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Old 09-09-2014, 06:36 PM   #1
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anti-sway/weight distribution questions

I need opinions since i'm new to pulling a camper. I bought a 1998 land yacht safari 25' and am pulling with a 2015 f-350 6.2 gas. 1st question, do I need anti-sway and or weight distribution hitch. is there a difference in the 2. what could I expect to pay for one. we do plan on traveling a lot when we do retire within the next 5-7 year range. thanks for any help.
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Old 09-09-2014, 07:06 PM   #2
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You will get many different opinions on what equipment is best, so in the end you will have to choose.
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Weight Distribution - with your F350, not required, but safer to transfer some loads, especially if you carry a heavy load in the bed while towing.
Sway control - if you have a sway event, you will wish you had something.
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Old 09-09-2014, 07:06 PM   #3
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There is a difference.

A weight distributing (WD) hitch will take some of the trailer's hitched weight and move it to the forward axle of the tow vehicle. (TV) Instead of being handled by the rear axle.

Anti-sway is a hitch system that is designed to reduce the side to side movement of the trailer.

With a F350 a WD system is likely not needed. That type of TV has a lot of heft. You may also not need the anti-sway either as the TV may be very stable as such as to absorb any side to side movement of the trailer.

And know something hitch systems can be a very personal choice. Many times there are different ways to accomplish the task of towing. Some users are very much sold on their system similar to brand loyality of TV. This is my opinion and ultimately you will be the deciding factor for your set up.

I would suggest getting both the TV and the trailer weighed in towing format to have a knowledge of what you have to work with. Good luck.

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Check out "Air hitch". It can minimize vertical shock transmission from your BEAST F-350.

Weight distribution. Yes. It theoretically puts the "tongue weight" closer to center of the tow vehicle. That means you have a balanced load to TV rather than all hanging on the "bumper/hitch". You can verify the WD is working as the whole TV "squats" equally..

Sway control or sway damping. Choose. Sway dampen with a Ezy-Lift setup and also includes WD! The "sway" is dampened by the linear brake sway control.

Sway minimization and possible elimination... A Hensley or ProPride
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:55 AM   #5
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You can find some real good deals on used WD hitches on Craigslist if you want to try one without spending a lot of money. They will improve the ride with the trailer.
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Old 09-10-2014, 06:12 AM   #6
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There is no way you need WD of a F350 for the trailer referenced, and all but minimal lightest use of WD will not be good for your trailer.

Anti sway will be beneficial at speeds over 60 or 65.
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Old 09-10-2014, 06:57 AM   #7
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You need this when in certain conditions, wind, being passed by semi-trailers, and for overall comfort in towing. And without it the possibility of a potentially tragic outcome in certain situations is markedly increased.

I have a Reese dual cam weight distributing hitch which provides both functions. I think about $1,000 installed. Prices may vary.
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I think it's possible that you have too much truck for your particular trailer. I tow a 25' Trade Wind with an F250 SD. Rough roads can translate into a very rough ride for the AS due to the heavy suspension on the truck. I recently purchased an AirSafe hitch, which effectively isolates the AS from the bang bang bang and up and down movement of the hitch. Very smooth. Very simple to hitch up. As far as anti-sway/WD... I've towed many different trailers all over the country...and never felt a need for anti-sway. My truck is heavy and stable. I will keep my options open for adding the anti-sway later on....but I'm not convinced I need it. And lastly, all this equipment depends on how comfortable you are with towing in the first place.
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For the last year I have been towing our 87 25' Sovereign with a heavy haul F250. The trailer has an Andersen hitch and a Quick-bite coupler. The combination of the three is great. I believe that the Andersen works very well with heavy half ton and heavier trucks.

I see you are in Quincy, Ohio. I live in Oregon, Ohio just East of Toledo. Should you like to see my setup, send me a private message.
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You won't need sway control at all. That is until you need it, then as others have said you will wish you had it. Minor sway is nothing, serious sway can happen for various reason, wind, slick roads, trucks etc when you least expect it. The tail wagging the dog is not fun. I bought a Hensley hitch 20 years ago after a trip across New Mexico and mild cross winds. I have never had a problem since then. As a plus you get WD as well.
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I pull about the same trailer with a 2500 and am very happy using. Reese dual cam hitch. I just do not see any advantage to not using a good WD hitch. My truck drives much better with some weight distributed to the front wheels. The trailer rides smoothly and does not seem" beat up".
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thank you all for the great info. many things to consider for sure. one thing I didn't mention is I hope to be able to take the Harley in the bed of the truck sometimes as well. how would that additional weight affect towing/handling pro/con? it's a heritage softail close to 700lbs I believe.
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...... I hope to be able to take the Harley in the bed of the truck sometimes as well. how would that additional weight affect towing/handling pro/con? it's a heritage softail close to 700lbs I believe.
Your owner's manual would be an excellant place to start. The TV is doing the work. Follow the recommendations of Ford Motor Company about loading and towing. They built your TV and they do have recommendations about the load and loading capacity of the vehicle. I worked for the company for a short time and they had a pile of data on the topic back in the '80s. I am sure they have more.

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Search with "]2014 Ford Super Duty Pickup Trailer Towing Selector" and you will get a pdf from Ford about towing.

The same shouold be in your glove box or available from your dealer.

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