grashley said:Welcome to the Forum!
Truck salesmen love to tout the "Max Tow" for their trucks, but the number they quote is for a base trim regular cab 2WD, NOT YOUR TRUCK! That number includes a full fuel tank, 2 passengers at 150# each, and NOTHING ELSE! The numbers off the internet will be for your configuration, but it is still base trim, full gas tank and 2 passengers ONLY. The footnote on the chart will say the weight of all options and cargo above the two passengers must be subtracted from the max tow.
Trailer salesmen tout the dry wt of the camper, which is hogwash. Nobody goes camping in an empty camper! When loaded to camp, the weight will be much closer to the trailer GVWR.
Truck sales will tell you the truck you want can pull any camper you want. Trailer sales will tell you your truck can tow any camper on the lot. THEY BOTH LIE!!
Look for a yellow banner placard on the driver door latch post which states the max weight of passengers and cargo shall not exceed xxxx pounds. That is the payload for YOUR truck. from the Payload, subtract the weight of all passengers, car seats, games, snacks and toys carried in the truck. Subtract another 80 lbs for a WD hitch. What is left is the max hitch weight the truck can handle. Multiply by 10 to get the absolute heaviest camper (GVWR) you can tow, assuming 10% hitch wt. For a 12.5% hitch wt., multiply remaining payload