We just purchased a nice 1968
Safari in good condition. New tires and brakes. Well-maintained bearings. Original axle.
Previous owner towed with an Explorer SportsTrack for 10 years. He never saw the need for a WD hitch or anti-sway capability. Never an issue for him.
We are purchasing a 2013 Ford Explorer with Class III trailer tow package good for 500# tongue weight and 5,000 # weight-distributing max trailer capacity. Specs for the Safari are 377# hitch and 3360# weight. Presumably unloaded. I will add a brake-controller to the vehicle.
The Explorer has an automatic anti-sway capability built into the brake system as part of the tow package.
So, do I need a WD hitch and anti-sway bar? is it essential? Good practice?
I have read lots of discussion here, but not in the context of the 2013 Explorer and a trailer mod this vintage, weight, and dimensions?