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Using a Weight Distribution Hitch on a 2012 Edge Factory Tow Setup

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I have a 2012 Ford Edge Ltd with the factory tow package. I'm planning on towing a 3500 lb Airstream, twin axle travel trailer. I just purchased and will be installing a Tekonsha brake controller.

 

My question is regarding using weight distribution bars on this hitch. Is anyone doing this, and if so what has your experience been like?

 

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Only way to go. Even with my Motor Home and while towing with my F150, I used the distribution hitch. It helps control sway as well as load.

 

Burke

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I agree its a good idea but I've read that the factory class II hitch does not support a WD setup. Interested to hear from someone that's used WD on an Edge.

 

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I have the same question for my 2014 Edge with the factory towing option. From what I've read at etrailer,com, the hitch should have a label with two towing ratings for tongue weight and towing capacity, 1) for hitch only and 2) for use with a weight distribution hitch (WDH). If it only shows one tow rating (tongue weight and towing capacity) then the hitch is not designed for use with a WDH. My label only shows one rating: tongue weight 350 lbs, towing capacity 3500 lbs, so it does not appear to be designed for use with a WDH. The label is located on the bottom of the hitch. I've also looked through my owners manual and there is no mention about using a WDH.

 

I tow a 2400 lb tent trailer. The back of the car doesn't drop much, but just enough to raise the front end, which causes on-coming cars to flash their lights (thinking I have my hi-beams on). I'm not sure what qualifies a hitch for use with a WDH, but it probably has something to do with the way it attaches to the frame, or that it's a class II hitch.. Or maybe Ford did not want to provide this info for fear of owners overloading their vehicles.

Any comments about using a WDH would be welcome.

 

Thanks

Denis - Anaheim, CA

2014 Edge SEL

1997 Coleman/Fleetwood tent trailer

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I've been researching this for my 14 Edge with the factory tow package (class II hitch) and came up with the following:

 

The Ford Edge trailer towing guide states this:
(1) Hitch receivers do not include a hitch ball or ball mounting. The vehicle owner is responsible for obtaining the proper hitch ball, ball mounting, weight- distributing equipment (i.e., equalizing arms and snap-up brackets, sway control system) and other appropriate equipment to tow both the trailer and its cargo load.

No where can I find where Ford outright says DO NOT USE A WDH.

 

With that info I went to my local Ford dealership and asked the Service Manager about a WDH. His reply was that Ford's only concern is that you stay within the parameters of the weight limits of the hitch/vehicle.

 

With that said, I'll get a WDH for my Edge. I'll let you know how it goes.

 

Denis

Anaheim, CA

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FWIW, I seen a Ford instruction to downgrade the towing specs when using 22" tires.

If you had a Class III hitch, you are supposed to use the rating of a Class I hitch.

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