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Old 05-15-2016, 06:08 AM   #31
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My 2016 can tow 11700 for instance. Tongue max is 1220# but then the step up to a 250 is only 1250#. Big deal.

It seems like so much of the pushback against 1/2 tons is based on outdated understanding of how far they have come in the last few years.

That said, just watch your numbers and you should be fine.
What exactly do you mean by tongue max?
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Old 05-15-2016, 06:51 AM   #32
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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.
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Sorry, I worded that poorly. I meant "max tongue load"

Here are the 2016 ratings.
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Old 05-15-2016, 10:03 AM   #34
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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.
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Don't get me wrong, I am usually a big proponent of half ton towing. If I didn't need my 2500 for the GVWR to haul the family and trailer I would still be towing with my half ton- I loved it.

I am merely wondering if the half ton doesn't have enough weight on the rear end to control a huge sail like that under normal conditions. I have towed trailers that size a couple times with my half tons to help friends move theirs and I can honestly say that I wouldn't want to on a regular basis. Just reading other users experiences it seems that I see more concerns from them when they get up into that 30 plus foot length.
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Old 05-15-2016, 06:26 PM   #36
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Different hitch?

We have the 2015 Sport 4 x 4 super crew with maximum towing package, tow a Jayco Eagle 306RKDS. First trip about 200 mi this weekend. In wind it was a little scary. Thinking we need a different hitch. Using a Husky Centerline w/sway control bars and also have sway command on the trailer. Other hitches? Weights are all well within range. We weighed it. Also could be that this size is new to us and we will get used to it.
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Julie what are your weights?
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Old 05-15-2016, 07:02 PM   #38
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Sorry, I worded that poorly. I meant "max tongue load"

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That's crazy that it's only a 30# dif! My gm is 300# more tongue weight then equivalent 1500 but that's not the difference I cared about. It's the 1000+ lbs of extra payload that I wanted. Not sure what the payload is on the fords but my tongue weight on my 29qbs put me at my max with my 1500 even before I put my family and stuff in the truck.
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Which weights are you asking for?
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All of them, curious what your tongue weight is and total trailer, what you truck weighed.
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