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#1Pro Series Weight Distribution System w Friction Sway Control - Round - 10,000 lbs GTW, 1,000 lbs TW

Pro Series

Rating:
210 reviews

PS49903

Retail:$428.02

Price:$255.95


Product Summary:

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WD With Sway Control

Reduces Sway

Up to 10000 lbs GTW

Includes Shank


Product Specs:

Electric Brake Compatible

Fits 2 Inch Hitch

Does Not Allow Backing Up

800 lbs
900 lbs

Pro Series


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Questions from Ford F-150 owners about this Weight Distribution

  • The first step in choosing the correct weight distribution (W/D) system is to determine the actual as-towed tongue weight of your trailer. Anything stowed in the bed of the truck behind the rear axle should be included as tongue weight. For best performance, the tongue weight of the trailer should fall as close as possible to the middle of the effective range of the system you choose. The Pro Series Weight Distribution System you mention is designed to operate most effectively...
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  • When choosing a weight distribution system, you need to go by the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow plus the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. If you have the trailer at the max of 10,500 pounds and tongue weight is 1,050 to 1,575 (10 to 15 percent of gross trailer weight), that will tell you what weight range you will need in a weight distribution system. The 750 to 1,000 pound system that you referenced would not have...
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  • The type of weight distribution that has brackets mounted on the frame and does not use chains is what is called a friction system because it uses friction style sway control. A chain system would use dual-cam sway control. The systems are just different designs like you have said. When choosing a system you want one that has a tongue weight capacity range that encompasses the total tongue weight of the trailer, loaded and ready to tow, plus the weight of anything loaded behind...
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  • If the bar style friction sway control is not cutting the mustard then adding a second unit could be what you need. If the gross trailer weight is at or above 6,000 pounds or the sway is bad enough adding a second unit, # 83660, might be all you need. Friction sway control is not quite as effective as dual-cam sway control. To get dual-cam sway control I recommend a new system. If the tongue weight happens to be between 600 and 1200 pounds then I recommend # RP66074. This...
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  • Basically, one friction-style sway control can be used for trailers with up to 6,000-lb GTW. If your trailer's GTW is between 6,000 lbs and 10,000 lbs, you will need two sway-control units, one on each side of the trailer. You will also want to use two units if your trailer is 26 feet or longer. The problem is that with the higher weights or with longer trailers the friction bar style sway control unit would not be effective and you would still have a sway problem. The Pro...
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  • The best thing for vehicle sag caused by a trailer is to use weight distribution. I recommend removing the air from the air bags when using the weight distribution system you choose because otherwise the two systems can work against each other. To choose the best weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow and adding to that the weight of any cargo loaded...
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  • I can do better than that, I'll even provide a photo! From the center of the coupler, where the trailer ball would be to the furthest rearward part of the lift or snap up bracket would be 33 inches, so you'll have about two inches to spare between the end of the bracket and your propane tanks. The # PS49903 weight distribution system is rated for trailers with tongue weights ranging from 750 to 1000 lbs.
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  • You can change the ball out on Pro Series weight distribution kit # PS49903. For a 2 inch diameter ball you will want to use # A-90. Or any 2 inch ball that has a 1-1/4 inch shank diameter and 2-5/8 inch shank length.
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  • It sounds like the issue you have is that you need higher rated spring bars, not longer chains. The fact that you want to angle the head back even further would indicate that you aren't getting the amount of spring tension you need to properly distribute the tongue weight of your trailer. The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of...
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  • There is a way to use weight distribution on a boat trailer with surge brakes. First, you will need to contact the trailer manufacturer to determine if the trailer frame can be used with weight distribution. Not all boat trailer frames, especially aluminum frames, can be used with weight distribution. The trailer tongue weight is probably in the neighborhood of 700 pounds (10 percent of the gross trailer weight) but you have to add the weight of anything loaded behind the rear...
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  • Sharp turns combined with too much weight for the system and L-brackets that are very tight can cause the brackets to bend. Make sure that the trailer weight does not exceed the capacity of your system and that the spring bar hangers are positioned the correct distance from the ball as indicated in the instructions for your system. Be sure to check the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to to and then add the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of...
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#2Pro Series Weight Distribution System w/ Friction Sway Control - Round - 10,000 lbs GTW, 750 lbs TW

Pro Series

Rating:
47 reviews

PS49902

Retail:$428.02

Price:$255.95


Product Summary:

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WD With Sway Control

Reduces Sway

Up to 10000 lbs GTW

Includes Shank


Product Specs:

Electric Brake Compatible

Fits 2 Inch Hitch

Does Not Allow Backing Up

600 lbs

Pro Series


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Questions from Ford F-150 owners about this Weight Distribution

  • Pro Series does not recommend that you back up your trailer while using the Pro Series Weight Distribution System with Friction Sway Control, # PS49902. The reason behind this is that there is a very good possibility that the sway control system will bind up while backing up the trailer and this could damage your system. There is a quick and easy fix though. When you need to back up the trailer, you will need to switch the sway control lever to the off position, pull two clips,...
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  • The ideal choice of weight distribution system will be one where your loaded trailer tongue weight falls in the middle of the systems usable range. (A system that is too low in capacity will not provide the necessary stabilization; one rated too high will be stiff and result in erratic performance.) Please note that the weight of any gear in the truck bed placed behind the rear axle needs to be added to the tongue weight of the fully-loaded ready-to-roll trailer. If your actual...
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  • I am glad you mentioned that the tag states you can use weight distribution. With aluminum frame trailers people often have to call and ask if such a trailer can be used with weight distribution. But we can skip that and get to the next step. When calculating tongue weight for weight distribution you will also need to add the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. Typically trailer tongue weight is 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight. On...
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  • A weight distribution system will not change the tongue weight of the trailer. It just maximizes the vehicle and hitches capacities if rated for weight distribution (check the sticker on the hitch and the owners manual for your 2013 Ford F-150). The 10 to 15 percent of gross trailer weight when calculating tongue weight is more of a guide to figuring things out. It is not a hard and fast rule. You will know if the tongue weight is too little or too heavy. Too little tongue...
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  • Yes, you can use the 1,000 pound sporing bars, # PS58441, with the same head that came with weight distribution system # PS49902. These spring bars are rated for 750 to 1,000 pounds tongue weight. If your total tongue weight does not fall within the 750 to 1,000 pound range then these spring bars will not be effective. I have included a link to a help article on determining tongue weight for you.
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  • Weight distribution systems do not increase the capacity of a trailer hitch or tow vehicle. On vehicles and hitches that are rated for weight distribution there will be two ratings: a weight carrying rating and a weight distribution rating. The hitch will have a sticker on it with the ratings, if applicable. And the vehicle owners manual should say whether or not the vehicle is rated for weight distribution and, if so, what the capacities are when using it. When choosing a...
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#3Pro Series Friction Sway Control Kit - Economy - by Draw-Tite, Reese and Hidden Hitch

Pro Series

Rating:
62 reviews

83660

Retail:$52.19

Price:$37.95


Product Summary:

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Sway Control Only

Reduces Sway

Shank Not Included


Product Specs:

Electric Brake Compatible

Does Not Allow Backing Up

Pro Series


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Questions from Ford F-150 owners about this Weight Distribution

  • I would definitely recommend using two sway controls especially if the trailer is 26 feet or longer or over 6000 lbs, see link to weight distribution questions and answer. Make sure the weight distribution system you are using has a hole for a ball to connect the additional sway control on the left side of the head unit, if not, you will want to look into weight distribution systems that allow for two sway controls. Another important note is to remove or disengage your sway...
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  • What you will need to do so that you can mount a friction sway control like the part # 83660 on both sides of your trailer is have a Sway Control Tab part # 3442 welded on both sides of your ball mount platform. You will need to use a qualified welder for this.
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  • A 38 foot travel trailer will without a doubt be susceptible to crosswinds and turbulence from oncoming traffic. A friction sway control like # 83660 is what I would refer to as an entry-level solution that works best for trailers 25 feet long or shorter that experience minor sway. Due to the length of the travel trailer, I believe a weight distribution/sway control combination would work best for your needs. The system would be matched to the trailer, and could be used...
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#4Strait-Line Weight Distribution System w Sway Control - Trunnion Bar - 12,000 lbs GTW, 1,200 lbs TW

