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Old 02-02-2014, 08:12 PM   #11
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Would you guys recommend air bags??
won't make any difference in the towing/payload numbers. all they will do is make the truck sag less.

2004 Ford towing guide says the 4x4 F-150 supercrew with 3.73, has a max towing of 9,200lbs.
the 4x2 is the one with the 9500lbs. rating.
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:11 AM   #12
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So now that all of that is out of the way does anyone want to answer the original questions???

Which do you guys prefer- round bar style or square style??
Either of them better then the other???
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:38 AM   #13
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your assuming your bar choice is going to make up for your lack of truck. You need to take what everyone is suggesting more seriously, for the safety of your family. You are probably at your limits if you left camper empty and family at home.
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:41 AM   #14
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I use round bars with double friction sway bars ( Husky brand )
They work perfectly for me for less money !
As others have already stated , I think you have too much trailer for your truck.
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When I owned a TT, used the cheaper round bar WDH and had no problems but do make sure to run dual friction bars to control sway better...Good Luck
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I used to own a 2012 salem 30qbss. It's tongue weight was close to 1100. Heavier than it looks for sure. I used f350 at the time and it still sagged the truck a bit. I used the round 1000k bars and it did help quite a bit. Also used a friction sway control. Hitch was an Ultra-Fab WDH. If I didn't trade on the 5er, I probably would have went with the equalizer based on people's reviews who I've talked to at random CGs.
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:31 AM   #17
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So now that all of that is out of the way does anyone want to answer the original questions???

Which do you guys prefer- round bar style or square style??
Either of them better then the other???
1st of all, the members here are concerned about your safety and those around.....that is why the extra information is volunteered. I agree with others that your receiver hitch is probably not up to that amount of tongue weight. The Ford trucks of that era setup with the heavy duty towing package mostly had a 990 lb. tongue weight limit when using a WDH. I should know, as I have a 2006 F150. There should be a sticker on the receiver stating the weight limits.

2nd, to answer your original question: Generally speaking, the round bar setup is best used on lighter trailers where the trailer coupler is mounted to the top of the trailer tongue frame. The trunnion style (square bars) is best used with heavier trailers where the coupler is mounted to the bottom of the trailer tongue frame. With a trailer that size, I presume the coupler is mounted on the bottom of the frame ??

1200 lb. bars would be minimum needed for that trailer. That trailer could go over a 1200 lb tongue weight when ready to camp. Reese round bar setups only go to 1200 lbs, so that is another reason to go with the square bars, in case you need stiffer bars in the future.

The Reese Straight Line Dual Cam works well.

There are other issues to consider like payload, GVWR, and tow vehicle wheelbase, but it seems you are here for only 1 question.
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Don't let the weight police scare you off. To answer your question, I would prefer something like an Equalizer 4 point or Reese Dual Cam. They work much better than the cheap-o chain and friction bar setups.
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I own a similiar trailer towing with a 1/2 ton. I went with the Equalizer 4 pt and bumped up to the 12000 because of the tongue weight and tows fine. The dealer had a hard time finding heavier round bars to replace mine so i just traded my hitch in for the new one. I had to make a few adjustments after the dealer install which i recommend anyway.
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your assuming your bar choice is going to make up for your lack of truck. You need to take what everyone is suggesting more seriously, for the safety of your family. You are probably at your limits if you left camper empty and family at home.
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