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Definitive answer should be found in the vehicle handbook. There can be regional variations so looking in the book or checking with the dealer is best though sometimes there is an embossed plate riveted into a door shut or similar listing the maximum gross axle weights, gross vehicle weight and train weight.
In some parts of the world the carrying capacity means nothing and it is the maximum gross weight that must not be exceeded.
Hi Donald, You're after the TARE weight which means..... Tare weight /?t??r/, sometimes called unladen weight, is the weight of an empty vehicle or container. By subtracting it from the gross weight(laden weight), the weight of the goods carried (the net weight) may be determined. Your car's tare weight is on the car's registration paper, I hope this helped mate......CHEERS..
Here is why: Are you pulling a trailer? Bumper mount hitch? Fifth Wheel? Weight distributing hitch? What is the limit on the tires? Is it a big six or a little six? Is this a load in the the bed of a pick-up? Is this a truck camper you are talking about? Are electric brakes involved? Will the frame support the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) (the maximum weight allowed on the frame when new). (I am specifically referring to frame rot or frame and suspension deterioration here!) How is your clutch? Drive shaft?
A major consideration in my mind would be the terrain you expect to be doing this pulling/hauling through. By design, the Ford F-150 is a 1/2 ton truck while the F-250 is considered to be a 3/4 ton truck. This is the limit for what you put in the truck, in the cab, in the tank and in the bed. Towing is an entirely different issue.
My friend, your vehicle is relatively low mileage but it is not in the condition it was in 1983, 27 years ago.
I hope I have helped, not confused you with this question and response.