Originally Posted by 700hauler
I figured I was going to have to keep an eye on payload and GVWR on the truck more so than the actual tow capacity. It appears that its impossible to put the tow rating to full use without being WAAAY over on everything else.
You are correct. My truck is rated to pull 9300 lbs, but I am getting close to max truck GVWR with a 700 lb. tongue weight on a 5500 lb. camper......of course I have other stuff in the bed and the missus and dog in the cab......the missus gets mad when I make her ride in back.
I am pulling only about 60% of the Ford stated maximum weight. If I were to actually pull a 9300 lb. camper, my GCWR of 15000 lbs would be exceeded if my truck weighed over 5700 lbs. My truck with a full tank of gas, me in the seat, a bed liner, TracRac rails, a small tool box in the bed and a few personal items in the cab weighs in around 6000 lbs.
The big limitation on a 1/2 ton truck is the GVWR and GCWR, not necessarily the tow rating.
Chap , DW Joy, and Fur Baby Sango
2006 Ford F150 Super Cab 4x4
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