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Grit dog

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Posted: 09/01/22 01:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Jack1776 wrote:

Purchasng a used coachman 2021 spirit northern ultra lite 1943Rb. Its about 24 feet weighting about 4900lbs with a hitch weight of 520lbs. Will be towing w/ a 2020 ford F-150 w/ the small eco engine and a tow capacity of 7300lbs. I am 76 years old and looking for hitch that is capable but hopefully easy to hook up. Thank You


Once you receive it and take a test tow, naked (no wdh and sway, just drop 'er on the ball and go), if it is stable, which it likely will be, then there is no need for a wdh, at all.
Tow it like any normal bumper pull trailer, and get airbags or sumo springs or any number of simple rear suspension aides if you think it's squatted a little too much.

Easiest and cheapest setup there is. Don't overcomplicate it and don't drink the wdh koolaid unless it's necessary.


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I’d add, Grit, that OP’s TV needs to be level. Get the bags or springs.


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I wouldn’t advise that - the tongue weight is likely to exceed the rating of the hitch w/o a WDH.

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nickthehunter wrote:

I wouldn’t advise that - the tongue weight is likely to exceed the rating of the hitch w/o a WDH.


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Per Fords 2020 F150 Towing guide..

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Even IF the TW exceeds 500 lbs by a small amount, it isn't going to be damaged, ripped off or fall off on a "one off" trip with the trailer empty.

For yrs I used a F250 with hitch rated 7,500/750 lbs to pull my 7,500 lb GVWR trailer without WD, that trailer had a TW of 825 lbs while I was towing.. Even after 10 yrs of that and 20K+ miles towing the receiver had not bent, no cracks or tears at the welds or damage happened.

There is a reason I don't bother looking at the "Towing" section of the forum.

You guys are scared of your own shadows..

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No argument on the hitch ratings, save for, there isn’t even a remote chance that the OPs trailer will actually overload the receiver or any other part of that truck. With or without a wdh.
Although the springs will be a little soft with full tongue weight.

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I didn't want to hijack this so I started my own similar thread in Towing. Please check it out and offer opinions.[emoticon]

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I found that I don't need an equalizer or sway control with my F350 pulling an Airstream 28ft. trailer. I suggest pulling the trailer without those add-ons before you buy them to see if you need them. I believe those items are over-sold and many people have fallen for the marketing hype that doesn't need them. Remember they are high-profit items for dealers.

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TenOC wrote:

Get a Hensley Arrow or a Pro-Pride. Each cost a few $$. I purchased mine used on eBay. IMO it should be against the law to sell a TT without one of these hitches. ... [emoticon] .... [emoticon].

NO MORE TAIL SWAY. I once had a wheel come off my TT while driving 75 MPH and did not know it until a car passed me and wave me down to pull over. The Arrow probably saved my life.

Search the posting to see other comments. I am 85 and not problem hooking up. A few tricks to learn. Most important is do NOT turn you steering wheel the last 5 feet when you back up to the hitch.


Not that they are a bad hitch (they do have some quirks making them a bit of a pain to hook up) but It's not a "few $$" it's a LOT of $$$$.

Really, if you are having sway issues, fix what's wrong and don't put a bandaid on it. We have a run of the mill WDH (Blue Ox), and we've been in the mountains in 40mph cross winds without sway. A few times, the entire rig, truck & trailer, got pushed over 6ft but no sway. Biggest thing is to get a suitable tongue weight. We are a bit north of 13%.

Unless you find a used one cheap, I wouldn't muck about with them. Just get a regular WDH and make sure you set it up properly and get the hitch weight up at least in the 12-15% range (more is better but odds are it will push you over the trucks payload limit).


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