Reese

Rating:
14 reviews

RP66084

Retail:$1,001.77

Price:$541.40


Product Summary:

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WD With Sway Control

Prevents Sway

Up to 12000 lbs GTW

Includes Shank


Product Specs:

Electric Brake Compatible

Fits 2 Inch Hitch

Allows Backing Up

700 lbs
800 lbs
900 lbs
1000 lbs
1100 lbs

Reese


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Questions from Ford F-150 owners about this Weight Distribution

  • The tongue weight is determined by calculating 10 to 15 percent of the GTW (Gross Trailer Weight), added to the weight of any cargo that is behind the rear axle of the towing vehicle. Based on the information you have provided, and the length of your trailer, you would benefit from having a system that includes sway control. I have linked you to an article explaining how to determine the actual as-towed tongue weight of your trailer. There are two systems I would recommend....
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  • The ideal way to select a properly-rated weight distribution system is to measure the trailer's fully-loaded road-ready tongue weight, with all gear, supplies and equipment in place. To this measured tongue weight you need to add the weight of anything in the tow vehicle that sits behind the rear axle, such as a loaded cooler or generator. Once you know your total tongue weight (TTW) you can choose a system with enough tension to properly shift some of this weight forward to the...
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  • The latest generation of weight distribution/sway control systems offer the advantages of actually preventing sway from starting in the first place, rather than correcting it once it starts. For the best handling I suggest a Strait-Line weight distribution system from Reese that prevents sway from even starting. Selection of a weight distribution/sway control system hinges on the trailer's actual fully-loaded tongue weight, with water and propane tanks filled, all gear (beer)...
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#5Reese Dual Cam High-Performance Sway Control

Reese

Rating:
28 reviews

RP26002

Retail:$299.58

Price:$180.95


Product Summary:

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Sway Control Only

Prevents Sway

Shank Not Included


Product Specs:

Electric Brake Compatible

Allows Backing Up

Reese


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#6Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control - Clamp On - Trunnion - 10,000 GTW, 1,000 TW

Blue Ox

Rating:
12 reviews

BXW1000

Retail:$695.00

Price:$599.99


Product Summary:

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WD With Sway Control

Prevents Sway

Up to 10000 lbs GTW

Includes Shank


Product Specs:

Electric Brake Compatible
Surge Brake Compatible

Fits 2 Inch Hitch

Allows Backing Up

800 lbs
900 lbs

Blue Ox


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Questions from Ford F-150 owners about this Weight Distribution

  • If you go over the options, see link, ahead of time then you will not have to worry about returning a shank to get a different one! Basically, you will need to determine what rise or drop you will need in order to tow the trailer level and then get a shank that has the proper amount of rise or drop. I have included a link to an FAQ article that covers ball mounts but the same technique is used to determine the rise or drop needed for a weight distribution shank. Shanks for...
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  • The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I attached an FAQ on determining tongue weight for you to check out as well. You want to pick a system where the loaded tongue weight falls right into the middle of the tongue weight range of the system. Since your tongue weight is 975 lbs...
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  • Thank you for including a photo of your A-frame trailer which has a cargo tray interfering with installation of your Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution system # BXW1000. We can help you! Although an inch does not sound like much, and in many instances such a small deviation from the specified installation instructions might be okay, in the case of a weight distribution system I do not recommend installing the system contrary to the manufacturer instructions. Blue Ox offers...
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#7Strait-Line Weight Distribution w Sway Control - Trunnion Bar - 12,000 lbs GTW, 1,200 lbs TW

Reese

Rating:
9 reviews

RP66074

Retail:$842.96

Price:$477.98


Product Summary:

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WD With Sway Control

Prevents Sway

Up to 12000 lbs GTW

Shank Not Included


Product Specs:

Electric Brake Compatible

Fits 2 Inch Hitch
Fits 2-1/2 Inch Hitch

Allows Backing Up

700 lbs
800 lbs
900 lbs
1000 lbs
1100 lbs

Reese


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Questions from Ford F-150 owners about this Weight Distribution

  • On the 2006 Ford F150 Super Crew 4X4 with tow package, one of the first things we recommend to do is always check the owners manual or car dealer for the GCVWR (Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating). Which is the maximum weight capacity of your truck, trailer, and contents combined. So you want to make sure to never exceed that figure. The Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution Hitch System 1,200lbs TW / 12,000 lbs GTW, # RP66074, is a great choice for your application. It gives...
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  • Thank you for providing a photo of your Homesteader v-nose motorcycle trailer. The design of this trailer does not allow use of a weight distribution system. The V-nose front of the trailer enclosure blocks access to the portion of the trailer frame where weight distribution lift brackets typically mount. For example, the Reese weight distribution/sway control system shown in the attached photo, part # RP66074, uses 5-1/2-inch lift brackets that attach to the trailer frame centered...
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  • They are both the same Strait-Line system, rated for trailers with tongue weights ranging from 600-1200 lbs. The only difference between the # RP66074 and the # RP66084 is that the 66084 includes the weight distributing shank. To choose a weight distribution system, I highly recommend you first determine the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer. To that figure, add the weight of any gear stowed in the cargo area of the SUV or truck bed behind the rear...
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  • You definitely want to go with the Reese Strait-Line part # RP66074 that has a 1200 pound tongue weight for your travel trailer since your tongue weight will be over 800 lbs. When towing, if your weight distribution system is not rated high enough, there will be too much force on your spring bar and the weight will not be distributed evenly which can create sway and an un-level ride. The purpose of the weight distribution system is to distribute the weight on the rear axle...
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  • Your question didn't come through on my end, but I'll guess you were interested in a weight distribution kit for your 2013 Ford F150. To choose a weight distribution system, you'll need to first determine the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer. To that figure, add the weight of any gear stowed in the cargo area of the SUV or truck bed behind the rear axle. I've linked to an FAQ article that explains how to do this. These combined figures comprise the...
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  • Actually the angle of the ball on the weight distribution head is determined by what the setup calls for. It depends on much spring tension is needed to properly distribute the weight and the overall orientation of the trailer frame in regards to the hitch ball. Basically what you need to do is check out the installation instructions and the install video links I attached to the right and follow the setup procedure and you will be able to determine what the correct angle will...
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  • With a dual-cam sway control system like the Strait-Line Weight Distribution System # RP66074, you will have more freedom in terms of backing up than you would with a friction sway control bar. However, if you are going to be making tight turns and maneuvers while backing up, it is a good idea to disconnect the dual-cam sway control to avoid any potential issues. I have included a link to our FAQ article on weight distribution and sway control for you. When picking out a weight...
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  • The first step is to ensure that the unloaded rear end of your Suburban is at factory ride height. If the rear suspension components are worn or damaged, have them replaced/repaired. The next step would be to determine the difference in the receiver height of vehicle and the coupler height of the trailer, when parked on level ground. Measure the distance from the inside top of the receiver tube to the ground, then measure the distance from the underside of the trailer coupler...
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  • From the picture you submitted it looks like the frame on the trailer might be aluminum. If it is then please verify with the trailer manufacturer that you can use weight distribution on the trailer. Tongue weight for choosing weight distribution is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow and then adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. If that figure falls in between the 600 to 1,200...
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#8Reese SC Weight Distribution w Sway Control - Trunnion - 12,000 lbs GTW, 1,200 lbs TW

