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Old 10-19-2016, 12:00 AM   #1
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F150 pulling a 21. Do I need a WD hitch? And other questions.

We have a 2016 F150 2.7L Ecoboost 2WD and need to set it up to tow our 21. The specs say the truck has a sway control feature so do we need a weight distribution hitch? We are new to all this so want the safest, smoothest, easiest experience possible. Any recommendations on which brand we should get?

Also while I'm here, I'm a bit confused as to the drop we need. i saw another thread talking about a 2" drop for a 19. I would think the 21 would be the same right?

Our truck has a tow package but did not come with a brake controller (that seems weird to me!) so we must get one installed. As I understand, the proportional controller would be best right?

Thank you in advance for your input.
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We have a 2016 F150 2.7L Ecoboost 2WD and need to set it up to tow our 21. The specs say the truck has a sway control feature so do we need a weight distribution hitch? We are new to all this so want the safest, smoothest, easiest experience possible. Any recommendations on which brand we should get?

Also while I'm here, I'm a bit confused as to the drop we need. i saw another thread talking about a 2" drop for a 19. I would think the 21 would be the same right?

Our truck has a tow package but did not come with a brake controller (that seems weird to me!) so we must get one installed. As I understand, the proportional controller would be best right?

Thank you in advance for your input.
Good questions Jill.

Yes, the truck has a sway control feature, but it doesn't distribute weight. You can get by without any WDH because your tongue weight is well within the truck specs -- BUT, I'd recommend a WDH anyway. It will give you a more solid feel when towing, and it will eliminate any dip on the rear of the truck, so everything is nice and level. The stock WDH that Escape sells (fastway E2?) Is probably fine.

The 21 and the 19 should have about the same ball height, but I wouldn't worry too much about it until the time comes to hook up. The hitch ball height can be adjusted then. Get a stinger with a rail for the ball mount and you can adjust it to any height you need. As a point of reference, the top of our ball is adjusted to 19" on our 2015 F150 2WD.

As for the brake controller, it is perplexing why Ford doesn't offer it unless you get the heavy duty towing package. But, I highly recommend you get the FACTORY brake controller installed by your Ford dealer. It's a Tekonsha and it's top of the line. It also integrates neatly into the dash, and it interfaces with the truck's electronics. You can adjust the gain from the steering wheel. In my humble opinion, it's the best controller on the market, although it's pricier since it's a Ford part. You can't integrate it yourself, because it requires the dealer to program the truck to work with it.



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Old 10-19-2016, 12:35 AM   #3
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Wdh

As already stated you could likely get away without one, but I would have one anyway. Any weight put on the back of the truck will take some weight off the front wheels. Not a good thing especially when having to do evasive maneuvers because some idiot pulled out in front of you, the below video will give you a visual as to what a WDH does.

All WDH's do the same thing some have added features such as sway control built in. Search on Youtube for weight distribution hitches and you will find a whole host of videos on the subject.

Given your truck comes with electronic sway control I would recommend getting the WDH at the very least.



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Hitch Rise or Drop

Here is video on how to determine hitch rise or drop.

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Jill, Just a bit more regarding the "drop". It depends on the height of your tow vehicle's hitch receiver tube ("box hitch"). For the sake of argument, just talking concept here, let's say the Escape 21' sits level when the coupler on the trailer's tongue is 18" above the ground. Someone driving a low profile Honda Odyssey with a hitch receiver tube only 12" high off the ground would need a ball mount with a 6" RISE to keep the camper level. But someone driving a jacked-up 4x4 with the hitch receiver tube 26" off the ground would need a ball mount with an 8" DROP to keep the camper level. To "ball park" what ball mount you'll need when you first get your new camper, contact ETI to see what coupler height they recommend for the 21'. Then measure the height of your tow vehicle's hitch receiver tube and buy a ball mount that accommodates the difference. You can "Google" images that will help you make the measurements you need (such as below). Best of luck.

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We have a 2016 F150 2.7L Ecoboost 2WD and need to set it up to tow our 21. The specs say the truck has a sway control feature so do we need a weight distribution hitch? We are new to all this so want the safest, smoothest, easiest experience possible.
Defintely hire someone else to tow your trailer. The WD fans will tell you (and already are) that any vehicle needs WD to the "safest" and "smoothest" towing; however, use of any WD hitch will certainly not be "easiest" experience. Any decision is a trade-off.
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As for the brake controller, it is perplexing why Ford doesn't offer it unless you get the heavy duty towing package.
I think this is completely normal. There are lots of vehicle features which are only available bundled with other related (or even not-very-related) features, and it doesn't surprise me at all that the buyer must select the heavy duty towing package to be able to buy the premium-priced factory-installed controller.

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As I understand, the proportional controller would be best right?
Please don't even consider anything other than a proportional controller. The factory-installed controller recommended above is a proportional controller.
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The stock WDH that Escape sells (fastway E2?) Is probably fine.
The Fastway E2 is the more expensive of the two WD hitch systems which Escape offers as accessories. Neither needs to be purchased from Escape (although that's a convenient way to go), and any other brand or style can be used as well.
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..use of any WD hitch will certainly not be "easiest" experience. Any decision is a trade-off.
Very true, but you can make it "easier". One thing that made using our Andersen Hitch easy peezy was adding the power jack. Maybe an extra 60 seconds to either hook up or unhook.

EDIT: now, why it took me over a year to add the large loops to my hitch for the safety chains remains a mystery.



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