2016 Ford F250 Towing Capacity (and Payload Capacity)

The 2016 Ford F-250 can tow anywhere from 12,200 to 14,000 lbs. There are many factors that determine the exact towing capacity such as the cab size, bed size, axle ratio, engine type, and hitch.

The F250 that can tow the most is the truck with the 6.7 L V8 Turbo Diesel engine with a crew cab or supercab.

Below you will find the specific towing capacity for your vehicle recommended by Ford for your Ford F-250.

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.

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What is the towing capacity of my Ford F250?

In order to know the towing capacity of your Ford F250, the most reliable way is to calculate your own towing capacity, which you can learn to do in this article: How is Towing Capacity Calculated?

This will give you the exact maximum towing capacity of your truck at any given time.

However, you need to remember that the value below is the maximum towing capacity of your truck (assuming there are no people or cargo in your truck).

If there is any weight in or on the vehicle such as passengers and cargo, this number will change.

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.

To get your VIN, check the Safety Compliance Certification Label on the inside of the driver’s side door on the hinge pillar, door-latch post, or door edge.

2021 f250 safety compliance certification label

You will also find the GVWR, and Axle ratio here.

Related: What is GVWR?

If not:

  1. Start with the VIN decoder from Autozone to determine the engine in the vehicle
  2. Your cab style is either:
    1. Regular (2 door, 1 rows)
    2. SuperCab (4 door, 2 rows with only 2 full doors)
    3. SuperCrew (4 full doors, 2 rows)
  3. Drivetrain should be determined with the VIN as well
  4. The axle ratio is listed on the side of the driver’s door on the certification sticker

The axle ratio will be written in a key using the following two-digit code which corresponds to the rear axle ratio on the F250.

Towing Terms
Towing Terms
Axle RatioNon-Limited SlipLimited SlipElectronic Locking
3.3131N/A3H
3.5535N/A3J
3.73373L3E
4.30N/A4L4M
Axle Ratio codes for Ford F250

Now you will have all the necessary information to determine the towing capacity of your Ford F250.

Please be advised that the information presented in this article is taken from official ford documentation and is only to be used as a reference. You should always calculate your own towing capacity to ensure safe driving of your specific model.

Towing Packages

As Super Duty trucks are meant to be used as utility trucks, they come with more towing features in the basic models.

The standard features are:

  • 7 wire harness
  • 4/7 pin connector
  • Hitch receiver
  • Tow/haul mode
  • Trailer sway control
  • Trailer Brake Controller

Aside from the basic features of the F250, there are no other towing packages available in 2016. The only offering is the Camper Package which has an impact on the payload capacity of your vehicle.

rv camper trailer

Camper Package (471)

  • Increased capacity front springs
  • Rear stabilizer bar
  • Rear auxiliary springs

Towing Capacity by Engine

The weights below for each engine list the towing capacities for conventional towing. For this type of towing, the load weight on the trailer tongue should be between 10-15% of the total trailer weight.

The absolute maximum trailer weight on a weight-carrying Ford F250 should not exceed 6,000 lbs (with 6.2 L engine) or 8,500 lbs (with 6.7 L diesel engine), so anything above this requires a weight-distributing hitch.

6.2 L V8

The 6.2 L V8 gas engine is the weakest of the 2016 F250 series. It only supplies 385 hp @5,550 rpm and 405 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,500 rpm.

As the smallest engine, the towing capacity is between 12,200 – 12,500 lbs for the 6.2 L.

Drive

Axle Ratio

Cab Size

GCWR
(lbs)

Towing Capacity
(lbs)

4x2

3.73

Regular

19,200

12,500

4x4

3.73

Regular

19,200

12,500

4x2

4.30

Regular

22,200

12,500

4x4

4.30

Regular

22,200

12,500

4x2

3.73

Super

19,200

12,500

4x2

3.73

Super

19,200

12,400

4x4

4.30

Super

22,200

12,500

4x4

4.30

Super

22,200

12,500

4x2

3.73

Crew

19,200

12,500

4x2

3.73

Crew

19,200

12,200

4x4

4.30

Crew

22,200

12,500


4x4

4.30

Crew

22,200

12,500

6.7 L V8 Turbo Diesel

The 6.7 L V8 Turbo Diesel is the only diesel engine offered in the 2016 F250 family. It has a whopping 860 lb.-ft of torque @ 1,600 rpm and 440 hp @ 2,800 rpm.

