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Yessir, agreed.

On the gen13 trucks it was a quick and easy way to determine if a truck had max tow or not.

Now we just look for broken bolt heads inside the rear center caps 😁
is there no way i can improve my towing capacity ?
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Im asking because i bought a boat that weights more than 7000 lbs
How much more? If it's 7,050 lbs, maybe that's not too big of a deal. If it's 12,000lbs, that's a different discussion.
 

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is there no way i can improve my towing capacity ?
The class 4 hitch and the trailer brake controller are the 2 critical items that up the tow rating. The 7klbs from ford's POV is without trailer brake controller, though many state's reduce that to half. You need the hitch and the brake controller to get the max listed towing capability for the vehicle.
 
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How much more? If it's 7,050 lbs, maybe that's not too big of a deal. If it's 12,000lbs, that's a different discussion.
Around 10,000 lbs
 

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Not on paper, no. You will always be limited to 7k in the eyes of the law and insurance.

Mechanically, anything you add will actually decrease you payload (sway bar, air bags etc), but those items will help otherwise. Just remember you will be dipping into payload with these items.

Just like everyone else has mentioned, you are probably ok to tow more than that. You mentioned 11,600lbs earlier. My opinion that is more than ANY half ton should be towing, but what do I know…

Like Buyer said, you do have a nice truck though!
 

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The class 4 hitch and the trailer brake controller are the 2 critical items that up the tow rating. The 7klbs from ford's POV is without trailer brake controller, though many state's reduce that to half. You need the hitch and the brake controller to get the max listed towing capability for the vehicle.
My truck came with the trailer brake controller

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How much more? If it's 7,050 lbs, maybe that's not too big of a deal. If it's 12,000lbs, that's a different discussion.
in total 10,000 lbs
 

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My truck came with the trailer brake controller
You're set for the maximum towing capacity with all other variables properly taken into account like weights and balance.
 

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Not on paper, no. You will always be limited to 7k in the eyes of the law and insurance.

Mechanically, anything you add will actually decrease you payload (sway bar, air bags etc), but those items will help otherwise. Just remember you will be dipping into payload with these items.

Just like everyone else has mentioned, you are probably ok to tow more than that. You mentioned 11,600lbs earlier. My opinion that is more than ANY half ton should be towing, but what do I know…

Like Buyer said, you do have a nice truck though!
The law and insurance only cares about GVWR. The towing book may affect your warranty, but all legal load limits are listed on the VIN sticker. Fords book doesn’t really matter legality wise.
 
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You're set for the maximum towing capacity with all other variables properly taken into account like weights and balance.
what does that means
 

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is there no way i can improve my towing capacity ?
There is no way you can increase the manufacturer tow rating of your truck, and that's all that this thread has been about up to now.
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Some folks choose to exceed their factory tow rating in practice (I've hinted at that reality in my "your prerogative" statements).

Some folks do that after installing various 'mods' (e.g 'helper springs', air bags, bigger radiators, tranny coolers, etc, etc, the list is almost endless) in order to 'beef-up' what they perceive as the 'weak link' in their 'rated' capacity. Most of those folks will finally admit that none of those things changes the manufacturer tow rating of their trucks (that's a hard fact).

There's no shortage of anecdotes where folks say they do that with 'no worries' and no shortage of anecdotes where that's had bad outcomes of various sorts.

Personally, and this is only my personal position, I will not join in advocating use of a vehicle beyond its manufacturer rated limits, whatever those are (any and all mods notwithstanding). Lots of reasons for me exercising that as my prerogative.

I guess ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

Sincerely wishing you the best in your endeavors.
 

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Around 10,000 lbs
That's pretty far over your ratings, as far as I can tell from the discussion above.

How far are you planning on towing it? If you're just going a few miles a couple of times a year...you might be OK, as long as you're careful. Because you know that your brakes are probably not designed to stop that load in the typical stopping distance, you'd have to go slower than average and leave quite a bit more room between you and the vehicles in front of you. Plus, you'll know going into it that you're more likely to prematurely wear out some of your vehicle's components. I wouldn't recommend towing that load frequently, or to the other end of the state. And you assume any risks by doing so.
 
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The class 4 hitch and the trailer brake controller are the 2 critical items that up the tow rating. The 7klbs from ford's POV is without trailer brake controller, though many state's reduce that to half. You need the hitch and the brake controller to get the max listed towing capability for the vehicle.
This is not correct, see previous posts
 

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The law and insurance only cares about GVWR. The towing book may affect your warranty, but all legal load limits are listed on the VIN sticker. Fords book doesn’t really matter legality wise.
You think they might frown on this? C'mon man

 

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I've always wanted to know from a SAFETY point of view, just which components REALLY increase the amount of weight the truck is towing?

I'm NOT talking about "carrying". That's Payload, and very much a different equation.

A transmission cooler or bigger radiator might address longevity or reliability. But they don't determine how much weight the truck can pull behind it, if you know what I mean.
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