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Melon Seed

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Posted: 04/14/20 05:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a brand new F350 with a class V hitch. It's 2.5" square. I'm getting a sleeve to insert so I can use my existing weight distribution hitch, 2". Thoughts on "needing" the torsion bars for weight distribution....

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Melon Seed wrote:

I have a brand new F350 with a class V hitch. It's 2.5" square. I'm getting a sleeve to insert so I can use my existing weight distribution hitch, 2". Thoughts on "needing" the torsion bars for weight distribution....

I did not know the receivers came in larger sizes than 2".
I could see perhaps not using the bars for weight distribution. But I'd always want them for anti-sway.


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Dark, yes, that’s the newish thing...2 1/2 inches.


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Melon seed, do not use an adapter sleeve except for light duty or infrequent towing. It'll bend the hitch pin and wallet out the pin holes in the receiver.
Couldn't even guess whether you need your wd bars. A lot of RVers use them as a crutch or pacifier. Some need them.


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Posted: 04/15/20 04:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All Super Duty's since I don't know when have had Class V 2.5" receivers. My '06 does as well.

How much tongue weight do you have now? All loaded out my rig is about 8000lbs including about 900lbs+ of tongue weight and I do use the WD bars but have them set on the lowest setting that is recommended. The Super Duty's hate to much weight being transferred to the front end as they just don't need it and it will affect the handling of the truck.

The rear axle of these trucks will take a LOT of weight, give it to them.


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Technically you will not need them; however, you will prefer to use them.

Sway aside, as that's another topic, the weight distribution bars will improve the handling of your TV and reduce porpoising while driving on uneven roads.

I don't need the WDH to tow my TT, and often don't use it around town, but it's a noticeable difference.

I also recommend either getting a 2.5" shank or welding the sleeve to the existing shank. It will reduce slop, wear, and noise.


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Posted: 04/15/20 07:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I second the recommendation to get a 2.5" shank. Much tighter, quieter connection. Try E-trailer or your favorite retailer.


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2500/250 trucks have always had 2.5 inch shank receivers, I think. My 2010 2500HD Chevy does. I changed out the 2 inch shank on my Equalizer hitch to a 2.5 inch shank. I figured it would give me an added degree of safety and hopefully less wobble. It is really heavy now, and I did not notice much of an improvement in wobble. I later added an heavy duty anti wobble clamp device to completely eliminate wobble.


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Posted: 04/15/20 07:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Time for you guys to get caught up, 3" receivers have been out for a few years now.

If you have a 2-1/2" receiver, get the proper shank, use the 2" adapter for small utility trailers.





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Thanks all for your thoughts and info.

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