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Old 08-22-2018, 08:12 AM
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As for the Andersen WDH... It seems those who have never used one always say it CANíT work. And those who do use one, simply love it. Mine works great with the 3326, first towed by a GMC Envoy now towed by a Ram 1500 EcoDiesel (still dialing it in with the Ram).
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Old 08-22-2018, 09:47 AM
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We towed for years with a mini van with a 3.0Lin mountains. Now with a highlander 3.5L No real issues, A little slow down on steep grades.

Bigger engines are nice for mountains and if our primary camping area was the mountains, I would be thinking about a large v8. But we only camp where we travel through mountains maybe 5 to 10 trips a year. So the 3.5 V6 is just fine for us.

Downshifting going down mountains is you brake's friend.
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Old 08-22-2018, 10:08 AM
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As for the Andersen WDH... It seems those who have never used one always say it CANíT work. And those who do use one, simply love it. Mine works great with the 3326, first towed by a GMC Envoy now towed by a Ram 1500 EcoDiesel (still dialing it in with the Ram).
I'd love to get one on a scale, an axle at a time, both installed and not. That would tell us what's really happening. And of course, every brand could use that test.
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Old 08-22-2018, 11:36 AM
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A back up camera mounted on the rear is a big help. Be aware that the cheapie wireless ones do not have enough range, I had to go to a 802.11 (WiFi) system to get a good signal.

Had the same issue with the TPMS, had to find one designed for a long trailer.

ps Have a WDH but have never felt the need for it and the other half of the bow is adding downforce on the trailer axle.
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I would use the 1500 truck, mountains on the west coast area can go up in the high 7-10k feet range, your tranny will work hard and that motor too.
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Old 08-22-2018, 04:41 PM
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Having both an SUV and PU gives me more options, esp if I would end up spending more time out west. My mechanic made the same suggestion.

My Pilot is just so much more comfortable, though, and set up with crates for my working dogs. They breathe down my neck from the back seat of the pick up! :-D
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Just came home from Vancouver Island to Calgary. Had a 2013 GC with 5 speed tranny and it handled the long tows up to 4,400 ft but engine speed sometimes a little high. Had to slow her down to drop it. Now have a
2017 GC with an 8 speed tranny and there is no comparison. It is as if I'm driving a different vehicle although the engines are the same and the towing ability went from 5000 lbs to 6200 lbs. She hauls up the long inclines without a problem as those extra gears seem to make all the difference dropping to 4th gear only on the 8% grades with engine speed at 4000 rpm.
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I have the same 3.6 DOHC engine. With a 6400 rpm redline will cruise all day over 4k rpm.
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I try to keep my rpm's below 4k. Does just fine on interstate highways, including the max grade allowed on interstate highways of 7.5%.
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