2018 F150 Towing Capacity (Full Guide with Charts)

If you have a 2018 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 2018 Owner’s Manual and the 2018 Ford Trailer Towing Guide Brochure.

The 2018 F150 has a max trailer towing capacity of 5,000 – 13,200 lbs for all automatic transmission trucks. In order for the F150 to accommodate these weights, the F150 will require either the Trailer Towing 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.

2018 f150 towing capacity featured image

Trims

There are 7 trims in the 2018 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
  • Lariat
  • Limited
  • King Ranch
  • Platinum
  • Raptor

Cab and Bed Sizes

The cab types in the 2018 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 2018 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.

For all trims, the Super Cab only allows the option for 6.5 ft and 8 ft bed sizes.

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

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.

All come with 4 pin wiring harness and trailer sway control.

To get a full list of the packages available in the 2018 F150, check out this document.

Heavy-Duty Payload Package (Code 627)

  • 17 in high capacity wheels (XL)
  • 18 in aluminum wheels (XLT/Lariat)
  • heavy-duty shock absorvers
  • upgraded springs & radiator
  • 3.73 axle ratio

This package is only available in the 5.0 L or 3.5 L EcoBoost engine in the XL, XLT base, XLT mid, and Lariat Base. There is no limitation on bed size or cab size with this package.

However, when the 5.0 L engine uses the Heavy-Duty Payload Package, the Trailer Tow Package is also required and the Max Trailer Tow Package is required if this package is ordered on the 3.5L EcoBoost engine.

2.7 L EcoBoost Payload Package (622)

The 2.7 L EcoBoost Payload Package is, just as the name suggests available with the 2.7 L EcoBoost engine. This is only available with the XL and XLT trims.

This package can not be added in conjunction with the Max Trailer Tow Package or the Class IV Trailer Hitch. It, however, needs to be added along with the Trailer Tow Package (53A).

Trailer Tow Package (Code 53B or 53A)

There are two versions of the Trailer Tow Package.

The first one, 53B includes the following and is also known as the Medium Duty Trailer Tow Packag (Class IV Trailer Hitch):

  • 7 wire harness
  • 4/7 pin connector
  • Smart Trailer Tow Connector
  • Hitch Receiver

The second (Max Duty Trailer Tow Package 53A) has all the same features as B but also includes an auto trans oil cooler, tailgate LED, and an upgraded front stabilizer bar.

Max Trailer Tow Package (53C)

The Max Trailer Tow Package in the 2018 Ford F150 has all the same features as the Trailer Tow Package (53A) but also includes:

  • Upgrdaded rear axle
  • Trailer Brake controller
  • Pro Trailer Backup Assist
  • Upgraded rear bumper

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?

2017 f150 certification label sticker

The Axle Ratio is designated by a 2 digit code. The codes are listed here to indicate the proper axle ratio.

2018 f150 axle ratio code chart

The 2018 F150 comes standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission in all engines.

2.7 L EcoBoost V6

The 2.7 L EcoBoost engine is a new engine introduced in the 2018 F150 series. It is a smaller EcoBoost engine in the family with the 3.5 L. It has 325 hp @5,000 rpm and 400 lb.-ft of torque @2,750 rpm.

The 2.7 L EcoBoost V6 engine in the 2018 Ford F150 has an automatic transmission and has a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 – 9,100 lbs.

Drive

Cab Size

Bed Size

Package

Axle Ratio

Towing Capacity

GCWR

4x2

Crew cab

5.5 ft

-

3.55

7,700 lbs

12,700 lb (5,761 kg)

4x2

Crew cab

5.5 ft

2.7 L EcoBoost Payload Package

3.73

8,200 lbs

13,300 lb (6,033 kg)

4x2

Crew cab

5.5 ft

-

3.73

8,300 lbs

13,300 lb (6,033 kg)

4x4

Crew cab

5.5 ft

-

3.55

7,600 lbs

12,900 lb (5,851 kg)

4x4

Crew cab

5.5 ft

-

3.73

8,000 lbs

13,300 lb (6,033 kg)

4x4

Crew cab

5.5 ft

2.7 L EcoBoost Payload Package

3.73

9,000 lbs

14,300 lb (6,486 kg)

4x2

Crew cab

6.5 ft

-

3.55

7,700 lbs

12,700 lb (5,761 kg)

4x2

Crew cab

6.5 ft

-

3.73

8,300 lbs

13,300 lb (6,033 kg)

4x2

Crew cab

6.5 ft

2.7 L EcoBoost Payload Package

3.73

9,000 lbs

14,100 lb (6,396 kg)

