Originally Posted by Katgar05
How does Ford ever expect someone to tow anywhere near 9600 lbs with such low payload capacity?
If you have no load in the bed of the truck, no passengers, and just a 10% tongue weight, then you might be able to tow 9600 lbs without going over the GVWR or the GCWR. But that is just unrealistic for camping.
That is how the truck manufacturers sell trucks. They post this great tow rating, but don't give you any other pertinent information. I got caught up in the same propaganda when I bought my truck. Hey, if they say I can tow 9300 lbs, then surely that trailer that weighs 4200 lbs. should be a piece of cake. But that trailer that was listed at 4200 lbs. actually weighed 4600 lbs. coming from the dealer, and with camping gear I am in the 5500 lb. range. Still no problem, eh ?? Adding a 700 lb. tongue weight to my rear bumper, some camping gear and a generator in the bed, my bikes and a canoe on my racks, and letting the missus and dog go along with me, I am now with 100-200 lbs. of my GVWR.....although still a long way from my GVWR,, although I still have plenty to go until I reach my GCWR.
I didn't learn about all of this until joining the forum here. Thank goodness I did, and am now aware of the limits of a 1/2 ton truck. Looking back when I bought my truck and knowing what I do now, I would have opted for a 3/4 or 1 ton unit.