You should be able to tow that trailer without a WDH. Even if you've got the trailer loaded to its max 3500 and fixed things so the tongue weight was 500#, that would be over 14% tongue weight. Sway shouldn't be much of a problem with that.
And 500# tongue weight wouldn't dig too hard into your truck's payload.
I would give it a try and see how it handles. Try to get the tongue weight up to the max of 500# and see if it sways much. If it does, then maybe add a friction sway bar.
As for sag and front end lift, I doubt that the truck will sag much with just 500# on the hitch. In fact, I'm pretty sure that's why Ford limits their hitch receivers to 500# without a WDH.
As for the actual non-WDH hitch itself, you will want to use one with a drop that can level the trailer (or slightly nose down) and you'll need a ball size to match the trailer's hitch.
2011 FX2 SCab EcoB MaxTow 3.73diff ~2050#Payload LT245/75R17E RAS
2014 Timber Ridge 240RKS ~7500#Loaded ~1100#TongueW 10.7mpgUS
Old:2010 Trailmanor Elkmont24' ~4000#Loaded ~500#TongueW 12.5mpgUS
Last edited by brulaz; Yesterday at 12:26 PM.