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Old 05-23-2015, 09:44 PM   #1
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Weight Distribution Hitch--Newbie Dumb ?

Do I need a weight distribution hitch if I'm buying a Casita, Spirit Deluxe (used), and I have an F150 supercab with 5 1/2 foot bed, 4.6 l engine, but some kind of souped up suspension (I honestly don't know what, but an experienced guy told me it allowed me to tow more)--and a good $200 hitch I had professionally installed?

I won't be towing in mountains or anything.
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Old 05-24-2015, 12:30 AM   #2
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No, you won't need one with that truck but you will probably have to use a drop hitch stinger to get the right tow level for the trailer.
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:31 AM   #3
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We don't use a WD hitch with our Casita 17 and Dodge Ram 1500. Maybe your truck has some kind of helper springs or air bags
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:53 AM   #4
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Read the towing specs for the F150 as well as the weights for the Casita, but my gut feel is that you have plenty of towing margin.
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Per Trailer Weights in the Real World, average weight of a loaded Casita 17' Deluxe is 3300 pounds with 425 pounds on the tongue.
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Old 05-24-2015, 09:08 AM   #6
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We tow with a Extended cab Silverado Z71 (4x4 package), 6'6" bed and 5.3 V8

Do we need a WDH, probably not but it sure makes for a smoother ride along with our OMW shock absorbers.
Chevy recommends a WHD at 600# tongue weight and I had the WDH and figure at just over 400# we're 3/4th the way to the recommended weight so why not.
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Quote: "but some kind of souped up suspension (I honestly don't know what, but an experienced guy told me it allowed me to tow more)--"


Adding suspension components may help the ride/stability/ride height, but the towing weight limit was pre-ordained by the manufacturer when the truck was built. What does the owners manual specify for a maximum towing limit?


If you don't have that, what is the year of your F-150?
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Whether or not a WDH is needed for this TOW I sure like the added protection of a sway bar.
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:21 PM   #9
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Do I need a weight distribution hitch if I'm buying a Casita, Spirit Deluxe (used), and I have an F150 supercab with 5 1/2 foot bed, 4.6 l engine, but some kind of souped up suspension (I honestly don't know what, but an experienced guy told me it allowed me to tow more)--and a good $200 hitch I had professionally installed?

I won't be towing in mountains or anything.
I doubt it strongly.

I would drive around a bit to get the feel of towing before buying any add ons.

Also, first look at your TV next - good shocks, sway bar bushing, tires, tires on TV and TV inflated properly. That is probably a better investment.
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@ Dextersp1 That sounds like good advice to me.

One thing you can do is measure the height of your tow vehicle's front and rear well wells (all four of them) without the trailer, and then again with the trailer. In a perfect world, the difference between having a trailer and not having a trailer would be minimal. If its too much, a WDH can help reduce the difference in loading so that the front and rear of the tow vehicle remain level. Now, how much is too much, and how much you should live with before getting a WDH I do not know. Perhaps someone with more knowledge and experience can advise. But if you post those numbers, I suspect someone with a similar rig can chime in and offer some comparisons.
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@ Dextersp1 That sounds like good advice to me.

One thing you can do is measure the height of your tow vehicle's front and rear well wells (all four of them) without the trailer, and then again with the trailer. In a perfect world, the difference between having a trailer and not having a trailer would be minimal. If its too much, a WDH can help reduce the difference in loading so that the front and rear of the tow vehicle remain level. Now, how much is too much, and how much you should live with before getting a WDH I do not know. Perhaps someone with more knowledge and experience can advise. But if you post those numbers, I suspect someone with a similar rig can chime in and offer some comparisons.
True - I forgot to add, proper hitch ball height.
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Old 05-29-2015, 05:59 AM   #12
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Thanks, all. I have the wdh and sway bar. I need to get my truck wired for brakes on the casita. I'm a total newbie so may have more questions.


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I have an F150 supercab with 5 1/2 foot bed, 4.6 l engine, but some kind of souped up suspension
Nice! In these parts vehicles are often modified to get them to handle and perform better when used as TV's. A quality suspension system is one of the key elements in getting the TV work optimally.


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Thanks, all. I have the wdh and sway bar. I need to get my truck wired for brakes on the casita. I'm a total newbie so may have more questions.
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I am impressed with your setup and the attention to detail. The wdh and sway bar working together will firm up the connection and in many cases will add a margin of safety to your towing experience. Also good to see your trailer has brakes and you are getting them set up.

I don't subscribe to the minimalist's approach of....
"you will get by with just....."
or "it will be fine",
or " most of the time, it will do".
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Don't rely on the owners manual for towing limits. There will be a decal near your hitch receiver that lists the hitch limits with and without WDH. You may need to get on the ground and look up but it will be there. I was surprised to learn how much the hitch specifications differed from the ones listed in my owners manual. I do use the Anderson hitch with my Oliver 23.5, but it is over kill.

Before the Oliver we towed a 17 foot Casita SD with a Saturn Outlook and no WDH. No issues at all. Just be certain to balance your load in the Casita. Water, food, etc. toward the rear will be a problem.


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