F-150 Towing Capacity: What Size Travel Trailer Can A F-150 Pull?

There are many ways to enjoy the RV lifestyle that doesn’t require buying a prototypical motorhome.

Many people see travel trailers and truck campers as a great alternative, as you can still use the tow vehicle during the rest of the year for transportation.

The Ford F-150 is the most popular full-size truck of all time. This also makes it a prime choice for truck campers and towing travel trailers.

As strong as it is, exceeding its capacity can lead to some serious safety issues. So, you might be wonder, just what size travel trailer can a F-150 pull?

The short answer is that most modern-day F-150s can safely pull a travel trailer that weight around 5,000 to 8,000 pounds with gear, depending on the engine, rear-axle ratio and addition of available options. However, there are some exceptions to this general rule of thumb. Not to mention automotive salespersons love to play fast and loose with numbers and glowing metaphors.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the F-150’s towing capacity, including some of the competition. We will also explore how full-size trucks can be used to make the most out of your RV experience.

Demystifying Some Of The Technical Jargon Around Full-Size Trucks

There are a lot of different terms that truck manufacturers use to describe the vehicles in their line.

Some are technically correct, while others are closer to being metaphors than they are statistics.

This includes terms like:

  • Light duty truck
  • Rabbit truck
  • Heavy-duty truck
  • Super duty truck
  • Super crew
  • Half-ton truck
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Two-wheel or rear-wheel drive

Of course, Ford isn’t alone in applying these terms. The F-150’s direct competitors in North America use many of these terms as well. This includes the:

  • The Ram 1500
  • The Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • The GMC Sierra 1500
  • The Nissan Titan
  • The Toyota Tundra

For all intents and purposes, the F-150 and it’s direct competitors are classified as “Half Ton” trucks. Now don’t like this confuse you.

The term “Half Ton” doesn’t refer to the actual weight of the vehicle. If you put most of these trucks on a weigh station scale you’ll find they ring in anywhere between $5,000 to $7,000 pounds.

A“Half Ton”essentially means that the suspension system and materials of the box can handle a payload that weight around half a ton.

Taken in context, the available payload has a direct impact on towing capability. Today many half-ton trucks like the F-150 have a higher payload than just half a ton.

However, they still don’t qualify for the next category up which is the “Three-Quarter Ton” pickup trucks like the F-250, which is available with a gasoline or a diesel engine.

The F-150 and many other half-ton trucks in this class usually come with a trailer tow package, which in some iterations can tow up to 13,000 pounds. However, this rating is classified as an empty truck with no passengers and other gear.

When loaded with gear, equipment, and passengers, a range of 6,000 pounds is more realistic when it comes to safe towing capacity.

How Is Payload Relevant To Towing Capacity?

The payload is technically about the weight capacity of the box and the suspension.

This also has a direct relationship to the tongue weight, which is defined as the amount of pressure or weight that the hitch places on the F-150 or any other towing vehicle.

The pressure of the hitch is also influenced by the total weight of the trailer, as well as how that weight is distributed within the trailer.

The higher the total weight is, and how much of that weight is being placed on the hitch the higher the tongue weight is.

Tongue weight can be a little bit of a double-edged sword. On the one side,increased tongue weight makes the entire rig more stable.

This also helps avoid things like dangerous trailer sway, when you are driving down the road.

If a trailer is too light or the vast majority of the weight in its back it could cause the trailer to sway out of control at high speeds, or to bounce dangerously when going over uneven surfaces.

One the other side, too much tongue weight can make the trailer difficult to pull.

In an extreme case, an overloaded tongue can crack, split, or have the weld’s fail to lead to a major accident while you are driving.

To prevent these problems Ford and its competitors recommend a tongue weight that is roughly 10%-15% of the overall trailer weight, including any loaded gear.

There’s some basic math you can do any time you are towing with your F-150 to make sure you are staying in the safe range.

Assuming an average payload of around 2,000 pounds, you should also factor in at least another 1,000 pounds for passengers and equipment.

This leaves you with only around 1,000 pounds for your tongue weight without exceeding the recommended safety limit.

What Is Gross Vehicle Weight?

Also known as GVW, it is the measurement that takes into account the entire weight of the vehicle.

This includes your truck’s dry weight, with an empty tank of gas, as well as the entire weight of the payload in the box. 

When you add it to the high and trailer weight, it should not exceed your Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, which you can find in your owner’s manual.

Is The F-150 Available With A Diesel Engine?

F-250 Diesel Model
@austin_abney703

Technically Ford does offer the F-150 with a diesel engine. However, they are somewhat rare and may be hard to find.

Most of their diesel engines are reserved for larger vehicles in their lines like the F250 (Three-Quarter Ton) and the F-350 (One Ton) pickup trucks.

Is There An Advantage To Having A Diesel Engine?

Diesel engines tend to produce more torque and overall power. Diesel fuel is also more energy-dense than gasoline, which means you get better fuel efficiency. This can be a nice thing if you are going to be frequently towing heavy trailers.

However, in trucks of this size, the power and fuel efficiency difference is marginal.

It’s also offset by the fact that diesel engines typically cost more than their gasoline counterparts.

If you are only going to be towing a camper or boat once or twice a month, it will probably take a long time to see a return on investment by going with a diesel engine over gasoline.

Is Having Four Wheel Drive An Advantage When It Comes To Towing Trailers?

This depends a lot on where you live, what your budget is, and where you will be towing.

A truck that is only rear-wheel drive, means that the power is always sent to the two rear wheels. Many F-150 trim packages include 4-wheel drive, which raises the price dramatically.

Yet you should note that there is a difference between “All Wheel Drive” and “Four Wheel Drive.”

