Originally Posted by bexiga
Your right about the 150/1500 trucks, most say you need a 250/2500 but yet I see and know people who are pulling big trailers with no issues with there 1/2 ton. Just have to be cautions, regardless if its a 1/2 or 3/4 truck. When pulling a trailer, its not like your going to the races anyway. I'm sure slow and easy, most 1/2 tons are fine pulling trailers.
A new F150 is built just as capable as a F250 from not very long ago.
A 2016 F150's max rating can go to 12,200 max carrying capacity with a weight distributing hitch. A F250 is 12,500 for anything but the 6.7L which is 14,000 properly equipped. That's a significant issue but not one that will suddenly propel you to pull the space shuttle vs. only being able to pull a tiny 20ft. travel trailer.
So many variables go into what your pickup will be capable of. If you are going to live in it year round and haul it up Mt. Everest then your considerations are probably different than someone who wants to take it 200 miles to the coast three times a year.
I've got a related question. Obviously for those ratings they've just figured the tongue rating at 10% of the overall tow rating. Does anyone know why they figure it that way? Surely if you put 1,450lbs of tongue weight on that 6.7L F250 your tongue isn't going to break off.