4x2

Regular cab

6.5 ft

-

3.55

7,600 lbs

12,200 lb (5,534 kg)

4x2

Regular cab

6.5 ft

-

3.73

8,500 lbs

13,100 lb (5,942 kg)

4x4

Regular cab

6.5 ft

-

3.55

7,600 lbs

12,500 lb (5,670 kg)

4x4

Regular cab

6.5 ft

-

3.73

8,400 lbs

13,300 lb (6,033 kg)

4x2

Regular cab

8 ft

-

3.55

7,600 lbs

12,300 lb (5,579 kg)

4x2

Regular cab

8 ft

-

3.73

8,500 lbs

13,200 lb (5,987 kg)

4x2

Regular cab

8 ft

2.7 L EcoBoost Payload Package

3.73

8,500 lbs

13,300 lb (6,032 kg)

4x4

Regular cab

8 ft

-

3.55

7,600 lbs

12,600 lb (5,715 kg)

4x4

Regular cab

8 ft

-

3.73

8,300 lbs

13,300 lb (6,033 kg)

4x4

Regular cab

8 ft

2.7 L EcoBoost Payload Package

3.73

9,000 lbs

14,100 lb (6,396 kg)

4x2

Super Cab

5.5 ft

-

3.55

7,700 lbs

12,700 lb (5,761 kg)

4x2

Super Cab

5.5 ft

-

3.73

8,400 lbs

13,300 lb (6,033 kg)

4x2

Super Cab

5.5 ft

2.7 L EcoBoost Payload Package

3.73

8,300 lbs

13,300 lb (6,033 kg)

4x4

Super Cab

5.5 ft

-

3.55

7,600 lbs

12,800 lb (5,806 kg)

4x4

Super Cab

5.5 ft

-

3.73

8,100 lbs

13,300 lb (6,033 kg)

4x4

Super Cab

5.5 ft

2.7 L EcoBoost Payload Package

3.73

9,100 lbs

14,299 lb (6,486 kg)

4x2

Super Cab

6.5 ft

-

3.55

7,500 lbs

12,600 lb (5,715 kg)

4x2

Super Cab

6.5 ft

-

3.73

8,200 lbs

13,300 lb (6,033 kg)

4x2

Super Cab

6.5 ft

2.7 L EcoBoost Payload Package

3.73

9,000 lbs

14,100 lb (6,396 kg)

3.0 L Turbo Diesel V6

The 3.0L Turbo-Diesel V6 engine is new to the F150 family this year. It has a hp of 250 @3,250 rpm and a torque of 440 lb.-ft @1,750 rpm.

The automatic transmissions in the 3.0 L Turbo-Diesel V6 engine in the 2018 F150 series have a maximum towing capacity of 10,100 – 11,400 lbs.

Drive

Cab Size

Bed Size

Axle Ratio

Towing Capacity

GCWR

4x2

Super Cab

5.5 ft

3.31

10,100 lbs

15,700 lb (7,121 kg)

4x2

Super Cab

5.5 ft

3.55

11,400 lbs

17,100 lb (7,756 kg)

4x2

Crew cab

5.5 ft

3.31

10,200 lbs

15,800 lb (7,167 kg)

4x2

Crew cab

5.5 ft

3.55

11,000 lbs

17,100 lb (7,756 kg)

4x4

Crew cab

5.5 ft

3.31, 3.55

10,100 or 10,300 lbs

16,000 lb (7,257 kg)

4x4

Super Cab

5.5 ft

3.31, 3.55

10,100 or 10,200 lbs

15,900 lb (7,212 kg)

4x4

Crew cab

5.5 ft

3.55

10,700 or 11,200 lbs

17,100 lb (7,756 kg)

4x4

Super Cab

5.5 ft

3.55

11,100 or 11,400 lbs

17,100 lb (7,756 kg)

4x4

Crew cab

6.5 ft

3.31, 3.55

10,100 or 10,300 lbs

16,100 lb (7,303 kg)

4x4

Crew cab

6.5 ft

3.55

11,000 or 11,300 lbs

17,100 lb (7,757 kg)

3.3 L Ti-VCT V6

The 3.3 L Ti-VCT V6 engine has the lowest power of the 2018 F-series engines. It has a hp of 290 @6,500 rpm and a torque of 265 lb.-ft @4,000 rpm.

The automatic transmissions in the 3.3 L Ti-VCT V6 engine in the 2018 F150 series have a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 – 7,700 lbs.

