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Old 11-26-2020, 02:52 PM   #1
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Towing on the ball 16' Carvale

I was going to get an Anderson for my 2021 16' AS Caravel.
Checked with Anderson and asked if their system was compatible with the "DEMCO" coupler that all AS are using now.

I got a quick e-mail response that NO I could not use their Anderson system with the DEMCO coupler. With that kind of a e-mail response I will not take a chance and just "try it". An accident would have the lawyers in a good position.

Anyone in the group with a 2020-2021 16' Bambi or Caravel towing "on the ball" with no sway or WDH? And results? My Tow unit is a 2020 Jeep Gladiator with Firestone air bags in the rear coils.

I only need to go from Fort Meyers to Stuart, FL and will see how I make out. I am going to use this CURT smooth riding Ball system. And see how that works.

https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch-Ball/Curt/C29FR.html#exp-productdetails=.reviews

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Old 11-26-2020, 03:00 PM   #2
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I was towing my Sport 22FB with a fixed ball drop hitch. Weigh Safe 6" drop. It was nice and solid, and I could see my tongue weight all the time when the trailer was on the hitch.

I found that this gave me enough adjustment, 6" up and 6" down from the truck's receiver, to get my trailer perfectly level.

Can't speak to the Curt ball that you have listed.

I think the airbags will make a difference to get the tow vehicle level once the trailer tongue weight is added to the hitch.

Check into a brake controller as well, there may be a prewire in the Jeep already.
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Old 11-26-2020, 03:20 PM   #3
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Peter, thanks for the info. I am going to use a Curt "ECHO". I just plugged into the Gladiator and it really fits well as the 7 wire socket is on bumper next to the tag. The lid open up and works really nice with the Echo plugged in. Echo will be protected in it's present location from dirt etc. being thrown up by the rear tires.


Picking up 16' AS on Dec 7, let you all know how I make out towing back to Stuart, FL from Fort Myers.


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Old 11-26-2020, 05:26 PM   #4
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I agree the Gadiator will tow the 16' fine without WD and sway control but WD will improve your ride. If you find the Demco has slop in the coupler then consider the EAZ Lift Elite with a sway damping bar. It is a good match. If there is no slop in your coupler the Andersen is a great choice.
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Old 11-27-2020, 07:59 AM   #5
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If you are interested in a different WDH I use the Blue Ox SwayPro to pull my 19' Caravel. I'm towing it with a GMC Acadia and have no problems with sway or clanking and banging around. I have the Prodigy brake controller as well - it's the wireless version where the receiver mounts on the A-frame as our vehicle doesn't have a pre-wired option. Safe travels!
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Old 11-27-2020, 08:15 AM   #6
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Recognize the the purpose of WD bars is to restore the load to your front axle that is lost when you hitch up. Less weight on the front axle = reduced steering control.
It has been completely proven that air bags DO NOT restore this weight. So if hitching up your trailer removes more than a negligible amount of weight from your front axle, you need WD.
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Old 11-27-2020, 10:34 AM   #7
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I tow my 16’ Bambi with a 2017 BMW X5d using a Stealth Hitch without sway bars or WD. It is very stable. I keep my speed under 65 and slow down under windy conditions.
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Old 11-27-2020, 05:04 PM   #8
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Towing on the ball 16' Carvale

I have a 2020 20FB and tow with a 2020 Jeep Gladiator (with max tow package). I use a blue ox wdh with 1000lb rated bars. No problem towing at times never know the trailer is behind me. Last tow I estimated 15mpg and that was driving 65 to 70mph on the expressway.
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Old 11-28-2020, 08:43 AM   #9
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Thanks to all for the informative info. I also have a 2019 Audi Q7. At times I may give that a try pulling the 16' compared to the Gladiator. Would be great if the wireless break controller (Curt Echo) would work both in the Audi and the Gladiator.


TAke care to all, Bob
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Old 11-28-2020, 02:12 PM   #10
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The Echo will work great for both. Happy Camping.
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