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afidel wrote:

Fastway E2 with 600 or 800 pound bars. As far as those saying you don't need it, I returned 2" to the front wheels on my rather large half ton so I'd say it's worth it. Plus it essentially eliminates sway. I'll pull the scouts 14' 2500 pound utility trailer without a sway bar but not my trailer (I initially just had a drop shank and even with a rented 2500 it would sway too much for comfort)


That's another good choice IMO.


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You may or may not need WD. You definitely do not need a 10,000 pound WD hitch to haul a 3500 pound trailer. The hitch should have the option of lighter spring bars to handle lighter loads.


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The 3500 lbs would have to be dry weight for a 22.5' TT and also because he wouldn't have run it through a scale yet. We used to tow a 20' TT that was 5K lbs fully loaded with an F150, but the TT would have been a bit heavier due to being dual axle. We had a basic Husky round bar WDH and it worked fine but was a bit of a challenge sometimes in strong winds and on interstates with semis going past. I wouldn't have towed it without a WDH.

Don't know about the newer F150s, but a receiver without a WDH is typically rated for 500 lbs max. OP's new TT could have a tongue weight of 600+ lbs. No fancy dancy $800+ WDH needed but I would go for a simple round bar one. If sway seems to be an issue, could always add a friction bar.

Note that if you do find you have a sway issue, there are other contributing factors like tire pressure in TT & TV, and having the trailer level to slightly nose down.


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