Originally Posted by DaveTN
Could my F 150 handle it? The 5th wheel is 5300 so loaded maybe 6000 pounds is more realistic?
More realistic is 7000 to 8,000 pounds.
Using the dry trailer weight then guessing at how much weight you will add is a sure way to wind up overloaded when you get on the road.
Use the GVWR of the trailer as your probable wet and loaded trailer weight in the middle of your third RV trip.
As to whether an F-150 can pull it without exceeding any of the weight ratings of the F-150, that depends on the exact F-150. On a 2013 model, GCWR varies from 10,400 to 17,100. Tow rating, which is overstated because it assumes an empty tow vehicle and ignores hitch weight, varies from 5,500 to 11,300. Assuming a SuperCrew body, GVWR varies from 7,100 to 8,200. Back up to 2009 model year and GVWR for F-150 regular and Super cabs varies from 6,450 to 8,200, and from 6,800 to 7,200 on SuperCrews. (HD Payload Pkg was not available on 2009 SuperCrews.)
To determine the towing capability of your F-150, we need year, engine, axle ratio and GVWR of your F-150, plus 4x2 or 4x4. Plus for 2011-up F-150s, we need to know whether it has the max tow pkg. The GVWR is included on the Federal Certification Label on the doorjamb. (That label also includes VIN, year/month of production, tire size and PSI, and several codes for paint, axle, etc.)