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Old 06-05-2017, 09:02 PM   #1
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Weight Distribution Hitch for 17B

Forgive me if this is repetition, but I can't seem to find it on search. Our 17B build sheet is due and is pretty much complete, but we're wondering if we need a WDH. The two vehicle is an older F150 (2005) with a 5.4 engine and tow package. Tow rating over 8500 lbs.
We like the way a WDH works with our current Bigfoot, but it would be nice to just have a ball mount.
We would be willing to buy the WDH from ETI and resale it if necessary, but which one? Choices: 1) Equalizer Hitch (Pro Series 600lb Trunnion) $350 CAD
2) Equalizer Hitch (Pro Series 600lb Trunnion) with Sway Control Bar (Pro Series)
$475 CAD
3) E2 by FastWay Integrated Sway Control and Weight Distribution Hitch $625
CAD
We will call ETI hitch installer tomorrow to see if they have any thoughts. What have others used? Any advice from the group?
Thanks,Tony
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Old 06-05-2017, 09:43 PM   #2
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Old 06-05-2017, 10:16 PM   #3
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Old 06-05-2017, 10:36 PM   #4
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I'm towing my 17B with a 1997 F250 super duty 4x4. Went ahead and got the Pro series WDH for the $350CAD when I got my trailer in March. WDH seems to help with two things...strong crosswinds like we sometimes have near Ellensburg WA and rough highways like we have on I-90 out of Seattle. It seems to help the truck and trailer ride a bit more like one platform. Just my feelings on the matter. In reality we could probably get away with just a ball hitch given our truck sizes. In my case I thought if I ever go to a smaller truck I'll certainly want the WDH so might as well get it now.
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Old 06-05-2017, 11:30 PM   #5
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We have a 2015 17A, and just use the ball mount; no WDH. We are careful to maintain 350 lbs. tongue weight or less, so no WDH is needed. I would suspect that on an F-150 with that large tow rating, no WDH need be considered.
Concerning sway (not really a WDH function, but seems to be implicit in any inquiry):
We have driven in strong cross winds (Calif. Central Valley on I-5 during wind warnings: 25-30 mph, with gusts over 40 mph.). Because the axle is 12 feet from the ball, the trailer is very stable. In the gusts, there is a shudder, but no sway or altering of course.
When we first picked up the 17 at Sumas, we drove WA state two-lane highways to Bellingham, and observed semi-trucks passing us going the other way, so the differential speed is 80 mph (combined) or more. We had no sway and no drawing of the trailer out of line, so we decided that no WDH/sway device was necessary. Now, 7000+ miles later, we are still of the same mind.
Tow vehicle is a 2011 Honda Pilot. The ball mount has been modified, with an extra 5/8" pin hole drilled so the ball mount sits further in the receiver, and the ball is almost 2" closer to the receiver.
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Old 06-05-2017, 11:42 PM   #6
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Forgive me if this is repetition, but I can't seem to find it on search. Our 17B build sheet is due and is pretty much complete, but we're wondering if we need a WDH. The two vehicle is an older F150 (2005) with a 5.4 engine and tow package. Tow rating over 8500 lbs.
We like the way a WDH works with our current Bigfoot, but it would be nice to just have a ball mount.
We would be willing to buy the WDH from ETI and resale it if necessary, but which one? Choices: 1) Equalizer Hitch (Pro Series 600lb Trunnion) $350 CAD
2) Equalizer Hitch (Pro Series 600lb Trunnion) with Sway Control Bar (Pro Series)
$475 CAD
3) E2 by FastWay Integrated Sway Control and Weight Distribution Hitch $625
CAD
We will call ETI hitch installer tomorrow to see if they have any thoughts. What have others used? Any advice from the group?
Thanks,Tony
We tow our new 17B with a 2005 Honda Pilot and no WDH. We drove the I5 southbound earlier this year through some pretty hefty winds and no sway and no issues. Your F150 is a much more powerful and robust vehicle and suspect that you don't really need one.

Also when we were being set-up, Dennis at ETI who does all the hitch set-ups for new trailers told me that if they thought that you needed one they would tell you at the time of set-up and can install one then and there.
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Old 06-06-2017, 12:27 AM   #7
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If you decide to get one, let them do it. I was on the fence and didn't and now I wish I had. Their prices are very competitive. They would have installed it for less than the price of just the hitch around here.
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Old 06-06-2017, 01:06 AM   #8
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WDH for 17B

I towed my 17B with a Toyota FJ Cruiser which has 5000 tow rating. No WDH. It towed just fine. I don't see how you would need a WDH towing a 17B if your vehicle has 8500 tow capacity. I would try it without the WDH and see how it does, I think you will find it to be OK.
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Old 06-06-2017, 09:28 AM   #9
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I used the Escape installed Equalizer Hitch (Pro Series 600lb Trunnion or what ever version they were installing in 2011) when I towed with a V6 RAV4. Worked well, no sway problems.

When I switched tow vehicles to a 2016 Tacoma Off Road, I added Sumo Springs to reduce rear end droop, and used the WDH for the first trip. Decided to go without it for the long winter trip to Arizona, and found no stability problems. I did notice that on bumps, the trailer did a bit more side to side twisting that the WDH prevented, but it had no effect on stability.
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Old 06-06-2017, 10:54 AM   #10
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I'll just add that hitching and unhitching is far easier without a WDH. I would think with that truck you won't need it and it will just add unnecessary time to your routine.
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