Reese

Rating:
10 reviews

RP66155

Retail:$778.79

Price:$519.95


Product Summary:

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WD With Sway Control

Reduces Sway

Up to 12000 lbs GTW

Includes Shank


Product Specs:

Electric Brake Compatible
Surge Brake Compatible

Fits 2 Inch Hitch

Allows Backing Up

700 lbs
800 lbs
900 lbs
1000 lbs
1100 lbs

Reese


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Questions from Ford F-150 owners about this Weight Distribution

  • Yes, I do agree with your assessment that mechanical sway control would be a plus if needed. I would start off with a weight distribution system that is capable of having a dual cam sway control system added to it. This way you and get the weight distribution system installed and set up properly for your truck and trailer and then take it on a test run to see if sway control is needed. If it is not needed, you do not have money invested in the extra parts. If needed you can...
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  • The High Performance Reese SC Weight Distribution System # RP66155 you referenced will work just fine with the tongue weight and gross trailer weight you provide. This system also has reactive sway control which means it only responds to trailer sway after sway has already started. I would recommend the Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution Hitch System, part # RP66074. This system is designed for trailer with tongue weights ranging from 600 to 1200 lbs. The Strait-Line...
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  • It sounds like you need to adjust the angle of the weight distribution head on the weight distribution shank. Angling the ball away from the vehicle will point the spring bar end down toward the ground farther before hookup and cause more pressure to be applied when the spring bars are on the spring bar platforms. Moving the hitch ball up will reduce the pressure on the spring bars and reduce the effectiveness of the weight distribution system. It sounds as if your ball height...
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#9Strait-Line Weight Distribution System w Sway Control - Trunnion Bar - 10,000 lbs GTW, 800 lbs TW

Reese

Rating:
3 reviews

RP66083

Retail:$1,001.77

Price:$541.40


Product Summary:

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WD With Sway Control

Prevents Sway

Up to 10000 lbs GTW

Includes Shank


Product Specs:

Electric Brake Compatible

Fits 2 Inch Hitch

Allows Backing Up

500 lbs
600 lbs
700 lbs

Reese


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Questions from Ford F-150 owners about this Weight Distribution

  • When choosing a weight distribution system you will go by the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow plus the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. The trailers tongue weight is estimated between 455 and 862 pounds but if you will not have the trailer fully loaded so as to have a tongue weight over 800 pounds the I recommend a system rated for 400 to 800 pounds tongue weight like # RP66083 that you have referenced. For this system...
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  • Based on everything that you need a system to do going with a Reese SC system will be the best bet. You are correct about the dual-cam system being closer to the ground and not as easy to remove to tow with the motor home. The SC systems use metal on brake pad-like material to prevent sway. With any sway control system there is going to be some noise but it is not constant noise unless it is constantly working to prevent sway. The dual-cam system would offer the best sway control...
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  • The first step in choosing a weight distribution system is determining the fully-loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of the trailer. I've linked you to an FAQ article that shows a few methods of doing this. The weight of any cargo carried in the bed of the tow vehicle behind the rear axle should be considered tongue weight, as well. Ideally, The TTW (tongue weight plus behind axle cargo weight) of your trailer should fall as close as possible to the middle of the effective range...
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  • Since your truck has a factory hitch on it currently the only hitch we offer that is a confirmed fit for your 2014 Ford F150 is the Torklift Hitch part # TLF1005H. This hitch has a tongue weight capacity of 800 lbs which would be enough for the tongue weight of 665 lbs you would have. The Curt hitch part # C14002 that you referenced won't fit the models of your truck that have a factory hitch so it would not work for you. Before you buy anything you need to check the owners...
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#10Pro Series RB3 Weight Distribution System with Shank - Round Bar - 10,000 lbs GTW, 1,000 lbs TW

Pro Series

Rating:
12 reviews

PS49583

Retail:$400.21

Price:$213.95


Product Summary:

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WD Only

Up to 10000 lbs GTW

Includes Shank


Product Specs:

Electric Brake Compatible

Fits 2 Inch Hitch

800 lbs
900 lbs

Pro Series


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#11Pro Series Weight Distribution System w/ Friction Sway Control - Round - 10,000 lbs GTW, 550 lbs TW

Pro Series

Rating:
18 reviews

PS49901

Retail:$428.02

Price:$255.95


Product Summary:

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WD With Sway Control

Reduces Sway

Up to 10000 lbs GTW

Includes Shank


Product Specs:

Electric Brake Compatible

Fits 2 Inch Hitch

Does Not Allow Backing Up

400 lbs

Pro Series


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Questions from Ford F-150 owners about this Weight Distribution

  • When choosing a weight distribution system, ideally the tongue weight of the trailer will fall right in the middle of the effective range of the system. It is important that you find the tongue of your trailer when it is fully loaded and ready to tow and that you also include the weight of any cargo loaded in the bed of your 2009 Ford F-150 STX behind the rear axle. Since a weight distribution system distributes the weight from the rear axle to all axles, the weight of additional...
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  • To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. Weight distribution system # PS49901 is rated for up to 550 pounds tongue weight. As long as the total tongue weight is under that you can use this system. If it is close to or exceeds 550 pounds...
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  • To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. If 325 pounds is the unloaded tongue weight then loaded at a weight of 3,200 pounds would put the tongue weight around 430 pounds. A system rated for 550 pounds such as # PS49901 would work well. I...
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#12Reese SC Weight Distribution System w Sway Control - Trunnion - 10,000 lbs GTW, 800 lbs TW

Reese

Rating:
5 reviews

RP66153

Retail:$778.79

Price:$514.95


Product Summary:

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WD With Sway Control

Reduces Sway

Up to 10000 lbs GTW

Includes Shank


Product Specs:

Electric Brake Compatible
Surge Brake Compatible

Fits 2 Inch Hitch

Allows Backing Up

500 lbs
600 lbs
700 lbs

Reese


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Questions from Ford F-150 owners about this Weight Distribution

  • From the weights you have listed it looks like you may at times have as much as 700 pounds of tongue weight with the weight loaded behind the rear axle in the truck. I would recommend the Reese SC Weight Distribution System, 800 lbs. TW / 10,000 lbs. GTW, item # RP66153, as long as your tongue weight will not exceed 800 lbs at any time. Another option, if you need sway control, would be the Reese Strait-Line Hitch 800 lbs TW / 12,000 lbs GTW, item # RP66073. The Strait-Line...
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  • To choose the proper weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the truck. If the total tongue weight is below 800 pounds then you can use Reese SC system # RP66153 that you have referenced. It is likely that when loaded and ready to tow the tongue weight will at least exceed 600...
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  • When choosing a weight distribution and sway control system, you will want one that has a tongue weight capacity range that encompasses the tongue weight of the trailer, loaded and ready to tow. It sounds like you have taking a step in the right direction by calculating the tongue weight. For a trailer at 6000lbs loaded, the tongue weight should be between 600lbs and 900lbs. For this tongue weight range, I recommend Strait-Line Weight Distribution System with Sway Control,...
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  • Yes, the Reese SC weight distribution kit # RP66153 features friction sway control, which allows you to back up with both electric and hydraulic trailer brakes. This weight distribution system has a tongue weight rating of 400lbs to 800lbs, so it would be the right application for a trailer with a loaded tongue weight of around 600lbs. You want the loaded tongue weight on the trailer to fall near the middle of the rating for the system. In order to pick the best system, it...
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  • There are other types of sway control out there. There are not, to my knowledge, any shock-absorber type sway control systems. You are right though, the friction systems are not the most effective. There are dual cam systems that instead of correcting sway, they hold the trailer in a straight line and keep the sway from even starting. See part # RP66072. You can buy a heavier system than you need, but that can result in a rough, uncomfortable ride. We always recommend selecting...
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  • For your 2002 Ford F-150 SuperCrew the most popular hitch option we carry is the Curt Hitch part # C14355. This would have plenty of capacity for your trailer and would work well. Check out the install video I attached for more info as well. The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle....
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  • To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. Tongue weight is typically 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight but could be more. On a trailer weighing 6000 pounds loaded that would be 600 to 900 pounds. I recommend a system that is...
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  • I spoke with my contact at Reese and he said The High Performance Reese SC Weight Distribution System, # RP66155, from the outside of one mounting bracket to the outside of the other bracket that hold the spring bars is 15-1/2 inches. The pole tongue adapter angle will need to be 50 degrees. Most trailer frames are usually 50 degrees. The High Performance Reese SC Weight Distribution System, # RP66156, would be a good system for the gross trailer weight and tongue weight of...
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  • The High Performance Reese SC weight distribution system you referenced # RP66153, would work just fine with your 28 foot travel trailer that has a dry weight of 6,000 pounds. It has a tongue weight capacity of 400-800 pounds and a gross towing weight of 10,000 pounds. One of the most important factors to consider when picking out a weight distribution system is the tongue weight of the setup. A nice included feature on the Reese weight distribution system # RP66153 is the...
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  • Congratulations on your new trailer purchase. Before we choose a weight distribution system, we will want to determine the loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer and the approximate weight of any cargo you plan on loading in your truck bed behind the rear axle. This is called your total tongue weight and we will want to choose a system that can handle your total tongue weight. I am assuming your tongue weight of 530 lbs is the dry tongue weight. Once you load...
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#13Ultra-Fab Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems

