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bdanwallin

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Hi,

We are looking at buying a 3500 pound TT that is 22.5 feet long with a single axle. The dealer tried to push an 800 dollar 10000 pound WD hitch with sway control. I felt this was on the high side and am looking for recommendations for a reasonable WD hitch with sway control. I believe the dealer offers different options and I just don't want to pay for stuff I don't need. Any recommendations are appreciated and reasonable costs for a suitable WD hitch.

I am towing with a 2017 F150 V8 with front sway bar.

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I just bought a Husky spring bar outfit for my 6,500 pound Rockwood. It is working great and cost $180 on Amazon with free ship.

I have towed a 2750 pound hybrid trailer with no HD hitch and just a sway bar.

It would be good to have one for a light 3500 pound trailer. Just buy a lighter one with a hitch weight within 250 pounds or so of your TW. Otherwise you will have a very harsh ride with a light trailer.

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I think your trailer would be a good candidate for an Andersen Hitch. . They are very light weight, easy to install, and should work very well with the small trailer you are considering. They incorporate weight distribution and sway control into hitch and are a "new" design that is somewhat unusual. There are no WD spring bars or heavy chains lift them up. It also comes with the shank and ball so there is nothing else you would need to buy. Cost would be right around $500.
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Posted: 03/29/19 08:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

3500 pounds dry or 3500 wet and loaded?


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So you have 400-450 lbs of tongue weight. I thought you could put that much weight in the back of a F150 without overloading the rear axle to the point that you needed to shift some of the 400 lbs to the front axle and the trailer axle with a WD hitch???

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3500 lb. trailer you just need a draw bar and ball rated to handle 5000 lbs. and call it good.

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The Fastway E2, from Progress Manufacturing Inc
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bdanwallin wrote:

Hi,

We are looking at buying a 3500 pound TT that is 22.5 feet long with a single axle. The dealer tried to push an 800 dollar 10000 pound WD hitch with sway control. I felt this was on the high side and am looking for recommendations for a reasonable WD hitch with sway control. I believe the dealer offers different options and I just don't want to pay for stuff I don't need. Any recommendations are appreciated and reasonable costs for a suitable WD hitch.

I am towing with a 2017 F150 V8 with front sway bar.


Hello Neighbor!

Just want to throw a thought out for you to check/consider.
You say it's a 3500 lb TT on a single axle. What is the axle rated at and what is the GVWR on the trailer. Make sure you are using the MAX the trailer can WEIGH and CARRY when determining what hitch you need.
If the trailer weighs 3500 and your GVWR is 5500, THAT is the number you need to match the hitch to.

Also make sure your trucks carrying capacity (Not towing capacity) listed on a sticker on your door jam is not exceeded. 10-15% of your trailers final weight plus whatever you carrying in the truck (People, Cargo in the truck and truck bed, weight of the hitch) is your Carrying capacity.

Lastly, make sure your single AXLE is rated for that higher GVWR amount.

I would also want sway control. I just traded a 25', duel axle, under 4000 lb. TT that weighed 5500 lbs when fully loaded for camping. I towed it with a 1500 Chevy and I needed W/D and sway control. It was a decent tow but there were times it was a hand full if it was real windy or I was on flatlands with semi's passing us.


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I have an EZ pro series and I don't think I paid more than $300 for it.

You might also being charged for installation?

I installed it myself. It's easy enough to install except that I have to relocate my generator tray so it took me half a day. I have to do some trial and error measurements to ensure straight up-line up level trailer and towing vehicle.

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discovery4us wrote:

3500 lb. trailer you just need a draw bar and ball rated to handle 5000 lbs. and call it good.


x2 - Do some towing without one, and then decide. Watch some videos on proper trailer loading - hint, keep the heavy stuff up front, ahead of the trailer axles.


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