2" Hitch Receiver Wear

2" Hitch Receiver Wear

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    2" Hitch Receiver Wear

    2018 F150 4x4, 3.5 Ecoboost, 6.5' box, Max Tow Package (advertised to pull 13,000). I Pull a 7,500 pound trailer with close to 1,000 pound tongue weight. Notice that the 2" receiver is wearing (stretching out) so that the trailer hitch stinger rattles around. It appears Ford under-designed the hitch. Am I missing something? I am going to the dealer and claim a warranty issue on materials/workmanship. Any guidance from forum folks?

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    Its supposed to be a loose fit so it doesn't rust solid... They make anti rattle clips for this reason...

    Are you towing 1000 lb TW with no WDH?
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    That does sound like a lot of TW for no WDH
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    The F150's receiver is loose by design. BTW, you shouldn't be leaving a WDH in the receiver when not towing. And if you're not using a WDH with at tongue weight over 500 lbs, then operator error is occurring.

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    What type of WD setup are your using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kinguni View Post
    And if you're not using a WDH with at tongue weight over 500 lbs, then operator error is occurring.
    Based on what?????

    I've been towing for 31+ years, almost always have over 500 lbs on the tongue if there's a load on the trailer, have never used a WDH, and have never had a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMCdude View Post
    Based on what?????

    I've been towing for 31+ years, almost always have over 500 lbs on the tongue if there's a load on the trailer, have never used a WDH, and have never had a problem.
    I'm guessing he is referring to a tow of greater than 5000lbs. (if 10% tongue is 500+)

    I think Ford has in their documentation to use a Wdh for anything above 5000

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMCdude View Post
    Based on what?????

    I've been towing for 31+ years, almost always have over 500 lbs on the tongue if there's a load on the trailer, have never used a WDH, and have never had a problem.
    Based on every piece of towing information published by ford. Based on the actual sticker on the OEM hitch of any F150. Based on the reduction in the weight of the steering axle on a 1/2 ton truck, etc. Two stickers from regular tow and max tow trucks, for example:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMCdude View Post
    Based on what?????

    I've been towing for 31+ years, almost always have over 500 lbs on the tongue if there's a load on the trailer, have never used a WDH, and have never had a problem.
    Happy you haven't had a problem but the hitch on an F150 is only rated for 500 lb tongue without weight distribution. Plus overloading the rear axle and lack of steering control due to not enough weight on the front end of the truck. First time I towed my travel trailer the dealer hadn't set up the hitch properly and the handling was scary so I wouldn't mess around. I'm very wary of people towing with the nose of their truck pointing to the sky.
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    All things said, the Ford 2" receiver is loose by design. I had to tow my travel trailer using my buddy's Chevy 2 summers back after T-boning a Honda Civic. I was surprised how much tighter fitting the hitch was in his receiver. I'm thinking OP just didn't notice how loose it was before.
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