An F-150 with four-wheel drive generally travels along acting just like it’s rear wheel drive sibling.

When road conditions become loose or slippery, you can turn a knob, or press a button, which engages the front transfer box to send some of the vehicle’s power to the front wheels. This also uses up a little more gasoline.

If you live in a part of the country that doesn’t see snow and ice in the winter, and you will only be towing a boat or camper on paved roads, you can get by just fine with a rear-wheel drive truck. 

If you live somewhere that sees ice and snow in the winter, or you will be towing your camper on loose surfaces than the extra money you spend on a four-wheel drive truck will pay for itself in short order.

For example, In Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, parts of Maine, and Canada, people frequently tow ice shanty campers out onto frozen lakes in the wintertime.

In a situation like this, not having four-wheel drive will likely leave you stuck and at risk for hypothermia.

Most F-150s with four-wheel drive have “Four High” and “Four Low.” When you engage the four-wheel drive system, it activates a locking or limited-slip differential and the front hubs move slightly slower than the rear hubs.

You should never just drive around in four high unless the conditions are indeed loose or slippery.

Driving in four high in dry conditions when you have proper traction can potentially damage hubs and other components.

Four-wheel low is something you rarely use, and should only be reserved for times when you need to pull out a stuck camper or vehicle.

I owned my F-150 for four years before I ever used four low, and that was to pull down an old garage I was demolishing! At all costs, you should not drive on the road in four low.

Can An F-150 Tow A Fifth Wheel Trailer?

Ford f250 5th Wheel Tow

If you really crunch the numbers an F-150 can technically tow a smaller fifth-wheel trailer. Yet even Ford themselves don’t recommend this. Fifth wheel trailers also require a special type of goose-neck hitch, which is mounted into the box of the truck. This alters the payload dynamics of the vehicle.

If you own a fifth-wheel camper or you are thinking about buying one, you really should look at one of the higher grades of full-size truck.

I think you’ll find the F-250 and the F-350 are far better suited to handle a fifth-wheel camper.

What Is The Practical Towing Capacity Of The Ford F-150?

The Ford F-150 has been “Best in Class” for towing capacity and overall sales for the better part of the last 40 years.

This is a point of pride for the manufacturer that sometimes obscures the hard facts and figures with glowing metaphors.

When it comes down to the nuts and bolts of it, just how much your F-150 can tow will depend on the model and the trim package.

If we look at the 2018 version of the F-150, we find a variety of configurations including the:

  • The XL
  • XLT
  • The Lariat
  • The King Ranch
  • Platinum
  • The Limited Edition
  • The Raptor

Despite the name, the XL is essentially the most basic model of the F-150. On the other end of the spectrum the “Limited Edition”which comes outfitted with all the popular features.

The much-beloved Raptor is very much like the Limited Edition or the Platinum, but all of its off-road features are enhanced and it carries the most powerful gasoline engine in the line. You also see his reflected in the price.

When it comes to determining the towing capacity there are a few key factors you need to take into account.

Engine strength

The more power the engine produces, the more weight it can move. This translates directly into horsepower and torque, which play a critical role in towing capacity.

The 2018 F-150 has several possible engines. This includes:

  • The 3.3-liter naturally aspirated V6
  • The EcoBoost V6
  • The 5.0-liter V8
  • The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6

The 3.5-liter high-output EcoBoost V6 found in 2017 and earlier models

With the Raptor, there is a High Output engine which produces maximum torque and generates an impressive 510-foot pounds of torque @ 3,500 rpm. This gives it up to 450 horsepower.

Axle Ratio

Axle ratio plays a key role in how a vehicle uses the torque produced by the engine, which of course plays a role in towing capacity.

Torque is essentially the force that moves the wheels of your truck and trailer. You feel it most when you accelerate from a stop.

Once you and your load are at full speed, torque doesn’t really come into play.

The axle ration determines how many times the wheels will turn to effectively use the energy the engine produces.

The slower they turn the more of the engine’s energy is put into pulling the vehicle and trailer. When they turn quickly, that energy is not as productive or efficient.

Axle tramping is a strange type of“Wheel Hopping” which can occur in rear-wheel drive vehicles.

It is caused by sudden torque loads on the suspension which essentially cause the driven wheels to shake violently as they rotate then springing back.

Even a little axle tramping can have a very profound negative impact on a trailer being towed behind you.

The Length And Weight Of The Truck

The relationship of the length and weight of the truck to the length and weight of the trailer can also impact towing efficiency as well as handling.

When you have a tow vehicle like the F-150 hitched to a trailer, the two directly affect each other. The faster you drive the stronger this relationship becomes.

Essentially, the faster an object goes, the more mass it has. This can lead to problems in high winds or issues with trailer sway.

Since the truck is the only thing with power and control you want it to be in command of the situation.

Ideally, you want the truck to weigh more than the camper being towed. When the trailer exceeds the weight of the truck, it can essentially push the truck down a hill, increase the risk of a trailer sway incident, or even damage parts of the truck’s town package.

The length of the truck and the relationship to the trailer being towed behind it also has a profound effect on handling and the turning circle.

If you are going to be driving the truck and camper on roads with wide lanes, directly into an RV park with a straight and true pull-through site access, then you might not notice a disparity between the length of the truck and the trailer.

However, this scenario is about as rare as unicorns and rainbows. Even if you are sticking to paved surfaces and man made RV parks, you are still going to have moments where you need to back up, or you need to turn a tight corner.

You are certainly at higher risk for disaster if you are thinking about taking a long trailer to do some backwoods camping.

Payload

As we discussed earlier, a truck’s payload is essentially the maximum total weight of the driver, passengers, gear and fuel, combined.

