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Old 08-15-2017, 12:33 PM
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Weight Distribution Hitch

In need of some advice. I just bought a 2013 Expedition and it's capable, technically, of pulling out 2013 X14V. I worry about the tongue weight, however, and am considering a weight distribution hitch. Mastercraft trailers aren't exactly built for them and they "recommend" not using one, but clearly state in the trailer manual that you "can" use one.

Just curious if anyone else has a WD hitch and whether or not you think I will need one.

I do have surge brakes so that would preclude the use of the chain style. I would be looking at the round bar or trunnion style.

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Dry weight: ~3300
Trailer: ~1000 (est?)
Gear: ~200
Tongue: >450 (all my bathroom scale would take)
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Old 08-15-2017, 12:50 PM
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MC does not recommend the use of WDH hitches. also cant be used with a breakaway tongue.
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Old 08-15-2017, 01:01 PM
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I have used one in the past with one of my smaller SUV's. It worked great, made the truck handle much better. I had to use the chain type with the chains set up at an angle to allow the trailer to move forward on the surge brake. I had the same problem where the weight of the boat was well below the tow capacity of the truck but the tongue was too heavy. I did not have a breakaway tongue however.
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Old 08-15-2017, 01:08 PM
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Thanks for the feedback. Right now I get about 1.5" drop in the back and 5/16"-3/8" rise in the front when coupling the boat. I don't think this is too bad but that's with no kids, cargo, etc.

I have the breakaway tongue but the manual has a whole section on how to correctly set up the WD hitch so I assume that means it's ok.

https://www.mastercraft.com/manuals/...ler_manual.pdf

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Old 08-15-2017, 02:01 PM
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airbags

Hey Nick - maybe consider airbags? That's what we did to minimize the rear drop under weight and in the off season we reduce the pressure.

I think they were Goodyear IIRC.

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Old 08-15-2017, 02:34 PM
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I would suggest air bags over the weight distribution hitch. I'm not sure how the WDH would work with the surge brakes on the trailer.
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Old 08-15-2017, 04:39 PM
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The manufacturers of the non-chain WD hitches (Equalizer, Fastway, etc.) state they are compatible with surge brakes.

I've thought about the airbag option and heard of some people doing just that. It would help with the rear end sag but would not move some of the tongue weight to the front axle to improve steering, stopping etc.

I think I'm going to give it a go and see how it connects/works. Can always send it back if it doesn't work out. Just didn't know if anyone else had used the WD hitch.
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Old 08-16-2017, 01:47 PM
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Air bags will level the truck, but they will not change the fact of too much weight on the rear.
I played around with different setting on my hitch one day just to see, and I could actually push the front end of the truck down. When properly set up the truck will be level and handle much better because the weight is loaded along the whole frame of the truck. Not just the back end.
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Old 08-25-2017, 11:00 AM
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In need of some advice. I just bought a 2013 Expedition and it's capable, technically, of pulling out 2013 X14V. I worry about the tongue weight, however, and am considering a weight distribution hitch. Mastercraft trailers aren't exactly built for them and they "recommend" not using one, but clearly state in the trailer manual that you "can" use one.



Just curious if anyone else has a WD hitch and whether or not you think I will need one.



I do have surge brakes so that would preclude the use of the chain style. I would be looking at the round bar or trunnion style.



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Dry weight: ~3300

Trailer: ~1000 (est?)

Gear: ~200

Tongue: >450 (all my bathroom scale would take)


What's the towing capacity of the truck. Seems odd or couldn't handle the boat.


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Old 08-28-2017, 09:51 AM
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Towing capacity is 6k without and 9.2k with a WDH.

I just got back from towing without the WDH and it had no issues. Towed like a dream right around 70mph and 13.5mpg.
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