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Old 10-02-2018, 09:10 PM   #1
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F150 to F350, still need sway control?

Just upgraded from 2015 f150 3.5 ecoboost to 2018 f350 6.2l gasser. Tt is 7000lbs loaded. Have been towing with blue ox and very happy with it. Do i need this with the new truck? Or do i just hook it to the ball and go? If i stick with blue ox i will need to get a new bar as the truck sits much higher.
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You should still use it in my opinion. The F350 won't require it as they are now rated same ratings both weight carrying and weight distributing. But personally I think you should use a weight distribution hitch anyway. The shank/bar you have isn't adjustable in height?
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Try it and see. This is too close for me to call.

If it was a dually I know you would not need sway control but I do not know about a SRW truck.
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Old 10-02-2018, 10:11 PM   #4
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I was on the bottom bolt holes on my f150. This truck hitch is about 4 inches higher. Looks like blue ox makes an extended bar that is also 2.5" shank, so i guess i should go that route.
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Old 10-03-2018, 06:27 AM   #5
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Give it a run and see how it goes. I dont use the wd hitch on the 1tons. Mine pulls better on the 1 tons without than the 1/2 ton with but, its a little big for the 1/2 ton
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Old 10-03-2018, 08:24 AM   #6
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Just upgraded from 2015 f150 3.5 ecoboost to 2018 f350 6.2l gasser. Tt is 7000lbs loaded. Have been towing with blue ox and very happy with it. Do i need this with the new truck? Or do i just hook it to the ball and go? If i stick with blue ox i will need to get a new bar as the truck sits much higher.
The 2018 Ford RV and Trailer Towing Guide says a WD hitch is required for any tongue weight over 1,500 pounds for a 2018 F-350 gasser. Your tongue weight should be nowhere near 1,500 pounds, so a WD hitch is not REQUIRED. However, I prefer to use a good WD hitch with any tongue weight more than a few hundred pounds.

But Rule 2: The floor of your trailer should be level, front to rear, regardless of whether you are connected with a WD hitch. So whether you use the Blue Ox or a simple weight-carrying ball mount, the ball mount must have enough drop to result in a level trailer.

Blue Ox makes a WD shank with more than normal 2" drop. For more than 2" drop, they sell one for a 2" receiver that has 4.5" drop. https://www.blueoxtowbars.com/produc...eivers,BXW4003
For that one, you'd need to use your adapter for 2.5" to 2" receiver.

However, any adjustable shank for a WD hitch will work, so maybe shop for a different brand of WD shank that has more drop without having to use an adapter. For example, here's one with 8" drop for a 2.5" receiver:
https://www.curtmfg.com/part/17132
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Old 10-03-2018, 08:29 PM   #7
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Just wondering, how did you find a F-350 with a gas engine? It was a good find IMHO. Also just curious, what is the Occupant / Cargo capacity on your F-350? I have a 2017 F-250 gasser 4 x 2 with a Occupant / Cargo capacity of 3,497 lbs.
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We followed a new class C up the Columbia River Gorge a few days ago on a FORD Chassis.... my wife commented about how badly it swayed and how little sway we have in our truck and trailer combination...


I mentioned to her that in some cases the sway bar is an option and in some cases a factory ordered HD sway system is available...



I only assumed that the Ford Chassis used on the class C didn't have a large enough sway system installed... as we noticed how hard it was for the driver to keep the vehicle between the lines...



I know there are still several manufactures who still offer after market really HD sway bar systems when needed... sometimes it's not the weight as much as the size of the box and surface area that causes the need for the HD system.
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As others have said, just try it. We've had two 31' travel trailers, both required WD and sway control to be tolerable on our Ford Excursion. Did not use either on our F350 and the same trailers towed straight and level. What a convenience not to have to deal with that stuff.
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We followed a new class C up the Columbia River Gorge a few days ago on a FORD Chassis.... my wife commented about how badly it swayed and how little sway we have in our truck and trailer combination...


I mentioned to her that in some cases the sway bar is an option and in some cases a factory ordered HD sway system is available...



I only assumed that the Ford Chassis used on the class C didn't have a large enough sway system installed... as we noticed how hard it was for the driver to keep the vehicle between the lines...



I know there are still several manufactures who still offer after market really HD sway bar systems when needed... sometimes it's not the weight as much as the size of the box and surface area that causes the need for the HD system.

This topic is about trailer sway control, not anti sway bars that attach from axle to body on a vehicle.
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Just wondering, how did you find a F-350 with a gas engine? It was a good find IMHO. Also just curious, what is the Occupant / Cargo capacity on your F-350? I have a 2017 F-250 gasser 4 x 2 with a Occupant / Cargo capacity of 3,497 lbs.
Oddly enough it was just sitting on the lot. Went in for a 250 and they offered this to me for less. Said it had been sitting a while. Payload on door sticker is 4290!
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Wow, 4,290. That is great. My 2012 Ford dually diesel was just 4,450. And great you got the F-350. I really like my F-250 but kinda wanted a F-350...but could not find a F-350 configured the way I wanted.
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