Weight Distribution and Sway Control System Recommended for 2011 Ford F-150

Question:

I have a 2011 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4. I just bought a 31 ft. travel trailer. Tw on trailer is 958lbs. Cargo has rating of 1500lbs. Dry weight on trailer is 6678lbs. My question is which weight distributing system would work best for me.

Expert Reply:

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. Both systems have similar weight distribution capacities, and have some features that are different.

One of the systems I recommend is the Reese Strait-Line System, part # RP66084. I have linked you to an installation video for a similar system. The Sway Control performance of the Strait-Line # RP66084 featuring Dual Cam Sway Control is better than the other option, but this system is more complicated with more moving parts and would require greater time and complication for the initial set-up. Due to the design it will be a little quieter. For the RP66084 system, if you need a 2 inch Hitch ball, I would recommend part # A-90, or for the 2-5/16 inch Hitch ball, part # 19286.

Another system I recommend is the Reese SC System, part # RP66155. This system does have fewer components, making it easier to setup, but with friction sway control it may be a bit noisier. You will need to add either of the 2 balls listed above to this system as well.

Both systems include the components and hardware needed for installation, although the Hitch Balls would be purchased separately.

I have also linked you to an FAQ article that explains weight distribution.

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