Originally Posted by DogFather
I notice GM & Ford will only put a 3.73 rear axle in their ½T PUs(pickups). A 4.10 rear axle would better for towing.
F150 with max towing can tow 12k lbs (on paper). Payload will make it impossible to tow your 10K tt. (previous experience)
With the tt weight as well as the ultimate tongue weight, even on flat roads with no wind, a tt/tv with a 1/2 ton will be an accident waiting to happen.
We upgraded to the F250. See signi below. We ordered it with everything we needed to tow 12K lbs with plenty of payload left over at 3,600 lbs; most trucks on the lot had the 3.73 axle, but with special order, we could get the 4.30.
Previously, we had a half ton for better mileage with our previous 7,500# (loaded) 30'1/2" tt with a tongue weight of 1,100lbs so we could stay withing the range of 13%-15% of weight on the tongue. It didn't leave room for 'stuff' in the truck bed, and minimal weight in the front bedroom cabinets or front outside storage.
Hope our experience helps some