Hi, Lawrench, and welcome!
May I make some suggestions for your (excellent) proposed thread (which should be in the Hitches subforum with PULLRITE in the title) which might
appear to be about painstaking details? If so, there are quite a few of us around here with this approach. Forgive me that thinking a guy that owns a van as TV is "serious" (as I perceive it).
So bear with me if all this is old hat:
1] Weigh the van at present. Full fuel, driver and permanent items aboard only. That is the "adjusted empty weight" to note in the thread under the factory ship weight.
2] Weigh the van after hitch installation (otherwise as above). This 3-line set of information is useful to more than just other Ford van owners when considering a hitch of this sort.
Afterwards, with a trailer, being able to dial in the WD ideally is easy. It is dependent
on these other weight values.
Plus, as tire pressure is always
against load, you'll have some time to get it perfect for solo conditions; (where pressure does not rise more than 5-psi after 1.5-hrs steady state travel and is otherwise as low as possible). The other questions around TV rolling efficiency:
1] steering wander
2] brake drag
5] wheel/tire balance
are best addressed now prior to towing. Make no assumptions about condition, IMO.
There are good threads about wiring the TV for powering the 7-way harness for the trailer (and some possible upgrades)
which also include a remote power distribution located at the TV rear.
One may also choose to "up" the current to TT batteries by a separate TV battery draw. ETN550 made this kind of upgrade
(and there are other threads to this end) where being able to run a solar reefer, etc, is also important.
TV towing mirrors and LED exterior lighting are also to the point. Breakdown supplies (roadside), extra LED flashers (even strobes) are worth a look. Same for acquiring safety chains
of the proper type, as well as a new breakaway switch, etc, as these can be (will be, IMO) in need of replacement on even a fairly new trailer.
As to brake controllers I'd still go with a MAXBRAKE if one can be sourced, but otherwise investigate a DIRECLINK (as shown in the thread by Mexray
Tires and shock absorbers (the very best, and of the best type), as well as FF/RR anti-roll bars (with poly bushings) are also (or tend to be) good for TV's. Headlight wiring upgrades to bring a full 13V to them are highly recommended.
Tell us also -- in your other thread -- more about the van: Spec, outfit and use. I am suggesting that the thread can be about the hitch, as well as making the TV as good as can be for utilizing that hitch (vehicle specific as well as more general info).
Every thing mentioned above has at least one thread applying with the usual depth from around here.
You are starting off, unless I miss my guess, in a very good way. Folks tend to "get to" the road performance/safety items last (if at all). Easy to do now without the distraction and expense of a TT. Goldplate it
, buddy, is my opinion (as third gen aero/alum trailer owner and truck driver).
Looking forward to it as a PULLRITE is on my very, very short list of replacements for a Hensley Arrow. The more pics the better!!