2018-11-02 MPGeeez

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2018-11-02 MPGeeez

Post by raptor9k » Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:01 pm

Welcome to towing a small house. If you aren't using a weight distribution hitch I'd recommend you look into it regardless of the weight of the trailer. If it's the Ecoboost F150 there is definitely no need for a Help Me light. The fuel mileage doesn't get any better but I'm pretty sure that motor will out tow most of the 3/4 ton gas burners.

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Post by TomXP411 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:00 pm

Yeah, a weight distribution hitch is really a must-have for any trailer big enough to have dual axles or trailer brakes.

Although I'm kind of on the edge as to whether I'd tow a camp trailer with an F150... or was until I saw that the Raptor generates 450 horsepower out of a 3.5L V6. Good Lord, I barely got 200 with the 300 cubic inch engine in my last full size truck. (We pulled a full two-horse trailer with it.)

I'm going to assume Greg's truck is a couple of years older, but it's impressive how much power Ford is getting from those engines now.

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Post by raptor9k » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:20 pm

The main benefit of a weight distribution hitch with a lightweight travel trailer is the dampening effect. It pretty well stops the trailer from swaying and rocking in the wind. It even does a pretty decent job of stopping porpoising, though that's really a weight balance/hitch height issue. I don't run weight distribution on my 22ft 14k flatbed because the wind isn't pulling it all over the place and it doesn't squat the truck that much. When I had a 28ft travel trailer (probably weighed less or about the same as my faltbed + tractor + implements + ATV) we didn't go anywhere without the hitch bars hooked up. Since then I've seen the error of my ways and upgraded to a 35ft 5th wheel. Ten times easier to hitch/un-hook and tows a hundred times smoother.

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Post by Greg Dean » Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:54 pm

I do actually have a weight distribution hitch now, though it should be noted that the trailer is actually pretty lightweight - 3,600 lbs. Our particular F-150 has a max towing capacity of over 8,500 lbs, so really, the swaying was due to it being a little light, more than anything else. But the sway bars should help in the future.

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Post by Deacon » Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:15 am

Swaying isn’t due to light weight. It’s due to weight distribution in the trailer. Most likely a little too much weight aft of the trailer’s tires.
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