Originally Posted by ependydad
Tim- unfortunately, unless the dealer is a close and personal friend, his opinion doesn't amount to a pile o beans. I strongly recommend that you learn about payload capacities and what your "gross vehicle weight rating" is and how tongue weight comes into play.
For help, I wrote an article about this:
What Can I Tow?
You have great numbers above to use in your calculations:
I sent Tim a PM as well. I want to re-iterate that after pulling this trailer for at least 2500 miles in the past year, I would not do it with a 1/2 ton truck. I think the closest is the Ford F-150 max tow with both the high payload and over 10K tow rating. Even then, you are pushing it.
It is not necessarily the weight, although virtually every 1/2 ton will be over at least one weight category, but the sheer size of it.
My Excursion is a 3/4 ton truck (and then I have upgraded 1 ton springs). My factory tow rating is 12,500, my CCC is over 3500 and my RAWR is 6500. It may be an SUV, but no one has ever made anything else with numbers like that. Most importantly, I would not want to tow this thing with ANYTHING smaller.
BTW - we still love this trailer and everytime we go out realize there is nothing that suits us better out there.