Originally Posted by herk7769
Also, remember that posted tow ratings for your truck are based on an EMPTY truck! Every pound in the truck comes OFF the maximum camper you can tow.
To expand on what Lou is stating.
If the truck is maxed out at the GVWR (7200 lbs. ??), then that limits the tow capacity due to the GCWR.
For example, the listed GCWR of the 2010 F150, 5.4L, 4x4, Crew Cab with 5.5' bed and 3.55 gears is listed at 15,500 lbs. with a 9600 lb. tow rating.
To tow a 9600 lb. trailer, you could only have 5900 lbs on the truck axles. My 2006 F150 Super Cab weighs about that with me in the seat, some personal gear in the cab, a bed liner, TracRac rails, a small tool box and a few other items in the bed.
A 4x2 even has a less GCWR.....15,300 lbs, but does have a 9800 lb. tow rating for the 5.5' bed. Each of the 6.5' beds have 100 lb. less tow rating
The GCWR is going to be 1 of the determining factors. 1 of the others to consider is the GVWR. When I hang a 700 lb. trailer tongue on my truck, let the missus and dog in the cab with me, and load camping gear in the bed, I am getting pretty close to my GVWR. A 786 lb. tongue weight is going to "grow" significantly when you start loading gear into the trailer. That is probably going to be in the 900 to 1000 lb. range. That will add to the weight of the truck, and probably get you close to the GVWR with your other gear and passengers.
It would be a good idea to load up your truck with passengers and expected load for camping, and get to some scales before you buy the trialer, just to see what kinda tongue weight you can add.
1 other item is to make sure your hitch is good to go. There should be a label on the hitch stating your tow rating, and especially important is your weight distributing tongue weight capacity. You will definitely need a properly setup WDH, and ideally 1 with integrated sway control.