Drive

Cab Size

Bed Size

Package

Axle Ratio

Towing Capacity

GCWR

4x2

Regular cab

6.5 ft

Medium Duty Trailer Tow Package

3.55

5,100 lbs

9,500 lb (4,308 kg)

4x2

Regular cab

6.5 ft

-

3.73

7,700 lbs

12,100 lb (5,489 kg)

4x2

Regular cab

8 ft

Medium Duty Trailer Tow Package

3.55

5,100 lbs

9,700 lb (4,400 kg)

4x2

Regular cab

8 ft

-

3.73

7,700 lbs

12,200 lb (5,534 kg)

4x2

Super Cab

5.5 ft

Medium Duty Trailer Tow Package

3.55

5,000 lbs

9,800 lb (4,445 kg)

4x2

Super Cab

5.5 ft

-

3.73

7,400 lbs

12,200 lb (5,534 kg)

4x2

Crew cab

5.5 ft

Medium Duty Trailer Tow Package

3.55

5,000 lbs

9,900 lb (4,491 kg)

4x2

Crew cab

5.5 ft

-

3.73

7,400 lbs

12,300 lb (5,579 kg)

4x4

Regular cab

6.5 ft

Medium Duty Trailer Tow Package

3.55

5,000 lbs

9,700 lb (4,400 kg)

4x4

Regular cab

6.5 ft

-

3.73

7,500 lbs

12,200 lb (5,534 kg)

4x4

Regular cab

8 ft

-

3.73

7,400 lbs

12,200 lb (5,534 kg)

4x4

Super Cab

5.5 ft

-

3.73

7,400 lbs

12,500 lb (5,670 kg)

4x4

Crew cab

5.5 ft

-

3.73

7,400 lbs

12,600 lb (5,715 kg)

3.5 L EcoBoost V6

The other EcoBoost engine in the F150 series is the 3.5 L. It has a hp of 375 @5,000 rpm and a torque of 470 lb.-ft @3,500 rpm. This engine supplies the most towing power of the entire family and so it is best for towing heavy loads.

Continued in 2018 is the High Output 3.5 L EcoBoost. This engine is supplied in the Raptor trim of the F150 and only has a max towing capacity of 8,000 lbs. It is the most powerful engine in the series with 450 hp @ 5,000 and 510 lb.-ft of torque @3,500.

The automatic transmissions in the 3.5 L EcoBoost V6 engine in the 2018 F150 series have a maximum towing capacity of 10,400 – 13,200 lbs.

Trim

Drive

Cab Size

Bed Size

Package

Axle Ratio

Wheel Size

Towing Capacity

GCWR

Limited

4x4

Crew cab

5.5 ft

-

3.31

-

10,400 lbs

16,100 lb (7,303 kg)

Limited

4x4

Crew cab

5.5 ft

-

3.55

-

11,000 lbs

16,700 lb (7,575 kg)

Limited

4x2

Crew cab

5.5 ft

-

3.15

-

10,400 lbs

15,800 lb

Limited

4x2

Crew cab

5.5 ft

-

3.55

-

11,200 lbs

16,700 lb (7,575 kg)

-

4x2

Crew cab

5.5 ft

-

3.15, 3.55

-

10,700 lbs

15,800 lb (7,167 kg)

-

4x2

Crew cab

5.5 ft

Max Duty Trailer Tow Package

3.55

-

12,800 lbs

17,900 lb

-

4x4

Crew cab

5.5 ft

-

3.31, 3.55

-

10,700 lbs

16,100 lb (7,303 kg)

-

4x4

Crew cab

5.5 ft

Max Duty Trailer Tow Package

3.55

-

12,700 lbs

18,100 lb

-

4x4

Crew cab

5.5 ft

-

3.31

-

10,700 lbs

16,100 lb (7,303 kg)

-

4x2

Crew cab

6.5 ft

-

3.15, 3.55

-

10,700 lbs

15,900 lb (7,212 kg)

-

4x2

Crew cab

6.5 ft

Max Duty Trailer Tow Package

3.55

20 in

13,200 lbs

18,400 lb (8,346 kg) 6

-

4x2

Crew cab

6.5 ft

Max Duty Trailer Tow Package

3.73

-

11,800 lbs

17,100 lb (7,756 kg)

-

4x4

Crew cab

6.5 ft

-

3.31, 3.55

-

10,700 lbs

16,100 lb (7,303 kg)

-

4x4

Crew cab

6.5 ft

Max Duty Trailer Tow Package

3.55

20 in

13,00 lbs

18,400 lb (8,346 kg)

-

4x4

Crew cab

6.5 ft

-

3.73

17 in

11,400 lbs

17,000 lb (7,711 kg)

-

4x4

Crew cab

6.5 ft

-

3.73

18 in

11,600 lbs

17,100 lb (7,756 kg)

