Originally Posted by alerra
A few questions for Arlee: Did your Expy come with a brake controller? If so, why did you abandon it for the Prodigy? What about a weight distribution hitch and sway control bars? do you use those? .
Some of the upper end Expys do come with integrated brake controller. The one I got which was just the standard 4X2 XLT model, did not come with the controller already installed. All Expy's DO come with the wiring for the brake controller already installed, so all you have to do is purchase one and plug it in. I did the install myself for the brake controller after watching this video:
Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2011 Ford Expedition Video | etrailer.com
It was just that easy - took maybe 20 min tops. The Ford dealer wanted over $300 to put in an aftermarket (not integrated, and non-digital) controller. I bought my prodigy and did it myself for a little over $100.
Also I should have mentioned in my previous post that we do use the weight distribution hitch with a friction sway bar. According to the Expy specs anything over 6,000 lbs must have a WD hitch. I would frankly recommend WD w/ sway bar when towing anything for long distances. I used to tow my popup without a WD hitch (weighed around 3,200) and if it was the least windy or big truck went by, it would sway like crazy.
For me the deciding factor would be how many seats you need. If you need the extra passenger space, (whether if towing or just driving around town) I'd go with the Expy. If you don't need more than 5 seats, then a F150 or 250 will always give you a bit more performance when towing. If it was just my husband and I, we would probably go with a crew-cab pickup. With 4 kids, the Expy is right for us!
2012 Flagstaff V-lite 30 WTBS
2011 Ford Expedition
4 kids and a hubby & never enough time to camp!
2011: 17 nights 2012: 26 nights 2013: 46 2014: 20 2015: 16