Originally Posted by goduc
No 1/2 ton should ever tow 11,400lbs. And can't for one reason. Payload. If you bought a TT and loaded it to 11,400lbs then using the average or suggested % for tongue weight it would over load the receiver. A 11,400lb TT will have a 1300+lb tongue weight. That's more than the receiver is rated for. Also if you took that 11,400lbs and added it to the trucks base weight that will equal the trucks GCVWR. And you haven't even put any thing else in the truck. Everything you put in the truck like passengers, firewood, dogs, etc comes off the tow rating. It's virtually impossible as well as unsafe to tow 11,400lbs with a 1/2
I couldn't have replied any better myself. It is not only the maximum trailer towing capacity (conventional or fifth) you have to consider, it is the tongue weight, hitch rating (WD or non-WD), GCVWR and GVWR and use the actual truck's payload rating ("red" sticker in the door jamb) when calculating. Base weight shown in the manufacturer's specs tend not to include the options on your truck that reduce your actual truck's payload rating ... it adds up. Truck salesmen typically do not divulge this information, but it is in your owner's manual. Ask a trailer salesman about vehicles buyers show up with to purchase the trailer of their dreams ... it is not pretty. If you go with "awwww, my truck can handle it just fine", you will be white knuckle towing and that is no fun ... that first mountain grade up and down, panic stop or emergency swerve will have you quickly realizing how much fun it is not.
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