Originally Posted by Peter Culp
What do think?
I just bought a 1974 Argosy 26. I am pretty sure it weighs somewhere in the ballpark of 4000lbs. I will be towing it with a long bed crew cab f350. I have towed much more weight than this without a weight distributing hitch, but not a travel trailer. I am pretty sure I'll be fine.
Thanks for the input.
Hi Peter, from a fellow vintage kin OCer,
We've been renting 3/4 ton Fords/Dodge-RAM from Enterprise Commercial Rentals up here in Orange for a few years, until we decided to get our own TV & while we are looking, with our 1960
Avion T20 - which is probably a bit lighter than yours.
I got a Hensley Cub for the sway control/elimination & ease of use, because of our narrow driveway & streets up here in Old Towne Orange, we knew we would ultimately get a smaller, lighter & shorter wheelbase mid-size SUV with V8 (& had rented Nissan Pathfinders in 2013 from Hooman Nissan in Long Beach, but 4.0L V6).
So with a 3/4 vs. 1 ton truck & 3000-3500 vs 4000-5000 trailer - it's a decent comparison, & I don't see much difference with the trailer hitched as far as the WD goes (in fact I get the same mpg hitched or not!), but the sway control is a definite plus for cruising. As we are with 3/4T - you're seriously over-TVed with the 1T, but it's already in your stable.
I don't know what year your F350 is nor if it has their electronic sway control built in, but if it does, then that should cover you on SC, based on my experience bringing our Avion from Albuquerque with a F150 that had the Ford built-in SC/Tow package on a "bare ball."
Now "on a completely different subject" - you may want to see if you can get in on the waiting list with your "new" vintage AS for the upcoming "Ride the Wild Surf" vintage trailer rally right here in OC (or at least come up for the Saturday public open house to visit with other vintage trailer folk).
PS - I just saw your Equalizer question, & yes it would work, but their sway control is 2 optional friction units L & R of the hitch unit, which you can buy from Equalizer, if that hitch doesn't have them already. I don't know their current pricing to compare it with the used price, but you can check at eTrailer.com for their pricing, but note that there are always sales - so deduct at least 20-30% off full retail for your comparo use.
PSS - if you plan to & want to check out the vintage trailer rally scene, this one in Sept/Oct in OC is a good way to see, as they're all so popular that it generally means signing up several months to a year ahead, but then you'll get a significant discount off the "normal" RV Park/Campground fees, have lots of vintage trailerites activities, & will be camping with the friends you make at the events (vs. camping at campgrounds with folks you don't know).
PSSS - Look us up if you make it, & we'll introduce you around to some of our vintage buddies, one of whom make DW hotdogs for all comers at this one, so bring the family! It's also a classic car/truck show with the old TVs many use as well.