Tongue Weight Rating ? - F150online Forums



Tongue Weight Rating ?

Reply
 
 
  #1  
Old 04-08-2013, 05:51 PM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: NYC, Ct & NC
Posts: 3,462
Tongue Weight Rating ?

Guys,

How can I find my tongue weight rating (maybe I'm saying it wrong) I'm looking for the max amount of weight that my receiver will hold. The reason I'm asking is b/c I've towed with my trailer before with no issues (knock on wood) but now I'm thinking of buying a dirt bike carrier (the link is below) but I need to know if my receiver will support it. Is there any information that I can gather off of the truck to better help us?

option 1

http://discountramps.com/smc-600-motorcycle-hauler.htm

option 2

http://discountramps.com/motorcycle-carrier.htm
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-08-2013, 06:09 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Mount Airy,MD
Posts: 6,550
The weight rating will be right on the receiver, but in general, max tongue weight is 500lbs or 5000lb trailer weight, without a weight distribution hitch. Anything higher requires a WD hitch. Also, brakes on the trailer may be required. Many states require these depending upon weight of trailer. Requirement is usually anything over 2-3000lbs. That will require a brake controller.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-08-2013, 06:32 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: WA
Posts: 896
Quote:
Originally Posted by kingfish51 View Post
The weight rating will be right on the receiver, but in general, max tongue weight is 500lbs or 5000lb trailer weight, without a weight distribution hitch. Anything higher requires a WD hitch. Also, brakes on the trailer may be required. Many states require these depending upon weight of trailer. Requirement is usually anything over 2-3000lbs. That will require a brake controller.
his link isnt really for a trailer... op you need to go look at the sticker on your receiver. but judging how the carrier is only rated for 600 i think you should be safe
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-08-2013, 06:34 PM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: NYC, Ct & NC
Posts: 3,462
Quote:
Originally Posted by kingfish51 View Post
The weight rating will be right on the receiver, but in general, max tongue weight is 500lbs or 5000lb trailer weight, without a weight distribution hitch. Anything higher requires a WD hitch. Also, brakes on the trailer may be required. Many states require these depending upon weight of trailer. Requirement is usually anything over 2-3000lbs. That will require a brake controller.
I'm sorry dude if I confused you. I have no problems towing and I already own a trailer I was trying to see if my hitch/receiver (I hope im saying that correctyl) will support a dirtbike carrier like the one I've posted in the second link. The dirtbike weighs 245lbs weight and the aluminum carrier weighs 40lbs can my truck handle this? I feel it will but want to be on the safe side
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-08-2013, 06:36 PM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: NYC, Ct & NC
Posts: 3,462
Quote:
Originally Posted by jdeacon View Post
his link isnt really for a trailer... op you need to go look at the sticker on your receiver. but judging how the carrier is only rated for 600 i think you should be safe
Thank you I dont think I would get the 600lb one but probably the 400lb one for the dirtbike and I've I need to haul my sportbike that bad I will just remove the bed cover and haul it
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-08-2013, 06:55 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Mount Airy,MD
Posts: 6,550
Quote:
Originally Posted by pmason718 View Post
I'm sorry dude if I confused you. I have no problems towing and I already own a trailer I was trying to see if my hitch/receiver (I hope im saying that correctyl) will support a dirtbike carrier like the one I've posted in the second link. The dirtbike weighs 245lbs weight and the aluminum carrier weighs 40lbs can my truck handle this? I feel it will but want to be on the safe side
Sorry I misunderstood, but the 500lb limit would still apply.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-08-2013, 07:51 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: WA
Posts: 896
just went out and double checked, i have a class 4 receiver and it is 500 pounds, so i would say yours is also
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-08-2013, 08:11 PM
glc
glc is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Joplin MO
Posts: 33,567
You sure it's a class 4? That sounds like a class 3. Class 4's are usually good for at least 1k.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-08-2013, 09:08 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: WA
Posts: 896
Quote:
Originally Posted by glc View Post
You sure it's a class 4? That sounds like a class 3. Class 4's are usually good for at least 1k.
its rated at 500/5000 pounds weight carrying (non weight distributing hitch)
and 990/9990 pounds weight distributing