If you go over the stated payload capacity you are at high risk of having complications related to tongue weight.

Payload involves many factors, and in the case of the Ford F-150, it varies by trim level and engine. The following are some baseline statistics for the 2018 F-150 based on trim.

The 3.3 Liter gasoline engine on a Ford F-150 XL with four-wheel drive and a supercrew cab has a maximum payload of 1,680 pounds.

The 5 Liter V8 gas engine with 2 wheel drive (rear) with a regular cab has a maximum payload of 3,270 pounds.

Right off the bat, these differences are pretty stark when you consider that the 5 Liter has almost double the payload of the basic F-150 XL.

Towing Package

In all of this, it’s important to not overlook the towing package. This is essentially an enhancement of components that Ford builds into the truck to improve the towing performance.

It includes the towing hitch itself, as well as several elements which increase towing capacity and improve the overall handling.

There are some variations and added features that you might find from one trim level to the next. This includes things like:

The Class IV Trailer Hitch – which comes with Ford’s basic towing package. It is considered an optional extra with the XL and XLT.

However, it comes as a standard feature with the Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited Edition models.

It has a towing capacity of up to 6,000 pounds with the 3.3L Ti-VC  T V6 and the 2.7L EcoBoost engines

The Class IV Trailer Hitch has a maximum towing capacity of up to 7,000 pounds in the 3.5L EcoBoost engine as well as the 5.0L V8 engines

  • The Class IV Trailer Hitch includes:
  • A 4-pin and 7-pin wiring harness to power the trailer lights
  • A Class IV Trailer Hitch Receiver
  • A Smart Trailer Tow Connector for trailers with electronic brake assist systems

Trailer Tow Package

With the Raptor version of the F-150, you will also get things like an auxiliary transmission oil cooler and an upgraded front stabilizer bar. It has a towing capacity of up to 11,1000 pounds

It also includes:

  • A 4-pin and 7-pin wiring harness to power the trailer lights
  • A Class IV Trailer Hitch Receiver
  • A Smart Trailer Tow Connector for trailers with electronic brake assist systems
  • Auxiliary Transmission Oil
  • A cooler
  • An Upgraded front stabilizer bar
  • Max. Trailer Tow Package
  • An Electronic-locking Rear Axle

There is also a heavy-duty tow package option with a towing capacity of up to 13,200 pounds.

It includes:

  • A 4-pin and 7-pin wiring harness to power the trailer lights
  • A Class IV Trailer Hitch Receiver
  • A Smart Trailer Tow Connector for trailers with electronic brake assist systems
  • Auxiliary Transmission Oil
  • An Upgraded Front Stabilizer Bar
  • An Engine Oil Cooler
  • A 36-gallon fuel tank
  • An Integrated Trailer Brake Controller
  • An Upgraded Rear Bumper
  • It also allows you to add the Pro Trailer Backup Assist system

Let’s make things a bit easier.

Putting Towing Capacity Into Perspective

Some of the more exotic features of the Ford F-150 Raptor and the other tow packages they offer aren’t exactly “Run of the Mill.”

To put it into perspective on the low end, an F-150 Lariat, with a 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 engine will produce around 290 horsepower and 265-foot pounds of torque

In this configuration, you are looking at around a 5,000-pound maximum towing range, which isn’t enough to pull a large RV.

It’s probably enough to pull a small to a modest size camping trailer.

Now if you were to take that same Lariat and equip it with with the 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine which produces 375 horsepower and 470 foot-pounds of torque, with a SuperCrew cab as well as the long bed and an upgraded towing package, you’d be looking at a maximum F-150 ecoboost towing capacity that is closer to 10,000 pounds.

This would allow you to take a robust-size camper trailer with you, and maybe even a tow-behind toy.

Remember To Always Account For Tongue Weight

Just be mindful of tongue weight. If at all possible, you always want to keep it around 12% and 15% of your overall trailer weight.

One way to make the most out of this, and keep yourself closer to the safe end of the spectrum is to get smart about what you are packing and where you keep it.

Over the years I have towed a wide range of campers, fish houses, ice shanties, and boats overloaded with tent camping gear.

In that, I’ve learned that you really do need to make sure you are towing under your maximum towing limit, as stated in the owner’s manual.

A trailer sway incident or getting in a pinch trying to pull an overloaded camper up a wet sandy hill really can turn into a dangerous situation.

One of the things that have helped the F-150 remain so popular with the RV community and individuals who need to tow trailers for work or play is its superior payload and towing capacity.

Still, you need to respect that even the strongest truck has its limits.

Staying inside them, packing thoughtfully, and being mindful of tongue weight will not only help keep you safe on your trip, but it will also preserve your high-value investments.

Are There Other Things I Can Do To Prevent Trailer Sway?

This is another one of those moments where a pinch of prevention is worth a pound.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers the following tips to help prevent trailer sway from occurring.

  • One: Always adhere to the manufacturer recommended gear when towing.
  • Two: Drive slowly, which produces less strain on the tow vehicle as well asthe trailer.
  • Three: Try to avoid making any sudden or sharp turns while driving fast.
  • Four: Check the tire pressure of the tow vehicle as well as the trailer. Under-inflated tires reduce the load-carrying capacity of both.

What Should I Do If My Trailer Starts To Sway?

Sometimes you can perfectly pack and distribute the load in your trailer, making sure to be mindful of the tongue weight and towing capacity, and still experience trailer sway.

Sometimes even something beyond your control like a strong wind can cause a trailer to sway.

When this happens, it can be quite alarming. If you experience any trailer sway in the first few miles of a journey, you should take it as a sign that something is loaded wrong, or you have accidentally exceeded the reasonable capacity of the payload or tongue weight.