-

4x2

Regular cab

8 ft

-

3.15, 3.55

-

10,700 lbs

15,500 lb (7,031 kg)

-

4x2

Regular cab

8 ft

Max Duty Trailer Tow Package

3.55

-

12,100 lbs

17,000 lb (7,711 kg)

-

4x2

Regular cab

8 ft

Max Duty Trailer Tow Package

3.73

-

12,100 lbs

17,100 lb (7,756 kg)

-

4x4

Regular cab

8 ft

-

3.31, 3.55

-

10,800 lbs

15,800 lb (7,166 kg)

-

4x4

Regular cab

8 ft

Max Duty Trailer Tow Package

3.55

-

12,100 lbs

17,100 lb (7,756 kg)

-

4x4

Regular cab

8 ft

Max Duty Trailer Tow Package & Heavy Duty Payload Package

3.73

18 in

11,900 lbs

17,100 lb (7,756 kg)

-

4x4

Regular cab

8 ft

Max Duty Trailer Tow Package & Heavy Duty Payload Package

3.73

17 in

11,800 lbs

17,100 lb (7,756 kg)

-

4x2

Super Cab

5.5 ft

-

3.15, 3.55

-

10,700 lbs

15,800 lb (7,167 kg)

-

4x2

Super Cab

5.5 ft

Max Duty Trailer Tow Package

3.55

-

12,000 lbs

17,100 lb (7,756 kg)

-

4x4

Super Cab

5.5 ft

-

3.31, 3.55

-

10,700 lbs

16,000 lb (7,257 kg)

-

4x4

Super Cab

5.5 ft

Max Duty Trailer Tow Package

3.55

-

11,800 lbs

17,100 lb (7,756 kg)

-

4x2

Super Cab

6.5 ft

-

3.15, 3.55

-

10,700 lbs

15,900 lb (7,212 kg)

-

4x2

Super Cab

6.5 ft

Max Duty Trailer Tow Package

3.55

-

11,900 lbs

17,100 lb (7,756 kg)

-

4x2

Super Cab

6.5 ft

Max Duty Trailer Tow Package

3.73

17 in

11,900 lbs

17,100 lb (7,756 kg)

-

4x2

Super Cab

6.5 ft

Max Duty Trailer Tow Package

3.73

18 in

11,800 lbs

17,100 lb (7,756 kg)

-

4x4

Super Cab

6.5 ft

-

3.31, 3.55

-

10,800 lbs

16,200 lb (7,348 kg)

-

4x4

Super Cab

6.5 ft

Max Duty Trailer Tow Package

3.55

-

11,700 lbs

16,200 lb (7,348 kg)

-

4x4

Super Cab

6.5 ft

Max Duty Trailer Tow Package

3.73

-

11,600 lbs

16,200 lb (7,348 kg)

5.0 L V8 Ti-VCT

The 5.0 L V8 engine has 395 hp @5,750 rpm and 400 lb.-ft of torque @4,500 rpm.

The 5.0 L Ti-VCT V8 engine is only available with an automatic transmission and has a maximum towing capacity of 8,300 lbs – 11,300 lbs.

Drive

Cab Size

Bed Size

Package

Axle Ratio

Wheel Size

Towing Capacity

GCWR

4x2

Regular cab

6.5 ft

-

3.15, 3.31

-

8,400 lbs

13,000 lb (5,896 kg)

4x2

Regular cab

6.5 ft

-

3.55

-

9,200 lbs

13,800 lb (6,260 kg)

4x2

Regular cab

8 ft

-

3.15, 3.31

-

9,200 lbs

13,900 lb (6,305 kg)

4x2

Regular cab

8 ft

-

3.55

-

11,200 lbs

14,900 lb (6,759 kg)

4x2

Regular cab

8 ft

Heavy Duty Payload Package

3.73

17 in

11,100 lbs

16,000 lb (7,257 kg)

4x2

Regular cab

8 ft

Heavy Duty Payload Package

3.73

18 in

11,000 lbs

16,000 lb (7,257 kg)

4x2

Super Cab

5.5 ft

-

3.15, 3.31

-

9,200 lbs

14,200 lb (6,441 kg)

4x2

Super Cab

5.5 ft

-

3.55

-

10,200 lbs

15,200 lb (6,895 kg)

4x2

Super Cab

6.5 ft

-

3.15, 3.31

-

9,200 lbs

14,300 lb (6,486 kg)

4x2

Super Cab

6.5 ft

-

3.55

-

10,200 lbs

15,300 lb (6,940 kg)

4x2

Super Cab

6.5 ft

Heavy Duty Payload Package

3.73

-

11,000 lbs

16,200 lb (7,348 kg)

