Originally Posted by AnteaterZot
Would a 1/2 ton truck or 3/4 ton truck be better and why?
3/4 ton would be better for that much trailer. Most half-ton pickups and SUVs will be overloaded with a 7,000 pound trailer.
Using Ford F-150 as an example. The only one that can tow a 7,000 pound TT without exceeding the GVWR of the F-150 is the very rare F-150s that have the heavy duty payload package. Ordinary F-150s without that HD payload package can be overloaded with less than a 6,000 pound trailer. My F-150 is overloaded with my small wet and loaded TT that grosses 4,870 pounds on the road.
What should I consider when deciding which TV to buy?
Payload capacity. With a small family and normal options on a CrewCab pickup, you want at least 2,000 pounds payload capacity if you don't want to be overloaded when you add a topper, loaded toolbox, jacks in case of a flat on the trailer, campfire wood, weight-distributing hitch, and full tank of gas. My F-150 has payload capacity of 1,366, and I'm overloaded with tongue weight of 650 pounds. And that's with nobody in the truck except me and Darling Wife and Sugar the Border Collie and Marguerita the small Chihuahua.
Ignore the "tow rating" published by the truck manufacturers. My tow rating is 8,400 pounds, but I'm overloaded with my TT that weighs only 4,870 pounds.
Way back when, my F-250 had a tow rating over 13,000 pounds, but I was overloaded with my small 5er that grossed only 8,000 pounds. So worry about the GVWR and payload capacity of your tow vehicle, not the GCWR and tow rating.
The tow rating indicates the total weight you can PULL
without overheating something in the drivetrain, and without being the slowpoke holding up traffic on steep grades of hills and mountain passes. The payload capacity indicates the weight you can HAUL
on the truck tires without overloading the suspension, axles, brakes and other components of your truck.
Again, using my F-150 as an example, it can pull a trailer that grosses over 20,000 pounds across the Hill Country from Midland to Austin. No problem with power to pull that load at 65 MPH without overheating anything. But I was severely overloaded over the GVWR and rear GAWR of my poor little F-150. So I wished I still had my F-250 for that trip.