In a moment like this, you need to stop and adjust, unpack, or even slowly drive back home to leave some non-essential things behind.

If you are driving down the road and the trailer starts to sway, you need to keep a cool head.

Sometimes the knee jerk reaction is to accelerate, which could make the sway even worse.

The first thing to do is slow down, by taking your foot off the accelerator, but not immediately braking. Heavy braking can sometimes exacerbate the sway of an overly heavy trailer.

This is one of those times when you can and probably should turn on the four-way hazard lights.

If the sway was caused by a rogue burst of wind, and the trailer comes under control within a few seconds of decelerating you might be okay.

If things are threatening to get out of control, or a storm is making it too hard to keep the trailer moving straight, then, by all means, pull over as soon as possible.

I once spent a very tense 45-minutes in a mini-golf parking lot waiting for a wind storm to pass, rather than risk skidding across three lanes of traffic!

Last Updated on by Aaron Richardson

Join The RVing Know How VIP Community (For Free)!

Join over 10,000 VIP members to get practical, entertaining, and inspiring resources and step by step articles about RV travel Destinations, RV Gear, and full-time RV living to live Stress-Free Life In Your RV.

    You can unsubscribe any time. No hard feelings


    132 thoughts on “F-150 Towing Capacity: What Size Travel Trailer Can A F-150 Pull?”

      • It depends on you axle ratio, engine type, crew/super/cab, if it’s 4×4, etc. It also depends on your GVWR and how much you use of it. GVWR is the maximum weight of your vehicle (includes weight of truck, all passengers and max cargo). (You can see max cargo on the inside of you door with the tire information and you can get GVWR and axle code information on the inside sticker on driver side door). Your manual should have a spreadsheet of your cab type, engine type, if it’s 4×4 or not, and axle ratio with your maximum haul/towing capacity (the number your find is the maximum of how much you can haul and tow together — this number also includes the GVWR of the truck, so subtract your GVWR from that number to determine your maximum hauling). The axle code will be a code, so you will have to look it up on the internet to tell you the ratio.

        Hope that helps.

        Reply
    1. Hi I have a 23 foot Airstream. I am looking at purchasing a f-150 diesel Lariat 4×4 they are saying 10-11,000 tow capacity. I will be driving from texas to Colorado mostly and possibly into Canada. I really like this truck! If i dont get this one I will have to go with lessor but bigger power F-250. They are just so expensive and so much larger. Thoughts

      Reply
      • Your truck should easily handle the Flying Cloud 23FB. The key factor is the trailer GVWR. It is well under the tow capacity of the package installed, which I believe falls in the 7500 pound range. Fully loaded at the most at 15% TW you are only at 900 pounds, and since you would want to be more at 12-13% TW, with a WDH, your truck will handle it just fine.

        Reply
    2. I HAVE A 2015 F-150 LARIAT WITH THE 5.0 LITER V8. AND 3.55 RATIO AND THE SHORT DOOR SUPER CAB.
      THE BOOK CHART SAYS THE TRUCK CAN HANDLE 15000#. THE TRUCK GROSS IS 6900#
      HOWEVER THE TOW PACKAGE IS A STANDARD NOT MAX.

      THE HITCH HAS A STICKER ON THE BOTTOM AND IT STATES WEIGHT DISTRIBUTING 11,000#.
      MAX TONGUE WEIGHT IS 1,100#

      THE WEIGHT CARRYING IS 5,000# AND THE MAX TONGUE WEIGHT IS 500#

      SO WHAT IS THE HITCH WEIGHT ALLOWABLE? WHAT TOWING WEIGHT IS ALLOWED?

      Reply
    3. I have a 2014 F-150 super crew 6.5 box with a 6″ lift 5.0 litre 4 X 4 with 373 gears, my hitch is a class V. TRLR WT 10,500 LBS,Tongue WT of 1,050 LBS. I’m wondering if I can pull a trailer with a UVW (unloaded vehicle weight) of 8,700 and a 1,295 LB NCC (net carrying capacity) to bring the GVWR to 9,995 lbs. If i can’t due to hitch can i upgrade hitch to pull this trailer without hurting truck or am I looking at a smaller trailer or a bigger truck.

      Reply
    4. Great information.
      I keep getting conflicting information. I have a 2019 Ford 150 XLT. 3.5L Supercrew, 5.5 bed, Max tow package. 2 wheel drive. Sticker on the door states 1833lbs payload. 18 inch load E tires. Reciever hitch sticker says V-5 Max Gross trailer weight 13,200lbs Max Tounge 1320 lbs. I wanted to see if this setup would safely haul a 33 foot GVWR 9995lb. Thank you

      Reply
    5. I have a 2012 F-150 Lariat 3.5 Ecoboost Twin Turbo 5.5 ft bed with the max towing package. Looking at purchasing trailer here in the next couple weeks–most of the ones on my list are around 28 ft and 6,000 lbs dry weight. Those should be safely in my range to tow, correct?

      Reply
    6. I have a 2017 f-150 crew cab with 5.5 bed. I’ve looked up the ratings and I keep seeing different numbers. I’m looking into a camper that weighs a little over 8,000 lbs. Would this be doable?

      Reply
    7. I have a 2015 F-150 Lariat SuperCab, 145″ WB, 6.5′ bed, with 3.5 Ecoboost. Max tow package. 3.55 rear axle. 7050 GVWR, 1800lb max payload. GCWR is 16,900lbs. Max loaded trailer wt is 10,500 lbs. Max tongue wt 1210 lbs.
      Looking to purchase a travel trailer with a dry weight of 7178 lbs. Max trailer loaded wt rating is 8495 lbs.
      Safe to tow?

