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Is a Weight Distribution System Necessary With a 2017 Ford F-250?


Is it necessary to install a weight distribution hitch on a 2017 F250? I will be hauling a 5860 TT.


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A weight distribution system isn't necessary for any vehicle, but it is beneficial in most circumstances because it improves safety and will keep your F-150's suspension and tires from wearing as quick because it will level the load. Should you be interested in a weight distribution system you need to choose correctly rated one. To do this you will first need to know your total tongue weight (TTW), which is the tongue weight of your fully loaded and ready to go trailer plus the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your 2017 Ford F-250.

The tongue weight is typically between 10% and 15% of your trailer's GVWR but you'll want to verify it by using a scale such as the etrailer # e99044 or by using one of the methods outlined in the help article on determining tongue weight I've linked for you. From there, simply add on the weight of the cargo behind the rear axle of your vehicle and you'll have your TTW. The ideal system would be one in which your TTW would fall somewhere in the middle of the weight distribution system's tongue weight capacity. I've added a link to our page with each of our weight distribution systems for you to come back to once you determine your TTW or if you let me know what it is I'd be happy to make a recommendation for you.

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Kyle S

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