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Hi All, I"m trying to make feeling of the towing capacity stuff as a full newb. My tow automobile is a 2001 Ford XLT f-150 4x4 super Crew (short bed directly sides) with the 4.6 liter v8. I don"t have my owners manual, therefore I supplied this link (http://www.fordf150.net/specs/99tow.php#4WDXLT) to come up through a tow capacity of 7700 lbs. Background info: for RV type, I"ve pretty much made decision on a light weight take trip trailer (like Jayco feather line) for our family of four, it will certainly be used as a step up from time camping because that weekend form trips 3-4 days duration 4-5 times every year.I provided the library info on tow volume calculations but it appears pretty complicated adding up every one of the weights that passengers, gas, water, gear etc in trailer and tow vehicle to come up with total an unified weights....I simply need a much easier calculation to help me decide together I"m shopping which trailers I have the right to cross off the list based upon weight. Therefore if mine tow capacity is 7700 lbs and I subtract 20 a percent cushion from that (7700 x .20 = 1540, 7700 - 1540 = 6160 lbs), for this reason anything under 6160 lbs would certainly be a safe bet because that my truck? The TT"s I"ve been looking in ~ have remained in the 4,000-5500 range.Regards and thanks because that the help,David
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Auto5man said:
So if my tow capacity is 7700 lbs and I subtract 20 a percent cushion from the (7700 x .20 = 1540, 7700 - 1540 = 6160 lbs), for this reason anything under 6160 lbs would certainly be a safe bet because that my truck? The TT"s I"ve to be looking in ~ have been in the 4,000-5500 range.
Yes.Just remember, anything girlfriend load into the truck....including passengers, luggage, dogs, bikes, etc deducts native that as well.....including the weight of the hitch. If you have 3 passengers at 170 lbs apiece, that"s 510 lbs less you deserve to tow. And remember, the closer you acquire to the vehicle"s limitations, the much less fun towing is. 
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You don"t need to add up the weights of points in the trailer - simply use the trailer GVWR (max load rating) as your estimate. That method you know you deserve to tow it no matter how it is loaded.You do have to be aware of the weight you will put in the truck, but discounting the tow volume by 10% will cover typical truck loading, e.g. Wife and a boy or two, dog, the trailer hitch itself, and the normal odds and also ends thrown in the van bed. If you have a large family or arrangement to lug a fill of firewood in the back, up that to 15-20%.So yes, you can probably deduct 20% and be safe.I confirm the 2001 Trailer Life Tow Guide and also it shows no 2001 F150"s configured prefer yours that has a 7700 lb tow rating. That"s for the 5.4L engine. The 4.6L Supercrew 4WD is one of two people 6600 or 6100, depending upon which wheel it has. The book says the 17" P266 wheel option is the 6100 lb limit. The P275 16" or 17" is 6600. I have actually a 2002 Ford official Towing Guide and also it offers 6200 and 6100 for that truck, depending on the option installed. Ns think girlfriend wpould be way to take into consideration 6200 together your max trailer weight, less everything discount factor you space comfortable with.