F150 vs. F250 GCWR for Trailer Towing
I just got off the Ford site dealing with the Gross Combined Weight Ratings for F150's and F250's and have discovered that with the 5.4 L engine that I don't really need to get a F250 truck for towing.
The max allowed on the F150 is 15,000 GCWR with 9500 lbs trailer tow capacity with a 3.73 axle.
The max allowed on the F250/F350 is 15,000 GCWR with only 8700 lbs trailer tow capacity with the 4.10 axle, or 13500 GCWR with the same 8700 lbs. trailer tow capacity on the 3.73 axle.
Am I missing something here? I would have thought that the F250/F350 would have had a higher rating regardless of the axle size. I notice that the V10 is a higher rating, but if the V8 will do, why bother with the V10. I presently have a 2001 Supercrew with a 4.6L engine 3.55 axle, and am shopping for a new truck preferrably the F250, but after visiting the Ford site, I don't think I really need the F250. On paper, the F150 looks adequate.
The trailer we are looking at weighs in at a GVW of 8900 lbs.
Some advice would be much appreciated.