I would challenge it to back up this little 4x8 enclosed trailer that I have.
The problem is being able to SEE the trailer to back it up. With the trailer straight behind you, it cannot be seen in the side view mirrors no matter where you adjust them. If you can see it in a sideview mirror, it is too late; you're jackknifed.
Ford is working on a solution to that problem too. One solution has been out there for a while in the form of a back-up camera on the tailgate. I know several people who have/use them and they're helpful for smaller trailers.
I had a similar problem with my F150 and a single-place jet ski trailer. With the jet ski on it, I could see the handlebars over the tailgate, but with no ski on the trailer it's impossible to see. It took a $6 bicycle flag and a stainless steel bolt and wing-nut to solve the problem. The flag was trashed after about two years, but the fiberglass pole still served as a good guide when backing the empty trailer down the ramp.
I had a similar experience with Weathertech... Ordered a set of mats for my wife's car this summer. Somehow, despite several 'verify your order' pages, I ordered the wrong color. I called customer service, explained what happened, and figured I'd be on the hook for shipping the new ones in the right color. Much to my surprise, they issued the RMA and said that as soon as they receive them, they'll send the right color free of charge.
They did exactly that! My error cost me $11 to ship them back and nothing more. Couldn't be happier!!
I have a coworker who has extensive experience pulling trailers with his truck, and is more than capable of doing it himself. He was part of a group of employees who got to try out the feature as part of its development.
He wants it.
He said that even though he's more than capable, the system actually works really well for what it does.
That rating is rated for the hitch receiver ONLY, not necessarily for your truck.
But yes, if you use a WDH with it, the receiver can handleup to1500lbs.
You need to check the truck's spec as far as how much hitch weight it can handle.
This. That is the receiver's rating and in no way affects the vehicle manufacturer's ratings for GAWR/GVWR.
How do I deal with the jerks?
I don't. I learned a long time ago that no matter how bad a driver the other jack-wangs are, getting upset about it won't make them better drivers.
I do my thing. When they cut me off, I back off. They obviously needed to get there faster then me. Have at it. When they are hanging out along-side me for too long, I give the tail a little waggle. They usually get the hint.
Make sure your insurance is paid on time, and don't worry about it. It's not worth the stress!
And honestly, I've driven through any number of metro areas, both with and without a trailer. This phenomenon is not unique to Chicago.