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Old 08-19-2015, 08:45 AM
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Re: First Tow with Diesel

Volvite,

Same principle, different execution.....

You will discover that the Andersen is WAY lighter than a torsion bar system......we love it!

No affiliation......just did the research and went with the Andersen. Never regretted it. Even SWMBO can hitch it up with no issues!

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Re: First Tow with Diesel

Bigadventure,

If you properly set up your WD hitch in the first place,you will not be over sprung as you claim my rig is!

Proper setup by adjusting the angle of the head of the WD is what puts whatever amount of spring help you need for the load to be carried NOT THE CAPACITY OF THE HITCH !!

The reese wd I have been using on numerous tow vehicles is actually RATED 1400lb tongue weight,14,400 capacity.

I purchased this hitch because of 10K capacity trailer, which would give me 25% safety margin. BIGGER IS BETTER!


1) Measuring simple wheel well heights front & rear with no trailer attached!
2) ATTACH trailer with out spring bars in place measure again front and rear.
3) Adjust WD head angle so when the spring bars are attached the TOW VEHICLE squats the same amount FRONT and REAR (PURPOSE OF WD)
This procedure is the best method for adjusting or installing WD.
4) confirm at scales.
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Re: First Tow with Diesel

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Volvite,

Same principle, different execution.....

You will discover that the Andersen is WAY lighter than a torsion bar system......we love it!

No affiliation......just did the research and went with the Andersen. Never regretted it. Even SWMBO can hitch it up with no issues!

Thanks.
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Lastly, the fuel economy pulling through this pass was great! Typically with the Hemi I was averaging 9MPG, this run up and down including a few miles within Vegas without a load got me 15.3MPG on taller tires, accounting for the 5% difference in rolling circumference means 16MPG towing a heavy trailer with a giant face.
Great info thanks. What do you mean 5% circumference (or diameter) difference?
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Re: First Tow with Diesel

We completed an 11,000 mile round trip to Alaska this summer with our diesel GC towing a 4500 lb travel trailer. We encountered many 8% grades and a few 10% grades. Last year we towed over Loveland Pass and Wolf Creek Pass. The Jeep always heated up on these grades to near the red zone, but never overheated. I ran into another guy on the Alaska trip who was towing a 6,000 lb travel trailer. He said he towed up the 11 mile 11% grade out of Skagway with plenty of power and without overheating, but again with his guage near the red zone. I have learned to ignore the guage while towing uphill and just keep an eye on the oil and transmission temperatures.
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