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Old 07-25-2016, 06:25 AM   #1
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I am picking up my first TT in a couple of days and need opinions on what I need to have to tow it safely. The TT is a new Jayco Jay Flight SLX 245RLSW that has a GVWR of 7000. I am going to be towing it with a 2013 Ford F-150 3.5 Eccoboot with a factory installed trailer brake and a tow setting for the transmission. I have an adjustable hitch so I can get it to tow level I am just wondering if I need a WD hitch or a sway bar. The total trailer length is 28ft. As you can tell I am nervous about towing it and need to get some practice with it I just want to make sure I am safe. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with a newbie,
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what is the tow rating of the truck................ford should be able to tell you if you need any special equipment..............the sway bars might be the only additional thing you might want, but I cannot speak from experience on those............the towing option on the transmission will assist you going down hills........when you foot is off the accelerator, the transmission will sense if you are picking up speed and will downshift......used it once when in the mountains of western Virginia towing a Kawasaki mule on a 10 ft trailer......worked good.................whatever you find out from ford, don't expect to be cruising up the hills at 65 or 70.................more like 55 to 60...................best of luck.............
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ps. I have the 2013 f150 with a 5.0................
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The tow rating of the truck is 9700 lbs
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Old 07-25-2016, 09:21 AM   #5
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The TT is a new Jayco Jay Flight SLX 245RLSW that has a GVWR of 7000.
Wet and loaded tongue weight (TW) when the trailer is loaded to 6,500 pounds gross trailer weight will be about 845 pounds.

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I am going to be towing it with a 2013 Ford F-150 3.5 Eccoboot with a factory installed trailer brake and a tow setting for the transmission.
Plenty of power and torque to tow a 6,500 pound trailer. So GCWR and tow rating are not a problem. Your limiter will be payload capacity of the F-150. So weigh the wet and loaded tow vehicle before you take off on a long RV trip. Add the weight on the front and rear axles of the tow vehicle and compare to the GVWR of the tow vehicle. If you don't have at least 845 pounds of unused payload capacity left over, then you'll be overloaded when you tie onto the trailer. In that case, consider getting some of the weight out of the truck before you take off on an RV trip..

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I have an adjustable hitch so I can get it to tow level I am just wondering if I need a WD hitch or a sway bar.
Ford says you must have a WD hitch or fifth-wheel hitch for any trailer with hitch weight more than 500 pounds. Your trailer will have hitch weight a lot heavier than 500 pounds, so yes, you need a WD hitch.

Also, your receiver hitch is probably limited to a max tongue weight of 500 or 550 pounds without a WD hitch. Since your tongue weight will be a lot more than 550 pounds, that's another reason you need a WD hitch. You don't want to tow with an overloaded receiver.

"Sway bar" indicates a cheap WD hitch. You don't want to tow that trailer with a cheap hitch. Buy a WD hitch that has built-in sway control or sway prevention without using sway bars. Those cost a little more than the cheap hitches. Good ones include the Equal-I-Zer and Blue OX SwayPro. They don't make cheap hitches, so any Equal-I-Zer or Blue Ox with at least 1,000 pound spring bars will be good. Also the Reese Strait-Line with trunnion bars, Husky CenterLine, and Curt TruTrack. Reese, Husky, and Curt also make cheap WD hitches, so if you get one of those brands be sure you get a Strait-Line, or CenterLine or TruTrack. Strait-Line doesn't make one with 1,000 pound trunnion bars, so get the one with 1,200 pound trunnon bars.
https://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Dist...e/RP66084.html
I have the Reese Strait-Line on my cargo trailer. Works great when properly adjusted.

My Strait-Line will prevent trailer sway under about 99% of towing conditions. The ProPride hitch on my TT will increase that to about 99.9%. My ProPride retails for about 4 times the buying price of my Strait-Line, so most folks don't think the increased performance is worth cost of the ProPride. But I'm glad I have it when towing on a crooked rain-slick highway with chug holes in the middle of a curve and meeting an 18-wheeler that's cruising at high speed.
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Some of the better WD hitches offer either round bar or trunnion bar for the spring bars. The trunnion bars have more ground clearance, so I prefer the trunnion bars. The round bars probably work just as good, but you will often drag the bottom of the round bars on the ground when crossing dips and ditches.
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I would never tow that combo w/out a WDH. Love my E4
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Thank you all for the feedback. I am having the dealer install the WDH today when we do our walk thru and pick up the trailer.
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