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Old 03-16-2015, 09:25 AM   #11
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When you are talking about WC or WD modes, you are better off talking about tongue weights than trailer weights. Because that is what a WDH does for you...distributing TW. Regardless of WD or WD, the drivetrain will not know the difference (without splitting hairs). Either way, the engine/trans/gearing is pulling XXXX lbs of weight. But Ford requires a WDH over 500 lbs TW, not because of the trailer weight, but for better stability due to the excessive TW.
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:40 AM   #12
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When you are talking about WC or WD modes, you are better off talking about tongue weights than trailer weights. Because that is what a WDH does for you...distributing TW. Regardless of WD or WD, the drivetrain will not know the difference (without splitting hairs). Either way, the engine/trans/gearing is pulling XXXX lbs of weight. But Ford requires a WDH over 500 lbs TW, not because of the trailer weight, but for better stability due to the excessive TW.
That is my thinking also. It just did not make sense to me that the towing capacity could double simply by changing a hitch.
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Old 03-16-2015, 12:12 PM   #13
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Well, if your limit is 5000/500 without a WDH, and 10,000/1,000 with a WDH, then YES, your tow limit just doubled by adding a WDH! I'm just saying that the reason for the doubling is not because of an increase in pulling ability (5000 vs 10,000). It's a structural/stability issue (500 vs 1000).

But you can't decouple the trailer weight from the TW, because loaded TW should always be a minimum of 10% the total weight of the trailer. You would not want to tow an 8000 lbs camper with only 450 lbs of TW, and justify it because you are under 500 lbs TW.

The problem with the dealer is that they think you can pull the full MAX Tow Rating without a WDH (wrong!) and that a WDH will allow you to tow beyond the stated MAX Tow Rating (wrong!).
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That is exactly what the dealer told me. He thought using a WDH would allow you to exceed all the max ratings. He told me his "hitch guy" said you could go over the weight limit by about 20% when using a WDH. Needless to say, he could not provide any supporting factory documentation.
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That is exactly what the dealer told me. He thought using a WDH would allow you to exceed all the max ratings. He told me his "hitch guy" said you could go over the weight limit by about 20% when using a WDH. Needless to say, he could not provide any supporting factory documentation.

And the factory will look for a reason to deny a claim should something go wrong.


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