For what its worth from one NewB to another. If you are going to tow a lot that distribution hitch is a better way to go. With electric trailer brakes this isn't as much of an issue as it was when I was younger but it should give you more stability in a heavy breaking event and help keep you from oscillating and losing control of the vehicle. If you are towing short distances and not that often then or you are looking for the small increase in speed of hookup then I wouldn't bother.
But if I was towing a heavy "bumper pull", I wouldn't leave home without it. A few years back I borrowed a friends 30+ foot bumper pull flat bed trailer without one for a short haul. The brake application wasn't the best and we definitely felt more push that I would have liked to deal with for anything more that the day that we drove it. But hey it sure was a blessing to have access to at the time - fancy gewgaws or not.
Hope this helps,
Originally Posted by mattandwendy
One question to add to the mix. Should I use a weight distribution hitch when towing with a 2012 F 250 powerstroke or just a ball and drop reciever of appropriate height?