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Old 05-08-2002, 03:54 PM
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Yes the weight distributing hitch is the way to go HOWEVER it can only work on trailers that have electric brakes .

I guess my next trailer should have electric ones since my Dirt Bike/ATV trailer already has them and I have the controller
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Old 05-08-2002, 04:08 PM
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Originally posted by Semper Fi
I understand what Ford is doing with the Hitch situation, but I don't agree. I guess what they are telling us is that if the GCWR is 12,500#'s for the F-350 and you have 1,000#'s of fuel, cargo and passengers (plus the weight of the truck 7,000#'s) then you basically can tow (legally) 4,500#'s. Ford's hitch is rated for 5,000#'s, so they are covered. But, people (including myself) tow way over 5,000#'s with this truck and that's where the problem is. I would think that all the other makers would have the same problem?? Does Chevy, GMC and Dodge install a class 5 hitch?? If this is a problem with all the manufacturers, then all of us who tow 7,000#'s--15,000#'s have to buy a Topkick or a Freightliner?? WTF?
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GCVWR of the F-250's and 350's is 20,000#(Truck, Gear, Trailer)

Tow Rating is 12,500# with the truck empty and proper hitch setup
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Old 05-08-2002, 05:47 PM
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Originally posted by Baja Daze


Semper Fi,

GCVWR of the F-250's and 350's is 20,000#(Truck, Gear, Trailer)

Tow Rating is 12,500# with the truck empty and proper hitch setup
Baja Daze,
Thanks for clearing this up, still doesn't make sense for Ford to use this hitch. Is that 12,500#'s rating for the hitch or 5th wheel? Even if this rating is for the tow hitch, then they are still coming up short 2,500#'s. With a load distributing trailer, the hitch is only rated for 10,000#'s. Either way, Ford needs to unf%$ck themselves!! I sure would pay the xtra $300.00 to $400.00 for the "correct" class 5 hitch when buying a new truck.
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I completely agree Semper Fi !
However they rate it(probably with a fifth-wheel or weight-distributing), it's still shady at best. There's probably a fuggin asterisk or two somewhere in there and you need to buy the *optional* equipment. Dissapointing!

I don't care what they say--when I buy a 12,500# tow capacity truck it should damn well tow 12500# right off the lot.

Yes, they should unf#uck themselves...V5, my ass!
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The weight distributing hitch also works with surge brakes. Friends of mine have them and they swear by them they have surge brakes and they work fine. I just bought some for mine but have not tried them yet.
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