      Reply
      • With a SuperCrew cab as well as the long bed and an upgraded towing package, you’d be looking at a maximum F-150 Ecoboost towing capacity that is closer to 10,000 pounds. So, If you really want to force an F-150 to the limit in an extreme setup, it’s best to call Ford’s helpline and talk to a qualified engineer about this.

        Reply
        • Aaron, thanks for your reply. I did not state the truck specs correctly. The maximum loaded trailer weight restriction specified by Ford for my truck setup is 11,800 lbs. The maximum loaded trailer weight restriction for the travel trailer I’m looking to purchase is 8495 lbs. Seems like this would be ok to tow. Do you agree?

          Reply
    8. I have a Forest River 5th wheel. GVWR 9700 10,200 is max weight. Is there a Ford F-150 that can easily pull this?

      Reply
    9. What about Bill’s question I’m looking in to something about the same wight 7300 dry 8700 loaded or one that’s 6100 dry an 7700 loaded I have the 2015 3.5 EcoBoost lariat

      Reply
      • The quick answer is a 2015 Ford F-150 can Tow up-to 8,000-lb. The longer answer is – a lighter half-ton ton truck simply cannot match the towing confidence of a heavier 3/4-ton truck.

        Reply
    10. Hello,

      We just purchased a 2019 Ford F-150 XLT, supercrew 4×4, 3.3L Ti-VCT V6. We are looking at a trailer with a dry weight of 6400lbs. We are trying to figure out the numbers and it’s all very confusing. I’m wondering if you can let me know if we can pull that?

      Reply
      • The max towing capacity of your truck is 7,700 pounds and, Ford recommends a tongue weight of 10%-15% of the overall trailer weight (that’s trailer + gear). So in order to tow safely I’d suggest you to pick a camper weighs Up to 6,000 lbs.

        Reply
    11. Thanks for your article. I have a 2018 F150 with max towing package, the 3.5L with Ecoboost and 21inch wheels. The ford table says I can tow up to 13,000. I just got a 30 foot Airstream and although I haven’t had any problems, I am now concerned I may need to upgrade to a larger truck. your thoughts would be appreciated.

      Reply
    12. We have a Ford F-150 Super Crew XLT 4WD 5.5 bed. Wheel base is 145. We are told we can pull 9,200. We are looking at a couple trailers and both around the 6,300 pound range. My concern is more about the length. Would it be safe, not too much sway or tip concerns, to tow a 31 or 33 foot trailer. Is that safe or just too long? Thanks!

      Reply
    13. Hi Aaron, you wrote the best article I saw regarding towing a trailer, thanks! I have a 2018 F150 5.0L V8 supercab XLT 6.5 ft bed with only 3.31 axle ratio and 7050# GVWR package. Can I safely (and easily) tow a travel trailer with dry weight 5,392 and gross weight 6,995? Thanks a lot!

      Reply
    14. Hey Aaron. Thanks for the article. So I have a 2020 F150 with the 5.0 v8 4×4 with the trailer tow package. Just bought a 30’ travel trailer with a gvwr 7705. What’s your opinion?

      Reply
      • With max towing capacity of 11,500 lbs. you can tow your trailer easily, but the 2020 Ford F-150 Towing Guide reminds you to check your brakes, trailer lamps, safety chains, and trailer wiring harness before every trip. Make sure you properly distribute the weight and use caution while turning or backing up.

        Reply
    15. Hello Aaron. Just read your article and I’m still a little confused. I’ve got a 19 F150 King Ranch with the 3.5 and max trailer tow package. It’s supposedly rated for 13,200 and has a 3250 (I think) payload. All along I was under the impression that I could get around a 10k-11k trailer and still be below Ford’s recommendations. But after reading this I’ve got my doubts. What would you say is a realistic size trailer that can be safely towed? Thanks!

      Reply
    16. Have a 2020 F150 5.0 V8 4×4 SuperCrew Maxtowing package- looking to purchase a 2013 viewfinder signature v28rlss gvw 7645 at 32’. Thoughts. Looking at Anderson sway/weight distribution hitch.

      Reply
    17. Hi Aaron, wow all of these numbers are giving me a headache. I never knew picking out an RV would be this complicated and stressful. Like most of the folks in this thread I am trying to determine if I can safely tow a camper that I just purchased. The dealership says that I can and that I won’t have any issues but I am still a bit nervous. I have a 2019 Ford F-150 with the tow package, 3.31 Axle Ratio, GVWR of 7000 lbs. and a wheelbase of 145″. The trailer I just purchased is a 2021 MPG Cruiser Ultra Light, 6240 lbs. dry/9540 Gross, 33.4 inches in length. Can you please assist?

      Reply
      • With most F-150 models a good weight for towing would be in the 6,000 lbs. range. Yes, with some configurations, you can push that limit up to the 8,000 lbs., but you probably shouldn’t for safety reasons.

        Reply
    18. Thanks for the insightful article. Like many of the others I want to know if it is advisable to tow with the following setup:

      Travel Trailer
      32′ 10″ Rockwood Ultra Lite
      UVW: 6,158
      GVWR: 8,721
      Pin/Hitch Weight (a 12.5% of GVWR): 1,090

      Tow Vehicle
      2021 F-150 XLT 3.5L Ecoboost (4×4, 6.5′ bed) with max tow package
      GVWR: 7,050
      GCVWR: 19,400
      Payload Capacity: 2,155
      Towing Capacity: 13,800
      Passenger and truck cargo weight = approx. 1,000 lb

      I would get a weight distribution hitch.

