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Is A Weight Distribution Hitch Required When Towing RV with 2018 Ford F-150?

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Do i need a weight distribution hitch ? Vehicle is 2018 Ford F-150 4x4 3.5 L V 6 eco boost. 7000 GVWR, Max trailer pkg. Im towing RV tear trailer. Dry wt.3000 lbs. tongue wt.325 lbs. !8foot single axle.....If so which would you recommend? Thanks you....

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A weight distribution system is recommended any time the weight of your trailer is 50% or more of your 2018 Ford F-150, and since your trailer has an unloaded weight of 3000lbs it is a good idea to add a weight distribution hitch.

To determine the correct weight distribution hitch you will need to know the total tongue weight of your trailer which is the tongue weight of the trailer fully loaded and ready to tow, plus the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your truck. The easiest way to get an accurate tongue weight measurement is with a tongue weight scale like the # e99044 but there are other methods outlined in the included help article.

More than likely you will have a total tongue weight between 400-800lbs so a system like the Reese Weight Distribution System w Shank # RP67509 that works with this tongue weight range would more than likely be a great choice. This system does not include a hitch ball so you will need 2" hitch ball # A-90 or 2-5/16" hitch ball # 19286 to match the coupler on your trailer. If you find that your trailer is experiencing sway you will also need friction sway control # 83660 which will bolt to the frame of the trailer and the head unit of the hitch.

If you find your total tongue weight exceeds 800lbs a heavier duty system like the Blue Ox TrackPro Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control - 7-Hole Shank - 10K GTW, 1K TW # BLU77FR that works with total tongue weights between 800-1000lbs would be a great choice.

I included a few video reviews for you to take a look at.

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