10-2021, 11:13 AM   #8
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A Class 2 hitch is not rated for WDH use. It needs to be Class 3 or higher and rated for WDH by the hitch manufacturer.
Agreed with that statement. If the manufacturer only put a class 2 hitch on with a tow package you may want to verify the vehicle is recommended to even be using a WDH by the vehicle manufacturer. It may not be structurally suitable.
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Old 03-10-2021, 11:42 AM   #9
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WDH

Towing a 14' Surfside with a 2005 Sienna Class 3 hitch and the Anderson.

Works well, zero sway and everything nice and level.

For my light duty needs it is worth the price, especially since it is greaseless. I bought a curt WDH initially to save money but immediately returned it as it added ALLOT of weigth on the hitch itself for which I am limited with the Sienna to 500LBS (with a WDH, 350 without)

I hear the Anderson is not as good for the heavier loads, but we are towing fiberglass boxes here.
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Old 03-10-2021, 12:31 PM   #10
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I tow a 16' Casita behind a 2005 4runner. I've used 3 or 4 different hitches and like the Anderson hitch the best out of all of them.
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Old 03-10-2021, 12:31 PM   #11
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Slightly off topic

If you have front wheel drive a WDH is needed if you want to up any hill that is gravel. Trust me on this. As was said above if your front end is up high and rear end down, you will have no traction. Just my two cents.
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Old 03-10-2021, 01:27 PM   #12
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The weight distributing hitch essentially makes the chassis of the tug and the chassis of the trailer a single unit.
There's a video on YouTube that shows a trailer hooked to a front wheel drive vehicle with a WDH and the rear wheels removed towing the trailer around.
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Old 03-10-2021, 03:55 PM   #13
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We bought a Casita Liberty Deluxe 17 last summer and are towing it with an Audi Q5 (first a 2.0T, now a 3.0 TDI) and have been very happy with the Andersen. Besides the weight distribution and sway control, I find that it really reduces or eliminated "porpoising" over uneven pavement and makes for a very stable ride. Early on I saw a trick online of how to connect and disconnect without undoing the chains, no dealing with sockets and ratchets, and find it very easy to connect and disconnect.
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Old 03-10-2021, 04:10 PM   #14
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Andersen hitch and Scamp

I checked with Andersen and they did not recommend their hitch as the tongue weight of the Scamp is under 350 lbs. I believe the Casita tongue weight is heavier than the Scamp. So for now I will keep using the old friction anti-sway device. My Scamp tongue weight is around 250 lbs.
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Old 03-10-2021, 04:57 PM   #15
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I checked with Andersen and they did not recommend their hitch as the tongue weight of the Scamp is under 350 lbs. I believe the Casita tongue weight is heavier than the Scamp. So for now I will keep using the old friction anti-sway device. My Scamp tongue weight is around 250 lbs.
I had seen that spec also but went for it anyhow and was happy I did. Still seems to do the job just fine for me

My tongue weight is also around 250lbs
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Old 03-10-2021, 05:37 PM   #16
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I tow a Scamp 16' (heavy) and I have used a straight hitch and a Reese Mini 350 that is a light duty WDH. I can say that it is a much more comfortable ride with the WDH.
The light WDH often have sway control as part of the design.
I have towed with a 2013 VW Jetta Sportwagen TDI without the WDH and a 2016 Town and Country and a 2012 VW Touareg Both with and and without.
The WDH has less bobbing and really helps with FWD.
Personally I think that the Anderson does not have enough of a lever arm to transfer any appreciable weight.
Your mileage may vary.
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Old 03-18-2021, 08:04 PM   #17
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Andersen WDH

Have been using Andersen WDH for a couple years, towing 2900 lb Little Guy Mini Max with 2010 Highlander AWD. Good experience, easy setup. Hitch won't break your arm putting it in place. Anti-sway built in to WD function. Andersen provided updated mechanism for free. Good company to deal with.
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Old 03-18-2021, 09:16 PM   #18
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Google says...........

What is the difference between a Class 2 and Class 3 trailer hitch?
Class 2 hitches have a 1-1/4" receiver and generally only go up to 3,500 lbs. ... On the other hand, class 3 hitches have a 2" receiver and can range up to 8,000 lbs. gross trailer weight. Additionally, some class 3 hitches are able to be used with a weight distribution hitch for a towing capacity as high as 12,000 lbs.
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Old 03-18-2021, 09:52 PM   #19
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I've used the class 3 and class 5 WDH. The only difference I find is that the class 5 is more stable for highway travel but both work well.
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