I know - too much time on my hands.....
One of my main retirement dreams was to do some travelling down south and out west. While that dream seems down the tubes for me now I've been thinking that it may still be a possibility a few years out. So the main question I had for myself was to use a small camping trailer or stay at motels - a subject for another thread. But to help in make that decision I needed to know how heavy a trailer I could safely pull while staying within the limits of my truck.
We had a discussion about trailer hitches and their capacities last year - well this is another piece of that same puzzle - how much cargo and/or hitch weight can you haul.
I stopped at the truck stop scale yesterday and weighed my truck. I wanted a real world base line for my calculations. A full tank of fuel with both myself and Mrs. Ct sitting in the truck. I was quite surprised at the result - 6700#!
This is my 2009 F-150 crew cab pickup:
Now on to crunching the numbers.....
My truck has a GVWR or 7200#
And this sticker is found just below the rating sticker:
I have no idea of the emtpy weight from the factory. My registration says Unladen Weight 5408# but I have no idea where that number comes from. So I figured I would start from the top with my 7200# GVWR. My truck weighed at 6700# so that leaves 500# payload and/or hitch weight. But I think the sticker showing the max passenger/cargo weight is right at 1200# the way it left the factory. I will deduct from there -
Full tank of fuel (36 gal) - 300#
Both of us in the truck - 400# (don't worry - most of that is me.....)
Side steps added at dealer - 100#
Winter wheels tires on - 60# (18" tires vs 20" tires have more sidewall hence more weight)
Bed liner (BedRug Pro) - 50#
Soft tonnaeu cover - 50#
Sand bags in bed for winter - 120#
Tool/emergency box in bed - 40#
So that totals 1120# (all roughly estimated of course) but shows what a typical travelling weight would be. Yes, I would be minus the 120# sand bags but that is about right for gear/clothing etc.
Anyway - I thought this was a good thing to look at and seeing that my travelling weight would be ~6700#. That leaves me with a hitch weight capacity of 500# max. I wouldn't want a big or heavy travel trailer anyway but at least I have a guideline when looking now to try to keep the hitch weight of a trailer at 400# or below.
And a side note - when the new aluminum body 2015 F-150 came out I saw they showed a weight saving of 700# I think. At the time I thought that wasn't that big of a deal. But now looking at these numbers that 700# would be a huge deal.