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Old 04-05-2014, 12:53 PM   #1
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Do I need a fancy weight distribution(anti sway setup)hitch?

The truck, is a 2010 F150 Supercrew, with the tow package, and a trailer weight limit of 9600#. The tow package, has the tranny cooler, all the brake stuff, electronic anti sway control, and all the bells and whistles that come with it.
In addition, I have the Roadmaster Active Suspension on the rear springs. This is a great setup, that works well, and I have used on two other vehicles before this, to take the wallow out of the stock suspension.
I've towed a 7000# boat, with a cat hull, and a much higher center of gravity, without any issues with this truck, but never at continuous highway speeds.
The trailer, is a V-Lite 26WFKS, with a dry weight of 6000#, and a tongue weight of 638#. If I max it out, it'll be around #7600. I'm familiar with how quickly weight adds up when you start filling nooks and crannies.
My query for the gallery is, do I need, an additional weight distribution style hitch, for the anti sway, or will I be more then good, with where I am, below the limits of the truck? Looking for opinions here, it is, after all, the internet.

If the moderators want to shift this thread down to the trailer towing area, that'd be dandy. I'm still familiarizing myself with the neighborhood. Thanks.

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Old 04-05-2014, 02:52 PM   #2
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Yes absolutely. Would not consider not having weight distr'n hitch such as Reese dual cam or equalizer. Need to distribute some of that tongue weight to the front axle.

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Old 04-05-2014, 03:00 PM   #3
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Check the owner's manual - probably gives you a recommendation, but I think you'll find the tt is a lot different than a boat of the same weight, especially on a windy day. The WDH will give you the right amount of weight on your front axle, and sway control makes a big difference on the highway.

You can always get some scale weights without it and see what you get, but no way I would pull a trailer that size without the WDH and sway control even with all the factory equipment for towing on these newer trucks.

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Old 04-05-2014, 03:17 PM   #4
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I'm new to the trailer towing for RV stuff, where I'll put 500 plus miles a day on something thats close to the size of a billboard. I've towed a lot locally, and 4 or 5k highway, but with a light weight box trailer(6x12), or flatbed.
I figured there was a happy place, where below, I'd be fine with what I have, and over, where the WDH would be a definite plus
I'm conscious of the benefits of proper hitch loading, to prevent the rear from wagging. The roadmaster springs help to keep the truck from squatting in the rear, and do a great job of it. I intend to call them on Monday and see if they have any input.
I wasn't sure if the Roadmaster coil over leaf design, and Fords electronic anti sway, would cover me here, or if I was already over the line. Nothing beats first hand experience from those who do it a lot.
I'm still sorting through the duplications in the paperwork for ordering the trailer(amazing how many times you can get charged for the same thing, when it' ends up in a different column), and was hoping to avoid any redundancy here....if there was any.
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:21 PM   #5
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We pulled a max weight 7200 lb Jayco 26ft TT with a Ford F-250 and we used a weight distribution hitch. I don't think I would go without one. I'd rather use one and possibly not really need it than not have it and find out that I did. I figured with how often I had grandkids in the back seat I'd rather err on the side of caution.

I'd check your manual for the weight limits for towing without a WDH. As I remember them, they were fairly limited on tongue weight.

We towed with an Eaz-Lift WDH (don't remember the exact model) and added a sway bar mainly for pulling out on the interstate highways just in case. Never had an issue with sway, but the truck outweighed our trailer by 1,000 lbs or better so that helped.

A friend of mine swears by his Equalizer hitch and if I were in the market for one I'd probably try it based on his recommendation - Equal-i-zer® Hitch - The “American Original” with 4-Point Sway Control™ and Weight Distribution

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Old 04-05-2014, 03:28 PM   #6
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X2 an emergency lane change or getting the right side trailer tires drop off the pavement you will wish you had the WD hitch
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:29 PM   #7
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I will proceed down this path then. I read some of the other threads about WDH's, regarding getting one sized for for the max weight of what I'll be towing, and will apply that when picking and choosing.
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:38 PM   #8
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Do you plan on getting a bigger tongue pull trailer any time soon?

If so then please consider buying the bigger hitch now and save the coin later.
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:50 PM   #9
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The roadmaster will actually help a lot and will resist the side sway of the truck rear wheels, but will not help the change in steering caused by the weight on the hitch pulling the front wheels up. The WDH will aid in maintain good steering control. Most TT's have horrible weight distribution with front kitchens etc. not only adding tongue weight but also adding to the tendency to sway with the large moment arm at, I suggest the WDH is a good idea especially for a F150.
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Old 04-05-2014, 04:15 PM   #10
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definitely get a WDH!!!

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