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Old 09-06-2015, 06:27 PM   #1
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Advice. New to us 2015 shamrock 183 2013 F150

So my family has just bought a used 2015 Shamrock 183 and we are towing it with a 2013 F150 Super crew 4x4 with the ecoboost. It has the built in brake controller.

Previously we towed a 2008 26 foot outback with rear slide using our 2009 Dodge Ram Crew cab 4x4 hemi with an equalizer hitch And then went to a 27 foot cougar xlite 5th wheel with the same dodge.

My issue is that the 183 is so lite. I have researched weight distributing hitches and it seems that all are to heavy (bars) except the reese mini that has 500 pound bars.

I am not used to towing a trailer without weight distribution but have been told that it does not need it as the tounge weight is so low.

Would it be smart to at least install a good anti-sway device? If so what should I use.

Thankyou!

Oh 183 tongue wait loaded is 420 lbs
and trailer weight max load is 4820 lbs

And the F150 equipped max tow is 11,200 lbs
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Old 09-06-2015, 07:31 PM   #2
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Oh 183 tongue wait loaded is 420 lbs
and trailer weight max load is 4820 lbs

And the F150 equipped max tow is 11,200 lbs
for one thing, you mis-quoted the tongue weight. 420lbs. is the "DRY" tongue weight, not LOADED.

add battery weight, 40lbs. propane gas weight, cargo and water, it'll easily be close or over 500lbs.

read your truck's owners manual. the Towing section usually has a hitch/trailer weight where it's recommended to use a WDH.

what's the driver's door sticker say your payload capacity is?
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Old 09-06-2015, 09:34 PM   #3
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for one thing, you mis-quoted the tongue weight. 420lbs. is the "DRY" tongue weight, not LOADED.

add battery weight, 40lbs. propane gas weight, cargo and water, it'll easily be close or over 500lbs.

read your truck's owners manual. the Towing section usually has a hitch/trailer weight where it's recommended to use a WDH.

what's the driver's door sticker say your payload capacity is?
1440 lbs
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1440 lbs
well, it may have the HD Towing package but it doesn't have the Max Payload package.

have you checked the manual's Towing section?

at minimum, you need an antisway bar.
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well, it may have the HD Towing package but it doesn't have the Max Payload package.

have you checked the manual's Towing section?

at minimum, you need an antisway bar.

Sorry. Raining here. Didn't want to go outside. It is 1864 lbs.

thx for your help by the way.
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Old 09-07-2015, 12:42 PM   #6
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I tow my 2015 183 Shamrock with a 10,000# WDH from Harbor Freight. You need to add a 2 5/16 ball, sold separately but you can usually get the hitch for $199, or less with a coupon. The HF hitch works great for me... I have it on the 3rd chain link. No sway at all when towning
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