Recommended Weight Distribution System for 1999 Ford Super Duty with Lift and 10,000lbs Camper

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Hello I need some help getting pointed in the right direction. I recently purchased a camper and Im looking to get a weight distribution hitch. The trailer weighs about 9,500-10,000lbs. My truck has a 6 inch lift with 37 inch tires so I need a shank that has a long enough to accommodate my lift. I dont know a whole lot about WD hitches as it is so I need help getting pointed in the right direction. Also not looking for the top of the line product either just something that will get the job done without breaking the bank. Thank you!

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I can help you get set up with all the right equipment for towing a travel trailer with your 1999 Ford Super Duty.

A weight distribution system is recommended if the gross vehicle weight (GVW) of the trailer is more than 50 percent of the GVW of your vehicle. A weight distribution system will distribute some of the tongue weight to the front axle of the tow vehicle. This will help with sag and allow your setup to brake and handle better. When picking out a weight distribution you want to do it based on the loaded tongue weight, which also includes the weight of the cargo behind the rear axle. Typically it is 10-15 percent of your Gross Trailer Weight (GTW). For your 10,000lbs. camper that would be anywhere from 950 - 1,500lbs. of tongue weight. If this is not the fully loaded weight of the camper you will want to factor that in, when choosing the correct system for you.

My best recommendation for a weight distribution would be the Reese Stait-Line # RP66130 because of its 800-1,500 lbs. tongue weight capacity and 15,000 lbs. gross towing weight. This system doesn't include a shank so that you can select one that will work for your lifted height. Like the Pro Series # RP63971 shank with 6-1/2 inches of drop and 1,500lbs tongue weight capacity. The Reese Strait-Line prevents sway before it starts. It uses a dual cam sway control which is the most effective on the market, because it applies constant pressure to realign your trailer behind your tow vehicle. It is lighter than many of the other systems and has a more effective sway control than other systems.

To determine which rise or drop is correct for your particular setup you will want to measure, I have linked a Help Article on how to do this for you to check out. Basically you will measure from the top of your hitch receiver to the ground and then from the bottom of the coupler to the ground and this will give you the drop you will need. (hitch height - trailer height = drop)

Another great system that already includes a 7-1/2 inch drop shank is the Blue Ox # BXW1506. To complete this system you will just need one of the 1-1/4 inch shank balls mentioned below. What's really nice about the Blue Ox Sway Pro system is that the trunnion bars can be interchanged depending on your trailers weight.

If you don't already have an integrated brake controller your vehicle will need one. When pulling a trailer with brakes you will need to have a brake controller to actuate the brakes. I like the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 # 90195 because it is a proportional brake controller which means it senses how the tow vehicle is slowing or stopping and applies the trailer's brakes with the same intensity. It also has a full display screen instead of codes that need deciphering. Depending on which vehicle you have a will determine which wiring for the brake controller you will need. The brake controller adapter for the Ford's with the P3 is the # 3035-P, if you have a factory 4-way you will also need the # 118243 to complete the wiring setup.

The final pieces you will need to start towing your trailer with your weight distribution is a ball for the weight distribution. Your coupler size will determine what ball you need but for this weight distribution the shank of the ball is required to have a diameter of 1-1/4 inches like the 2 inch ball # A-90 or the 2-5/16 inches ball # BWHB94050.

I have linked all the mentioned products as well as the Help Articles to this page for your convenience.

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