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Is there too much needed?
I know going to LT tires helps with safety, if towing a lot.
But my payload is 1362, so with regular tires, my family, and a bit of cargo, I can barely hook up a 4000lb trailer without going over my payload limits.
tow capacity at 9600lbs according to the '14 tow guide I found

Unfortunately, I found out that they don't offer the max payload package on the Screw short bed, only the 6.5'

2014, Screw, eco, 4x4, brake controller, etc.. no tow package.
I need to upgrade the trans cooler, etc.. but can anything be done to the truck to help with payload weight rating?

I have towed a "too big trailer" fine, on relatively flat terrain, but trans temp was high.
We are considering a trailer, our short list ones are the non slide 26' BH around 5500lbs UVW/ 7000lb max. There are a few in the 4000lb range, but we lose family space.
 

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There are many things you can do to make it handle a load better, but technically none of it increases your rated payload. Overload springs, add a leaf, roadmaster active suspension, sumosprings, and airbags will all help you handle weight on the truck better.

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My main concern is, IF I were towing over the rating 'limits' (not much trailer needed) and something were to happen, I could be in big trouble for knowingly exceeding the ratings of the truck. Plus, I don't WANT anything to happen either, hurting my family or others.
A little frustrated that I bought a truck that can "tow 9600lbs", but can only really tow a 4000lb trailer.
 

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As Maxx stated, you technically cannot increase your ACTUAL payload. But...I can tell you that just adding the Firestone bags to my 2015 drastically and I mean DRASTICALLY improved handling and safety for pulling whatever trailer I put behind it. I would strongly suggest adding bags, add a leaf, etc. as Maxx already mentioned. Something else I have found to be very effective is a WDH, as it being combined with bags or otherwise additional stuff makes it so much better.

The 3.5 is a very effective torque monster, so the rating as put by Ford, in my opinion is conservative. Some will harp on the safety aspect and while I agree the light weight of these dudes makes it an issue that cannot be overlooked, one cannot discount that the truck is still very CAPABLE.

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My main concern is, IF I were towing over the rating 'limits' (not much trailer needed) and something were to happen, I could be in big trouble for knowingly exceeding the ratings of the truck. Plus, I don't WANT anything to happen either, hurting my family or others.
A little frustrated that I bought a truck that can "tow 9600lbs", but can only really tow a 4000lb trailer.
If that is your concern there's nothing you can do about it.

There's no way to have it recertified for your changes.

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It's not simply add-ons. it's the rating of the chassis itself. If you are concerned about going over and the legal ramifications in an accident, you need to buy a truck with more capacity.
 

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You could pull parts off to increase your payload. Remove the skid plates, spare tire, running boards, tailgate, rear seats, etc and I bet you could bump it pretty substantially.

No they did not have the heavy duty payload package in your config but the max-tow package would increase it by 450 lbs I believe. Without max tow was a 7200 lb GVWR and with Max tow was 7650.
 

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Hard to find a used one with max tow/payload with decent miles on it either...
 

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Might be easier to step up to a base super duty.
 
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You bought the wrong truck sorry... Even my 2011 F150 non tow pkg truck with original 3.31 gears had over 1500 lbs payload. I've towed 7500 lbs+ plenty of times. With zero issues.


Recently just put 3.73 gears in, and a 3/4 rise bed cap.

Unfortunately nothing increases your yellow door sticker payload.
 
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Sadly, I must agree with the majority here. You didn't do the calculations prior to buying your current truck. Lesson Learned. Move on.
 

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I did the same thing. I bought what I was told was the tow package but didn’t look at the door sticker.
 

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I didn’t finish sorry. I tow a 24’ HydraSports, probably 4500 lbs with trailer. It’s a 3.5 with tons of power, just not enough truck.
 

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I didn’t finish sorry. I tow a 24’ HydraSports, probably 4500 lbs with trailer. It’s a 3.5 with tons of power, just not enough truck.
Um you could tow that with a 2.3L ranger... Even the non tow pkg F150s with 3.31 gears are rated for 7K...

Which is exactly what I was towing 5k lb scout II on a 2K lb trailer... With 33.5" tires...

Zero problems towing at all.

Now with 3.73s in my diffs I've got extra ability.
 

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I didn’t finish sorry. I tow a 24’ HydraSports, probably 4500 lbs with trailer. It’s a 3.5 with tons of power, just not enough truck.
Is that a boat or a camper and are you using a WDH ? Single axle or tandem ?
 

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I didn’t finish sorry. I tow a 24’ HydraSports, probably 4500 lbs with trailer. It’s a 3.5 with tons of power, just not enough truck.
It’s way more than enough truck to tow a 4500 pound boat unless the trailer brakes are hanging.
 

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Um you could tow that with a 2.3L ranger... Even the non tow pkg F150s with 3.31 gears are rated for 7K...

Which is exactly what I was towing 5k lb scout II on a 2K lb trailer... With 33.5" tires...

Zero problems towing at all.

Now with 3.73s in my diffs I've got extra ability.
I kinda want to get a Ranger to tow my camper around just to see people balking at the campground. Lol. I've seen a couple in the state parks.

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I towed a 4500 lb Mastercraft X1 with my Jeep liberty. That is a 4200 lb suv, with a 180hp motor with a 104" wheelbase. If your F150 isn't enough then there is something seriously wrong.
 
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