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SF BayArea

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Posted: 08/18/20 01:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

badercubed wrote:

snip.... I would be totally fine towing 7,500lbs and 30ft behind a F-150, but you might not. I downsized everything and towing is a pleasure.

Depends “which” F150 out of the 14 or more models...

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Posted: 08/19/20 04:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

trimills wrote:

Terryallan wrote:

bgum wrote:

Check your towing capacity I get 5000 pounds.

I got to ask. where did you get that number? He already stated his tow capacity was 11,600lbs.
BTW mu 2013 with a 5.0, and 3.73 rears has a tow cap of 9,300lbs. So really 5000 is not even in the ball park unless it has no towing package, which it does with the 7 pin..

Thanks for the response everyone. I've been doing some more digging and it looks like i have the 3.55 Axle Ratio, which would give the actual vehicle a tow capacity of 9,100#, GCVW of 14,500. I assume I wouldn't be able to go that high when adding in passenger weight and cargo, but think I should be okay to tow a trailer with a maximum loaded weight of 7,600# right?

You really should. As mentioned your GVWR of the truck is your limiting factor. But as long as you don't carry a full load of firewood, or a bike shop in the bead. you should be fine.

Terry & Shay
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Posted: 08/21/20 06:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another Question, How long is the trailer? You may be fine on weight, but if you are over 28-30', then you'll be catching allot of air when trucks pass. The 6.5' bed will help with that. Also consider some stiffer tires. I went from P tires on my F150SCREW 6.5' bed to E loads and made towing better.
Good Luck

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