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L8173

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Posted: 07/28/19 07:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's probably here already, but I'll ask anyway. I recently purchased an ATC 8.5X25 bedroom. I've yet to take possession because the dealer said that I need an Anderson Anti-sway hitch for it. Having not pulled something this large (30' and to end), I was reluctant to say no. First, I was told that this $750 hitch was necessary due to how large the trailer hitch is. Is this true? Meaning, are there others available? Secondly, I'm pulling with a 2019 F250 with a 6.7 diesel. Is the anti say bar/hitch really necessary? Obviously I'm a novice, so be kind, lol. Any input appreciated.

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Posted: 07/28/19 07:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If a weight distribution hitch is set up right, you can get away without the anti away stuff.





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I should clarify... It's my understanding this is a weight distribution hitch as well as an anti sway bar.

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K Charles wrote:

If a weight distribution hitch is set up right, you can get away without the anti away stuff.

“YOU HAVE EVERYTHING GAIN AND NOTHING TO LOOSE WITH A GOOD SWAY BAR SYSTEM” Safety should always be your top priority!!!! I like the Reese Dual Cam system.

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It might be a weight distribution system with anti-sway bar.

Alone, an anti-sway bar costs only about $40.

And you don't actually need a weight distribution system if you have so much allowance between your truck's tow capability and the actual gross weight of what you are towing.

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There are 3 hitches that seem to be the most popular, and get good reviews. Reese Dual Cam, Equalizer, and the Blue Ox Sway Pro. You can read all kinds of debates on hitches, but these 3 seem to work well. I've got the Sway Pro mad I've been real happy with it.

The dealer will many times be about 2-3 times more than you can order the hitch for. Search this forum, and read the reviews, it's kinda likeFord Vs Chevy.


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You must use a WDH. You can buy one with or without anti sway. I would never tow without anti sway. RV travel is suppose to be fun. Been there done that.


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L8173 wrote:

I should clarify... It's my understanding this is a weight distribution hitch as well as an anti sway bar.

For the safety of you and your family buy both!

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I pulled a 22' toy hauler with my F250 that weighed in around 11,500 lbs loaded. I had 1100-1250 lbs tongue weight and always tried to load tail heavy to under 11 percent (my receiver was rated at 12.5k/1250). You will want a weight distribution hitch just to negate any front axle unloading on the truck even if you are running a receiver that can handle that amount of tongue weight. I ran a single friction sway bar and 1200 lb L-bar WDH for seven years and over 70,000 towing miles with good results. Without the friction sway in place, it towed well even in steady side winds but wind guts required more correction than when I had it connected. My trailer was slightly shorter than yours but taller - I think the square footage of the walls would compare evenly and you will have the same experience.


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Sway control is a bandaid for trailers that are unstable because they don't have enough tongue weight. I wouldn't be without a weight distributing hitch but I have zero use for sway control. If I had a trailer that swayed, I'd get rid of it.

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