2010 F150 Towing Capacity Guide (with Charts)

If you have a 2010 Ford F150 and need to know the towing capacity of your truck you have come to the right place.

Here you will find all of the GCWRs and max trailer towing weights suggested by Ford. The information here is taken in combination with the 2010 Owner’s Manual and 2010 Ford Trailer Towing Guide Brochure.

The 2010 F150 has a max trailer towing capacity of 5,100 – 11,300 lbs for all automatic transmission trucks. In order for the F150 to accommodate these weights, the F150 will require either the Heavy Duty Trailer Towing Package, Trailer Tow Package, or the Max Trailer Towing Package. Without these packages, a trailer should never exceed 5,000 lbs.

Ford says that the tongue weight for any towing should be no more than 10% of the trailer weight. So without a weight distributing hitch, the tongue weight cannot exceed 500 lbs.

Though I tried to make this information as accurate as possible, you should always check your manual or contact your local dealer to determine the appropriate towing capacity of your vehicle and necessary equipment.

2010 F150 Towing Capacity featured image

Trims

There are 8 trims in the 2010 F150 series. The main difference between these trim levels is the options available and the cosmetic additions that can be added (Source). Each of these trim levels has various package options, bed lengths, cab sizes, and engine types, but this post will not go through all the options.

  • XL
  • XLT
  • FX4
  • Lariat
  • King Ranch
  • Platinum
  • STX
  • Harley-Davidson

Cab and Bed Sizes

The cab types in the 2010 F150 are regular/standard, SuperCab and SuperCrew.

The regular is a single-row seating cab, while the SuperCab and SuperCrew can support two different rows of passengers.

The SuperCab is slightly smaller than the SuperCrew in both length, rear-seat space, and rear door sizes.

Bed Sizes

There are three main bed sizes for the 2010 F150. These include the short, standard, and long bed.

The short bed is 5.5 ft, the standard bed is 6.5 ft, and the long bed I 8 ft.

Not all bed sizes are available with every cab size or every trim. Since the regular cab is the smallest, it can accommodate both the 6.5 ft and 8 ft bed sizes.

The SuperCab, as the middle option is available in all three cab sizes.

And the SuperCrew, being the largest is offered in the 5.5 and 6.5 ft bed sizes.

There are some flareside and styleside trucks, but that doesn’t impact the towing capacity of the vehicle in this guide.

Towing Terms
Packages

Ford states that a max trailer capacity of 5,000 lbs should never be exceeded unless you have one of the two packages listed below.

Heavy-Duty Payload Package (Code 627)

  • 17 in high capacity steel wheels
  • heavy-duty shock absorvers and frame
  • upgraded springs & radiator
  • 3.73 axle ratio

This package is only available in the XL and XLT Regular and SuperCab models with an 8 ft bed and a 5.4 L engine and Max Trailer Tow Package along with it.

Trailer Tow Package (Code 535)

  • 7 wire harness
  • 4/7 pin connector
  • hitch receiver
  • Trailer Brake Controller

Max Trailer Tow Package (53M)

The Max Trailer Tow Package has all the same accessories added to the Trailer Tow Package but must be used when the Heavy-Duty Payload Package is added.

Towing Capacity by Engine

To determine the towing capacity of your vehicle, you need to know the:

  1. engine type
  2. bed size
  3. cab size
  4. drivetrain
  5. axle ratio

If you know all of these items, then move on to the next section by engine to determine your towing capacity.

If not:

  1. Start with the VIN decoder from Autozone to determine the engine in the vehicle
  2. measure the bed size with a tape measure to determine whether you have a 5.5, 6.5 or 8 ft bed
  3. The cab size should be evident by whether or not you have two rows and if the back doors are full-sized
  4. Drivetrain should be determined with the VIN as well
  5. The axle ratio will be listed on the side of the driver’s door on the certification sticker

The image below will should you where you can find the axle ratio on this sticker in your car.

