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Old 03-31-2019, 09:07 PM   #1
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It my f150 2.7 EcoBoost manual says it will tow up 7600 pounds safely, doesn't that mean I can pull up to 7600 lbs safely? With the right tow hitch?
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Old 03-31-2019, 09:21 PM   #2
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As long as you don’t exceed payload and combined weight rating Yes
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Old 03-31-2019, 09:32 PM   #3
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You can actually tow a trailer greater than 7,600 lbs. 10-15% of your trailer weight will actually be transferred to the tongue. That weight will be on the truck, not pulled by the truck. Every pound is either towed or carried, but can't be both.

For example, assume 12.5% of the trailer weight gets transferred to the hitch. That means you could tow an 8,685 lb trailer. 1,085 lbs will be on your hitch and 7,600 lbs will be towed.

But, your payload rating is the key piece. It's probably in the 1,500 lb neighborhood, though it could be much higher. If you towed that trailer, you'd have only 415 lbs for the WDH, you (driver), any other passengers, anything in your bed, and so on.

The 7,600 lb trailer will put 950 lbs onto your truck. So, start with the payload, subtract the 950 tongue weight. What you have left will determine what/who else you can put in your truck.

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You can actually tow a trailer greater than 7,600 lbs. 10-15% of your trailer weight will actually be transferred to the tongue. That weight will be on the truck, not pulled by the truck. Every pound is either towed or carried, but can't be both.

For example, assume 12.5% of the trailer weight gets transferred to the hitch. That means you could tow an 8,685 lb trailer. 1,085 lbs will be on your hitch and 7,600 lbs will be towed.

But, your payload rating is the key piece. It's probably in the 1,500 lb neighborhood, though it could be much higher. If you towed that trailer, you'd have only 415 lbs for the WDH, you (driver), any other passengers, anything in your bed, and so on.

The 7,600 lb trailer will put 950 lbs onto your truck. So, start with the payload, subtract the 950 tongue weight. What you have left will determine what/who else you can put in your truck.

Good luck.
The max tow rating for the OPs truck also applies to the GCWR so you'd max out with a 7600lb trailer for the combined weight rating and could not add 10% more weight if you were to max the truck and the trailer ratings.

The engineers may have added a buffer in there but you could get ticketed for being over Gross Combined Weight Rating assuming they pulled over and weighed TTs.

You are spot on that the payload part being the limiting factor for a TT.
The F150 requires a WDH over 500lbs of tongue weight so you would also want to add that to the payload as well.
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67L48, I'll disagree with your comment.
The Ford tow guide is pretty clear. The rating is for " Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight". Not MLTW less TW. Put the loaded trailer on a scale, result is to be less than MLTW.
The basic calculation for the SAE maximum Tow Weight Rating is: TWR = GCWR – TVTW. By subtracting the total weight of the tow vehicle (the TVTW includes the weight of the driver, passenger, and additional equipment) from the tested GCWR, the result is the SAE J2807-compliant Tow Weight Rating. The TWR additional equipment is the hitch used for the tests.
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That weight will be on the truck, not pulled by the truck. Every pound is either towed or carried, but can't be both.

For example, assume 12.5% of the trailer weight gets transferred to the hitch. That means you could tow an 8,685 lb trailer. 1,085 lbs will be on your hitch and 7,600 lbs will be towed.

Sorry, that is false and physics will also disagree with you. It doesn't matter if the weight is on the truck or the trailer, the engine and transmission still have to get that weight moving. Trailer weight on the truck doesn't magically disappear from the total mass of the combined vehicle weights. If you can tow 7,600LB then that's all you can tow, meaning that's the maximum total trailer weight, tongue weight and all.
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It my f150 2.7 EcoBoost manual says it will tow up 7600 pounds safely, doesn't that mean I can pull up to 7600 lbs safely? With the right tow hitch?

Your manual wasn't written for your specific truck, it's listing the MAX tow rating possible with your year truck. That max tow rating will drop as more options are added, if you don't have all of the max tow gear, if you have a shell on the truck, if you have 4 other people in the cab with you, etc.


That 7,600LB max tow rating is for the base truck and only has a driver. Anything else added to the truck at the factory or by you, including more people, will reduce the tow rating.


Not going to get into all the specifics, but let's say you want to take your wife, 2 kids, and their bikes along in the truck when you go camping. Their added weight counts against your tow rating, too. Have a shell on the back? That counts against it. Have a loaded truck and not a base model? Those options count against max tow.


Simply put, your truck has various weight ratings. What you can tow is determined by subtracting the weight of the truck and everyone/everything on and inside from the GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating). The GCWR is the max combined weight (truck and trailer) that your truck is rated for.


So if you have a GCWR of 12,500LB and your truck weighs 5800LB ready to go with people and gear but not hitched up then that means your max tow is actually 6,700LB, not 7,600LB.


But you also have to make sure the people, gear, and hitch weights don't cause the truck to exceed its GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, the most weight the truck is rated to put to the ground) or GAWRs (Gross Axle Weight Ratings, the most weight the truck is rated to put on each axle).


As you can see, the "max tow ratings" are nothing more than marketing fluff. It is very rare that you will have a truck that can actually hit that max tow rating without exceeding any other weight rating.
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DieselDrax has it nailed.
Max Tow Rating is equivalent to sale price at Camping World. Usually too good to be true.

"Simply put, your truck has various weight ratings. What you can tow is determined by subtracting the weight of the truck and everyone/everything on and inside from the GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating). The GCWR is the max combined weight (truck and trailer) that your truck is rated for.


So if you have a GCWR of 12,500LB and your truck weighs 5800LB ready to go with people and gear but not hitched up then that means your max tow is actually 6,700LB, not 7,600LB.


But you also have to make sure the people, gear, and hitch weights don't cause the truck to exceed its GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, the most weight the truck is rated to put to the ground) or GAWRs (Gross Axle Weight Ratings, the most weight the truck is rated to put on each axle).


As you can see, the "max tow ratings" are nothing more than marketing fluff. It is very rare that you will have a truck that can actually hit that max tow rating without exceeding any other weight rating."
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It my f150 2.7 EcoBoost manual says it will tow up 7600 pounds safely, doesn't that mean I can pull up to 7600 lbs safely? With the right tow hitch?
Here is a video that may help. The rig they’re towing is huge but the principles apply no matter what you’re towing.

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