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Old 10-20-2020, 11:14 AM
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2014 Ford F150 Supercrew, 3.55 axle and 5.0 with tow package & trailer brake controller - Everything I find states max tow is 7,700 lbs. Is there a plus/minus weight variance in these figures?
My boat, motor, trailer, gas, etc comes in at about 7,300 lbs. Need to launch and retrieve boat 2-3 times a year, and tow boat on back roads about 80 miles twice a year.


The GVWR is 7350, the payload is 1506 (?) found on the yellow tire & loading sticker. So if the boat is 800 lbs of payload, that leaves 706 lbs of payload. I generally don't have anyone with me when I'm taking the boat to the slip or bringing the boat back for the winter so it should leave me with about 425 lbs of payload

Am I pushing my luck with this?
Old 10-20-2020, 11:24 AM
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This is THT. Your gonna need a Peterbilt or similar for that load.

Really, your fine. Pulled a boat similar in weight 600 miles every weekend for yrs with F150 with 5.4 and multiple Chevy 1500s with 5.3s. I'm still alive somehow.
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My '13 4WD with the 3.5 EB and 3.31 gears is rated to pull 9,400#. I remember that year's 5.0 V-8 needed 3.55s to come close or match that.
Keep looking, I'll bet yours is rated at 9,000+#.
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You'll be fine. Don't use crappy ramps and the main thing is stopping, just give yourself some extra room from the vehicle in front of you.
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You'll be fine!
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OK, found my booklet for '13 F150s. You are right about the 5.0 & 3.55s. The tow ratings are from 7,500 to 8,000# depending on wheelbase and 2X4 vs 4X4. With 3.73s the '13 5.0 gets into the 9,000s.
I am assuming the '13s and '14s are similar.
With your frequency and duration of towing you should be fine with your rig.
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Originally Posted by Milehog View Post
OK, found my booklet for '13 F150s. You are right about the 5.0 & 3.55s. The tow ratings are from 7,500 to 8,000# depending on wheelbase and 2X4 vs 4X4. With 3.73s the '13 5.0 gets into the 9,000s.
I am assuming the '13s and '14s are similar.
With your frequency and duration of towing you should be fine with your rig.
I appreciate the effort in confirming this.
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Wouldn’t be my first choice for making that tow on a regular basis, but wouldn’t hesitate for how you are using it.
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I have the same truck for the most part... 2012 5.0 with 3.55s. My last boat was between 7500 and 8000 loaded up. Towed it without any drama. Did a few long trips and never had a single issue with it being too heavy. My new boat is more likely in the 8500-9000 lb range. Only towed it a few times and it still feels ok. Time will tell.


This was the last boat.
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Good to go.
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You’re fine. Just give yourself plenty of room to stop.
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Originally Posted by Peteypete View Post
You’re fine. Just give yourself plenty of room to stop.
Will do - the trailer brakes help. Also, since I don't tow it that often, I'm usually over careful - hence using the back roads and not the hiway
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OP ... by stating the boat is 800lb of payload, I'm assuming your boat tongue weight is 800lb ?
Question: what is your truck hitch rated for?

Statement: You may not need 10% tongue weight for the boat, they are not necessarily like a travel trailer. For example, ShorLander recommends 5% to 7% for tongue weight. You may want to check with knowledgeable boat trailer people. btw .... a marina may not be those people.

Good luck to you.

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