How Much Can Ford Trucks Really Tow?

By: Lange & Fetter Motors   |   06 Mar 2021
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Many drivers want (and need!) to know exactly how much their truck can really tow. Whether you’re responsible for hitching-up the company trailer on the job site, or you’re hauling the family trailer to a Northern Ontario campsite, understanding the towing capabilities of your pickup truck is vital to ensuring your comfort and safety.

The Lange & Fetter team is here to help ensure your towing efforts go off without a hitch (get it - because you actually need a hitch to, well, never mind…) by diving into the specific capabilities of each Ford F-Series truck. Let’s take a look at what these tough Ford Trucks are capable of, and how easily they can tow some of the most common toys we see around Quinte West!

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What Can Your F-150 Tow?

The Ford F-150 is the most capability-focused truck on the market, and holds the title of best-in-class available towing and payload. Beyond what’s working under the hood to make the F-150 such a towing powerhouse, its military-grade aluminum-alloy body and torture-tested high-strength frame add to its brawn. The F-150 comes available in myriad trim and powertrain configurations, which means that its strength can vary based on the model you choose. The standard 3.3L V-6 engine delivers dependable power that can tow the family RV with ease, but to unleash the full capabilities of your Ford F-150, the 400-hp twin turbo 3.5L V-6 is the engine for the job.  

  • Base-model specs: 8200-lb maximum towing capacity and 1840-lb payload

  • Mid-range models: 12,000 to 13,000-lb maximum towing capacity and up to 3000-lb payload

  • Fully equipped: 14,000-lb maximum towing capacity and 3250-lb payload

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What Can Your F-250 & F-350 Super Duty Tow?

The Ford F-250 and F-350 (commonly referred to as the Ford Super Duty) employs a Power Stroke diesel engine to generate an astonishing amount of towing power. Just how much, you ask? Put it this way - have you ever seen one of those small homes being towed down Highway 401? Yeah, you can bet that a Ford Super Duty was in charge of that operation! Even if you’re not in the business of towing houses, the Ford Super Duty is as luxurious as it is capable, making it a versatile machine that suits a wide variety of Trenton drivers. At its toughest, the Ford Super Duty is good for 1050 lb-ft of torque and a whopping 37,000-lb(!) towing capacity.

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Ford Makes Towing Tow-tally Easy!

There’s more to towing than just what’s under the hood. Ford makes it easy, and safe, to haul your toughest loads thanks to smartly designed companion features. All F-Series trucks have helpful towing aides like Pro-Trailer Backup Assist, which uses a camera to track your trailer position while you’re backing up and guide you into place, and Blind-Spot Monitoring with Trailer Coverage to help you make tricky lane-changes with confidence.

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Ready to hit the open road? Here’s just a few ways to enjoy your Ford Truck’s towing power to the fullest:

  • Headed for a weekend on one of Ontario’s many lakes? A 24-foot boat and its trailer weighs about 6000-lbs, which is no problem for your Ford Truck.

  • The average trailer or camper weighs under 10,000-lbs, and even the largest RVs on the market top-out around 12,000-lbs, which means your F-150 is up to the challenge.

  • A trailer and two (or four!) snowmobiles should reach no more than 3000-lbs, making regular trips into Ontario’s snowy countryside a breeze.

  • Central Ontario is home to countless farms, and towing a horse trailer is a regular occurrence around Quinte West. Easily tow a fully-loaded horse trailer (maxing out in weight around 8000-lbs) with any of Ford’s F-Series Trucks.

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Find Your Perfect Ford Truck at Lange & Fetter Motors

Are you anxious to hitch-up and haul tail? We’ve got you covered! Contact us here at Lange & Fetter to learn more about our lineup of tough-as-nails Ford Trucks (and other best-selling Ford vehicles, too!), or to schedule a test drive once you’ve found the vehicle of your dreams in our current inventory. Don’t hesitate to ask your dedicated sales rep about locating and ordering a specific Ford model, or even customizing your ride - no request is too big for the Lange & Fetter team!

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