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Old 02-19-2019, 11:17 AM   #1
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Ford Raptor/AS Classic

Good morning,

Thank you in advance for any helpful information you can offer on this topic.

I recently purchased a 2018 Ford F150 Raptor Crew Cab with a tow rating of 8000. Relying on this rating, I bought a 2017 AS Classic. I added an Eaz lift R6 -1000 weight distribution hitch.

Unfortunately the truck still experiences 2" of squat and considerable sway when driving. Not optimum at all. I looked into airbags, but apparently there are none available for the 2018 Raptor.

I'm becoming convinced that the combination of Truck and Trailer may have been ill-advised. Short of a new tow vehicle, can anyone offer me a possible solution?

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Old 02-19-2019, 11:46 AM   #2
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You should be able to adjust your WD hitch to correct the squat.

A Raptor only has a 1200lb payload rating,I am sure you were aware of this.
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Old 02-19-2019, 11:57 AM   #3
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The Raptor with its long-travel suspension designed to let you survive bombing through the desert at silly speeds is not really focused on being a tow vehicle. It does what it was designed to do REALLY well, but when they put the receiver on the back they were probably thinking about people towing a few dirtbikes or a couple of jetskis.
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:07 PM   #4
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2500 ram......250 ford need a 3/4 have 1000 # of tongue weight
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:07 PM   #5
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Sorry to tell you that you have too much trailer for your TV. The Classic is already right at your tow limit with nothing in it. As stated the Raptor is a great truck but it's main intended purpose is to go fast off road. It's off road suspension just won't support heavier loads. Consider trading for the F250.
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:11 PM   #6
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I'd rethink the Raptor. The 2nd Gen EcoBoost has enough power, but the issue isn't power, the Raptor was designed for speed and off-road use IIRC. That being said, a lot of the suspension components were designed with that in mind, which is why unlike the regular F150 with EcoBoost, the Raptor has a lower tow rating. The 2" of squat is just the tip of the iceberg so to speak.

Factor in people, cargo, food, clothes, etc and there is no question in my mind that you will exceed, by a significant margin that truck's 8k capacity. Might be OK in the flat lands, but decent hills and certainly mountains or manuvers, you might run into some trouble. The tail will most likely wag the dog and in the mountains, that could be problematic at best.
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Old 04-12-2019, 08:37 PM   #7
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Hi Jay, reach out to Andy Thompson at CanAm ( He's an expert in tow vehicle set up and had an article about setting up the a similar rig in Airstream Life a year or 2 back. He helped me dial in my 2017 Raptor with a 23FB International. Now I'm back to reconfiguring the setup since we upgraded to a 27FB... Ah, the challenges.
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