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Old 07-23-2014, 09:11 AM   #1
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Do I need a WD hitch?

I've got a new F350 Turbo Diesel on order and we're looking for a used 27' Airstream. Some I've spoken to say I don't need a WD hitch....What say the pros?

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Old 07-23-2014, 09:23 AM   #2
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This is going to get interesting very quickly.
Personal opinion, it could't hurt to at least have some anti-sway protection.
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Old 07-23-2014, 09:39 AM   #3
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I really agree with Awchief - a Reese Dual Cam could be picked up off of e-bay or Craigslist for around a hundred bucks and, at the very least, put your mind at ease that the trailer has a little help staying straight behind you.

Good luck with your purchase - be sure to read several of the threads about trailer inspection - especially the threads that deal with floor inspection, frame rot, rear end sag, and axle life.
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We tow with an F250 diesel. It came with sway control, but we still use additional sway control and a weight distribution hitch. It has been a very comfortable towing set up for us.
You will find plenty of other combinations and a whole lot of opinions on what is needed.
Good luck in your search for a trailer.
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We tow with an F 250 Diesel and I definitely agree with all of the above. As the saying goes "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".
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The used AS will more than likely come with a some sort of WD hitch . You can try it both ways for free basically . We tow with a 2500 Dodge and only use the friction sway bar ,and have found it works just fine after 10s of thousands miles.
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:59 AM   #7
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I've got a new F350 Turbo Diesel on order and we're looking for a used 27' Airstream. Some I've spoken to say I don't need a WD hitch....What say the pros?

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Towing a travel trailer, among other things, involves safety.

Towing a travel trailer, with just a ball, or just a sway control, is very unsafe.

Statistics say that you will lose control of that type of rigging.

It's just a matter of when and where!!

Hurting someone, or even worse, should you lose control, dictates that you carry a liability policy for at least one millions dollars, or more.

Be safe, not sorry.

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I've got a new F350 Turbo Diesel on order and we're looking for a used 27' Airstream. Some I've spoken to say I don't need a WD hitch....What say the pros?

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Can you get a PDF of the user manual for your new truck? Mine (a Chevy 2500) has a chart that shows, depending on configuration when WD is required or optional and if required, whether 50% or 100% restoration to the front axle is required.

My $0.02 - better to have and not need than vice versa. In any case, read and follow the manual. Happy camping!
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Is your truck a dually?
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When I tow my 17' Casita which has a 400 +,- tongue weight with my Dodge 2500 4X4, I use a weight distribution hitch with sway control because it is a better ride, better handling, and safer.

Could I tow it without WD? Sure. But, it much better with, so why not use it.

Would I tow an Airstream without WD and sway control? Yes, but only to move it from one parking area to another in the same park. Just my opinion.
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My F-250 has a decal on the hitch that says IIRC that I need a WD hitch for towing more than 6,000 pounds or a tongue weight of more than 600 pounds. Your truck will have such a decal. I expect Ford will still have a towing guide available online with the same info for your truck.
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You could drive thousands of miles without an issue. Then a condition such as a steep downhill curve in heavy crosswinds, with a semi blowing by just as a huge gust of wind hit the side of Airstream causing it to go into a sway, the extra weight of the heavy duty truck may not make a difference. Why not have the insurance.
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Sway control is a big plus but you don't need a WD hitch to get it. When hitched, my truck drops one and a half inches in the rear and raises one inch in the front. I do not need WD but I do use sway control. Jim
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Thanks Andy...BTW...I left my name and number with one of your sales gals if you get a 27' footer in....
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