Originally Posted by madhatr02
Don't know c4s but this is an example of what I mean you guys are talking about GVWR that has to do with the truck itself NOT towing. My Ram has max payload of 985lbs, it's tow rating is 9600.
Don't think people would be buying 50K pickups if they could only tow 1300lbs.
Sorry but this has been beaten to death on this forum and countless others. Go to some of the RV forums and do some research if you don't agree with me. You'll soon come to realize how important payload is. 9 times out of 10 you'll max out on payload long before you max out on tow ratings.
Think about it. You want 10-15% of your trailers weight on your truck. Most guys try to aim for around 12%. Let's assume you've got a 9000lb trailer (wet weight) behind you. That means you'll want close to 1100lbs on the tongue. That 1100 lbs is payload! You're already over your trucks limits and that is without any passengers, fire wood, dogs, bikes and whatever else a person might normally take with them when camping.
Even using your 9600lb rating above and setting it up so that only 10% is on the ball you've got 15lbs of payload left ...