but i dont think there is a way to use a wd hitch with a carrier, hence the rating on the receiver saying 500 carrying. but if im wrong feel free to correct me
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-08-2013, 10:43 PM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: NYC, Ct & NC
Posts: 3,462
Thanks for the quick replies guys I think I'm only going to get the 400lb one for the dirt bike and if I truly need to to haul the sportbike I will just have to take the bed cover off and put it in the bed. The dirtbike weighs 245lbs wet and the 2nd carrier above weighs 40lbs
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 04-09-2013, 02:26 AM
glc
glc is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Joplin MO
Posts: 33,567
Quote:
its rated at 500/5000 pounds weight carrying (non weight distributing hitch)
and 990/9990 pounds weight distributing
That's a Class 3, which is what the OP most likely has. If so, he's only good for 500. He needs to look on the hitch.

Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 04-09-2013, 02:19 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Montreal, Canada
Posts: 334
500 is plenty enough for a dirt bike!!

But why do you have a truck with a bed again?
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 04-11-2013, 10:02 AM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: NYC, Ct & NC
Posts: 3,462
Quote:
Originally Posted by maxpat82 View Post
500 is plenty enough for a dirt bike!!

But why do you have a truck with a bed again?
I said the same thing but currently I don't have anyone to help me remove my bed cover when I want to put my bike on the back of the truck so in the mean time this will work
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 04-15-2013, 10:52 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 56
If you're interested the towing guide for the 2007 F-150 is here:

https://www.fleet.ford.com/showroom/...07_default.asp

As an aside, Ford says that my 2013 XLT with Max Tow has a class IV but it has the same limit on weight carrying at 500lbs (weight distributing is 1,150 I think from memory of looking at the sticker on the truck).

Check out the brochure here:

http://www.ford.com/services/assets/...-150&year=2013

"Max. Trailer Tow Package (requires 301A or 302A; restrictions
apply; required for towing over 5,000 lbs.) includes Class IV
trailer hitch receiver; 7-pin wiring harness; upgraded radiator;
auxiliary transmission oil cooler; trailer brake controller;
upgraded rear bumper; SelectShift Automatic transmission;
and manual-telescoping/-folding trailer tow mirrors with power,
heated glass, integrated turn signal indicators and security
approach lamps"

It looks like the class is defined on the weight distributing value or they're being generous with the definition of Class IV.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 04-16-2013, 01:03 AM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: NYC, Ct & NC
Posts: 3,462
Quote:
Originally Posted by tgoodhew View Post
If you're interested the towing guide for the 2007 F-150 is here:

https://www.fleet.ford.com/showroom/...07_default.asp

As an aside, Ford says that my 2013 XLT with Max Tow has a class IV but it has the same limit on weight carrying at 500lbs (weight distributing is 1,150 I think from memory of looking at the sticker on the truck).

Check out the brochure here:

http://www.ford.com/services/assets/...-150&year=2013


"Max. Trailer Tow Package (requires 301A or 302A; restrictions
apply; required for towing over 5,000 lbs.) includes Class IV
trailer hitch receiver; 7-pin wiring harness; upgraded radiator;
auxiliary transmission oil cooler; trailer brake controller;
upgraded rear bumper; SelectShift Automatic transmission;
and manual-telescoping/-folding trailer tow mirrors with power,
heated glass, integrated turn signal indicators and security
approach lamps"

It looks like the class is defined on the weight distributing value or they're being generous with the definition of Class IV.

I haven't had a chance to check my truck but I assume my hitch is rated for 500lbs well at least I hope bc I ordered the dirtbike carrier which only weighs 40 lbs and the dirtbike weighs 245lbs so a total of 285lbs on my receiver should be cake
Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
white elephant
Towing & Hauling
21
11-22-2016 10:34 AM
97G8tr
Towing & Hauling
4
12-20-2015 02:07 PM
2015f-150
Suspension
12
10-04-2015 04:03 PM
AkeyBabe
Towing & Hauling
19
09-20-2015 06:46 PM
Stevedanneels
Towing & Hauling
2
09-17-2015 02:26 AM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:06 PM.