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Old 06-10-2019, 01:14 PM   #1
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Towing with an F150

We have a 2018 F150 XLT Crew Cab with a 6.5 bed. It has the 5.0 V8 and the tow package. We're towing a Rockwood MiniLite 2507. It's about 5300dry. We use an Equalize-it hitch with the sway bars.

The truck tows it well uphills, and it stops well. On a recent trip home on the highway, it dealt with trucks passing us and highway speeds ok, but it was our first time towing on the interstates. I noticed it felt like the truck was bouncing a little bit when we went over some bumps. Not sure if it's just a lack of experience, or if we should consider adding airbags or something to stiffen the ride. I haven't felt unsafe, and based on what I've read, we're in the limit of what we should tow with a 1/2 ton. Just wondering if there were any thoughts anyone had.
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:23 PM   #2
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If the bouncing makes you uncomfortable, add air bags or springs. Personally, I don’t prefer air bags.
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:23 PM   #3
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What you’re experiencing is normal. Air bags will make it a little less bouncy but they’re not necessary... You might also check the tire pressure on your tow vehicle and make sure they are inflated to their max rating. That will help some as well.
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Some bonce is normal it is impossible to communicate on the forum how much you have.

If you think it may be too much then i would start with scales numbers for any towing issues and go from there.
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We have a 2018 F150 XLT Crew Cab with a 6.5 bed. It has the 5.0 V8 and the tow package. We're towing a Rockwood MiniLite 2507. It's about 5300dry. We use an Equalize-it hitch with the sway bars.
Which tow package do you have? The Max Tow package has better specs than the regular tow package.
And do you have the actual 4 point Equal-i-zer WDH or just using the term Equalizer?
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Old 06-10-2019, 02:01 PM   #6
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bouncing with equalizer wdh

You might check your hitch if the porpoise feeling is really bad. Mine was set up (dealer install) with the ball 2.5 in lower than the TT. Found it when I checked the hitch settings on a level surface. Called Equalizer and the first thing they asked was if it bounced badly, and it did. They said to raise the ball to the proper height and it really took out a lot of the bounce. No sway problems but still some bounce on really bad spots at speed on the interstate.. ( I hate I-70 thru Indiana) Feels like being launched into space and when I look back and see how the TT is bounced, I cringe.
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Which tow package do you have? The Max Tow package has better specs than the regular tow package.
And do you have the actual 4 point Equal-i-zer WDH or just using the term Equalizer?
It's the max tow package with trailer assist, and it's the four-point hitch. Thanks.
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I have the 5.5 bed.
I do not believe it bounces any more or less than other setups we've had over the years. I did have to re-work the hitch from the dealer install.


I've also notice a '?squirlyness?' on starting out new trips, as if the computer were going through a spell of relearning the setup; even though it is saved.
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also verify if the trailer is level or slightly nose down.


From my manual (2016)


Select a ball mount with the
correct rise or drop. When both
the loaded vehicle and trailer
are connected, the trailer frame
should be level, or slightly
angled down toward your
vehicle, when viewed from the
side.
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It's the max tow package with trailer assist, and it's the four-point hitch. Thanks.
Show us some pics of your combo. Your Equal-i-zer may not be setup correctly.
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