      Am I asking for trouble with the above or would you feel reasonably confident driving this setup across flat lands and mountains?

      Thanks!
      Will

      Reply
      • Yes, with your setup you can tow your camper safely across flat roads but, can be challenging and stressful when navigating hills and especially mountain passes.

        Reply
    19. Thank you for all the work you did on this article. I have a 2020
      F-150 Lariat super crew 5.5 bed 4×4 with the 5.0 V8 and 3.1 gears.
      We are looking at a 31ft Travel trailer dry weight is 5706 and a Gross weight is 7750. I don’t think I will ever have that maxed on weight in the trailer I would be using a distribution hitch. Will I be ok pulling this if I do not max out the trailer. I have the class IV on my truck.

      Reply
    20. Hi Aaron, great article. I just purchased a 2018 F 150 2.7l lariat with basic tow pkg. ( I need to add the brake controler) and 3.73 rearend. My trailer is 28 ft and 4500lbs dry. Any issues towing.

      Reply
    21. HelloI have a 2019 F150 5.0 CREW CAB 3.55 GEARS, TOW PACKAGE(NOT MAX) AND 20″ WHEELS AND HD ROADMASTER ACTIVE SUSPENSION BEING ADDED. I AM PURCHASING A WINNEBEGO 28’11” TRAVEL TRAILER WITH A DRY WEIGHT OF 6300#, IT HAS A GVW OF 10,000# WHICH I WOULD NEVER DO. WILL BE 2 ADULTS AND MAYBE 600# IN THE TRAILER. AM I GOOD TO PULL THIS?

      Reply
      • I think the maximum towing capacity of your truck is around 13,000 lbs. But for your setup it’s always safe to tow a trailer which weighs around 8,000 pounds or less.

        Reply
        • If I am reading your answer correctly, as long as I keep the trailer and truck contents including passengers below 8000# I am good? I think my max towing is 10,100# but its very confusing to know for sure and I dont want to be unsafe.

          Reply
          • Your truck can tow up to 10,000 lbs. However, that would mean towing with an empty truck with no passengers. But in the real world, when it comes to towing a travel trailer, you truck can safely pull a camper that’s under 8,000 lbs.

            Reply
    22. Hi we are new to the idea of towing an rv. We are looking at a trailer with a GVWR of 6995#, length 25’
      What’s your opinion for an F150? Do you like one of the eco boost with a v6? Or a 5.0L w/v8? What’s the main difference between the 2? Thank you!

      Reply
      • For your first question I’d say you can tow your trailer with ease if equipped with proper tow package.

        And if you ask me Which F-150 engine to choose? here is my answer.

        The F-150’s towing capacity varies widely based on drivetrain configuration. With plenty of torque down low, the EcoBoost V6 gets the nod over the 5.0 V8 for towing, overall. When equipped with a 3.55 rear axle, the 2019 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 F-150 4X2 long bed has a GVWR of 17,000 pounds and a towing capacity of 12,100 pounds. A similarly equipped 5.0L F-150 has a GVWR of 14,900 pounds and a towing capacity of 10,100 pounds.

        If power is what you’re after, the EcoBoost is certainly the engine I’d suggest buying — despite enjoying the V8 very much.

        Reply
    23. Good info. I have a 2019 Raptor 802a. The wife an I are considering the purchase of a TT. I see some info here on the raptor but I have some conflicting info. Can you tell me what the MAX SAFE trailer weight would be for the 802a raptor?

      Reply
      • The Raptor, in SuperCrew cab size and wheelbase, is rated for 8,000 lbs of trailer if a weight distribution hitch is used (5,000 if not). In my case, I didn’t feel it necessary and had complete confidence with the trailer I tow but to my surprise, the Raptor can handled a trailer 27′ total length and 6,500 lbs loaded with ease.

        Reply
        • Thanks for that Aaron. So if the wife picked at TT that would be 7000lb “loaded” for the trip, it should be OK? Even for long and hilly trips? I’m seeing info that because of the “softer” rear suspension that unless some additional help is added for rear sag, that 5000# is MAX WDH or not?

          Reply
    24. I have a 2019 F150 Super Crew
      2.7 eco boost with 3.55 locking rear end. 145” wheel base 4×2
      How much trailer can I tow?

      Reply
    25. Hi Aaron, I have a 2015 Ford F150 XLT SuperCab with a 3.5L (V6) and I’m looking at purchasing a Travel Trailor. I see some of them weighing 2,600lbs up to 8,000lbs and was wondering what you would recommend that would be less troublesome for my truck

      Reply
      • Though your truck have max towing capacity of 13,000 lbs but I recommend you to stick with a trailer which less than 7,000 lbs.

        Reply
    26. Hi Aaron,

      New to buying a trailer. Have worked with large Motorhomes in the past, but not this setup. Just bought a 2020 F150 3.5 ecoboost, 4X4, shortbed, 3.55 gears, 20″ wheels, upgrading tow package. Looking to buy the following:
      2021 Forest River Surveyor Legend 296QBLE – 34 feet long, 6649 dry weight…can we told this trailer safely? I kinda feel this is too much trailer for our F150.
      Thanks for the input!
      — John

      Reply
      • Most F150 pickup trucks can typically tow up to 7,000 pounds. Though when we apply the rule of staying within 80% of the maximum towing capacity, it’s wise to stay to 6,500 to 6,000 pounds or less for a gross vehicle weight rating travel trailer. So, I’d say go for a camper that weigh under this range.

        Reply
    27. Hi Aaron. I just purchased a 2020 F150 3.5 V6 EcoBoost with FX off road and max towing. I am looking at a trailer that is 6500 dry and 8500 max and 32 ft long. From everything I have read, my truck should be able to comfortably tow this trailer. Any suggestions. thanks.

