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Old 09-29-2011, 08:00 AM
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5.0L Towing capacity v/s GCWR

Hello, I'm new to this forum which is great btw. Just purchased my 1st truck, 2011 F150 5.0L 4X4 XTR 3.55 ratio 6.5" bed (long WB), has now 2500 miles on it, LOVE it. I currently tow a 21 ft Travel trailer with it, max 4500lbs and it doesn't even feel it's back there. I have WD and anti-sway bar.
Tow rating is 7500lbs, GVWR 7350lbs, Payload 1570 lbs and GCWR is 13,500 lbs. I plan to upsize the Travel trailer to a 30ft which is 6300lbs dry, 600lbs tongue weight. I usually carry approximately 700lbs of cargo in the trailer, so total loaded trailer should be around 7000lbs. I only carry 4 bikes in the bed, say 100lbs, and in the future, passengers (wife and 2 kids) will total 400lbs max (they are still small kids).
My question: Am I too close to the max towing limit which is 7500 lbs (I include loaded trailer, family and bikes)? Even if I am at the tow limits, I am however over in the GCWR by approx. 200lbs. Is this a big issue?
Any comments will help. Thanks.
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