Originally Posted by Doboy Dawg
How much trailer can a 1/2 ton pickup handle?
Depends on who you are talking to. Salesmen will lie through their teeth to sell you a trailer.
You need to look at the pick up manufacturer says their vehicles will tow. You can find that info online by Googling, as an example, 2014 Ford F150 Tow Guide
Keep in mind, their are many variables such as engine size, rear wheel ratio etc. Also, factor in "Payload". If you buy a trailer that may have a 7500 gross weight rating and you load it that heavy, you could have a hitch weight of up to 1125 pounds. If your truck has a payload of 1700 pounds, that leaves you with only 575 pounds of people and things that can go inside the truck.
Now if you tow a fifth wheel, that is all different and I will admit that there are more knowledgeable folks on this forum than me on that subject.