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Old 03-14-2019, 09:45 AM   #1
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Towing Set-Up for One Ton Ford

I have a Ford F-350 diesel, but the factory Class III hitch is only rated for 500/5000 without a load equalizing hitch. I just bought a Rockwood trailer that is 4,800 dry with a GVW around 6,700 pounds. I have no hitch with the trailer.

I could add a simple equilizer hitch like a Husky for around $170 plus shipping that will handle 1,200 lb tongue weight and 12,000 pounds.

The other idea would be to change out the Class III hitch for a Class IV, for around the same price. Then the hitch would handle 1,000 lb tongue weight and 10,000 pounds without the equilizer hitch.

I already have a sway bar. The weight of the trailer is not enough to drag the ass end of the truck down much at all. What is your opinion of the two choices?
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:05 AM   #2
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Another option.. I purchased a barely-used Fastway E2 hitch for $150 and love it. It's a Trunnion style WD hitch and helps with both sway and WD at the same time.

I used it on my Escalade as well as my F-350. Works well for both.
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:17 AM   #3
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kind of a small hitch for a big truck I would change it out to the bigger hitch then pull the trailer and see how things go, there may be no need for a WD hitch.
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Old 03-16-2019, 10:47 AM   #4
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I talked with a guy in the trailer business. He made it absolutley clear that a weight distribution hitch is your friend, and you need one even on relatively light trailers.

The second thing I learned is that the rating of the hitch should be somehwere in the neighborhood of the weight of the trailer. My trailer hitch weight is around 470 pounds. I am going to buy a hitch rated at 500-800/8,000 pounds. A weight distribution hitch matched to the truck capacity of 1,200/12,000 pounds will result in a very harsh ride with a light trailer.
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Old 03-16-2019, 11:12 AM   #5
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You sure there's only a Class III receiver there? Even my Expedition has a Class IV. There's a label on the bottom. But even Class IV is only good for 6000/9200 pounds towing and 600/920 pounds on the ball.

A WDH tows any trailer better in my experience. I had one on my Coleman Bayside popup and, of course, have one on my Roo 23SS. Currently using an Equalizer (brand) 1000/10,000 pound hitch -- for the past 15 seasons.

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Old 03-16-2019, 11:50 AM   #6
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I talked with a guy in the trailer business. He made it absolutley clear that a weight distribution hitch is your friend, and you need one even on relatively light trailers.

The second thing I learned is that the rating of the hitch should be somehwere in the neighborhood of the weight of the trailer. My trailer hitch weight is around 470 pounds. I am going to buy a hitch rated at 500-800/8,000 pounds. A weight distribution hitch matched to the truck capacity of 1,200/12,000 pounds will result in a very harsh ride with a light trailer.
I bet the trailer guy you talked to sold hitches also...

Couple of things...a class III hitch is only rated 500/5000 with or without a wdh.
I find it hard to believe your truck has a class III.

I don't know about your Ford but a 2017 Chevy 2500 cc long box doesn't call for a wdh up to the maximum 2000lbs tongue weight for the factory hitch that came on the truck. The same truck with the only difference being a short box requires a wdh at 1500lbs on the ball. The reason is because tongue weight has a greater effect on shorter wheelbase vehicles.

If you play with this it will make it more clear: w is tongue weight / x is distance from the center of the ball to center of rear axle / L is distance between axles.

https://www.engineersedge.com/calcul...e_levers_1.htm

You need to follow exactly what is says in the manual for your truck. If I was pulling that trailer with my truck I would load it very tongue heavy 15% or more and go for a drive without a wdh to see how it goes. Trailer stability has to do with load distribution and axle placement. I don't use a wdh for my trailer which has seen 1500 tongue at about 9500lbs. It tows perfect at any speed.
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Old 03-16-2019, 01:04 PM   #7
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What year is your F-350. You cannot even get a class three hitch on F350 to my knowledge. If you can give us a little more info we can check for you. The F150's come standard with a class 4.
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The truck is question is a 2002. It has a Class III Ford hitch. It is rated at 500/5,000 convential and 1,200/12,000 pounds with an equalizing hitch. I don't care if you believe it or not, that is what is on the factory hitch.

We can agree to disagree, but no 9,500 pound trailer tows perfectly without a weight distributing hitch.
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We can agree to disagree, but no 9,500 pound trailer tows perfectly without a weight distributing hitch.
'No' 9500lb trailer huh, really?...all encompassing almost always leads to being wrong. See what I did there?

Do you actually know what you are talking about based on experience...ever tow my 9500lbs trailer with a 2017 cc long box Chevy 2500?

Good luck sir.
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We can agree to disagree, but no 9,500 pound trailer tows perfectly without a weight distributing hitch.[/QUOTE]

I tow my ranch tractor (it weights more then 9,500) on a flat bed without a wd hitch and have no problems I don't go over 65 mph. All a WD does is transfer weight to the tow vehicle front wheels and F350 has tons of suspension to handle heavy trailers without WD. JMHO
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