New tow vehicle this year. 2010 Ford Flex Limited with all wheel drive and EcoBoost twin turbo. Definitely a peppy bugger. I turned 60 last October and decided for once in my life I’d treat myself to the deluxe version. I work at Ford and it’s a lease. If it doesn’t work out I’ve at least one more lease/purchase before I retire.
I love the inside storage and better mileage. The F150 was great but protected storage was a challenge. I configured a Yakima box over the bed but there were still limitations.
Per the manual, max tow is 4500 pounds and max tongue weight
is 450 pounds. All up, the trailer weighs a skosh under 3,000 pounds (remember, my camping motto: “Wretched Excess!”). Tongue weight
last measured at 290 pounds.
However, anything over 200 pounds tongue weight
and the Flex requires a weight distributing hitch.
16 has a relatively short tongue. Most hitches would want the WD hanger right under the propane
says that when they adapt the trailer for a weight distributing hitch, there’s some welding going on. But I don’t have the details for what gets welded where.
I’m thinking the single arm http://www.etrailer.com/p-3205.htm
or the light
duty (600 tongue weight) http://www.etrailer.com/pc-wdrsc~66152.htm
. Both allow the chain attachment closer to the ball (along the length of the bar rather than just at the end). The first would require some welding to allow the cross piece to sit level and would presumably use my existing side bar sway control. The second combines weight distribution and sway control (the bars’ bottom rub on a brake pad like material) allowing me to drop the side sway control but I couldn’t disable the sway control in wet driving.
Anyone have experience with either of these units. Experience with a Casita
(or Scamp)16 would be extra appreciated.