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Old 07-24-2019, 01:13 PM   #1
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Chick Friendly WD Hitch w/Swaybar

I recently bought a 2014 Rockwood Mini-Lite that I tow with my 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The BLUE OX WD Hitch w/Sway control camp with the TT. Unfortunately, it is so heavy, I am unable to lift the the hitch to connect to my Jeep. Being a camper chick who loves to go Glamping, I'm not able to do this on my own. Does anyone know of a lightweight WD set up w/sway control that would be more user friendly for me? Thanks,
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Old 07-24-2019, 01:18 PM   #2
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The heaviest part will be the hitch head that slides into the receiver. Have someone slide it in there and leave it there..even when not towing. Use a locking hitch pin to keep it from being stolen. No need to remove it after towing.
Just watch where you step when walking behind the Jeep, it can be a shin buster.
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Old 07-24-2019, 01:51 PM   #3
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Would a HitchGrip help?

https://www.amazon.com/HitchGrip-HG7.../dp/B00HSO37B0

Might give you a better handle to hold onto it?
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Old 07-24-2019, 02:00 PM   #4
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Look into Andersen WDH's. They're super light weight and once you get the hang of it they're easy to set up and remove.
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Old 07-24-2019, 02:04 PM   #5
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You could look into the anderson. I have not used it but it seems to have a lighter hitch head than others and the bars are replaced by chains. Folks that have it seem to like it but it does not redistribute a lot of weight so depends on you rig if it would work for you or not.

https://www.parleysdieselperformance...RoCjEwQAvD_BwE

I like the idea of not removing the hitch as well as a real cheap solution.
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Someone on here made rolling dolly with a lift mechanism. Just roll it to the TV, slide the hitch out, lower it and roll it away. It looked interesting but I don't recall anything else about it.

An Anderson hitch may be an option, I have never used one and they seem to be for the lighter trailers, not sure if it is an option for you. I use the Blue Ox and like it.
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Look into Andersen WDH's. They're super light weight and once you get the hang of it they're easy to set up and remove.
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Old 07-24-2019, 02:14 PM   #8
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My 5'2" wife handles the Andersen all by herself. By her choice, the hitch head is removed even while camping. She now prefers its road handling (sway control) to the Husky Centerline that we used to use and still have (for sale.)
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Would a HitchGrip help?

https://www.amazon.com/HitchGrip-HG7.../dp/B00HSO37B0

Might give you a better handle to hold onto it?
I use a hitchgrip, it is handy but the ball can easily slip from the "grip"..and dropping the hitch on your foot would be very bad.
Never put a toe or foot under a hitchgrip lugging a hitch.
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I use a hitchgrip, it is handy but the ball can easily slip from the "grip"..and dropping the hitch on your foot would be very bad.
Never put a toe or foot under a hitchgrip lugging a hitch.
Have you contacted the company? That sounds terrible!
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Old 07-24-2019, 03:15 PM   #11
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Another vote for the Andersen, big weight difference both with the hitch head as well as the rest of the setup.
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These are quite expensive, but the weight is attached to the trailer, I believe. Watch the videos.

https://www.hensleymfg.com/how-does-...ey-hitch-work/
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The Reese Steadi-Flex 6k/600TW head weighs in at under 45 pounds. Not sure, but that may be on par with the Anderson.
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These are quite expensive, but the weight is attached to the trailer, I believe. Watch the videos.

https://www.hensleymfg.com/how-does-...ey-hitch-work/


Those still have a giant, heavy hitch head which is what the OP is trying to get away from. The issue isn't where the weight goes when hitched up, it's the weight when having to wrestle with it to get the hitch head into the receiver.
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Thank you everyone who gave their input... Looks like the Andersen is pretty popular and it looks very manageable for me.
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Chick Friendly ??? HELL....most of these aren't even Guy Friendly.
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Another vote for the Andersen WDH. Check out the website to see how it works. We tow our 5780lb 2506s minilite and we have been happy with the hitch and with its sway control. Easy to connect and disconnect, and we leave the hitch ball in the receiver. Light weight, and easily managed. You do have to tighten up two large nuts with a socket (one for each chain), but there is no heavy lifting.
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Those still have a giant, heavy hitch head which is what the OP is trying to get away from. The issue isn't where the weight goes when hitched up, it's the weight when having to wrestle with it to get the hitch head into the receiver.
Just once, then it stays on the TT. My understanding was taking off and on is the problem.
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Just once, then it stays on the TT. My understanding was taking off and on is the problem.
According to Hensley the head is still 45LB which is no lighter than the Andersen head.
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The Andersen head consists of the ball mounted within brake material, the drawbar, drop bar and, in our case, the triangle. We have the 2Ĺ" drawbar to fit our receiver. Anyway, the whole thing weighs 45 lbs or less. My 5'2" wife easily picks it up and slides it into the receiver. I would leave it there while camping but she prefers to remove it - and does so herself.

WDH bars are totally avoided. If one hooks up the chains while the jack is still raised, the process is easy and requires no lifting. You may or may not need to use a wrench to get the adjusting nut to its preset position. It is worlds easier than jacking heavy bars into position and there is no danger involved in unloading them when the towing is done.
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