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Old 05-30-2015, 09:48 PM   #1
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Do I need an Equalization/Sway control?

The Rockwood 2109s is about 4,000 Dry weight and about 500 hitch weight. I will be towing it with a 2015 Ford F150 ecoboost. Do I need a 1,000/10,000 E4 hitch? And does it compicate the backing up and parking the TT?

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Old 05-30-2015, 09:54 PM   #2
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Yes on the W/D with S/C! No problem with backing! Youroo!!
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Old 05-30-2015, 10:53 PM   #3
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Your truck's owners manual should say how much tongue or trailer weight requires a wdh.
I have a HTT that weighs about the same and I wouldn't tow it without my 4pt Equal-i-zer.
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Old 05-30-2015, 11:38 PM   #4
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The Rockwood 2109s is about 4,000 Dry weight and about 500 hitch weight. I will be towing it with a 2015 Ford F150 ecoboost. Do I need a 1,000/10,000 E4 hitch? And does it compicate the backing up and parking the TT?

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I don't believe Ford puts receiver weight ratings in the owner's manual.

The first answer is yes, you need a W/D hitch. The weight rating of that hitch should match the tongue weight (including stuff behind the rear axle in the truck) of your trailer. No, If you purchase The Equal-I-zer won't complicate your backing. Not sure what you mean by parking, but yes you will have to unhitch including removing the W/D bars when you park.

The primary reason you need a W/D hitch is that your truck's receiver is only rated for 500lb without a W/D hitch (see chart below) . Your 500lb published hitch weight will be much more loaded.

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Old 05-31-2015, 12:53 AM   #5
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Just for the control, ride, security and less vehicle wear is reason enough to have WD and Sway control. I made the mistake and took the dealerships' recommendations and did not have it installed when I bought my TT. Big trucks will blew me off the road !!!. Went to Amazon and ordered a quality Equal-i-zer brand WD w/sway. Set it up in my driveway (flat and level). It allows you to back up too. Don't go with the chains models, I've heard stories of the bars snapping. Enjoy
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Old 05-31-2015, 05:12 AM   #6
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My roo is similar weight and I did 10k 1k and love it. My tongue weight is higher at 500+ advertised so higher than that in reality.

You could probably get away with one size down if you wanted but I would probably stick to the 1k/10k. They do have a calculator on their site.




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Just for the control, ride, security and less vehicle wear is reason enough to have WD and Sway control. I made the mistake and took the dealerships' recommendations and did not have it installed when I bought my TT. Big trucks will blew me off the road !!!. Went to Amazon and ordered a quality Equal-i-zer brand WD w/sway. Set it up in my driveway (flat and level). It allows you to back up too. Don't go with the chains models, I've heard stories of the bars snapping. Enjoy
These (Stories) of Bars breaking have Me Worried! When should the bars Break? We have ONLY been using our (500#/750#/and 1100# Bars) for 40+ Years! Should we replace them with NEW bars that are Now (Made in Mexico or China)?? Youroo!!
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I was curious as well youroo as i have an inexpensive chain model...
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I was curious as well youroo as i have an inexpensive chain model...
The (Bars) are made to be used within a (Weight Range) that is why they are made (400# thru 1400#) now if you have a 1200# unit and use (500# Bars) they WILL/CAN Bend and Break!! Youroo!! That is WHY people need to Know their REAL Down the ROAD T/W! NOT I THINK my Trailer weights ???? and I think we carry ???# inside!
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These (Stories) of Bars breaking have Me Worried! When should the bars Break? We have ONLY been using our (500#/750#/and 1100# Bars) for 40+ Years! Should we replace them with NEW bars that are Now (Made in Mexico or China)?? Youroo!!
I am unaware of the manufacture of the bars and I can only go by what a fellow camper (who has more experience) told me in regards to them snapping. I am only assume that any system can fail and/or provide years of dependable service and sarcasm.
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