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Weight Distribution Recommendation and Information for a 2010 Ford Flex FWD 3.5L

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I have purchased a 2010 Ford Flex FWD 3.5L. According to the VIN and window sticker I have a Class III factory installed hitch platform. However, the Ratings seem to be 2000 lbs with 250 GTW unless I use the proper hitch which seems to be a Weight Distributing hitch, with sway control and snap-up brackets. That gets me to 4500 tow capacity and 450 GTW. I see the WD equipment on your site but no mention of snap up brackets. Can you tell me what they are and what they do? Tim Richter

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Yes, I can explain what the tip up brackets are. They are the brackets that are mounted to the top of the trailer frame and that the chains, at the end of the spring bar in a weight distribution system, are attached to. The tip up brackets are lowered, the chains are attached and then the brackets are tipped up, applying pressure to the spring bars, which in turn distributes weight to the trailer and vehicle axles and reduces the tongue weight on the ball mount and trailer hitch. This weight distribution levels the vehicle and trailer out and make for a much more comfortable, smooth and safe towing experience.

With the capacities you have stated for your 2010 Ford Flex, the Reese Straight-Line Weight Distribution System with Sway Control, item # RP66072, that you selected would be an excellent choice. With this system you will also need a weight distribution shank and a properly sized hitch ball with a 1-1/4 inch shank. The Reese Weight Dist Shank, item # RP54970, will work for this system and if you need a 2-5/16 inch ball for your trailer coupler the Hitch Ball with 2-5/16 Diameter and Medium Shank, item # 19286, will work. If you need a 2 inch ball for your trailer coupler the Hitch Ball with 2 inch Diameter and Medium Shank, item # A-90, will work for you.

I have included links to instructions and a installation video that will help you with questions about selection and installation also.

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