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Old 05-31-2017, 12:21 PM   #15
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2017 F250 has max tongue weight 1500#s with 2 1/2" receiver.
According to the sticker on the hitch from the factory this 1500 lbs is correct and it is the same with or without WD. WD is not necessary with the new '17 Super Duties.

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Old 05-31-2017, 01:01 PM   #16
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We have ordered a International Signature 30 and will tow it with a 2017 Ford F250, and was wondering what is the best weight distribution hitch and anti sway bracket to use?
I have had a similar combination of TV and Trailer. Experimented with three different hitches and the best considering initial investment and overall performance was the Blue Ox by far.
Trunion Bar WD hitches are less expensive and perform well however they give the trailer a very rough ride. I found out the hard way.
And pulling with an F-250 you don't need to spend thousands on a hitch, you have plenty of heft giving you substantial margin of safety.
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Old 05-31-2017, 01:07 PM   #17
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Dropping right on the ball our 2017 26U only raises the front of our 2017 F250 3/8s inch and only squats the rear 1 3/8s inch, therefore no WD needed. Drove 800 miles home in storms, heavy wind, and high traffic with no sway issues (of course there will be a little buffeting from time to time, but not unreasonable and expected). So while anti-sway would be an added safety feature, decided it would be overkill as well. Therefore for time being we are just going to drop on the ball and go. The AS tows like a rock behind our F250. So may want to first try without WDH, but it's personal choice of course.
A 30' Airstream has different dynamics than a 26'. It will wag the dog so I would say don't experiment use a WD hitch.
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Old 05-31-2017, 01:19 PM   #18
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Dropping right on the ball our 2017 26U only raises the front of our 2017 F250 3/8s inch and only squats the rear 1 3/8s inch, therefore no WD needed. Drove 800 miles home in storms, heavy wind, and high traffic with no sway issues (of course there will be a little buffeting from time to time, but not unreasonable and expected). So while anti-sway would be an added safety feature, decided it would be overkill as well. Therefore for time being we are just going to drop on the ball and go. The AS tows like a rock behind our F250. So may want to first try without WDH, but it's personal choice of course.
Your trailer and TV are well matched for GCWR, so there is no need for WDH. The slight change in pitch can easily be corrected with airbags if it bothers you at all. Also, your late model TV has enhanced electronic stability control, so additional sway control would be self defeating. In your situation, I would not be thinking of adding the hassle and potential downside of a WDH & sway bar either. The OP with a larger, heavier trailer may not have the choice, tho. As others have warned, getting the set-up done correctly is absolutely essential.
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Old 05-31-2017, 04:55 PM   #19
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We have ordered a International Signature 30 and will tow it with a 2017 Ford F250, and was wondering what is the best weight distribution hitch and anti sway bracket to use?
The best (and only except for Hensley) Anti-sway hitch is the ProPride 3P Hitch. Blue Ox, etc. are NOT anti-sway. Reason: you still have the ball hitch swivel point; therefore, the trailer can initiate movement side to side, which you want to eliminate. Only your tow vehicle should initiate movement, e.g., for a turn or when backing up. The equalizer bars will create some stability if adjusted properly, but they will not eliminate sway. You get a strong enough side force and it will sway and possibly fishtail. I tow a 30' Classic with a 3500 Duramax Silverado with zero issues no matter what the side force is.
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Old 05-31-2017, 06:20 PM   #20
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Old 05-31-2017, 06:24 PM   #21
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The only people I know who had their Airstream 28 go into a rapidly increasing sway and the whole thing rolled down the side grade were towing with an F-250. Traveling downhill in AZ, on a curve around a mountain, sudden extreme sidewind, the trailer quickly increased oscillations widely and they lost control. She had severe injuries. They did have a w.d. hitch.

"Heft", high center of gravity, vague steering, and solid axle suspension only means it will be harder to control when things go out of control. Put the chances on your side, get a high quality w.d hitch with sway control device or Hensley/ProPride with sway elimination design and quit fooling around with this "you don't need it with that truck" advice.
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I pull my 28 International with an equalizer and an F250 - hardly know she's behind me.
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A 30' Airstream has different dynamics than a 26'. It will wag the dog so I would say don't experiment use a WD hitch.
Good point. I imagine the 30 does behave differently. So with the 30 the WD may not be needed for the F250, but sounds like the Anti-sway would be.
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