You can also see your GVWR for your vehicle here to determine your payload capacity.

Related: What is GVWR?

2007 Ford F150 Certification Label

Designated on this label will be a two-digit code that corresponds to an axle ratio in your truck. See the chart below to determine the right one.

2010 f150 axle ratio code chart

4.2 L 2V V8

The 4.2 L 2V engine is the smallest engine offered in the 2010 F150 trucks. It has a hp of 248 and a torque of 294 lb.-ft.

This engine is only a 2 wheel drive vehicle but does come with automatic and manual transmissions.

The automatic transmissions in the 4.2 L 2V V8 engine in the 2010 F150 series have a maximum towing capacity of 5,100 – 6,000 lbs.

Compared to the 2010 models, this year has 100 lbs less towing capacity for the automatic transmissions than are listed previously.

Drive

Cab Size

Bed Size

Axle Ratio

Towing Capacity
lbs (kg)

GCWR
lbs (kg)

4x2

Regular Cab

6.5 ft

3.55

5400 (2449)

10400 (4717)

4x2

Regular Cab

6.5 ft

3.73

5900 (2676)

10900 (4944)

4x4

Regular Cab

6.5 ft

3.73

5700 (2585)

10900 (4944)

4x2

Regular Cab

8 ft

3.55

5500 (2495)

10600 (4808)

4x2

Regular Cab

8 ft

3.73

6000 (2722)

11100 (5035)

4x4

Regular Cab

8 ft

3.73

5800 (2631)

11100 (5035)

4x2

SuperCab

6.5 ft

3.55

5300 (2404)

10600 (4808)

4x2

SuperCab

6.5 ft

3.73

5800 (2631)

11100 (5035)

4x4

SuperCab

6.5 ft

3.73

5500 (2495)

11100 (5035)

4x2

SuperCrew

5.5 ft

3.55

5200 (2359)

10600 (4808)

4x2

SuperCrew

5.5 ft

3.73

5700 (2585)

11100 (5035)

4x2

SuperCrew

6.5 ft

3.55

5100 (2313)

10600 (4808)

4x2

SuperCrew

6.5 ft

3.73

5600 (2540)

11100 (5035)

4.6 L 3V V8

The middle engine offered in the F150 is the 4.6 L 3V which has 292 hp and 320 lb.-ft of torque.

The 4.6 L 3V V8 engine is only available with an automatic transmission and has a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 – 9,500 lbs.

Drive

Cab Size

Bed Size

Axle Ratio

Towing Capacity
lbs (kg)

GCWR
lbs (kg)

4x4

Regular Cab

6.5 ft

3.55

7700 (3493)

12900 (5851)

4x4

Regular Cab

6.5 ft

3.73

8000 (3629)

13300 (6033)

4x2

Regular Cab

8 ft

3.31

8000 (3629)

13100 (5942)

4x2

Regular Cab

8 ft

3.55

8400 (3810)

13600 (6169)

4x4

Regular Cab

8 ft

3.55

7700 (3493)

13100 (5942)

4x4

Regular Cab

8 ft

3.73

8200 (3719)

13600 (6169)

4x2

SuperCab

6.5 ft

3.31

8100 (3674)

13500 (6123)

4x2

SuperCab

6.5 ft

3.55

9500 (4309)

14900 (6759)

4x4

SuperCab

6.5 ft

3.55

7900 (3583)

13500 (6123)

4x4

SuperCab

6.5 ft

3.73

9400 (4264)

15100 (6849)

4x2

SuperCrew

5.5 ft

3.15

7500 (3402)

13000 (5897)

4x2

SuperCrew

5.5 ft

3.31

8100 (3674)

13500 (6123)

4x2

SuperCrew

5.5 ft

3.55

9400 (4264)

14900 (6759)

4x4

SuperCrew

5.5 ft

3.55

7700 (3493)

13500 (6123)

