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Old 01-27-2016, 04:24 PM   #31
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They all say that but it's based only on UVW weight and doesn't account for pin weight. Everyone agrees that with a 1/2 ton pickup, the weakest point is payload capacity.

The new Ford F-150 with aluminum body may have better payload numbers but to be safe you'd really want to get their heavy duty payload option.
I have a 2013 and its rated at 2300 LBS payload. I expect that the aluminium body one carries more (800LBS) but I believe that Ford has yet to release any with the heavy duty options which are a must. Mine runs magnificantly and has been on regular trips through the Rockies and last week the Applachians with 7/8% grades and it sails past the avearge tractor trailer and its tow/haul feature pretty well give you a hands off run on the down hill side.
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Old 01-27-2016, 06:09 PM   #32
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I have a 2013 and its rated at 2300 LBS payload. I expect that the aluminium body one carries more (800LBS) but I believe that Ford has yet to release any with the heavy duty options which are a must. Mine runs magnificantly and has been on regular trips through the Rockies and last week the Applachians with 7/8% grades and it sails past the avearge tractor trailer and its tow/haul feature pretty well give you a hands off run on the down hill side.
Does yours have the heavy duty payload option with the 7 lug wheels? My F-150 has no where near 2300# payload rating.
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Here we go again with the 1/2 ton baloney. Look on the driver door frame for max payload label good time to check tire rating - 5r should be E. Guess what that includes (read your manual) - whats in the bed (5r hitch 100-300 lbs.) and other gear plus you and what ever else is in the cab.
Example again: 2011 Eco-boost #8200 package HD tow 11,200, HD payload 2,393 (HD axle, springs, 7 lug and E tires). With about a 1,950 pin/hitch I can carry four in the cab, rest goes in the 5r. Most 1/2 ton PU payloads is 1,900 or less, don't forget TT hitch weight even with equalizer counts as payload. According to my manual I can pull 11,200 if the TT has brakes.
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We have a Salem Cruise Lite 261BHXL that we tow with a Silverado 1500. Our truck has a tow capacity of 9500 pounds.
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D.J. Schuler, your "1/2 ton" has the HD payload package putting it in 3/4 ton territory. It's not a typical 1/2 ton.

My 1/2 ton has the max. towing package and is rated for towing 11200#, but without the HD payload package it only has a 7200# GVWR, 4000# GAWR (rear axle), a 1560# payload according to the 2009 Ford spec sheet and a CCC of 1360# according to the yellow sticker in the drivers door.
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Terry, I had a 2014 F150 to pull my 2015 Rockwood 8285 IKWS. After I stocked the 5er with what I normally used for my camping trips I was 500 lbs over my maximum payload capacity. My F150 had the max tow trailer package. The F150 had no problem pulling it but I heard stories about broken axles from exceeding payload capacity so I installed an airbag suspension to help prevent that. I pulled my 5er for a year but never felt like I had total control when I would hit the dips in the road. My trips were all within 2 hours from home. We are thinking about getting a larger 5er in the next year and there is no way the F150 could handle anything larger. This past Sept I traded it for a 2012 F350 Power stroke and now I no longer worry about those dips or about not being able to buy a larger unit. My suggestion would be for you to stick with what you have. The power stroke gives me the better all around mileage over the F150 Ecoboost and peace of mind. Good luck!

Just out curiosity, how does installing an airbags strengthen the axles when you're exceeding payload? It doesn't change axle diameter or metal composition, reinforce axle bearings. Airbags level and stabilize the vehicle. Overloading your vehicle's payload capacity weakens your vehicle's suspension and axles over a period of time.
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Just out curiosity, how does installing an airbags strengthen the axles when you're exceeding payload? It doesn't change axle diameter or metal composition, reinforce axle bearings. Airbags level and stabilize the vehicle. Overloading your vehicle's payload capacity weakens your vehicle's suspension and axles over a period of time.
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Yes it does, had it weighed with me and the hitch, still had 2,300 between the #8200 and actual truck weight. I checked the axle rating - 4,800 rear, 4,050 front. It is easy for manufactures to up the HP and rear end ratio and call it HD Tow without the ability to put any weight on the hitch.
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Does yours have the heavy duty payload option with the 7 lug wheels? My F-150 has no where near 2300# payload rating.
Yes and the heavy duty towing package and the tow haul package etc and the ecoboost engine. Does everything. It is rated with a tow capacity of approximatly 11,000+ LBS. A common or garden F150 only allows a tow capacity of about 7,000 ILBS and a lot less payload.
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