Ultra-Fab Products

Rating:
3 reviews

UF35-946204

Retail:$49.99

Price:$42.95


Product Summary:

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Sway Control Only

Reduces Sway

Shank Not Included


Product Specs:

Electric Brake Compatible

Does Not Allow Backing Up

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#14Reese Weight Distribution System w Shank - Trunnion Bar - 12,000 lbs GTW, 1,200 lbs TW

Reese

Rating:
10 reviews

RP66542

Retail:$702.19

Price:$388.95


Product Summary:

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WD Only

Up to 12000 lbs GTW

Includes Shank


Product Specs:

Electric Brake Compatible

Fits 2 Inch Hitch

700 lbs
800 lbs
900 lbs
1000 lbs
1100 lbs

Reese


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  • Since they say to get the final measurements to settle evenly within about a 1/2 inch I would say you are pretty close but could stand to reduce the number of links between the hook and spring bar. I would try taking one more link out and see where that puts you. I attached an FAQ article on weight distribution systems for you to check out also.
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#15Curt Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems

Curt

Rating:
23 reviews

17200

Retail:$77.49

Price:$42.95


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Sway Control Only

Reduces Sway

Shank Not Included


Product Specs:

Electric Brake Compatible

Does Not Allow Backing Up

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  • I spoke with my contact at Curt Manufacturing, and was told that the spacer plate you describe is typically used if you are planning on bolting the ball to the trailer frame (instead of using the self-tapping screws). The ball would be stacked on top of the spacer plate then bolted to the trailer frame. It is not necessary to use the plate, you can use the self tapping screws to attach the ball directly to the trailer frame, or you can weld the ball plate to the trailer frame...
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#16Reese SC Weight Distribution w Sway Control - Trunnion - 15,000 lbs GTW, 1,500 lbs TW

Reese

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RP66157

Retail:$778.79

Price:$524.95


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WD With Sway Control

Reduces Sway

Up to 15000 lbs GTW

Includes Shank


Product Specs:

Electric Brake Compatible
Surge Brake Compatible

Fits 2 Inch Hitch

Allows Backing Up

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#17Pro Series Trunnion Style Weight Distribution Kit with Shank, 800 lbs TW / 10,000 lbs GTW

Pro Series

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49586

Retail:$456.39

Price:$304.95


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WD Only

Up to 10000 lbs GTW

Includes Shank


Product Specs:

Electric Brake Compatible

Fits 2 Inch Hitch

500 lbs
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  • If your owners manual states that the maximum towing capacity of your 2001 Ford F-150 is 9200lbs, then it your trailer would be well below this rating, even with two horses loaded. In your situation, weight distribution would not technically be required, but you may still want to add a system if you feel like the trailer is not tracking well behind the vehicle or if it seems like you are getting excessive sway. It depends on how comfortable you feel your ride is with the current...
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#18Reese Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems

Reese

Rating:
5 reviews

RP26660

Retail:$204.73

Price:$134.95


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Sway Control Only

Reduces Sway

Shank Not Included


Product Specs:

Electric Brake Compatible

Does Not Allow Backing Up

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#19Pro Series Trunnion Style Weight Distribution Kit with Shank, 1,200 lbs. TW / 12,000 lbs. GTW

Pro Series

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49587

Retail:$449.64

Price:$216.97


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WD Only

Up to 10000 lbs GTW

Includes Shank


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Fits 2 Inch Hitch

700 lbs
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#20Reese Weight Distribution System w Shank - Trunnion Bar - 15,000 lbs GTW, 800 lbs TW

Reese

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RP66541

Retail:$702.19

Price:$388.95


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WD Only

Up to 10000 lbs GTW

Includes Shank


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Electric Brake Compatible

Fits 2 Inch Hitch

500 lbs
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Ford F-150 weight distribution Videos

Pro Series Weight Distribution System Installation - 2004 Ford F-150

Today on this 2004 Ford F150 Super Cab, we're going to install Part number PS49902. This is a Pro Series weight distribution system with friction sway control. To start off, we need our truck and trailer in a straight line, but separated. We'll go ahead and take a few measurements. First off, we want to make sure our trailer is level. Once you know you have your trailer level, we'll go ahead and measure from the ground to the top of the coupler. This is about 24 inches.





