Originally Posted by Scott91370
Rick - Are you saying the listed 10,700, 11,000 OR 11,500 weights (for the OP's listed specs and compared to the chart by Ford) cannot be towed by these trucks or that they can tow it just now well?
I am saying that you cannot read a chart and tell what your vehicle can tow. PULLING weight you can read a chart. Towing involves the weight that the trailer puts on the truck, and Payload (plus other limits of the vehicle) will kick in way before any of those weights. On average, a trailer's tongue puts 13% of the trailer's weight on the truck. The hitch on the F-150 is limited to 500 pounds of tongue weight / 5,000 pound trailer without a weight distributing hitch, and most are limited to 1,100 pounds of tongue weight / 11,000 pound trailer with a WDH. That sticker (for the hitch) can be seen by laying down and looking up at the hitch.
500 / .13 = 3,846 pounds LOADED trailer
1,100 / .13 = 8,462 pounds LOADED trailer
Of course the payload of the vehicle, when you then subtract passengers, cargo, and modifications added, as well as the weight of the weight distribution hitch, may in fact push you BELOW 1,100, depending on the model F-150 you own and the towing package(s) you added (or higher for some).
Boat trailer may in fact put less than 13% of the weight on the tongue and allow a heavier tow.
Again, discussed over and over (and over and over) on the Towing section of the forum).