4x4

SuperCrew

5.5 ft

3.73

9300 (4218)

15100 (6849)

4x2

SuperCrew

6.5 ft

3.31

8000 (3629)

13500 (6123)

4x2

SuperCrew

6.5 ft

3.55

9300 (4218)

14900 (6759)

4x4

SuperCrew

6.5 ft

3.55

7600 (3448)

13500 (6123)

4x4

SuperCrew

6.5 ft

3.73

9200 (4173)

15100 (6849)

5.4 L 3V V8

The 5.4 L V8 is the largest and most powerful engine in the 2010 F150 series. With the most power, it has 310 hp and 365 lb.-ft of torque.

There are two versions of this engine: the original and the Flex Fuel (E85). This is a more powerful engine with 320 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. This is the heavy-duty version of this engine.

The 5.4 L V8 engine in the 2010 Ford F150 has an automatic transmission and has a maximum towing capacity of 5,100 – 11,300 lbs.

The 5.4 L V8 Flex Fuel max towing capacity is between 11,100 – 11,300 lbs.

Compared to the previous year of 2010, this year has nearly 1000 lbs more towing capacity.

Trim

Drive

Cab Size

Bed Size

Package

Axle Ratio

Towing Capacity
lbs (kg)

GCWR
lbs (kg)

-

4x4

Regular Cab

6.5 ft

-

3.31

7700 (3493)

13000 (5897)

-

4x4

Regular Cab

6.5 ft

-

3.55/3.73

8600 (3901)

13900 (6305)

-

4x2

Regular Cab

8 ft

-

3.15

8000 (3629)

13200 (5987)

-

4x2

Regular Cab

8 ft

-

3.55

9800 (4445)

15000 (6804)

-

4x2 - Heavy Duty

Regular Cab

8 ft

-

3.73

11300 (5126)

16700 (7575)

-

4x4

Regular Cab

8 ft

-

3.31

7700 (3493)

13200 (5987)

-

4x4

Regular Cab

8 ft

-

3.55/3.73

9500 (4309)

15000 (6804)

-

4x4 - Heavy Duty

Regular Cab

8 ft

-

3.73

11300 (5126)

17000 (7711)

-

4x2

SuperCab

6.5 ft

-

3.15

8600 (3900)

14000 (6350)

-

4x2

SuperCab

6.5 ft

-

3.55

9800 (4445)

15200 (6895)

-

4x2

SuperCab

6.5 ft

-

3.73

11300 (5126)

16900 (7666)

-

4x4

SuperCab

6.5 ft

-

3.31

8300 (3765)

14000 (6350)

-

4x4

SuperCab

6.5 ft

-

3.55/3.73

9700 (4400)

15400 (6985)

-

4x4 - Heavy Duty

SuperCab

6.5 ft

Max Trailer Tow Package

3.73

11200 (5080)

17100 (7756)

-

4x2 - Heavy Duty

SuperCab

8 ft

-

3.73

11300 (5126)

17100 (7756)

-

4x4 - Heavy Duty

SuperCab

8 ft

-

3.73

11100 (5035)

17100 (7756)

-

4x2

SuperCrew

5.5 ft

-

3.15

8500 (3856)

14000 (6350)

-

4x2

SuperCrew

5.5 ft

-

3.55

9800 (4445)

15300 (6940)

-

4x2

SuperCrew

5.5 ft

-

3.73

11300 (5126)

16900 (7666)

Harley-Davidson

4x2

SuperCrew

5.5 ft

-

3.73

5300 (2404)

11200 (5080)

-

4x4

SuperCrew

5.5 ft

-

3.31

8100 (3674)

14000 (6350)

-

4x4

SuperCrew

5.5 ft

-

3.55/3.73

9600 (4355)

15500 (7031)

-

4x4 - Heavy Duty

SuperCrew

5.5 ft

Max Trailer Tow Package

3.73

11200 (5080)