The turbo diesel engine has the highest towing capacity of up to 14,000 lbs and as low as 12,500 lbs.

Drive

Axle Ratio

Cab Size

GCWR
(lbs)

Towing Capacity
(lbs)

4x2

3.31

Regular

23,500

12,500

4x4

3.31

Regular

23,500

12,500

4x2

3.55

Regular

23,500

12,500

4x4

3.55

Regular

23,500

12,500

4x2

3.31

Supercab

23,500

14,000

4x2

3.31

Supercab

23,500

14,000

4x4

3.55

Supercab

23,500

14,000

4x4

3.55

Supercab

23,500

14,000

4x2

3.31

Crew

23,500

14,000

4x4

3.31

Crew

23,500

14,000

4x2

3.55

Crew

23,500

14,000

4x4

3.55

Crew

23,500

14,000

2016 F250 Towing Capacity Chart

2016 ford f250 towing capacity chart
2016 Ford F250 Towing Capacity Chart

5th Wheel/Gooseneck Towing Capacities

2016 ford f250 towing capacity chart 5th wheel gooseneck
2016 Ford F250 Towing Capacity Chart 5th wheel/gooseneck

Payload Capacity of F250

Payload Capacity vs Towing Capacity

Payload capacity refers to the maximum amount of weight that can be put on a truck and carried.

Towing capacity refers to the maximum amount of weight that can be pulled from behind a truck.

For a more detailed explanation of these two, check out the GVWR vs GCWR article.

what is payload capacity visual

6.2 L V8 Payload

The 6.2 L V8 payload capacity in the 2016 F250 is 2,312 – 3,806 lbs.

Drive

Package

Cab Size

Bed Size

GVWR
(lbs)

Payload Capacity
(lbs)

4x2

Camper

Regular

8 ft

10,000

3,806

4x4

Camper

Regular

8 ft

10,000

3,396

4x2

Camper

Super

6 ft 9 in

10,000

3,024

4x4

Camper

Super

8 ft

10,000

2,625

4x2

Camper

Super

6 ft 9 in

10,000

2,926

4x4

Camper

Super

8 ft

10,000

2,523

4x2

Camper

Crew

6 ft 9 in

10,000

2,812

4x2

Camper

Crew

8 ft

10,000

2,426

4x4

Camper

Crew

6 ft 9 in

10,000

2,707

4x4

Camper

Crew

8 ft

10,000

2,312

6.7 L V8 Turbo Diesel Payload

The 6.7 L diesel payload capacity in the 2016 F250 is 1,586 – 3,115 lbs.

Drive

Package

Cab Size

Bed Size

GVWR
(lbs)

Payload Capacity
(lbs)

4x2

Camper

Regular

8 ft

10,000

3,115

4x4

Camper

Regular

8 ft

10,000

2,703

4x2

Camper

Supercab

6 ft 9 in

10,000

2,347

4x4

Camper

Supercab

8 ft

10,000

2,000

4x2

Camper

Supercab

6 ft 9 in

10,000

2,184

4x4

Camper

Supercab

8 ft

10,000

1,793

4x2

Camper

Crew

6 ft 9 in

10,000

2,148

4x4

Camper

Crew

8 ft

10,000

1,792

4x2

Camper

Crew

6 ft 9 in

10,000

1,975

4x4

Camper

Crew

8 ft

10,000

1,586

Conclusion

The 2016 Ford F250 has a towing capacity ranging from 12,200 – 14,000 lbs.

The engine type, drive, cab size, and bed size can all impact the towing capacity.

You should always do your own towing capacity calculations before you ever tow anything, especially those that are close to these limits.

If you need help calculating your towing capacity, I wrote an entire article that walks you through the steps to calculate your towing capacity along with other considerations you need to make when towing.

The resources used for this information were taken from the 2016 Ford RV/Trailer Towing Guide ebrochure.

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