Ford F-150 Weight Distribution Questions

  • The first step in choosing the correct weight distribution (W/D) system is to determine the actual as-towed tongue weight of your trailer. Anything stowed in the bed of the truck behind the rear axle should be included as tongue weight. For best performance, the tongue weight of the trailer should fall as close as possible to the middle of the effective range of the system you choose. The Pro Series Weight Distribution System you mention is designed to operate most effectively...
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  • Pro Series does not recommend that you back up your trailer while using the Pro Series Weight Distribution System with Friction Sway Control, # PS49902. The reason behind this is that there is a very good possibility that the sway control system will bind up while backing up the trailer and this could damage your system. There is a quick and easy fix though. When you need to back up the trailer, you will need to switch the sway control lever to the off position, pull two clips,...
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  • When choosing a weight distribution system, you need to go by the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow plus the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. If you have the trailer at the max of 10,500 pounds and tongue weight is 1,050 to 1,575 (10 to 15 percent of gross trailer weight), that will tell you what weight range you will need in a weight distribution system. The 750 to 1,000 pound system that you referenced would not have...
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  • To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. The most important rating to use when matching up a weight distribution system is the actual tongue weight. The weight distribution I recommend is the Reese SC weight distribution with sway control...
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  • Yes, I do agree with your assessment that mechanical sway control would be a plus if needed. I would start off with a weight distribution system that is capable of having a dual cam sway control system added to it. This way you and get the weight distribution system installed and set up properly for your truck and trailer and then take it on a test run to see if sway control is needed. If it is not needed, you do not have money invested in the extra parts. If needed you can...
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  • The ideal choice of weight distribution system will be one where your loaded trailer tongue weight falls in the middle of the systems usable range. (A system that is too low in capacity will not provide the necessary stabilization; one rated too high will be stiff and result in erratic performance.) Please note that the weight of any gear in the truck bed placed behind the rear axle needs to be added to the tongue weight of the fully-loaded ready-to-roll trailer. If your actual...
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  • There are a couple of things you can do to make uncoupling the trailer easier, depending on what is causing the problem. If the spring bars on the weight distribution system, # RP66022, are too tight, you may need to go back and set up the system as if you are just installing it for the first time. I have included a link to the installation details below for reference. Another thing you can do to release tension from tight spring bars is to use the trailer jack to lift up on...
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  • The High Performance Reese SC Weight Distribution System # RP66155 you referenced will work just fine with the tongue weight and gross trailer weight you provide. This system also has reactive sway control which means it only responds to trailer sway after sway has already started. I would recommend the Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution Hitch System, part # RP66074. This system is designed for trailer with tongue weights ranging from 600 to 1200 lbs. The Strait-Line...
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  • The type of weight distribution that has brackets mounted on the frame and does not use chains is what is called a friction system because it uses friction style sway control. A chain system would use dual-cam sway control. The systems are just different designs like you have said. When choosing a system you want one that has a tongue weight capacity range that encompasses the total tongue weight of the trailer, loaded and ready to tow, plus the weight of anything loaded behind...
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  • If you go over the options, see link, ahead of time then you will not have to worry about returning a shank to get a different one! Basically, you will need to determine what rise or drop you will need in order to tow the trailer level and then get a shank that has the proper amount of rise or drop. I have included a link to an FAQ article that covers ball mounts but the same technique is used to determine the rise or drop needed for a weight distribution shank. Shanks for...
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  • A weight distribution system transfers the load at the rear of the vehicle to all of the axles of the vehicle and the trailer. With the load distributed to all of the axles that will level off the vehicle and improve the performance and safety. On your Ford F-150 you will want to choose a weight distribution system that will have a tongue weight range that will be able to handle the trailers tongue weight. Tongue weight is 10 to 15 per cent of the gross trailer weight. On your...
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  • The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I attached an FAQ on determining tongue weight for you to check out as well. You want to pick a system where the loaded tongue weight falls right into the middle of the tongue weight range of the system. Since your tongue weight is 975 lbs...
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  • I would definitely recommend using two sway controls especially if the trailer is 26 feet or longer or over 6000 lbs, see link to weight distribution questions and answer. Make sure the weight distribution system you are using has a hole for a ball to connect the additional sway control on the left side of the head unit, if not, you will want to look into weight distribution systems that allow for two sway controls. Another important note is to remove or disengage your sway...
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  • From the weights you have listed it looks like you may at times have as much as 700 pounds of tongue weight with the weight loaded behind the rear axle in the truck. I would recommend the Reese SC Weight Distribution System, 800 lbs. TW / 10,000 lbs. GTW, item # RP66153, as long as your tongue weight will not exceed 800 lbs at any time. Another option, if you need sway control, would be the Reese Strait-Line Hitch 800 lbs TW / 12,000 lbs GTW, item # RP66073. The Strait-Line...
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  • I went out to the warehouse and took a measurement for you. From the tow ball to the lift chains measures 28". See the image I created for you which shows this measurement.
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  • On the 2006 Ford F150 Super Crew 4X4 with tow package, one of the first things we recommend to do is always check the owners manual or car dealer for the GCVWR (Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating). Which is the maximum weight capacity of your truck, trailer, and contents combined. So you want to make sure to never exceed that figure. The Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution Hitch System 1,200lbs TW / 12,000 lbs GTW, # RP66074, is a great choice for your application. It gives...
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  • The Dual Cam Sway Control, item # RP26002, is designed for use with spring bars that have the cam end or hook (see instructions link). You would need to use the bolt on cams, included with the system, with your spring bars. The dual cam sway control is an excellent addition to your weight distribution system, helping stop sway and providing resistance to the start of sway.
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  • When choosing a weight distribution system you will need to go by the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow plus the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the truck. Tongue weight is typically 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight so for a 5800 pound trailer the range would be 580 to 870 pound tongue weight (if the truck bed is empty). If you find that you will be inside of that range then a system rated for 600 to 1200 pounds tongue...
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  • To choose the proper weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the truck. If the total tongue weight is below 800 pounds then you can use Reese SC system # RP66153 that you have referenced. It is likely that when loaded and ready to tow the tongue weight will at least exceed 600...
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  • The need for a weight distribution and sway control system would depend on how much the trailer weighs loaded. With a trailer that small, I doubt you will need weight distribution as you are pulling with a full size pickup truck. The size of the ball will be stamped on the coupler, probably 2 inches. You will also need a ball mount. The best way to determine which size drop ball mount you need is to measure your hitch height and coupler height. Park the truck on level ground....
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  • When choosing a weight distribution and sway control system, you will want one that has a tongue weight capacity range that encompasses the tongue weight of the trailer, loaded and ready to tow. It sounds like you have taking a step in the right direction by calculating the tongue weight. For a trailer at 6000lbs loaded, the tongue weight should be between 600lbs and 900lbs. For this tongue weight range, I recommend Strait-Line Weight Distribution System with Sway Control,...
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  • With length of 31 feet I would highly suggest using a weight distribution system with a Dual-Cam sway control system. Calculating 10-15 percent of the trailer weight gives you an approximate tongue weight range of 700-1,050 pounds. The best fit then for a weight distribution with dual cam sway control would be Reese Round Bar Strait-Line System, part # 66088. This system is a great fit for your trailer weight and the Dual-Cam Sway control will really help to keep the 31 foot trailer...
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  • Thank you for providing a photo of your Homesteader v-nose motorcycle trailer. The design of this trailer does not allow use of a weight distribution system. The V-nose front of the trailer enclosure blocks access to the portion of the trailer frame where weight distribution lift brackets typically mount. For example, the Reese weight distribution/sway control system shown in the attached photo, part # RP66074, uses 5-1/2-inch lift brackets that attach to the trailer frame centered...
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  • They are both the same Strait-Line system, rated for trailers with tongue weights ranging from 600-1200 lbs. The only difference between the # RP66074 and the # RP66084 is that the 66084 includes the weight distributing shank. To choose a weight distribution system, I highly recommend you first determine the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer. To that figure, add the weight of any gear stowed in the cargo area of the SUV or truck bed behind the rear...
