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Old 06-20-2013, 09:21 PM   #1
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We are renting a TT with a weight just under 6000lbs. We have a 2012 F150 Super Crew, 5.0L, 4x4, XTR. 3.73, tow package.

The dealer says I can tow the trailer with our truck. I tried a tow calculator on-line and it indicated I could not (I may have entered some numbers incorrectly)

I have done a lot of investigation on several forums, and any time there is discussion of what vehicle can two how much trailer, there are as many opinions as posters.

Any advice/opinions here?

Thanks.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:31 PM   #2
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6000lbs is no problem! Just make sure that you use a WD hitch.

From what I was able to find it looks like your truck is rated to tow 9300lbs, according to the 2012 Trailer Life towing guide
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:39 PM   #3
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Hyper- assuming you have a good WD hitch you should be good. The 4x4 may come in handy, but actually reduces your towing capacity.

Do you know what your payload # is? Are you hauling anything in the truck bed, i.e, generator, wood, four wheeler?

Your truck has a solid engine, good gearing, and a tow package.......don't over load the truck and you should be good to go!
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:53 PM   #4
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The biggest issue with 1/2 ton pick ups is the payload rating. Look at your yellow sticker and see what it is. Figure in all the passengers and hitch weight and gear and see where you are. If you have a trailer that is 700lbs of hitch weight you may be driving two vehicles if you have a lot of gear and a big family.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:58 PM   #5
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Just got back from the Oregon coast.
My truck;
7200 GVWR
1520 payload
5.0 engine, 3.55 gears, 4x4

Loaded the truck with quite a bit of wood, 2 dogs, 2 people, 2 bikes, some tools...

Full cooler in the front of the trailer and "supplies" for 4 days, 2 batteries, 2 full propane tanks...

Front axle 3350
Rear axle 4000
Trailer axles WDH connected 5500

150 over GVWR
about 700 under GCWR
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:00 PM   #6
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6000lbs is no problem! Just make sure that you use a WD hitch.

From what I was able to find it looks like your truck is rated to tow 9300lbs, according to the 2012 Trailer Life towing guide
That's marketing hype...Potentially you can tow 9300 lbs - if you have 1/2 tank of gas and only 150lb driver, no options on truck other than tow related ones (as in tonneu cover, running boards, etc).

Every pound you add to the truck comes off that max tow rating. It's calculated from the GCWR less truck curb weight.

So for a silverado with a tow rating of 9600lbs in 'the guide' may work out like mine - 15,500 GCWR and the truck weights 5645 so it's REALLY 9855! Then we add me, the wife, kids, bikes, the dog...and tow weight drops. Add the tongue weight of the trailer and suddenly we've exceeded the GVWR of the truck yet still have a couple of thousand pounds of tow 'capacity' available.

My expedition is 'the guide' at some big figure - then one reads the manual and four wheel drive reduces tow rating 500lbs, 17" wheel options reduces it another 500lbs...and what you think you can do you can't do.

The guide is just that - a guide, a place to start. READ YOUR MANUAL and check the stickers on your truck.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:29 PM   #7
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So the consensus is that I need a WD hitch?

GCWR 15100
Trailer Weight 6000
Truck Curb Weight 5348
GVWR 7358
Cargo 1375
Tongue 2010

These are the numbers I can find in the door stickers, manual, the Ford site, and from the dealer. He says I can do this, no problem with our truck. He did not mention a WD hitch.

Does this seem correct, and good to go?
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:32 PM   #8
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first, where did you get the 6000lbs. number for the trailer? post the year, brand and model so we can look at the specs.

second, YES! you'll need a WDH and also sway control. a 6000lbs. trailer will be over the amount your owner's manual will require you using a WDH.

read the towing section in your owner's manual!
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:33 PM   #9
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Look at the sticker on the hitch itself. It will tell you the limits of the hitch with and without WD hitch.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:37 PM   #10
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Yes, you definitely need a WDH with sway control to make the drive enjoyable.

Tongue 2010 ????
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