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Old 06-15-2016, 07:51 PM   #11
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You will almost certainly need a WDH. I just looked at my 2015 F250 with a factory hitch. It is rated at 800lbs without the WDH. Of course there is plenty of margin built into these things, but I would not be regularly towing something with 800-1000lb tongue weight. Also, the WDH will make for a much more stable towing experience.


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Old 06-15-2016, 07:54 PM   #12
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I agree with NC Hauler. If you want a decent towing experience, you should probably get the proper towing setup.

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Old 06-16-2016, 09:14 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by need-a-vacation View Post

I could be wrong, but I don't believe the factory hitches in '03 were as stout as they are now. Most of the older factory hitches had a need for a wdh over 500 or 600lbs tw. There should be a sticker on your hitch stating the specs, or possibly in the owners manual.

Do your parents plan on towing the new rig, or just parking it an a permanent site? If they plan on traveling, I would just order the hitch yourself if you have the time for it to show up at the your door.

That trailer will have about a 900lb tw before loading a personal items in it (dry tw plus the propane tanks and a battery which are not included in the "brochure weight"). Though with a rear kitchen it is hard to estimate a loaded tw, depending on how your parents load the tt I would probably go with 1200lb wd bars myself.

As mentioned, you will probably be better off adjusting the hitch yourself. Once the tt is loaded, ready for a trip it will probably need to be readjusted from the initial setting, more so if the dealer sets it up...

If needed, my signature links have a ton of wdh info.

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The plan for now is to travel with it. Not long distances as dad is good for driving about 2-3 hours at a time. That being said, we really don't know how long before he wont be able to drive as his health seems to be changing almost daily and I don't see my mom ever towing this as she doesn't like driving any more than she has too. I think im really going to encourage them to buy a hitch just because. What are the thoughts about the kind with the torsion bars also used as the sway bars? I believe one of the brands is equalizer? With those, you don't have to disconnect them prior to backing?
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Old 06-16-2016, 03:53 PM   #14
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According to our poll the Equalizer is the most popular choice of WD system here at JOF.

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Old 06-17-2016, 12:34 AM   #15
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Check your owners manual and the Fleet Ford towing guide. They will tell you what your truck is rated for both with a wdh and without. We have the equivalent Excursion and use a wdh with a smaller trailer. I would think you would need one.

We have the Equalizer and experience 0 sway even when big rigs pass us. We do not disconnect when backing up. I sure hope we weren't supposed to!!

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