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  • The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow, this figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I attached an FAQ on determining tongue weight for you to check out as well. Typically tongue weight is 10-15 percent of the total trailer weight. So on the high end your looking at about 925 lbs of tongue weight. For a similar system to...
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  • The key to selecting a weight distribution system is to choose one based on your measured tongue weight. It is important that the system be "tuned" to your trailer tongue weight to ensure that you choose one whose spring bars are stiff enough to provide the desired redistribution of tongue weight onto the tow vehicle's front axle, but not so stiff that the result is jumpy or erratic handling from the trailer. Ideally you want to choose a system rated such that your actual loaded...
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  • While the Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System with Sway Control # RP66073 you referenced is a good fit for your 2008 KZ Spree 289 Trailer pulled by your 2012 Ford F-150, you might want to go with the Reese Weight Distribution # RP66074 as it has a higher-rated tongue weight. I have provided a link to a video showing the installation of this product. After doing some research, I have found the full weight capacity of your trailer is 7000 lbs which would put your...
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  • When choosing a weight distribution system, ideally the tongue weight of the trailer will fall right in the middle of the effective range of the system. It is important that you find the tongue of your trailer when it is fully loaded and ready to tow and that you also include the weight of any cargo loaded in the bed of your 2009 Ford F-150 STX behind the rear axle. Since a weight distribution system distributes the weight from the rear axle to all axles, the weight of additional...
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  • When choosing a weight distribution system you will go by the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow plus the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. The trailers tongue weight is estimated between 455 and 862 pounds but if you will not have the trailer fully loaded so as to have a tongue weight over 800 pounds the I recommend a system rated for 400 to 800 pounds tongue weight like # RP66083 that you have referenced. For this system...
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  • I recommend a weight distribution system with dual cam sway control that prevents trailer sway before it starts. With a tongue weight of 580 pounds, you will want a system with a tongue weight capacity range that encompasses that amount of tongue weight. I recommend the Reese Round Bar Strait-Line Hitch with Shank, # RP66087. This system has a tongue weight capacity range of 400 to 800 pounds so your 580 will be about in the middle which is what you want. This system also comes...
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  • I spoke with my contact at Curt Manufacturing, and was told that the spacer plate you describe is typically used if you are planning on bolting the ball to the trailer frame (instead of using the self-tapping screws). The ball would be stacked on top of the spacer plate then bolted to the trailer frame. It is not necessary to use the plate, you can use the self tapping screws to attach the ball directly to the trailer frame, or you can weld the ball plate to the trailer frame...
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  • You definitely want to go with the Reese Strait-Line part # RP66074 that has a 1200 pound tongue weight for your travel trailer since your tongue weight will be over 800 lbs. When towing, if your weight distribution system is not rated high enough, there will be too much force on your spring bar and the weight will not be distributed evenly which can create sway and an un-level ride. The purpose of the weight distribution system is to distribute the weight on the rear axle...
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  • I am glad you mentioned that the tag states you can use weight distribution. With aluminum frame trailers people often have to call and ask if such a trailer can be used with weight distribution. But we can skip that and get to the next step. When calculating tongue weight for weight distribution you will also need to add the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. Typically trailer tongue weight is 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight. On...
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  • With a trailer that weighs 5,700 pounds, plus the 300 pounds of gear, we are looking at 6,000 pounds. You will want a weight distribution system that has a tongue wight capacity range that encompasses 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight with it loaded and ready to tow. That would put your Fun Finder tongue weight at 600 to 900 pounds, so I recommend going with a system rated for 600 to 1,200 pounds like Strait-Line Weight Distribution System w Sway Control, # RP66088....
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  • First, you will want to make sure the towing capacity of the truck is rated high enough for the weight you want to carry and that the truck and hitch can be used with a weight distribution system. When choosing a weight distribution system, you will want one that has a tongue weight capacity range that encompasses the trailer tongue weight when loaded and ready to tow. Tongue weight is typically 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight or even as high as 20 percent in some...
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  • Yes, the Reese SC weight distribution kit # RP66153 features friction sway control, which allows you to back up with both electric and hydraulic trailer brakes. This weight distribution system has a tongue weight rating of 400lbs to 800lbs, so it would be the right application for a trailer with a loaded tongue weight of around 600lbs. You want the loaded tongue weight on the trailer to fall near the middle of the rating for the system. In order to pick the best system, it...
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  • If the bar style friction sway control is not cutting the mustard then adding a second unit could be what you need. If the gross trailer weight is at or above 6,000 pounds or the sway is bad enough adding a second unit, # 83660, might be all you need. Friction sway control is not quite as effective as dual-cam sway control. To get dual-cam sway control I recommend a new system. If the tongue weight happens to be between 600 and 1200 pounds then I recommend # RP66074. This...
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  • A weight distribution system will not change the tongue weight of the trailer. It just maximizes the vehicle and hitches capacities if rated for weight distribution (check the sticker on the hitch and the owners manual for your 2013 Ford F-150). The 10 to 15 percent of gross trailer weight when calculating tongue weight is more of a guide to figuring things out. It is not a hard and fast rule. You will know if the tongue weight is too little or too heavy. Too little tongue...
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  • Since you mention that your 2008 Ford Supercab has a towing capacity of 8,200 lbs, your truck would be capable of towing the 7,800 lb travel trailer/RV but there are a few things that you will want to keep in mind. 1. The towing capacity of your truck is the maximum amount of weight that your truck is capable of towing. This includes the weight of the trailer as well as anything in it. If 7,800 lbs is the dry weight, you will want to keep this in mind when loading the trailer....
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  • Based on everything that you need a system to do going with a Reese SC system will be the best bet. You are correct about the dual-cam system being closer to the ground and not as easy to remove to tow with the motor home. The SC systems use metal on brake pad-like material to prevent sway. With any sway control system there is going to be some noise but it is not constant noise unless it is constantly working to prevent sway. The dual-cam system would offer the best sway control...
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  • To determine the best weight distribution and sway control to use with your Coyote trailer and 2010 Ford F-150, the most important thing to consider is the tongue and gross trailer weights of the trailer. Also, check to make sure your hitch is rated for use with a weight distribution system. If your trailer weighs 4,500 pounds and has a 380 pound tongue weight, you will need a system that encompasses that range. The Reese Weight Distribution System, # RP66540, is in that range....
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  • If your owners manual states that the maximum towing capacity of your 2001 Ford F-150 is 9200lbs, then it your trailer would be well below this rating, even with two horses loaded. In your situation, weight distribution would not technically be required, but you may still want to add a system if you feel like the trailer is not tracking well behind the vehicle or if it seems like you are getting excessive sway. It depends on how comfortable you feel your ride is with the current...
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  • Based on the weight of the boat and trailer you mentioned, the gross trailer weight will be around 10,500 pounds. Typically on a boat trailer the tongue weight is less than on a utility trailer or travel trailer. At most you are probably looking at 10 percent or 1,050 pounds. But you will want to be sure. I have included a link to a help article explaining how you can determine the tongue weight of the trailer. You also have to add to the trailer tongue weight the weight of...
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  • Step one is to confirm that the hitch on your F-150 is rated for use with a weight distribution system. This will be indicated on its safety/warning label. Next, selection of a properly-rated weight distribution/sway control system for your trailer requires that you take an accurate tongue weight measurement of the trailer in its typical fully-loaded condition just as it will be when towed. Trailer tongue weight is usually 10-15 percent of the trailer gross weight, but the...
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  • Toy hauler trailers are notorious for having very heavy tongue weights, often up to 15 or 20 percent of the loaded trailer weight. Just because the F-150 itself is not made for very heavy duty loads, you will probably see some sag with whatever you do, but there are some things you can do to relieve some of the pressure on the rear end. I would try moving your load back from the front of the trailer to see if that alleviates some of the sag you are experiencing. For an example,...
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  • I did some research, checking the owners manual and online, and was unable to find specific mention of the towing capacity of the 2009 Durango with the 4.7L engine. I saw mention of a tow rating well above 6000 lbs, but there was not a good description of how the vehicle needed to be equipped to achieve this rating. The good news is that you can easily determine the tow rating of your Durango by checking the sticker in the drivers side door jamb. You should see a listing for...
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  • Your question didn't come through on my end, but I'll guess you were interested in a weight distribution kit for your 2013 Ford F150. To choose a weight distribution system, you'll need to first determine the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer. To that figure, add the weight of any gear stowed in the cargo area of the SUV or truck bed behind the rear axle. I've linked to an FAQ article that explains how to do this. These combined figures comprise the...