      Reply
    28. Hi
      This is great! I’ve looked and researched, watched YouTube, looked at Ford manuals etc and still can’t quite figure this all out and the RV dealerships here were no help!
      We have a 2019 Ford F-150 3.5 l v6 ecoboost platinum 4×4 with max tow package and 20” tires gvwr of 7,000lbs and payload of 1577 lbs
      We have the hitch sticker which says max trailer weight 5,000lbs without weight dist or 13,200lbs with
      Our trailer is 5851lbs Uvw or 7495 gvw and 29’9”
      If I look at Ford’s charts I think it says I should be okay with up to 10,000lbs but then is the payload too high ? Help!!
      Thank you!

      Reply
    29. Hey Aaron Your article is very helpful I do have a question though I’ve got a 2018 XLT 5.0 L with the tow accessories pkg what would be the max safe towing weight for a travel trailer?

      Reply
    30. I have a 2018 F-150 Lariat 3.5L Ecoboost V6 short bed and am looking to purchase a fifth wheel, or travel trailer for short/long term RV’ing as I approach retirement. Most of the literature I have read says I “can” use this truck in many applications, but really need to know what I can safely tow. I have thought about upgrading to a F-250 for peace of mind when towing, just wanted to get your thoughts before buying something for the F-150 and start having regrets when on the road.

      Reply
    31. Great article Aaron…… I’ve got a 2020 F150 Lariat 4×4 SuperCrew with 3.5 V6 Ecoboost, 157” wheel base and 18” tires. Has FX4 Off Road pkg, 53A Tow package with upgraded 3.55 Elec Lock RR axle, 36 gl fuel tank, Backup Assist and integrated trailer brakes. A Ford dealer told me my max GCWR is 16,100 and my GVWR is 7,050. My question is how heavy of a travel trailer can I pull with this set up ?

      Reply
    32. Aaron.. thanks for all the information. I really appreciate your feedback.
      I have a 2017 F150 2.7L ecoboost 4×4 GVWR 6500 lb (sticker from door post). I would like your opinion if I can safely tow a travel trailer with the following: length 29′ 8′, dry weight 5795 lbs, hitch weight 594 and gross weight 7850 lbs.

      Reply
    33. Do you think the new 2021 Ford F150 Tremor will have any issues towing a 2021 Wolf Pup Limited 17JG with a GVWR of 4999lbs? Thinking of buying both

      Reply
    34. I have an f150 supercrew with a 3.3 and a 3.73 rear end. What is the heaviest weight trailer I should safely pull with it? 5th wheel? (Scamp, Escape)

      Reply
    35. Rob
      hello have a 2019 F150 STX with trailer tow package, pro trailer back up assist. 3.55 ratio, integrated trailer brake, 2.7 v6 EcoBoost, 6360# GVWR package. my hitch shows 11,600lbs weight distributing….1,160lb max tongue weight. is that what I can tow? my travel trailer is about 8,000lbs.Thank you for your help 🙂

      Reply
    36. Hello,
      I have a 2015 F150 Lariat FX4 3.5L Ecoboost with Max tow package, 3.55 gear, and GVWR 7,000lb. I read in the trailer guide ~11k lbs? Is this correct?
      Thank you!
      Mike

      Reply
    37. Hey Aaron,

      Nice article.. I have a travel trailer that is 27′ and a little over 7400# gvwr. I am currently in the market for a tow vehicle. I’m looking at the 2020 f150 lariat with the 3.5 ecoboost, fx4 package, max tow package and 18″ wheels. Will this be able to tow my camper safely? Thanks!

      Reply
    38. Hey Aaron!

      I have a 2017 f150 lariat a 10 speed 3.5 ecoboost with 145″ wheel base, 3.31 axle ratio. Trailer tow package, 20″ wheels, 36 gallon tank, fx4 package, 7000# gvwr, equipment group 501A. I’m looking to buy a camper that’s a little over 7000# gvwr. Will I be able to tow it safely? Thanks!

      Reply
    39. Hi Aaron. Awesome article and one of the best I’ve seen on the web. I have a 2014 F150 XLT Supercrew 3.5l ecoboost with the 3.55 gear ratio. Looking at buying a travel trailer weighing 5200lbs but I am concerned with my 1276 payload and tongue weight. My son and I are giants 6’5” each weighing 500lbs. between us. Got wife, daughter, hitch and tongue weight as well. Towing capacity does not seem to be an issue. Thoughts on payload and running light gear in truck and placing more items in camper? Many thanks! Ken

      Reply
      • As a rule of thumb, you can estimate a travel trailer’s tongue weight to be roughly 10% of the gross weight, so for you it should be 520lbs. plus another 750 for passengers so you have only few hundred pounds left for fuel and gear. So, I think you should consider getting a larger truck that has a higher payload capacity.

        Reply
    40. Hi, I have a 2019 F150 XLT 4×4 super crew cab fx4 5.0 V8. It has the trailer tow package, 3.73 gears, trailer back up assist, electronic brake controller and 36 gal fuel tank. Sticker on the door says gvwr 7000lbs with a payload of 1877. I have a max tow rating of 10,900 and a gcwr of 16,000 I also have 18” tires. I am looking at a 29’ genesis toy hauler that is 6348 dry and 9900 gvwr. I never intend to fully load the toy hauler. It is mostly because of the way I camp that I am looking at a toy hauler. Would this be to much for my truck. Some things I read I think I can tow it other things I think I can’t. I also will be using a weight distribution hitch to tow.

