Re: Looking to purchase a 5.0
You must not only look at the towing capacity of your tow vehicle, but use the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) as the primary guide. This is the total of the tow vehicle, plus its occupants and contents, as well as the total weight of the trailer and its contents. I believe the towing capacity of your truck is around 4,100 and the GCWR is 7,800. The vehicle is about 3,000 dry . So if the trailer did end up being 3,500 loaded, then you have 1,800 left for the weight of fuel, occupants and payload. You should be able to bring this in under the limit with not too much trouble. If your trailer weight is more, obviously then you would have less capacity for the trucks payload.
You do have to remember that operating near the weight ratings will definitely affect performance, both in fuel economy and power. Those long steep hills will draw your power and speed down in a hurry. The main thing is, is that you would be safely operating within the limits of the vehicle.
I have seen way too many folks bring their towing weight right up to capacity, and then load lots more weight into the tow vehicle not paying attention to the combined weight, drastically reducing performance and more importantly safety.
2017 Escape 5.0 TA (someday soon, I hope
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
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