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Old 08-07-2016, 10:50 AM   #1
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Equalizer Hitch or Not

I just purchased a 2016 27 DSRL. I plan to pull it with my 2013 Ford F-150 quad cab that has the 5 liter V8, GVWR of 7100 lbs, towing package, and short bed. I am wondering about the need for an equalizer hitch and/or sway bar? Any advice appreciated.
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Old 08-07-2016, 11:09 AM   #2
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A while ago, I had a 2006 Tundra and a 2008 22' Outback 21RS. I didn't consider towing a trailer without a WDH. Just too many things can go wrong. There are several Weight Distributing Hitches on the market, but I bought the Equal-i-zer hitch. No need for extra sway bars, it's built in by design. Just My opinion....
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Old 08-07-2016, 11:10 AM   #3
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I just purchased a 2016 27 DSRL. I plan to pull it with my 2013 Ford F-150 quad cab that has the 5 liter V8, GVWR of 7100 lbs, towing package, and short bed. I am wondering about the need for an equalizer hitch and/or sway bar? Any advice appreciated.
Not much question that you'll need both weight distribution and sway control. But depending on your rear end gear ratio, that sounds like a lot of trailer for that TV. Pay close attention to the tongue weight of that TT and the max payload for the TV. Looks like that TT will have a tongue weight in the range of 1000 pounds - what's your TV's max payload?

FWIW, I'm towing a 23RLSW with a 2010 F150 Supercab, V8, and (IIRC) 3.73 rear end. It's good, but I wouldn't want anything heavier even though the truck supposedly will handle something like 9500 pounds. Why? Payload. Remember that your truck's payload *includes* passengers and cargo, in addition to the tongue weight of the TT.

My TV does a lot of "nose up" before I hook up my WDH. Definitely needed. And I don't have control problems even on interstates, although I definitely notice some "suction" as big rigs pass us. Not bad, but it's there. Wouldn't want to do it without sway control.

Longer answer than you wanted. Sorry!

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Old 08-07-2016, 11:33 AM   #4
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I'm pulling a 28BHBE with my F150 and I won't move it out of the driveway without my equalizer. I am pushing the limits of my truck even with a 2003 lb payload.

I am in a situation familiar I'm sure to many but I just purchased this truck and need a few years before I can upgrade it. I will be going to the CAT scales this week before we head out next weekend just to get some real time weights.

We do load very lightly and with a Sherline Tongue Weight scale I was at appx 700 pounds. I can easily see that number going to 1,000 or 1,100 without even trying. If it were an option, I would upgrade my TV now.
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Had nearly the same set-up just a year older on each (2015 27DSRL/2012 F150 Eboost) and wouldn't have wanted to tow it without the Equalizer hitch. My 2 cents is without one it wouldn't be safe at highway speed with any amount of wind.

Great camper btw - we've been using ours heavily for the last 2 seasons and have nothing but good things to say about it.
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Old 08-07-2016, 01:42 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info everyone. Sounds like it's unanimous that The equalizer hitch and sway bar is the best way to go. That's what I'll do.
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Old 08-07-2016, 01:53 PM   #7
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I use WDH every time I move it. I only need the sway bar occasionally, on interstate, etc.
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Old 08-07-2016, 10:29 PM   #8
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Thanks for the info everyone. Sounds like it's unanimous that The equalizer hitch and sway bar is the best way to go. That's what I'll do.
Get an "Equal-i-zer" brand WDH. This is the American Original 4 point sway control and weight distribution hitch all built in. No add-on sway devices.
Check it out: www.equalizerhitch.com
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We love our Equalizer hitch, also. There are a bunch of really good WD hitches on the market, in all price ranges. We just like the simplicity of hooking it up, the anti-sway feature that's built in, and no need to unhook before backing up. Also, the customer support from the company is excellent should you have a question or concern.
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