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Is it Okay To Tow a Travel Trailer With a BulletProof Adjustable Hitch Using Only Sway Control?

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Experts. I have a 2019 F250 Crew Cab 6.7L Diesel. I recently purchased a 22 Forrest River IBEX 20BHS. The Gross Vehicle Weight on the trailer is 7510lbs w/ 510lb tongue weight. I purchased a Bulletproof Adj Height Hitch rated at 22k lbs about a year ago in the hopes that I could add W/D in the future if needed. It turns out Bulletproof doesn’t sell W/D set ups, only sway-control set-ups. Now my current plan is to add JUST the sway control. My max towing capacity on my 3/4 Ton is 17k pounds. In my mind 510lbs of tongue weight should be a non issue as far as weight distribution on my truck. Would JUST a friction sway control bar be safe with my current tow rig potential? I already ped $350+ on the hitch alone and I’d hate to have to more money on a NEW W/D hitch if my truck can potentially do the job safely without one.

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To begin you can add a weight distribution hitch like the Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution w/ 4-Point Sway Control # EQ37101ET by using the Weight Distribution Shank for BulletProof Hitches Adjustable Ball Mount # 358WEIGHTDIST. This will attach to your BulletProof Hitches Adjustable 2-Ball Mount # HD258 or similar BulletProof hitch. This is the best way to tow your 022 Forest River IBEX 20BHS as you will have weight distribution and sway control.

Seeing as you are towing your IBEX 20BHS with a 2019 Ford F-250 you can use just a sway control system. Do remember that your dry tongue weight is 510lbs and will likely be over 800lbs when your trailer is loaded with the battery, propane, and camping gear. If you were to use the Sway Control 2-Ball Platform # 358SWAYCONTROLBALL you will need the Reese Friction Sway Control Kit # 83660 to pair with it. This type of friction sway control must be removed before doing any maneuvering with your trailer attached. Generally most maneuvering is done when backing up but it should also be removed on tight windy roads as well as I have seen them bend driving on those types of roads.

A simpler system for only sway control is the Tuson Asymmetric Sway Control # 335TSC-1000. This is an electronic sway control that will use the electric trailer brakes to correct sway. It will independently active either the left or right side trailer brakes for a fraction of a second to prevent any brake lockup and correct trailer sway. Since there is no friction bar to remove or hitch to install this is the easiest form of sway control. As long as your electric trailer brakes are working properly and the battery on the trailer is charged the system will work as soon as you are connected to the trailer.

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