Originally Posted by mybuddy
2013 F150 Supercrew Platinum, Ecoboost with max tow package.
Assuming 5.5' bed and 4x4, your GCWR is 17,100 pounds. Your GVWR is probably about 7,650. Those are your real-world limiters. Payload is a limiter, but it is based on GVWR, so ignore the payload number and use GVWR minus actual wet and loaded truck weight to get your real world max hitch weight. Tow rating is a limiter, but it's so optimistic that you should ignore it and use GCWR minus actual wet and loaded truck weight to get your real world tow rating. Then use the real-world ratings that results in the lightest trailer as your limiter.
GVWR is almost always the limiter on F-150s. Here's how to compute the max trailer weight you can tow without being overloaded:
1] Load the pickup with everyone and everything that will be in it when towing - driver, passenger(s), pet(s), tools, extra fluids, weight-distributing hitch (but no trailer). Go to a truckstop that has a certified automated truck scale, fill up with gas, then weigh the wet and loaded truck.
2] Subtract the weight of the wet and loaded truck from the GVWR of the truck. The answer is the max hitch weight you can have without being overloaded. In other words, the answer is the maximum payload capacity you have available for hitch weight without being overloaded.
3] Divide the max hitch weight you can have by 0.15 (15 percent). The answer is the max GVWR of any TT you should consider.
The trailer were looking at spec's are below.
Overall Length: 34' 4"
Unloaded Weight: 6975 lbs
Cargo Capacity: 2351 lbs
Hitch Weight: 845 lbs
What do you think?
Unloaded weight plus cargo capacity = 9,326 GVWR
Wet and loaded hitch weight = as much as 1,400 pounds
Your computation of max hitch weight in the earlier steps above probably resulted in a lot less than 1,400 pounds of payload capacity available for hitch weight. In other words, I think you're going to be overloaded with that trailer when on a camping trip.
Grumpy ole man with over 50 years towing experience. 2012 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew EcoBoost, 6.5' bed, Platinum White/tan, Leer 100XQ camper shell, Nomad Joey 196S TT, CarMate 7x14' enclosed cargo trailer, three other utility trailers, plus a retired 2000 Keystone Sprinter 25RKS 5er we rarely tow now. ProPride hitch on the TT. Reese Strait-Line hitch on the cargo trailer.