If you are planning to go on vacation in a camper, you will certainly need a tow vehicle to haul it across the country.
While there are many trucks on the market that can haul campers, one of the best compact trucks for the job is the Ford F-150. The main reason why is that it is a powerful truck with an amazing towing capacity.
The Towing Capacity of the Ford F-150
The towing capacity of the F-150 is between 7,000 and 13,200 pounds. The exact towing capacity of a Ford F-150 depends on things such as the engine, the body, and so on.
The biggest factor determining the towing capacity of the F-150 is the engine. The vehicle comes with different types of engines.
You can buy it with a gas engine or a diesel engine. Generally, diesel engine Ford trucks have better towing capacity than their equivalent gas engine Ford trucks.
However, there is a new EcoBoost gas engine that is more powerful than the Ford diesel engine in the 2020 F-150. The engine, known as the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine, has a towing capacity of 13,200 pounds.
This is the maximum towing capacity of the F-150. In contrast, the 3.0L Diesel V6 engine has a maximum towing capacity of 11,500 pounds.
What the above paragraph means is that if you have a camper or trailer that needs towing and weighs about 13,000 pounds, you should purchase the EcoBoost engine F-150. This is because it has the capacity to pull such a camper or trailer in contrast to the 3.0L Diesel V6 engine.
The lowest towing capacity Ford F-150 is the one with the 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 gas engine. This vehicle’s towing capacity is 7,700 pounds.
Why should you even think about buying it? Well, if you have a lightweight camper or trailer under 7,500 pounds that needs towing, it is perfect for the job. Moreover, it is almost always cheaper than higher towing capacity F-150s.
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F-150 Maximum Towing Capacity
As stated in the section above, the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine F-150 has the best towing capacity.
However, the engine of a truck is not the only thing that determines its towing capacity. Other things such as the payload, the hitch receiver and the towing package also determine the towing capacity.
What this means is that while your F-150 might have the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine capacity of towing 13,200 pounds, it may not do so if it does not have the right towing package, trim, hitch receiver, and so on.
The best F-150 model for maximum towing is the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Ford F-150 4×2 with SuperCrew. This is what is capable of towing a trailer or camper weighing 13,200 pounds.
The F-150 Towing Terms
The Ford F-150 is what is known as a half-ton truck. This is sometimes confusing for those who are not really into trucks.
Some people think a half-ton truck is one that can only carry half a ton, while others think the half-ton indicates something about towing.
This is why it is important to say this. When someone says an F-150 is a half-ton truck, what they mean is that it is a truck that can carry a half-ton payload. In other words, it is a truck that can carry about 500 kilograms of weight in its truck bed.
Now that you know what half-ton means (it refers to the payload) it is important to note that the towing capacity of every truck is affected by its payload.
When a manufacturer says that the towing capacity of a vehicle is 5,000 pounds, what they mean is that the vehicle can tow 5,000 pounds without having any payload or anything in its truck bed.
So if you put any significant weight in your truck bed, you kind of reduce its towing capacity. This is why it is recommended you do not carry anything in your truck bed when towing a heavy trailer or camper.
Moreover, even the gear inside your truck should be minimal when you want to use the maximum towing capacity of your truck.
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Using an F-150 to Tow a Camper
Among half-ton trucks, F-150 trucks are regarded the best towing trucks. They are really powerful and many people use them for towing almost every type of trailer. They are absolutely perfect for towing.
Several trims of the 2020 F-150 are available on the market. When you have a trailer you want to tow, the main thing you need to consider is the weight of the trailer versus the trim level you want to purchase. Make sure the trim level has the capacity to tow your trailer.
Ford F-150 FAQs
Are all new Ford vehicles made of aluminum?
Yes, this is true. All new Ford vehicles and including new F-150s are built using aluminum. This is meant to make them more fuel efficient as new vehicle standards require higher fuel efficiency than previous standards.
How long to Ford F-150s last?
F-150s are some of the longest lasting vehicles. The previous models were all built using steel. This makes them extremely tough.
They also have super reliable engines. So the fact that F-150s have both steel bodies and reliable engines makes them very long lasting.
Is the Ford F-150 a reliable truck?
Yes, it is. It is one of the most reliable half-ton trucks in the world. It can travel more than 200,000 miles and still work.
How much does a Ford F-150 cost?
A used F-150 costs about $25,000, while a new 2021 Ford F150 has a base price of $29,000.
The F-150 is a legendary and powerful truck. It can tow between 7,000 and 13,200 pounds of weight. The main factor determining exactly how much weight it can tow is the trim level. So when buying a Ford F-150 for towing, make sure it is the right trim level/model to tow the trailer or camper you want to tow.
By Team: FordDesktops.com