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Old 11-18-2019, 05:18 PM   #1
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Weight distribution hitch

Got a new 2019 f250 super duty to tow trailer. 28ft. And about 8k lbs. The truck has a weight distribution hitch already on it from the tow package with anti sway. Do I need the weight distribution hitch with anti sway bars on the trailer? Used to fifth wheels.
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Old 11-18-2019, 05:48 PM   #2
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Depends on your truck's payload and the actual loaded tongue weight.
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Old 11-18-2019, 05:49 PM   #3
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Hotly debated topic.

I use one with the 32' 7600lb trailer pulling with an F-350 DRW LWB
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Old 11-18-2019, 05:51 PM   #4
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Got a new 2019 f250 super duty to tow trailer. 28ft. And about 8k lbs. The truck has a weight distribution hitch already on it from the tow package with anti sway. Do I need the weight distribution hitch with anti sway bars on the trailer? Used to fifth wheels.
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Welcome to the site.

First, the anti-sway built into the truck is an emergency fail safe designed to keep you from wadding it up while control is being lost. Meaning things aren't going well when that feature kicks in...

Second, your manual will tell you when a an accessory wdh (weight distribution hitch) is required for your specific cab/bed/wheelbase configuration. This requirement (limit) was determined by the SAE J2807 tow test.

Proper trailer design and loading is critical, this demonstration may be of some help:
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Old 11-18-2019, 05:53 PM   #5
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A properly set up hitch will provide a degree of safety and improved comfort that you will not have without. JMO
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Old 11-18-2019, 05:54 PM   #6
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short answer, yes.
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Old 11-18-2019, 06:01 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info!
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Got a new 2019 f250 super duty to tow trailer. 28ft. And about 8k lbs. The truck has a weight distribution hitch already on it from the tow package with anti sway. Do I need the weight distribution hitch with anti sway bars on the trailer? Used to fifth wheels.
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If the previous owner had a WDH it may or may not be the correct spec for your trailer. Double check the capacity info on it before anything.
My Blue Ox w/ sway control suggests turning the truck sway control off when towing with it. I often forget. My old TV you could feel the sway control fight the hitch sway control.
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Got a new 2019 f250 super duty to tow trailer. 28ft. And about 8k lbs. The truck has a weight distribution hitch already on it from the tow package with anti sway. Do I need the weight distribution hitch with anti sway bars on the trailer? Used to fifth wheels.

Did the dealer install the WDH? They typically don't do that. Nevertheless, at 28 ft, your TT is definitely gonna need a WDH. Sway control too!
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Nevertheless, at 28 ft, your TT is definitely gonna need a WDH. Sway control too!
https://www.fleet.ford.com/resources...e_r2_Dec21.pdf

A wdh is designed to shift weight back to the front axle to correct a potential handing issue induced by tongue weight. Trailer length doesn't determine when a wdh is required or needed. This handling issue is found by the testing I mentioned earlier...my understanding is trailer tongue weight is increased until the lateral deflection reaches a certain amount during testing.

Every manufacturer is different and are given limits per the same testing. For Chevy the long wheel base (my truck) a wdh is not required all the way to the receiver tongue weight limit of 2000lbs. I don't use a wdh with my trailer and 1500lbs tongue weight. Over 10,000 miles of relaxed towing at any speed or condition.

If you want to have an opinion that a 28 foot trailer requires sway control...you would have a better argument but proper loading (tongue weight) while keeping weight from behind the trailer axle is still the key to mitigation here if someone wants to understand why.
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