Accordingly, a 1/2 ton truck should carry 1/2 ton of payload......1000 lbs. along with the driver. Any payload over that is a plus.
My 2006 F150 shows a empty weight of 5236 lbs, and along with a 7200 lb. GVWR, I should be able to carry almost a ton of stuff........not !!
Realistically, with me in the driver's seat, a full tank of gas, some personal items in the cab, a couple of small items in the bed, Trac-Rac rails, and dealer installed running boards, my truck is right at 6000 lbs........only 1200 lbs. of available payload.
Add the missus and the fur baby, a generator and other gear in the bed, 2 bicycles, a canoe, and 700 lbs in tongue weight, and I am within 100 lbs. or so of my 7200 GVWR.