      Reply
      • In simple answer, is no, because when you are towing a big trailer, especially a toy hauler, it is better to have a larger truck as well because not only will it have a larger towing capacity, but they also have a longer truck bed and clearance in between your truck and trailer to make turns easier.

        Reply
        • It seems like your thinking this is a 5th wheel trailer. I failed to mention this toy hauler is a bumper pull with a tongue weight of 980 lbs.

          Reply
    41. I have a 2019 Ford F-150 super crew fx4. It has 145” wheel base 5.5 bed. It has 3.73 gears with the 5.0 engine. My gvwr is 7000lbs with 1877 lbs payload. What would be a safe weight for a trailer for
      My truck to pull. What would also be a good weight? I will also be using a weight distribution hitch.

      Thank you

      Reply
    42. Hi Aaron. I have a 2018 Raptor and have heard it will tow 8000 lbs. What do you think the max weight TT we should go with? We will be just at max payload. Another question please – Pulling a 30 foot TT (if the weight was ok) will wind be an issue with a 150 as compared to a 250?
      Thanks in advance…

      Reply
    43. Great article. I have a 2020 F150 2.7 RWD. I don’t live in an area where I would need 4×4 and I honestly love my 2.7. I wanted to ask what weight limit you would recommend if I decide to ever go camping and look into a travel trailer. Thanks!

      Reply
    44. Hi Aaron,
      I have a 2012 F150 Harley Edition with the 6.2l , 5.5 box, 145 wb, trailer brake system with anti sway system.
      Says my max towing is 10,900lbs.
      With only doing flat travel, no hills and such, is my truck good to pull a 36’ travel trailer weighing 7700lbs dry weight?
      Thank you for your time.

      Reply
    45. Hey Aaron I have a 2019 f-150 3.5L eco boost with trailer tow package 3.55 gear ratio with 157” wheel base and 7050# GVWR package would I be safe to pull a 32’ travel trailer with loaded trailer weight of 7650 lb

      Reply
      • My basic rule of thumb is to take your towing weight and subtract 35-40% and that should be your max dry weight.

        Reply
    46. Hi Aaron!
      I have a 2011 f150,5.0, 3.55 gears, 2wd. It says we have a towing capacity of 9,500. We purchased a trailer with the following
      WEIGHTS
      Unloaded Vehicle Weight (lbs) View Definition 6095
      Dry Hitch Weight (lbs) View Definition 890
      Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (lbs) View Definition 8150
      Cargo Carrying Capacity (lbs) View Definition 2055
      I am trying to avoid the expense of a 3/4 ton truck. Any thoughts?

      Reply
      • The prevailing wisdom is that you should never attempt to pull more than 80% of the tow vehicle’s maximum towing capacity.

        Reply
    47. When I bought my 2017 F150 V6 2.7L Ecoboost truck I had no intentions of towing anything substantial such as a boat or trailer however here I am 4 years later looking into purchasing a travel trailer with the hopes that I do not need a more powerful truck. Knowing that I have a V6 engine I kept my window shopping of trailer size to a 24′ trailer or smaller. The trailer I found is 24′ and is 5765 lbs which after adding a trailer payload of let’s say 1500 lbs. puts me right around 7200 lbs. Based on the towing specifications on my truck would my F150 V6 2.7L Ecoboost have any problems towing this trailer? I believe that the Ford towing guide has the maximum loaded trailer weight for my truck to be at 7200 lbs. however am I better off considering buying an F250?

      F150 Supercab 4×4
      Engine: V6 2.7L Ecoboost
      GVWR: 6500 lbs.
      Axle: L9 (3.55 ratio)
      WB: 145

      Reply
      • I think the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 F-150 can tow upto 4,000 – 5,500 lbs camping trailer, so you should go with an F250 or even a F350. An F-250 will grow with you if you up-size your trailer later on. The F-150 will have a more difficult time, as you’ll run out of capacity very quickly.

        Reply
    48. 2017 F150
      3.5L EcoBoost
      FX4 off road package
      CrewCab with 5.5ft bed
      7k# GCWR Package
      Max Trailer Tow Package
      3.55 lock axle
      36gl fuel tank

      If I understand specs correct the max towing for this combination is 12,200#, max payload 3220#.

      So for a practical application I should keep tow weight to 9760 (80%)?

      Ford’s Class IV that comes with this truck is only 7K ??

      Reply
    49. Great info and advice! I have a 2011 F150 Lariat, 3:55 rear end, 5.0 engine, short bed, super cab. We are considering a travel trailer toy hauler with the following specs: Hitch Weight 610 lbs, Dry Weight 5028 lbs,
      Cargo Weight 2882 lbs. If I keep the cargo to generally no more than 1200 lbs am I in the safe zone or pushing it a bit?

      Reply
    50. We have a 2021 Ram 1500 Big Horn quad Cab with 5.7 Hemi and Tow Package. Factory states on the new site that you can enter your VIN into and get capacity that payload is 1874 and towing capacity is 8874. My concern is not so much weight as it is length. How long a trailer can you safely tow before being concerned that you will have sway more often than you should such as the passing of a speeding semi. I know enough to keep it under the load and towing weights but you can find to Long lite weight trailer that may be hazardous. Your thoughts please.

      Reply
    51. Hi Aaron
      I have a 2020 F150 Limited crew cab and 5.5ft box. Looking to purchase new RockWood Ultra light travel trailer dry weight 8415lbs and 35’. Am I pushing the limits of this truck or should I purchase something lighter?

      Reply
    52. We have a 2019 F150 4×2 super crew 145 inch wheel base, 3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel electronic 10 speed auto transmission with tow mo with a 5.5 ft box, what is our max tow weight and would it handle a smaller type 5th wheel trailer?

      Reply

    Leave a Comment

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.