Originally Posted by Sask F150
So what am I safe to look at for a trailer? I know that's a loaded question but id like to get some opinions on it if I can. Am I limited to under 5000# or can I go 6000#. We would like a trailer with double bunks and a queen up front and something no bigger than 26 feet.
Ignore the tow ratings. You cannot tow a trailer anywhere close to the tow ratings without exceeding the GVWR of the F-150. So whether your F-150 has a tow rating of 7,700 or 9,500 makes no difference. You cannot tow a trailer that weighs over about 6,000 pounds without being overloaded.
To determine the max trailer weight you can tow without being overloaded,
1] load the family and dog in the F-150,
2] take your normal tools and stuff with you, including the weight-distributing hitch you will use for a TT, and
3] drive to a truck stop that has a CAT scale.
4] Fill up with gas, then weigh the wet and loaded F-150 with all the folks - including you - inside the cab.
5] Subtract the weight of the wet and loaded F-150 from the GVWR of the F-150, and the answer is the max tongue weight your TT can have without your F-150 being overloaded.
6] Divide that max hitch weight by 0.125 and the answer is the max GVWR of any TT you should consider buying.
That trailer you want has GVWR of 6,058 and it will probably have tongue weight of about 750 to 800 pounds. Does the scale say you have enough payload capacity available for that much tongue weight?
But don't think you're the only one that didn't buy enough truck for the TT you really want. I have the wonderful EcoBoost engine you're leery of, but with my SuperCrew Lariat 4x2, I'm overloaded with my small TT that has GVWR of 5,600 pounds and an actual wet and loaded weight of 4,780 pounds on a cross-country RV trip.