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bikendan

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HydrogenCyanide wrote:

I've had the tow vehicle since new. Approaching 60,000 miles with roughly 20% of them towing.

My first travel trailer with this truck was a Keystone Cougar28RBS. MY wife got 2 footidice and we upgraded to a Sporttrek Touring 312VBH. A little longer and a little heavier.



are you saying that you're towing this new TT with a F150, WITHOUT a WDH and sway control?[emoticon]


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I put Rancho 9000 shocks on my trucks and have been happy with them, both towing and not towing.

I have LT tires with 18" rims on both of my F150's but Ford seems to prefer 20" rims with non-LT tires. I am sure that retrofitting 20" rims would be expensive at this point.

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manley wrote:

I have the Bilstein 5100s on all 4 corners on my ‘18. Also have air bags, sway bar, and LR E tires. Night & day difference.


I have done exactly the same including the Hensley hitch. I have driven a lot of miles with 3/4 ton excursions and 1 ton duallys, and I am always amazed how well this current combo works. Minus the gasoline drinking.


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What is a 2footidice ?

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wanderingbob wrote:

What is a 2footidice ?


two foot idice. As in an illness or syndrome. Needs two more feet of trailer.


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It sounds like you’re noticing the added tongue weight and added lengths‘ teeter totter effect. The latter should be able to adjusted out with the WDH and in trailer weight distribution. The former might need the RAS or Sumo Springs to control that.
Yes, shocks would probably help but not completely. Bilstien 5100 are praised on the F-150 Forum.

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People seem to have differing opinions on the value of LT tires. I used them to replace p-rated tires on my last tow vehicle and was glad I did. I don't have enough reason to do that on the new truck, but when these wear out, I will replace with LTs.

I haven't done the Bilsteins, but they are mentioned on here, as well as on F150 specific forums, often.

Those more in the know can certainly correct me, but it has always been my understanding that airbags and WD hitches don't always play well together. It might help a bit with your 'bounce,' but too much airbag support can counteract the work of the WD hitch. Others may have more experience.

One other consideration would be to make sure that you have the right bars on your hitch. If your original set were 1,000 pound bars, you could have been getting by, reasonably, at 1,050. Jumping up to 1,200, however, they may not be able to do the job that's needed.

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Boomerweps wrote:

wanderingbob wrote:

What is a 2footidice ?


two foot idice. As in an illness or syndrome. Needs two more feet of trailer.


should be "twofootITIS". Sorry, retired EMT, couldn't resist.

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I put Fox shocks on mine. The stock shock are **** and one rear shock was junk at 40k miles.
I used Fox because, they are Aluminum (I live in rust belt) and the are linear valving.
I had bilsteins on a Dodge 2500 in past. I didn't like them because they rusted bad and they have digressive valving.
The Fox are more expensive. IMO the linear valving rides much better, though I haven't towed more than 3500lbs with them on yet.

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bikendan wrote:

HydrogenCyanide wrote:

I've had the tow vehicle since new. Approaching 60,000 miles with roughly 20% of them towing.

My first travel trailer with this truck was a Keystone Cougar28RBS. MY wife got 2 footidice and we upgraded to a Sporttrek Touring 312VBH. A little longer and a little heavier.



are you saying that you're towing this new TT with a F150, WITHOUT a WDH and sway control?[emoticon]


I am using equalizer weight distribution hitch.

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