Originally Posted by Okie Joe
I know it is very confusing. I have called Ford Detroit hot line and talked to dealer people numerous times. They say bigger specs than I find. We weighed on cat scale at 6280# with wife, myself and bed hard backflip cover. Ford book gives for our model but not saying what options GCWR 15,500#, GVWR 7200#, 1520# max load, 9600# max trailer. GM, Ram, Ford all distort figures so much no wonder no one knows for sure what is right. I know I don't know but I see many posts of people pulling way more than I plan to pull or think I can with similar trucks.
They really don't distort the numbers, how you option the vehicle really effects the capabilities and most dealer sales people are clueless.
If you have an Ecoboost 4X4, super screw, short bed, 3.55 axle, with regular trailer towing, then your numbers are: 7200# GVWR, tow capacity of 9600# for a 15,500 GCWR rated truck.
the same exact looking truck with 3.73 axles and Max towing package has a GVWR of 7650# and jumps to GCWR of 17,100 and max towing capacity of 11,200#.
What you really have to watch is max payload, with your cat scale weight of 6280# and GVWR of 7200# you have a payload of 920#, a WD hitch will be 80 to 100#, so max tongue weight of the trailer is 820#. This 820 puts you right at the max,(not good) with no gear in the truck other than what was in it when you weighed it.
So if you decide to push to the max you can only pull a 8200# trailer even though the base model is listed as being able to pull 9600#, this is becuase you, your wife, the WD hitch, backflip and other vehicle options have reduced your payload.
Most people run into a payload problem long before a towing capacity problem. Available payload is why I had to trade my F150 Ecoboost rated for 11,200 in for a superduty to pull a trailer with a max weight of 10,250.
You also have to make sure you don't go over the front and rear axle weights on the door stickers.