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Old 09-20-2017, 05:07 PM   #1
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Do I Need a Weight Distribution Hitch?

We are brand new to travel trailers and will soon be the owners of a Micro Minnie 1706FB. Our tow vehicle is a Ford F150 with EcoBoost and trailering package. I have pulled a wide variety of boat trailers but never a travel trailer. Should we invest in a weight distribution hitch with sway control for this rig or would that be overkill? Considering the Husky Centerline weight distribution hitch with sway control for tongue weight up to 600 pounds. Any advise would be much appreciated.
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Old 09-20-2017, 05:32 PM   #2
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Don't know enough about your trailer but would think you probably need to. There will be others along with more knowledge shortly.
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Old 09-20-2017, 06:16 PM   #3
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We are brand new to travel trailers and will soon be the owners of a Micro Minnie 1706FB. Our tow vehicle is a Ford F150 with EcoBoost and trailering package. I have pulled a wide variety of boat trailers but never a travel trailer. Should we invest in a weight distribution hitch with sway control for this rig or would that be overkill? Considering the Husky Centerline weight distribution hitch with sway control for tongue weight up to 600 pounds. Any advise would be much appreciated.

Congrats on the rv.

We bought our 1706fb around Xmas. The salesman talked us into the WD sway control hitch. One tow vehicle is an 2014 honda Ridgeline and the other a 2016 5.3 crew cab silverado.

I figured the Honda could use it for sure, not so much the Silverado, but after using it with the Chevy I have no regrets whatsoever. Both rigs travel straight and true especially on the highway. We made a 2000+ miles trip to the Rockies in July and driving is much more secure. We travel 2 lane US highways part of the way and oncoming big rigs are no bother when we meet. Same on the interstates.

Ours is a Husky Centerline TS. The 1st few times hooking up were a challenge, but now it's a breeze. My wife can solo on it too although the sway bars are a little heavy. (She also dumps the tanks on her solo trips!)

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Old 09-20-2017, 08:07 PM   #4
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I don't use one on my Ram 2500 diesel... 4 years and 20k miles with no problem. But it's a very heavy front end with a very long wheelbase.

I think you should be fine, but hook it up and see how she sits. If the truck squats and the front end feels light, get a WD system.
The problem with the F150 is that it's light and the ecoboost, too, is light.
The issue will be that you lose weight on the front wheels for turning and stopping.
Whatever your hitch weight is, the lack of WD hitch will lever that weight off the front wheels.
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Old 09-20-2017, 08:30 PM   #5
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Yes indeed, hook on to it and see. Also consider amount of weight in the bed on a normal trip.
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Old 09-20-2017, 09:10 PM   #6
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Old 05-20-2018, 08:26 AM   #7
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Do you mean that your wife can take the hitch off by herself? We just got a Micro Minnie 1706FB too, and the hitch (bought from the dealer same day) is the biggest challenge. It weighs 102 lb, so taking it off and putting back on is not easy.
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“I think you should be fine, but hook it up and see how she sits.” and
“If the truck squats ”

WDH are not for “fixing” squat, TDI. The WDH transfer some weight forward to the TV’s front wheels and the TT’s wheels to improve braking and control.
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Old 05-20-2018, 02:39 PM   #9
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Do you need a weight distribution system? There are many variables. As a general rule, if your trailer gross weight after your stuff is load is more than 50% of the tow vehicle weight, you should have one. If the rear tires on the tow rig has soft side walls this can induce a sway where it can help to have one. If after loading the trailer and the tounge weight is more than 10% of the total trailer weight, it can help. Many other variables. If in doubt, it will not hurt anything other than the pocket book to have it. The sway bar also falls into play.
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Old 05-21-2018, 04:52 AM   #10
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“I think you should be fine, but hook it up and see how she sits.” and
“If the truck squats ”

WDH are not for “fixing” squat, TDI. The WDH transfer some weight forward to the TV’s front wheels and the TT’s wheels to improve braking and control.
Actually, that's exactly what it does... it transfers weight off the rear axle of the truck (where it squats) and moves it to the front axle of the truck and back to the trailer wheels.
That's the point of a WDH. To supplement tow vehicles that don't have enough rear axle weight capacity to handle a trailer without squatting.

If the trailer causes you to lose front axle weight to the point where you can't steer or brake, you have a seriously overloaded truck.

The issue is that most vehicles don't have much weight carrying capacity on the front axle, so shifting more weight there can be an issue.

Similarly, many people load up their trailer like crazy and then slap on a WDH which shift even more weight to the trailer wheels... then they wonder why their "chinabombs" fail.
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Whether or not you "need" one, you'll most likely be happier with one. With your trailer size you don't need one of the super-expensive types, a simple "bar and chain" version like the EAZ Lift or Reese should be fine.

Definitely get the sway control, it will help with passing vehicles, swaying, and porpoising.

Here's a site that may help you:

https://www.etrailer.com/faq-weightdistribution.aspx
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We also have a 2017 Mini Wini 1706 FB. I pull with F150 EcoBoost. We pulled without WD hitch and decided we needed a sway control just to make smother ride. Purchased CURT WD with built in sway bars. Best decision for me. As everyone knows the F150 is a little light in the rear end and we carry a Champion 3100i generator. Still like a.c. And solar will not do job when it is hot. Solar great for keeping batteries charged. There are times that you may enjoy AC. Why not if you have the equipment. This why we made our decision.

So glad to find 1706fb owners.
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Old 06-01-2018, 10:03 PM   #14
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I went with the Anderson hitch system. It is light weight, has great sway control and does OK with weight distribution. You have a smallish trailer to tow with a big truck so you won't need lots of weight distribution but some is helpful (put weight back on the front steering wheels) and the sway control is great.
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