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Old 09-20-2013, 05:23 PM   #15
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Can't you go pick that baby up and just take it by for installation when the rock guards come in? I don't think I could stand it knowing it was so close and still three weeks out!
Thanks! I could but the dealer is 100 miles from me so I'm trying to be reasonable and patient...of course I may not succeed at this for three more weeks :-)
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:11 PM   #16
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You probably don't need one however if it was me I would error on the side of safety. I believe you will find it well worth the cost if the WD hitch can provide that extra degree of safety and ease of mind.
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:29 PM   #17
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It's only a question of money. If you have plenty of it, and don't mind spending it, a nice WD hitch will be marginally better that ball only. Go for it.

But, if money is scare, and you have a list of things you'd like to spend $600 on, then prioritize and proceed accordingly. Your TV will tow the trailer on a ball only. It will tow it a little nicer with a WD hitch. Good luck and enjoy the new trailer either way!
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:14 AM   #18
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It's only a question of money. If you have plenty of it, !

Only in my imagination :-)
Appreciate the feedback, thanks!
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:42 AM   #19
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With the half ton I would go with wd and sway. Worth the money. Three quarter ton or higher you may be able the go without. I assume your dealer is in Tampa, maybe give Sanders in Aachua a call and see what they say. Good luck, jim
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Old 09-22-2013, 09:14 AM   #20
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With the half ton I would go with wd and sway. Worth the money. Three quarter ton or higher you may be able the go without. I assume your dealer is in Tampa, maybe give Sanders in Aachua a call and see what they say. Good luck, jim
Thanks Jim - dealer is Sanders, not Tampa. Salesperson is saying go with sway but don't need WD but I'll also talk with service and evaluate what I've learned here as well.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:44 AM   #21
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The need for a WDH is determined by TT tongue weight. "Ball mass" as the Aussies refer to it.

Your Ford Truck Owners Manual will have a section on this topic, and it should be studied.

Robert Cross has the right plan: weigh it.

1] Truck alone (full fuel + driver + any passengers/payload as for a campiing trip)

2] (Optional) Trailer same: Full fresh water, propane and payload for a trip. Trailer axle on one weigh scale pad and tongue jack on another

3] Truck & trailer combined so that each axle is on a separate pad.

The weight "removed" from the truck front axle is the question, not just trailer TW.

You may be close . . but I would consider it more important, at the beginning, to have ideal tow vehicle tire pressures. And take it for a long drive to see how it feels when being passed by 18-wheelers, etc.

Anti-sway, as mentioned above, may be of some benefit.

With numbers one can get better not just more advice.

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Old 09-24-2013, 10:29 AM   #22
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With the investment you have in the truck and a new AS, the additional expense of a WD hitch is a small price to pay for the additional safety of the sway control AND you will likely at some point move up trailer-wise and most assuredly will benefit from the WD / sway control afforded to a larger mass behind your TV.
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:05 AM   #23
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A WD hitch will do much to smooth out the pitching you get on expansion joint and cupped freeway slabs. You probably would be safe enough with out it, but it will feel much better with WD and lightweight bars
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:19 AM   #24
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Go with a WD hitch.

My daughter insists on it. Once I waiting for flat surface to hook up my weight distribution bars. We porpoised after every seam in the road.
Also, I feel safer that the weight is back on the wheels that steer, and I don't worry as much about the trailer tongue popping off oh the hitch ball.
However, I do sometimes take off my bars for better traction, when I am trying to get off of wet grass, or a muddy campsite.
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WD is likely not required with under 350-lbs of TW. Maybe not with even 500.

Anti-sway is a different question.
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Congratulations on your new Sport 16. My wife and I have a 2013 and we have ahad a blast in it over the past 6 months. My TV is a Toyota Highlander and I use an Equal-I-er hitch. This is my first experience towing and with the Equal-i-zer the TV and Bambi feel rock solid and maneuver with ease. At low speed the growling noise as you turn and maneuver will be unsettling at first. Have a blast
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Dblackb - what's the post script?
In your same situation.
Have driven the 16' no WD or sway, no problem. However tongue weight is the issue. Especially since I'm considering switching to a two battery system which will add more tongue weight.
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