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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.

asked by: Brad W


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 Equal-i-zer System, part # EQ37120ET. I have linked you to an installation video for this system as well. The Equal-i-zer system, part # EQ37120ET does have fewer components, making it easier to setup, but with steel-on-steel construction may be a bit noisier. A 2-5/16 inch Hitch Ball for the EQ37120ET system is included. For the EQ37120ET system, a Thin Walled Socket, like part # EQ70-00-4800 is needed for installing the Hitch Ball.

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.

expert reply by: Jeffrey L




Products Referenced in This Question

Hitch Ball with 2-5/16" Diameter and Medium Shank, 12,000 lbs GTW - Chrome


Hitch Ball with 2-5/16" Diameter and Medium Shank, 12,000 lbs GTW - Chrome

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19286

Retail: $17.13

Price:  $9.99

Product Summary:

Hitch Ball
Standard Ball
12000 lbs GTW
Class IV
Chrome

Product Specs:

2-3/4 Inch Shank Length
2-5/16 Inch Diameter Ball
1-1/4 Inch Diameter Shank


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Hitch Ball with 2" Diameter and Medium Shank, 10,000 lbs GTW - Chrome


Hitch Ball with 2" Diameter and Medium Shank, 10,000 lbs GTW - Chrome

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103 reviews

A-90

Retail: $18.20

Price:  $11.99

Product Summary:

Hitch Ball
Standard Ball
10000 lbs GTW
Class IV
Chrome

Product Specs:

2-5/8 Inch Shank Length
2 Inch Diameter Ball
1-1/4 Inch Diameter Shank


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Strait-Line Weight Distribution System w Sway Control - Trunnion Bar - 12,000 lbs GTW, 1,200 lbs TW


Strait-Line Weight Distribution System w Sway Control - Trunnion Bar - 12,000 lbs GTW, 1,200 lbs TW

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26 reviews

RP66084

Retail: $1,001.77

Price:  $540.45

Product Summary:

WD With Sway Control
Prevents Sway
700 lbs
800 lbs
900 lbs
1000 lbs
1100 lbs
Up to 12000 lbs GTW
Includes Shank

Product Specs:

Fits 2 Inch Hitch
Electric Brake Compatible
Allows Backing Up


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