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Old 01-07-2013, 11:14 AM   #1
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Newbie with towing question

We are picking up our 1st RV a ROO 2013 Model 23IKSS this Friday. The dealer sold us a WDH Husky model 31422 $491.00, Install sway control $185.00 and brake controler 204.50.

I have a 2010 Ford F150 Lariat with tow package. It has a class IV hitch, upgraded radiator and aux trans oil cooler and build in sway control.

It seems to me I'm being over charged on these items and they may not be the best one on the market for the money. I admit I'm not real knowledgeable on these things as I never had to use them before. So I'm seeking advise from people that have.

Thanks for your advise.

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Old 01-07-2013, 11:36 AM   #2
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You can get a Husky WDH for under $300 online, but will have to pay some shipping.

Etrailer offers some friction sway control bars for under $50.

Top of the line brake controllers are $140, and since your truck came with the tow package that was probably a plug and play operation. Make sure the dealer didn't install a time delay unit......you want a proportional controller.

The dealer made a tidy little profit installing those parts.....but those costs are probably near the norm when having a dealer install those items.
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If your ford truck has the upgraded tow package (which it sounds like it does) it most likely is already wired for the brake controller and all you have to do is plug the thing in.

When I bought my new expedition the dealer quoted me about $300 to install a brake controller. I was able to pick up a prodigy2 digital controller nline for about $120 as I remember, and installed myself in about 10 minutes after watching the videos on etrailer.

Check out this video... Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2010 Ford F-150 Video | etrailer.com

As far as the hitch/etc. My RV dealer included the hitch setup in the price of the unit - it was not a separate item. With my first RV (popup, towing with van) they included the brake controller and hitch receiver, etc in the price of the unit. Took them all day to install/wire that brake controller on my van - I'm sure they lost money on that one.

When we upgraded from our popup to the TT, they upgraded our hitch (new ball, new WD bars) at no charge and gave me a 'discount' off the price of the TT since they didn't have to do anything special to the expedition as it already had heavy duty tow package.
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You can tow the trailer home w/o the WDH.
Here is one for $261.64 with free shipping.
Husky 31422 Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch with Bolt-Together Ball Mount/Shank Assembly 800 Lbs Max Tongue : Amazon.com : Automotive
Do some research on anti sway. If you get spring bars that have the curved end you can use the Reese Dual Cam linkage - it works great and is less than $200. DIY install too.
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I had the Ford dealer install the OEM brake controller and flash the computer for about $225.
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You can tow the trailer home w/o the WDH.
Probably not a good idea.
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I'd cancel that order with the dealer and arrange your own. As mentioned a proportional controller such as Prodigy P2 or P3 and a Equal-i-zer W/D hitch with integrated sway control...the 10000 lb with 1000 lb spring bars would be the right size. The brake controller is a plug in unit and the W/D hitch is an easy install and a much better unit. You'll need to know how to set-up the hitch anyways to fine tune it. You'll save money too.

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Probably not a good idea.
Yeah...maybe not... Sorry
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We are picking up our 1st RV a ROO 2013 Model 23IKSS this Friday. The dealer sold us a WDH Husky model 31422 $491.00, Install sway control $185.00 and brake controler 204.50.

I have a 2010 Ford F150 Lariat with tow package. It has a class IV hitch, upgraded radiator and aux trans oil cooler and build in sway control.

It seems to me I'm being over charged on these items and they may not be the best one on the market for the money. I admit I'm not real knowledgeable on these things as I never had to use them before. So I'm seeking advise from people that have.

Thanks for your advise.

Bill
YES! you got overcharged for average equipment!

you can get the Equalizer with free shipping for $440, way better than a Husky.
a Prodigy P2 brake controller costs less than $100 and easy to install. Plug and play harness costs about $15.

cancel the Husky and the controller and have RVW ship you the Equalizer and Prodigy.
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Definitely cancel that order of equipment. You can get a prodigy P2 or P3 for between $100-120 on ebay and the ford plug in wiring harness for something like $15. Your truck is probably prewired for this. the husky hitch is not a high quality hitch. You will be happier with either the equal-i-zer or reese dual cam. Ask your dealer about those hitches and be prepared with prices. We got ours thrown into our trailer deal for a reasonable price. The dealership installed it very poorly and we spent a long time trying to fix the set up. They bolted it on farther forward on one side then the other. made for a bad towing experience and difficult to dial in our cams. You might do better to install yourself but this will be tricky as you need the TT do to that. You could let the dealership install it but realize you will be dialing it in better on your own later. The equal-i-zer and reese dual cam are WDH w/ integrated sway control and IMHO you will be happier with this set up than a friction sway bar. A friction sway bar will require you to take off to back up the TT, the integrated will not. Also, doesn't the 2010 F150 tow package have a factory integrated brake controller? My 09 F250 diesel came w/ the factory integrated brake controller. If you have this, you do not need to buy a brake controller.
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Definitely cancel that order of equipment. You can get a prodigy P2 or P3 for between $100-120 on ebay and the ford plug in wiring harness for something like $15. Your truck is probably prewired for this. the husky hitch is not a high quality hitch. You will be happier with either the equal-i-zer or reese dual cam. Ask your dealer about those hitches and be prepared with prices. We got ours thrown into our trailer deal for a reasonable price. The dealership installed it very poorly and we spent a long time trying to fix the set up. They bolted it on farther forward on one side then the other. made for a bad towing experience and difficult to dial in our cams. You might do better to install yourself but this will be tricky as you need the TT do to that. You could let the dealership install it but realize you will be dialing it in better on your own later. The equal-i-zer and reese dual cam are WDH w/ integrated sway control and IMHO you will be happier with this set up than a friction sway bar. A friction sway bar will require you to take off to back up the TT, the integrated will not. Also, doesn't the 2010 F150 tow package have a factory integrated brake controller? My 09 F250 diesel came w/ the factory integrated brake controller. If you have this, you do not need to buy a brake controller.
In the morning I'm going to cancel the WD hitch from the dealer, delay pick up of the TT this Friday and order the Equalizer hitch and Prodigy 2 Brake Controller from RVW and have the dealer install them when I pick up the TT on the 18th. I purchased the truck used this summer and it has the standard tow package. The OEM brake controller is included with the Max. tow package.

Thanks for all your advise guys.
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