17100 (7756)

Harley-Davidson

4x4

SuperCrew

5.5 ft

-

3.73

5100 (2313)

11200 (5080)

-

4x2

SuperCrew

6.5 ft

-

3.15

8400 (3810)

14000 (6350)

-

4x2

SuperCrew

6.5 ft

-

3.55

9700 (4400)

15300 (6940)

-

4x2

SuperCrew

6.5 ft

-

3.73

11300 (5126)

17000 (7711)

-

4x4

SuperCrew

6.5 ft

-

3.31

8000 (3629)

14000 (6350)

-

4x4

SuperCrew

6.5 ft

-

3.55/3.73

9500 (4309)

15500 (7031)

-

4x4 - Heavy Duty

SuperCrew

6.5 ft

Max Trailer Tow Package

3.73

11100 (5035)

17100 (7756)

2010 F150 Towing Capacity Chart

The following chart is from the trailer tow guide from the Ford brochure. If there are any differences between this document and what’s listed before, what is there is simply the information that came from the owner’s manual (which is the most reliable source).

2010 f150 towing capacity chart from towing guide
2010 Ford F150 Towing Capacity Chart from Brochure

2010 F150 5th Wheel Towing Capacity

Ford does not offer any kind of 5th wheel towing hitch, so in order to use your F150 for 5th wheel towing, you will need to get your own hitch installed.

The towing capacities for conventional towing and 5th wheel towing are the same. The main difference between the two is that the tongue weight for fifth-wheel towing should be between 15-25% as advised by Ford.

2010 f150 towing capacity chart from towing guide
2010 Ford F150 5th Wheel Towing Capacity Chart from brochure

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Payload Capacity

There is no clear way that Ford lists the payload capacities of the 2010 F150. The best way to check the payload capacity is to find the GVWR listed on the certification sticker listed on the inside of the driver’s side door.

There is information, however on the maximum cargo weight (or maximum payload capacity) on F150 trucks with the Heavy-Duty Payload Package (see table below).

All models below are only available with the 5.4 L V8 engine.

GVWRPayload Capacity
Regular Cab
4×2
4×4

8,200 lbs
8,200 lbs

2,627 lbs
2,326 lbs
SuperCab
4×2
4×4

8,200 lbs
8,200 lbs

1,795 lbs
1,491 lbs
2010 Ford F150 Payload Capacity with Heavy-Duty Payload Package

Rear Step Bumper Towing vs Hitch Receiver Towing

Towing always requires some type of hitch, but the Ford F150 can allow for bumper towing.

This means that a ball hitch can be installed on the bumper of the vehicle and doesn’t necessarily require a fully installed hitch receiver. In either case, for conventional towing without a weight-distributing trailer hitch, the towing capacity cannot exceed 5,000 lbs and the tongue weight on the ball cannot exceed 500 lbs.

This equates to a 10% tongue weight for all trailers.

This means that all of the listed towing capacities above for everything over 5,000 lbs require a weight-distributing trailer hitch is required with a properly installed hitch receiver.

Weight Carrying Trailer Capacity
(Max Tongue Load)
Weight-Distributing Trailer Capacity
(Max Tongue Load)
Rear Step Bumper5,000 lbs
(500 lbs)
Hitch Receiver5,000 lbs
(500 lbs)
11,300 lbs
(1130 lbs)
Max Tongue Load and Trailer Capacity for Rear Step Bumper and Hitch Receivers on 2010 F150

Additional Resources

Conclusion

Though this guide provides good guidance on how much you can tow with your 2010 F150, you should always calculate your own towing capacity.

Not sure how? Read: How is Towing Capacity Calculated? Here you will find a helpful calculator as well.

You’ll still need the GCWR, which should be appropriately listed here, but you should double-check the manual before you make a final decision.

Ford makes an assumption that there is a 150 lb passenger to make the maximum trailer weights listed in their manual.

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