2011 F-350 6.7 Crew cab, long bed 4x4. 3.55gears 20" Lariat rims.
I have towed a lot of trailers my entire life including my 43' fifth wheel and 36' gooseneck tandem axle dually flat trailer.
My friend had a 11,300lb (total weight of trailer and cargo) trailer he needed moved about 50 miles with a pintle tongue on it. Not having a pintle mount, he said I could borrow his. It is a 2 inch mount which means I would need to use my adapter to allow it to fit my 2 1/2 factory hitch. Being extremely safety conscious, I checked the tag on my Ford Factory Class V hitch. It says that, without load equalizing, I can only tow 6000lbs so I didn't tow it for him. I went and got my flat trailer, moved the cargo to it and took the stuff where it needed to go.
What the hell?? How can that be right? I have started researching and can't get a credible answer so I'm looking for some opinions.
I understand that most 2" ball mounts have a 5000# or 6000# capacity on them and most 1" shank ***** have the same limitation. So even if I bought a 2 1/2 inch ball mount rated at 14,000lbs with a 1 1/4 shank ball rated at 12,500lbs if the trailer doesn't have load equalizing then I still can't tow it with my 1 ton diesel?
I just can't wrap my arms around that. Can someone clear this up for me please?