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  • For you setup I would recommend a Pro Series RB2 Round Bar Weight Distribution Kit with Shank, 800 lbs TW / 10,000 lbs GTW, part # 49569. This system has a max tongue capacity of 800 lbs, and is a round bar setup. The most notable difference between trunnion and round bar setups is how they attach to the head of the weight distribution system.The round style bars slide up into the head and are held in place with clips. The trunnion style bars slide into the head from the side...
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  • In choosing a weight distribution system you will need a system that has a tongue weight capacity range that encompasses the trailer tongue weight loaded and ready to tow, plus the weight of any gear in your Ford F150 behind the rear axle. I am including links to helpful articles on weight distribution and determining trailer tongue weight. For a strait-line system with a tongue weight of 440 lbs, I would recommend the Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System with Sway...
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  • It sounds like you need to adjust the angle of the weight distribution head on the weight distribution shank. Angling the ball away from the vehicle will point the spring bar end down toward the ground farther before hookup and cause more pressure to be applied when the spring bars are on the spring bar platforms. Moving the hitch ball up will reduce the pressure on the spring bars and reduce the effectiveness of the weight distribution system. It sounds as if your ball height...
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  • For a trailer with 350 pounds of tongue weight, the Strait-Line Weight Distribution System, # RP66086, would be a good choice. It has a tongue weight capacity range of 200 to 600 pounds which puts your trailer tongue weight in the middle of that range and that is right were you want to be. You will also want to keep in mind that when calculating tongue weight, you also have to factor in the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I have included a...
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  • Yes, you can use the 1,000 pound sporing bars, # PS58441, with the same head that came with weight distribution system # PS49902. These spring bars are rated for 750 to 1,000 pounds tongue weight. If your total tongue weight does not fall within the 750 to 1,000 pound range then these spring bars will not be effective. I have included a link to a help article on determining tongue weight for you.
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  • The first step in choosing a weight distribution system is determining the fully-loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of the trailer. I've linked you to an FAQ article that shows a few methods of doing this. The weight of any cargo carried in the bed of the tow vehicle behind the rear axle should be considered tongue weight, as well. Ideally, The TTW (tongue weight plus behind axle cargo weight) of your trailer should fall as close as possible to the middle of the effective range...
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  • Because of the amount of pressure it will be under, the Dual Cam Arm assembly must be bolted to the frame as outlined in the instructions. I can certainly understand your reluctance to drill holes in the frame of your brand new trailer. Have you considered going with a Reese SC system like part # RP66153? The frame brackets would fit around a trailer frame up to 6 inches tall. The weight distribution component would be almost as effective as the standard chain suspended model....
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  • Basically, one friction-style sway control can be used for trailers with up to 6,000-lb GTW. If your trailer's GTW is between 6,000 lbs and 10,000 lbs, you will need two sway-control units, one on each side of the trailer. You will also want to use two units if your trailer is 26 feet or longer. The problem is that with the higher weights or with longer trailers the friction bar style sway control unit would not be effective and you would still have a sway problem. The Pro...
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  • There are other types of sway control out there. There are not, to my knowledge, any shock-absorber type sway control systems. You are right though, the friction systems are not the most effective. There are dual cam systems that instead of correcting sway, they hold the trailer in a straight line and keep the sway from even starting. See part # RP66072. You can buy a heavier system than you need, but that can result in a rough, uncomfortable ride. We always recommend selecting...
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  • In order to determine which weight distribution hitch would be the right one for your setup you will need to know the tongue weight of your towing setup. The tongue weight includes the weight of your trailer that will be on the hitch ball of your 2004 Ford Expedition, as well as any cargo behind the rear axle of your vehicle. I attached an FAQ article on weight distribution systems that details how to determine tongue weight for you to check out also. You will want to determine...
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  • The best thing for vehicle sag caused by a trailer is to use weight distribution. I recommend removing the air from the air bags when using the weight distribution system you choose because otherwise the two systems can work against each other. To choose the best weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow and adding to that the weight of any cargo loaded...
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  • Since your truck has a factory hitch on it currently the only hitch we offer that is a confirmed fit for your 2014 Ford F150 is the Torklift Hitch part # TLF1005H. This hitch has a tongue weight capacity of 800 lbs which would be enough for the tongue weight of 665 lbs you would have. The Curt hitch part # C14002 that you referenced won't fit the models of your truck that have a factory hitch so it would not work for you. Before you buy anything you need to check the owners...
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  • Dimensionally the 1,200 lb Reese spring bars # RP58358 and the 1,500 lb spring bars of the # RP66130 will be the same. This is intentional so that the rest of the system can work on as many different setups as possible. The difference is the strength of the spring steel used in the bars. The 1,500 lb bars will be considerably stiffer. To test this you can try using either spring bar in your setup to see if you feel a difference. The 1,500 lb bar should have a much harsher ride...
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  • For your 2002 Ford F-150 SuperCrew the most popular hitch option we carry is the Curt Hitch part # C14355. This would have plenty of capacity for your trailer and would work well. Check out the install video I attached for more info as well. The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle....
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  • Weight distribution systems are meant to be "tuned" for a specific trailer tongue weight. This is because in order to do their job - pushing trailer tongue weight (TW) forward onto the truck's front axle - the system's spring bars have to have the correct stiffness. Systems too light for the TW load can't push the weight forward; systems too stiff will result in jumpy handling from the trailer. Since your trailer TW will vary you'll need to choose a system rated correctly...
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  • What you will need to do so that you can mount a friction sway control like the part # 83660 on both sides of your trailer is have a Sway Control Tab part # 3442 welded on both sides of your ball mount platform. You will need to use a qualified welder for this.
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  • The 10,000 pound capacity system, # PS49903, would be the better choice. The reason is how weight distribution systems should be chosen. You would not go by gross trailer weight capacity (unless it was not rated high enough) but instead go by the total tongue weight. Total tongue weight is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. If your trailer...
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  • To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. Tongue weight is typically 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight but could be more. On a trailer weighing 6000 pounds loaded that would be 600 to 900 pounds. I recommend a system that is...
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  • The pictures of Blue Ox Sway Pro systems # BXW0551 and # BXW0550 do suggest that the systems are the same. But the actual difference is that # BXW0550 has brackets that clamp onto the trailer frame and # BXW0551 has brackets that bolt to the sides of the trailer frame (requires drilling). I included a picture that shows what the bolt-on brackets look like. You would use the bolt on system if there were items mounted on the trailer frame that would interfere with the clamp on...
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  • I spoke with my contact at Reese and he said The High Performance Reese SC Weight Distribution System, # RP66155, from the outside of one mounting bracket to the outside of the other bracket that hold the spring bars is 15-1/2 inches. The pole tongue adapter angle will need to be 50 degrees. Most trailer frames are usually 50 degrees. The High Performance Reese SC Weight Distribution System, # RP66156, would be a good system for the gross trailer weight and tongue weight of...
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  • To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. Weight distribution system # PS49901 is rated for up to 550 pounds tongue weight. As long as the total tongue weight is under that you can use this system. If it is close to or exceeds 550 pounds...
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  • I can do better than that, I'll even provide a photo! From the center of the coupler, where the trailer ball would be to the furthest rearward part of the lift or snap up bracket would be 33 inches, so you'll have about two inches to spare between the end of the bracket and your propane tanks. The # PS49903 weight distribution system is rated for trailers with tongue weights ranging from 750 to 1000 lbs.
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  • The towing and tongue weight capacity for your 2010 Ford F-150 should be available in either your owner's manual or you can check with your dealership. From my research I found that the Jayco 26BH Trailer has a gross trailer weight rating of 7,500 lbs. The unloaded weight of the trailer is around 4,500 lbs and the dry hitch weight is around 560 lbs. I'll use those numbers for recommendations for you. If you find you have different numbers than those I use then let me know and...
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  • You can change the ball out on Pro Series weight distribution kit # PS49903. For a 2 inch diameter ball you will want to use # A-90. Or any 2 inch ball that has a 1-1/4 inch shank diameter and 2-5/8 inch shank length.
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  • The Blue Ox SwayPro part # BXW0750 would be a better recommendation for you than the # BXW0550 and would not be too harsh of a ride. The tongue weight range for this system is 550 lbs to 750 lbs. You didn't mention if when you determined the tongue weight of your Airstream trailer whether it was loaded or not. But you want to make sure that the tongue weight rating you use is the tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. I attached an FAQ article on determining...
