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Best Weight Distribution Hitch for 2007 Ford F150 Towing Travel Trailer

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We are thinking about buying a 2019 AirStream 22FB Sport Bambi. Specs say it has GVWR of only 4,500 pounds and a hitch weight of 422 lbs with LP and batteries. My pickup is a 2007 Ford F150 with 5.4L and factory towing package, 3.73 LS differential, and T3 trailer brake controller. I believe the tow rating on the F150 is 9,300 pounds. I have towed trailers for 40 years, including our boat 97 Four Winns Horizon 210 w/ 5.7 Penta that probably weighs more than the Airstream, a Big Tex 10 SR Dump trailer that has had loads of over 5,000 lbs for short hauls and others. I have never used an equalizer hitch and never had any serious problems. The sales guy at the Airstream Dealer got my wifes ear and convinced her that I need to have a equalizer hitch in order to safely tow the new Airstream. They were showing her the BlueOx Sway Pro. I am not dead set against having the equalizer hitch, but was the sales guy just trying to add to his commission? I would buy the equalizer hitch from E-Trailer and install it myself anyway. What would your recommendations be?

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Sounds like you and I have the same mindset (as many others do, I'm sure): sales people are always trying to add to their commission, so I certainly don't blame you for being skeptical. Having said that, he wasn't wrong in this case, no matter his motivations. It is recommended that a weight distribution hitch be used any time a trailer's fully loaded weight is more than 50 percent of your tow vehicle's weight.

Your 2007 F-150 has the capacity to tow the 2019 AirStream 22FB Sport Bambi, but with its GVWR of 4,500 lbs and an '07 F-150 weighing in the range of 4,800 lbs to 5,900 lbs it would be a good idea to use a weight distribution system because it will keep you level and improve your truck's overall handling and control or get rid of sway depending on what you decide to get.

There are a number of options and I recommend checking out two of them. The first is the more economical version, the Fastway e2 # FA92-00-1000. This system uses spring bars and brackets so it is easier to hook up than the systems that use chains, and will control sway with what is called 2-Point Sway Control. This means it uses friction in the sway bars to become rigid and keep your trailer in line. The Fastway comes with everything needed for installation with the exception of the hitch ball; for that you'd need either 2" Hitch Ball # EQ91-00-6080 or 2-5/16" Hitch Ball # EQ91-00-6100.

The Fastway is a solid system that will get the job done but the best option that is going to prevent your new trailer from swaying is the Equal-i-zer # EQ37100ET.

The reason the Equal-i-zer is considered the best is its 4-point sway control system. This means that not only do the spring bars at the brackets provide resistance, but there is also resistance at the Equal-i-zer's head unit that ensures your trailer remains stable. Our customers who have used this system regard it very highly, with around 350 reviews at the time of this writing giving at an average of nearly 5 out of 5 stars, as you can see on the product page.

That 4-point system makes a big difference in regards to just controller sway or preventing it, but there are other differences between the Fastway # FA92-00-1000 and Equal-i-zer # EQ37100ET. The the Equal-i-zer is made of hot-dipped steel as opposed to the powder-coated steel of the Fastway, it comes with a hitch ball so it does not have to be purchased separately, and has a lifetime warranty whereas the Fastway has a 10-year warranty.

For either system it recommended that you use the Thin Walled Socket # EQ70-00-4800 during installation because it will make it easier to install the hitch ball.

I have added links to video reviews of both the Fastway and Equalizer for you to check out, and also linked a help article on weight distribution systems which I recommend taking a look at.

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