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Old 06-19-2014, 06:00 PM   #1
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F150 and WDH Setup

Hi all.

I've just purchased a 2013 26BH and have ordered an Husky WDH with the 1000# bars which should work well for my expected 750# tongue weight. I remember reading that setting up a WDH on a newer (2012) F150 is a little different. I think it has something to do with how much the front end of the truck drops when the WDH is adjusted properly and it F150 specific. Can anyone point me to the correct info.

Oh. My truck has 1588 pounds of payload available. I expect to only have about 825 of that left over when the truck is loaded with passengers, bed liner, tonneau, and hitch. I'm worried that I'll be cutting it close. Base dry tongue weight of the 26BH is 460#. Anyone have a similar setup?
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Old 06-19-2014, 06:50 PM   #2
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Yes, some of the newer GM and Ford trucks have a different descriptions associated to the their front suspensions when a WDH is utilized. The revision is noted in the respective manufactures Owners Manual in the Towing section.

I believe Ford reads something like this (2011 and newer trucks):

"The WDH should be adjusted to eliminate about 50% of the front end rise...," so if the front rises 1 1/2" when the TT tongue weight is placed on the hitch ball, the rise should be reduced around 3/4".

The above may not apply to Ford SUV's, this should be confirmed.

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Thanks Bob. I'll check out my owner's manual. For some reason I thought this information would be provided in the towing supplement.
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If you find the required set-up reference in your Owners Manual, please post in this thread the statement that Ford uses......, may help others going forward.

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Below is the text from the 2012 Ford manual, third printing. Funny that it makes no mention of the height for the rear of the truck. I'd love to hear from someone who has set up a Husky Straight line WDH on a newer F150.

Weight-Distributing Hitches
When hooking-up a trailer using a weight-distributing hitch, always use
the following procedure:
1. Park the vehicle (without the trailer) on a level surface.
2. Measure the height of the top of the front wheel opening on the
fender, this is H1.
3. Attach the trailer to the vehicle without the weight distributing bars
connected.
4. Measure the height of the top of the front wheel opening on the
fender a second time, this is H2.
5. Install and adjust the tension in the weight distributing bars so that
the height of the front fender is approximately halfway between H1 and
H2.
6. Check that the trailer is level. If not level, adjust the ball height
accordingly and repeat Steps 3–6.
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Below is the text from the 2012 Ford manual, third printing. Funny that it makes no mention of the height for the rear of the truck. I'd love to hear from someone who has set up a Husky Straight line WDH on a newer F150.

Weight-Distributing Hitches
When hooking-up a trailer using a weight-distributing hitch, always use
the following procedure:
1. Park the vehicle (without the trailer) on a level surface.
2. Measure the height of the top of the front wheel opening on the
fender, this is H1.
3. Attach the trailer to the vehicle without the weight distributing bars
connected.
4. Measure the height of the top of the front wheel opening on the
fender a second time, this is H2.
5. Install and adjust the tension in the weight distributing bars so that
the height of the front fender is approximately halfway between H1 and
H2.
6. Check that the trailer is level. If not level, adjust the ball height
accordingly and repeat Steps 3Ė6.
The reason the rear is not mentioned is because it's irrelevant. The WD is intended to return weight to the front axle, not deal with rear end squat or to level the truck. Follow the recommendation in your truck manual and you will be correct.
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snip.....Funny that it makes no mention of the height for the rear of the truck....snip
As mentioned, the rear height is a by-product of the front suspension requirements. I've found that most trucks will incur a 1" to 2" squat after the WDH is adjusted properly....., but of course this verys with different suspensions.

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I did it (2011 150) from the manual and it worked very well.
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The rear should be mentioned. You should measure the rear fenders before hookup, and after. If your after measurement is higher than or even equal to your before measurement, you're transferring too much weight off the rear axle. While it is unlikely to actually happen, it only takes a moment to stop and measure to ensure a proper setup, and if this does happen, you have a VERY unstable situation on your hands. As mentioned, the rear of the truck should squat an inch or two in a proper setup.
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You can measure the rear if it makes you feel better, but if you are only returning the removed weight to the front, there is no way the rear is going to be higher or the same. unless you are just swagging the entire adjustment, and then there's no point to measuring anything as it's unlikely you will get it right by guessing. Many people just can't grasp the concept that the truck is not going to sit level, indicated by the number of posts on this topic on the various forums. The responses that say try another link until it looks right, or I changed a link and the truck drove better just amaze me.
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