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Sway Control Necessary For A 2013 Ford F 150 Towing A 33 Foot Camper

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I have a 2013 Ford F150 with a 3.5 EcoBoost engine. Im being asked to tow a 33 foot camper over 100 miles. Its just a regular ball hitch, no w/d or sway bars. Good idea or not?

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Your 2013 Ford F150 owners manual indicates the 3.5 EcoBoost F150 can tow depending on the axle ratio, 8,400lbs-11,300lbs. A 30 foot camper might weigh 7,000lbs so you will want to check your vehicle glove box tag for the axle ratio and then what weight you're looking to tow. That said, a weight distribution system would be very beneficial in smoothing the ride towing this camper.

To choose the right weight distribution hitch size, you'll need to determine your loaded trailer tongue weight and the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your F150. That number will be the tongue weight your weight distribution hitch will need to support.

A trailer's tongue weight is usually 10-15% of it's total weight so if your camper fully loaded is 8,000lbs, the maximum tongue weight would likely be 1,200lbs. A weight distribution system with Sway Control like the Husky Center Line Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control # HT32218 would not only provide capacity but also includes sway control through the rear brackets mounted to the trailer frame. These help keep your trailer in place with tension provided by spring loaded trunnion bars so you can enjoy your towing experience.

A way to determine total tongue weight, the BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale for OBD II - Bluetooth # C51701 can make this process simple and accurate. Included is a video with more information.

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