Serious truck buyers don’t care about the advertised towing capacity of half-ton trucks.

Black Ford F-150 pulls an airstream camper trailer up a steep hill, beneath a bridge, trees visible in the background.

Get up trucks it can pull a large amount of weight. It’s no surprise that many manufacturers boast the 13,000+ pound towing capacity of their half-ton trucks. But the truth is, very few setups can tow that much. Also, more experienced truck buyers who plan to regularly tow 10,000 pounds or more will opt for a heavy-duty truck anyway.

How much can half-ton trucks tow?

The Ford F-150 can tow up to 14,000 pounds. Chevrolet claims the Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s maximum tow rating is 13,300 pounds, while its cousin, the GMC Sierra 1500, can be configured to tow up to 13,000 pounds. Ram claims a towing capacity of 12,750 pounds for its full-size, light-duty 1500. Toyota’s redesigned Tundra can tow up to 12,000 pounds.

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