Here's how it breaks down:
You need to know your payload number, which is listed on your tire and loading sticker on your drivers side door jamb. Now, I'm using numbers for a 2wd truck because that's what you highlighted in the owners manual pic you posted.
Take your GVWR (7,000 lbs) and subtract your vehicles payload capacity to get the curb weight of your truck. Lets use an optimistic 1,500 lbs of payload for this example. It's on YOU to verify and adjust the math with the ACTUAL number.
7,000-1,500 = 5,500 curb weight.
Take the GCVWR (16,000) and subtract the curb weight to get your vehicle's towing capacity.
16,000 - 5,500 = 10,500 Gross Towing Capacity.
NOW, it's important to remember that THIS method of calculating, while the most accurate, does not include any weight inside the vehicle from occupants, equipment, or cargo. So you need to adjust.
Take your towing capacity and subtract the weight of you as a driver, any passengers, cargo, camping equipment, trailer hitch weight, weight distribution setup weight, etc, etc to get your actual towing capacity for the exact trip you're taking.
Towing capacity (10,500) - You (250) - Wife (100) - Kid 1 (100) - Kid 2 (50) - Luggage for the four of you (200) - boogie boards, floats, and toys for the lake (100) - (drawbar and hitch) 50 - (weight distribution hitch) 100 = 9,550 Actual Real Life Towing Capacity. (Net Towing Capacity).
Now, you have to do all that again for your trucks Payload Capacity, to see if you can even hitch up.
Payload that you have to verify by the sticker (1,500) - equipment occupants and caro (950) = 550 lbs left before you even hitch up the trailer.
According to the spec's on your trailer, your tongue weight is 1,110 lbs DRY, which is 13.33% of your trailer weight. There's no way you're running at dry weight up to the lake, so lets assume you have another 500 lbs on the trailer, (very) optimistically. That means your realistic tongue weight (if the trailer is loaded evenly) is 1,176.66 lbs.
So, your trailer might weigh in at 8,825 and you'd have 725 lbs of towing capacity left.
BUT your payload is going to be way over what the truck is rated for, because your total is 626.66 lbs over.
Get where this is going? You have the classic modern day half ton problem, too much towing capacity, not enough payload. You need a 3/4 ton truck, and even then, you can run out of payload quickly if it's not spec'd right.
You're going to be overloaded, and it's a payload problem, not a tow capacity problem, although, it very well could be both.
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