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  • A 38 foot travel trailer will without a doubt be susceptible to crosswinds and turbulence from oncoming traffic. A friction sway control like # 83660 is what I would refer to as an entry-level solution that works best for trailers 25 feet long or shorter that experience minor sway. Due to the length of the travel trailer, I believe a weight distribution/sway control combination would work best for your needs. The system would be matched to the trailer, and could be used...
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  • The tongue weight is determined by calculating 10 to 15 percent of the GTW (Gross Trailer Weight), added to the weight of any cargo that is behind the rear axle of the towing vehicle. Based on the information you have provided, and the length of your trailer, you would benefit from having a system that includes sway control. I have linked you to an article explaining how to determine the actual as-towed tongue weight of your trailer. There are two systems I would recommend....
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  • The High Performance Reese SC weight distribution system you referenced # RP66153, would work just fine with your 28 foot travel trailer that has a dry weight of 6,000 pounds. It has a tongue weight capacity of 400-800 pounds and a gross towing weight of 10,000 pounds. One of the most important factors to consider when picking out a weight distribution system is the tongue weight of the setup. A nice included feature on the Reese weight distribution system # RP66153 is the...
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  • The ideal way to select a properly-rated weight distribution system is to measure the trailer's fully-loaded road-ready tongue weight, with all gear, supplies and equipment in place. To this measured tongue weight you need to add the weight of anything in the tow vehicle that sits behind the rear axle, such as a loaded cooler or generator. Once you know your total tongue weight (TTW) you can choose a system with enough tension to properly shift some of this weight forward to the...
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  • To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. If 325 pounds is the unloaded tongue weight then loaded at a weight of 3,200 pounds would put the tongue weight around 430 pounds. A system rated for 550 pounds such as # PS49901 would work well. I...
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  • Thank you for including a photo of your A-frame trailer which has a cargo tray interfering with installation of your Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution system # BXW1000. We can help you! Although an inch does not sound like much, and in many instances such a small deviation from the specified installation instructions might be okay, in the case of a weight distribution system I do not recommend installing the system contrary to the manufacturer instructions. Blue Ox offers...
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  • Weight distribution systems do not increase the capacity of a trailer hitch or tow vehicle. On vehicles and hitches that are rated for weight distribution there will be two ratings: a weight carrying rating and a weight distribution rating. The hitch will have a sticker on it with the ratings, if applicable. And the vehicle owners manual should say whether or not the vehicle is rated for weight distribution and, if so, what the capacities are when using it. When choosing a...
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  • The latest generation of weight distribution/sway control systems offer the advantages of actually preventing sway from starting in the first place, rather than correcting it once it starts. For the best handling I suggest a Strait-Line weight distribution system from Reese that prevents sway from even starting. Selection of a weight distribution/sway control system hinges on the trailer's actual fully-loaded tongue weight, with water and propane tanks filled, all gear (beer)...
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  • You were told correctly, you may not need a sway control system. Sway is dependent on a lot of factors including things like trailer length, load arrangement in trailer and road conditions. In any case, I will recommend a weight distribution system that is set up to easily add a sway control system if you decide you want it or it becomes a necessity. Your trailer has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or GVWR of 7,580 pounds, meaning that the trailer when fully loaded cannot weight...
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  • Actually the angle of the ball on the weight distribution head is determined by what the setup calls for. It depends on much spring tension is needed to properly distribute the weight and the overall orientation of the trailer frame in regards to the hitch ball. Basically what you need to do is check out the installation instructions and the install video links I attached to the right and follow the setup procedure and you will be able to determine what the correct angle will...
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  • Since they say to get the final measurements to settle evenly within about a 1/2 inch I would say you are pretty close but could stand to reduce the number of links between the hook and spring bar. I would try taking one more link out and see where that puts you. I attached an FAQ article on weight distribution systems for you to check out also.
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  • It sounds like the issue you have is that you need higher rated spring bars, not longer chains. The fact that you want to angle the head back even further would indicate that you aren't getting the amount of spring tension you need to properly distribute the tongue weight of your trailer. The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of...
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  • Well, I can't recommend measuring it weights since that is not how Fastway or Ford does it. So it would make it more difficult to figure it all out because then we would have to add in some sort of conversion from weight to height which might not be accurate. We have always sais that once your weight distribution system is set up and connected the wheel well height at the front and rear should be the same or within a fraction of an inch of the unloaded height. You don't...
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  • With a dual-cam sway control system like the Strait-Line Weight Distribution System # RP66074, you will have more freedom in terms of backing up than you would with a friction sway control bar. However, if you are going to be making tight turns and maneuvers while backing up, it is a good idea to disconnect the dual-cam sway control to avoid any potential issues. I have included a link to our FAQ article on weight distribution and sway control for you. When picking out a weight...
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  • Thanks for your recent purchase! The Blue Ox weight distribution system # BXW1001 that you purchased will require drilling. The tools you will need are as follows: Torque wrench, drill, large vise grips, tape measure, 1/2 inch drill bit 3/4 socket and wrench and 1-1/16 and 1-1/8 inch sockets. The Blue Ox SwayPro system # BXW1000 is a clamp-on system as the rep explained and it will not require any drilling. I included a helpful article about weight distribution for you too.
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  • The first step is to ensure that the unloaded rear end of your Suburban is at factory ride height. If the rear suspension components are worn or damaged, have them replaced/repaired. The next step would be to determine the difference in the receiver height of vehicle and the coupler height of the trailer, when parked on level ground. Measure the distance from the inside top of the receiver tube to the ground, then measure the distance from the underside of the trailer coupler...
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  • Weight distribution is deigned to take out any sag on the vehicle by re-distributing the weight to all axles of the tow vehicle and trailer so you can have a level tow. One thing that I will warn you about is that by lowering the truck (also applies to lifted trucks) it makes the towing capacity unknown and in most cases actually reduces it. I would check with whoever did the lowering or the manufacturer of the product used if you used one to determine if the trucks towing capacity...
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  • There is a way to use weight distribution on a boat trailer with surge brakes. First, you will need to contact the trailer manufacturer to determine if the trailer frame can be used with weight distribution. Not all boat trailer frames, especially aluminum frames, can be used with weight distribution. The trailer tongue weight is probably in the neighborhood of 700 pounds (10 percent of the gross trailer weight) but you have to add the weight of anything loaded behind the rear...
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  • In the picture, you have a tall trailer frame and that is the issue. You would not want to use the set up as-is because the chains are not long enough. Longer chains are not recommended because it will reduce the effectiveness of the system but what you can do is use the chain hangers, # RP58305, that will bolt to the side of the frame and give you the proper set up. To achieve the required amount of tension for your weight-distribution systems spring bars using these chain...
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  • From the picture you submitted it looks like the frame on the trailer might be aluminum. If it is then please verify with the trailer manufacturer that you can use weight distribution on the trailer. Tongue weight for choosing weight distribution is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow and then adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. If that figure falls in between the 600 to 1,200...
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  • Sharp turns combined with too much weight for the system and L-brackets that are very tight can cause the brackets to bend. Make sure that the trailer weight does not exceed the capacity of your system and that the spring bar hangers are positioned the correct distance from the ball as indicated in the instructions for your system. Be sure to check the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to to and then add the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of...
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  • When selecting a weight distribution system, you will want one that has a tongue weight capacity range that encompasses the trailer tongue weight, with the trailer loaded and ready to tow, and the weigh of any gear loaded in the tow vehicle BEHIND the rear axle. Trailer tongue weight is typically 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight. At capacity, 9,990 pounds, the tongue weight at 15 percent would be just under 1,500 pounds so I recommend an 800 to 1,500 pound system...
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  • Congratulations on your new trailer purchase. Before we choose a weight distribution system, we will want to determine the loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer and the approximate weight of any cargo you plan on loading in your truck bed behind the rear axle. This is called your total tongue weight and we will want to choose a system that can handle your total tongue weight. I am assuming your tongue weight of 530 lbs is the dry tongue weight. Once you load...
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