Originally Posted by cthelite
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...