Originally Posted by Toolbox91
Ron Gratz. I believe I understand what you are saying. The WD hitch is only designed to compensate for the tongue weight of the trailer on the rear axle. Air bags are needed for the weight in the bed. That makes sense and I will consider it. Would it be safe to assume that it would be okay to try the setup with the Anderson hitch and then add the airbags later after it is determined that they are needed?
Yes, I think it would be safe to assume that it would be "okay" to try the Andersen hitch IF you are talking about using it only to restore load removed from the TV's front axle due to tongue weight.
If you load the trailer to 7000# and if the TW% creeps up to 15%, the TW will be about 1050#.
Given your long-bed truck and the 16' trailer, the TW would cause about 380# to be removed from the TV's front axle.
For your truck, Ford implies that the WDH should be adjusted to restore about 50% of the removed load.
This means the Andersen would have to transfer about 190# to the front axle.
This amount of load transfer might be achieved, but is at the upper limit of what has been reported by Andersen users.
If the Andersen was able to transfer 190# to the front, the corresponding amount of load removed from the rear axle would be about 340#, leaving a net rear-axle load addition of about 1100# due to TW.
If the bed load added, say, 1400# to the rear axle, the total net added load would be about 2500#.
In short, using the Andersen WDH might result in reducing the added rear axle load from about 2840# to about 2500# -- probably not enough to give a noticeable reduction in rear end squat.
IMO, using the Andersen would be "safer" than using nothing.
But, I don't see how it can help the squat problem.