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Old 06-09-2019, 09:25 AM   #1
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16BH Hitch and Towing

I am about to pull the trigger on a 16BH. I am towing with an F-150 (dry weight is 5k lbs.). Fully loaded weight on the 16BH will be around 4k lbs.

I have two questions:
1. What size is the ball on the 16BH? I couldn't find this anywhere.
2. Do I need an equalizer hitch? The dealer told me no and that I am at risk of bending the trailer tongue if I use one.
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Old 06-09-2019, 10:47 AM   #2
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Just picked mine up a couple of weeks ago...

The dealer had told me it was a 2" ball and that is what I towed it home with, but when I was installing the power jack I noticed the frame was stamped 2 5/16". I have since ordered the correct size!

I am towing mine with a Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 7,000 lb towing package and it towed just fine as is. Not sure if that will help you.

Enjoy your new rig!
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Old 06-09-2019, 10:56 AM   #3
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I don't know the ball size, but on a trailer that size, I would guess 2".


Because it is a pretty light weight trailer, you could probably get by without a WDH as far as weight distribution. However, you might appreciate some kind of sway control. My recommendation would be something like a Fastway E2 with the lightest rated bars. I can't see how that would "bend the trailer tongue".
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Old 06-09-2019, 02:40 PM   #4
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My 19BH is a 2 5/16". I looked at a 16BH when buying and they were the same. You probably don't need a WDH, but I just installed a Fastway E2 and it feels way better. That said, you are towing with a F-150 which is 1000 pounds more than my MDX that I am towing with. See how it tows without and if it is too bouncy and jerky then get the WDH.

Like Woodlark said they make a Fastway E2 that is rated for 450lb TW - 4500lb GTW. I actually got the 600lb TW - 6000lb GTW one because my TW was more like 500lb though probably could have got away with the smaller.

https://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Dist...2-00-0600.html

https://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Dist...2-00-0450.html
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My 19BH is a 2 5/16". I looked at a 16BH when buying and they were the same. You probably don't need a WDH, but I just installed a Fastway E2 and it feels way better. That said, you are towing with a F-150 which is 1000 pounds more than my MDX that I am towing with. See how it tows without and if it is too bouncy and jerky then get the WDH.

Like Woodlark said they make a Fastway E2 that is rated for 450lb TW - 4500lb GTW. I actually got the 600lb TW - 6000lb GTW one because my TW was more like 500lb though probably could have got away with the smaller.

https://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Dist...2-00-0600.html

https://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Dist...2-00-0450.html

If you are close to the limit it is better to go to the higher rated bars; you did right. I use the 1,000 lb bars even though I could "get by" with the 800 lb bars.
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[...] you could probably get by without a WDH as far as weight distribution. However, you might appreciate some kind of sway control. [...]
This is why you should get a WDH. Sway control. Any trailer with a full profile (i.e., not a folding, pop-up style) will be a massive wind sail. Cross-winds, passing vehicles, and ruts/maneuvers will cause some sway. A WDH will lock that trailer in place and it will feel fused to your truck's frame.

For redistributing weight, I don't really need a WDH with my current setup. However, I took the time to set up my Equal-I-zer hitch exclusively for sway control. I'm glad I did, too.

I encourage you to spend the ~$500 for a good WDH with integrated sway control.
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4,500 or 6,000 rated kit?

I am taking everyone’s recommendation and purchasing the E2. Trying to decide whether to go with the 4,500 or 6,000 lb. kit.

Total weight of the trailer loaded is 4,000. I am thinking I should go with the 6k kit since I am borderline. Thoughts?
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I am taking everyone’s recommendation and purchasing the E2. Trying to decide whether to go with the 4,500 or 6,000 lb. kit.

Total weight of the trailer loaded is 4,000. I am thinking I should go with the 6k kit since I am borderline. Thoughts?

My trailer is between 5800 and 5900 fully loaded. I use the 10,000 lb kit. It works great, but would probably be too much for your trailer. I think 6000 is a good choice.
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I am taking everyone’s recommendation and purchasing the E2. Trying to decide whether to go with the 4,500 or 6,000 lb. kit.

Total weight of the trailer loaded is 4,000. I am thinking I should go with the 6k kit since I am borderline. Thoughts?
With a 150 truck and the size of TT, I'm with the other post. Tow without a WDH first and see how it does. Don't spend the money if you really don't need it. It's not uncommon to see smaller TT on 1/2 tons without a WDH.
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I'm towing a just under 4K# TT with a 2019 F150 standard towing package. I use my Husky Centerline TS with 400-600 spring bars for a solid towing feel. I HAD to use it on my 2008 Explorer. I lost one of the spring bars on an outbound tow (some kinda stupid mistake) & discovered it while setting up camp 60 miles away. Towed home with no spring bars in medium windy conditions, estimated 15-20 mph crosswinds. I ended up towing on the interstate with the cruise set on 62mph, just where it felt most comfortable for max speed. It was comfortable even with the crosswinds. I replaced the spring bar, $42 off amazon. So, it was fine towing without the WDH BUT it was much better with
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