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Old 12-29-2013, 09:36 AM   #1
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Hey members!..been awhile since i've been on. Since my last visit i purchased a 2010 f150 Lariat, I'm going to graduate to a 5w. My truck has a GCVW 11,200. I'm looking in the range 8500-9000(uvw)... sound ok? And why dont the dealers post TRUE UVW on their ##% ads? (I mean)..all they have to do is post the yellow sticker in a picture.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:42 AM   #2
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you didn't state what your truck is rated to tow. Based on what you posted, your truck needs to not weigh more than 1000 pounds. Either way, that's a lot of weight for a half ton to tow. Depending on terrain, you could be pushing it pretty hard.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:47 AM   #3
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Keep an eye on the pin weight. There are a few 5w you can pull with a half ton truck but do your research before you buy one.
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just don't rely on what the dealers or manufactures call "half ton towable". Way off in my opinion. I would rather have too much truck to make towing safer and effortless.
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My lite is rated for a 1/2 ton.

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Old 12-29-2013, 10:05 AM   #6
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yet you have a 3/4 ton. My point exactly. I drive a 1 ton diesel to tow 8000, but a 5th is in our future. Yours in half ton towable. I'm referring to models that are 9000+ empty with GVWR ratings of up to 12k. That's ridiculous.
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Old 12-30-2013, 02:31 PM   #7
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you're right!

OK!..my fault! you're right..GCWR 15,500. According to the FORD trailer tow guide I can tow up to 9500. I'm trying to get a "REAL" opinionated view on these numbers thanks
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the towing capacity is of no use unless you check the payload capacity of your 1/2 ton truck, if you want to tow a 5th wheel.
the payload amount is more critical when considering a 5th wheel, ESPECIALLY if you're trying to tow with a 1/2 ton, because of 5th wheels' pin weights.

very few 5th wheels are truly 1/2 ton towable. generally, only the shortest ultralight ones can be, since they have lower pin weights.
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OK!..my fault! you're right..GCWR 15,500. According to the FORD trailer tow guide I can tow up to 9500. I'm trying to get a "REAL" opinionated view on these numbers thanks
As an earlier post mentioned - its pin weight that will really decide this. On a half ton, you will (virtually) always run out payload before you reach the GCWR or the maximum towing capacity.

If you take the empty (curb) weight of the truck and either get an actual weight or add in an estimate of passengers, fuel and cargo, and the hitch itself that will give you the truck weight before the pin weight. The difference between that loaded truck weight and the GVWR is what your pin can weigh when the trailer is loaded.

In round numbers from memory, my F-150 with fuel, people, gear is about 6300 and the GVWR is 7300 leaving only about 1,000 of available payload for the trailer. With my 6200 lb loaded trailer when I weighed it, the truck was 20# over GVWR, and I was more than 1,000lb under max tow and CGWR. You have higher ratings on your truck, but I would still bet the payload is the first number to max out...
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beenawhile!

thanks guys, Im still checking..
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