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Posted: 03/16/21 04:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You'll be fine to tow it home. Also the F150 has built in sway control. And I can tell you the built in sway control feature works very well! I hav it on our 13 Explorer. Towing a 3 place snowmobile trailer I hit a section of ice. I wasn't going very fast because of the conditions, but I could feel amd see the trailer wiggle and I could feel the system working in the Explorer. I wouldn't not get a sway control system because of it, but it's nice to know it's there.

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Posted: 03/16/21 05:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tv installed sway controll isnt the same as a sway controll arm. The factory one on the vehicle kicks in after sway is detected. The arm on the hitch prevents that feom happening in the first place. So there is a diffrence. I would rather get the one that prevents the sway to begin with.

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allanstewy wrote:

Newby here.

So I'm looking at a Flagstaff Micro Lite 21FBRS. 22.5 Feet, 4,215LB Dry with 412 LB Hitch weight that I need to tow about 500 miles from dealer lot.

I wouldn't get a wdh for it at all, likely. You will certainly be fine towing it home. There is a common misconception in much of the Travel Trailer community that a wdh is like required gear, pretty much regardless of the pairing.
I believe it stems from several things, not the least of which is new, inexperienced people being persuaded by RV salesmen.
Before the wdh cops try to arrest me, yes I understand that some situations require it due to the weight of the trailer and the capability of the truck, and similar for sway control systems.
And I also "hear" that it is a much more "relaxed" towing experience.
IDK, never used one, but I've towed various size trailers from 500lbs to 20,000lbs behind most every kind of pickup in most every kind of road/weather condition and have had very few "white knuckle" drives. Sure, can tell when the trailer is a little pudgy for the truck, and can really tell when you're grossly overloaded or have far too little tongue weight, but none of that is the case with your trailer and truck.

That said, a 2 ton trailer with only 400-500lbs tongue weight behind a new F150, any model is somewhere between just fine and childs play for the truck.

Have at 'er with confidence. Hope this helps.

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Posted: 03/16/21 05:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Old-Biscuit wrote:

Gonna need WDH eventually so why wait to purchase before getting trailer?

Slow and easy (55 mph) until you see how it tows.....but wouldn't press the speed much higher

Trailer gets to swaying it can compound quickly

Use trailer manual lever on brake controller to get it back under control

If those are actual measured weights I would be concerned about sway with a travel trailer. I would be less concerned about it if those are published weights and you actually weigh it and it's more like 4500 lb and 550 lb even if you are 50 lb over the WC rating. Not advising you to exceed Ford's 500 lb Max WC for the F150... but an under 10% tongue weight on a tt scares me a lot more.


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Posted: 03/16/21 05:34pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your 500 mile trip will be 10 hours of turning the wheels. Count on 12 hours with food and gas stops. For a rookie driver that is a LOOOONG day or two comfortable days.

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Posted: 03/16/21 05:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why didn't the dealer throw in a WD Hitch. Most give a cheapie but it would be good enough to get home. Buy one now. Why make a long unsafe drive home without a proper hitch?


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Posted: 03/16/21 05:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don't do it!!! You get into any type of evasive maneuver and it's all over. Set it up properly right from the beginning.

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Posted: 03/16/21 05:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you buy a WDH before hand you can get the model of your choice not what the dealer is pushing.

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Posted: 03/16/21 08:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why do you not want to get the WDH ahead of the trip? If it tows poorly what is your plan? If you know that you need one in the long run why wait?
I'm not sure I understand the logic in going without?

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Posted: 03/16/21 09:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That’s a lot of money invested to risk guessing if it will be ok. Nobody can say without trying but by then it’s probably too late.

Get the hitch first and have the dealer install it. Better yet, learn how to set it up yourself. You’re going to need to adjust it again once it’s loaded anyways. Lots of good tutorials to watch online.

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