4x2

Crew cab

5.5 ft

-

3.15, 3.31

-

9,100 lbs

14,200 lb (6,441 kg)

4x2

Crew cab

5.5 ft

-

3.55

-

10,100 lbs

15,200 lb (6,895 kg)

4x2

Crew cab

6.5 ft

-

3.15, 3.55

-

9,100 lbs

14,200 lb (6,441 kg)

4x2

Crew cab

6.5 ft

-

3.73

-

10,100 lbs

16,200 lb (7,348 kg)

4x4

Regular cab

6.5 ft

-

3.31, 3.55

-

8,300 lbs

13,200 lb(5,987 kg)

4x4

Regular cab

6.5 ft

-

3.73

-

9,700 lbs

14,600 lb (6,622 kg)

4x4

Regular cab

8 ft

-

3.31, 3.55

-

9,100 lbs

14,100 lb (6,396 kg)

4x4

Regular cab

8 ft

-

3.73

-

11,200 lbs

16,200 lb (7,348 kg)

4x4

Regular cab

8 ft

Heavy Duty Payload Package

3.73

17 in

11,000 lbs

16,100 lb (7,303 kg)

4x4

Regular cab

8 ft

Heavy Duty Payload Package

3.73

18 in

11,100 lbs

16,100 lb (7,303 kg)

4x4

Super Cab

5.5 ft

-

3.31

-

9,100 lbs

14,300 lb (6,486 kg)

4x4

Super Cab

5.5 ft

-

3.55

-

9,100 lbs

14,400 lb (6,532 kg)

4x4

Super Cab

5.5 ft

-

3.73

-

11,300 lbs

16,500 lb (7,484 kg)

4x4

Super Cab

6.5 ft

-

3.31

-

9,000 lbs

14,400 lb (6,532 kg)

4x4

Super Cab

6.5 ft

-

3.55

-

9,100 lbs

14,500 lb (6,577 kg)

4x4

Super Cab

6.5 ft

Heavy Duty Payload Package

3.73

17 in

10,800 lbs

16,600 lb (7,530 kg)

4x4

Super Cab

6.5 ft

Heavy Duty Payload Package

3.73

18 in

10,700 lbs

16,200 lb (7,348 kg)

4x4

Crew cab

5.5 ft

-

3.31

-

9,000 lbs

14,300 lb (6,486 kg)

4x4

Crew cab

5.5 ft

-

3.55

-

9,100 lbs

14,400 lb (6,532 kg)

4x4

Crew cab

5.5 ft

-

3.73

-

10,900 lbs

16,200 lb (7,348 kg)

4x4

Crew cab

6.5 ft

-

3.31

-

9,100 lbs

14,400 lb (6,532 kg)

4x4

Crew cab

6.5 ft

-

3.55

-

9,100 lbs

14,500 lb (6,577 kg)

4x4

Crew cab

6.5 ft

Heavy Duty Payload Package

3.73

17 in

10,600 lbs

16,900 lb (7,666 kg)

4x4

Crew cab

6.5 ft

Heavy Duty Payload Package

3.73

18 in

10,700 lbs

16,200 lb (7,348 kg)

2018 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).

2018 f150 towing capacity chart from tow guide brochure
2018 Ford F150 Towing Capacity Chart from Brochure
2018 f150 towing capacity chart from tow guide brochure cont
2018 Ford F150 Towing Capacity Chart cont. from Brochure

2018 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.

Upon installation and setup before you tow, you also should have a tongue weight (also known as king pin load weight for 5th wheel) of 15% compared to the 10% in conventional towing.

2018 f150 5th wheel towing capacity chart from tow guide brochure
2018Ford F150 5th Wheel Towing Capacity Chart from brochure
2018 f150 5th wheel towing capacity chart from tow guide brochure cont
2018 Ford F150 5th Wheel Towing Capacity Chart cont. from brochure

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Payload Capacity

There is no clear way that Ford lists the payload capacities of the 2018 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 (see image near top of article).

The absolute maximum payload capacity in the 2018 F150 is 3,270 lbs, but Ford doesn’t mention which of their models and equipment will support this weight.

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).

This is only available with the 3.5 L EcoBoost and 5.0 L V8 engine.

GVWRPayload Capacity
3.5 L EcoBoost
Payload Capacity
5.0 L
Regular Cab – 17 in tires
4×2
4×4

7,600 lbs
7,600 lbs

2601 lbs
2,387 lbs

2,641 lbs
2,408 lbs
Regular Cab – 18 in tires
4×2
4×4

7,850 lbs
7,850 lbs

2,833 lbs
2,600 lbs

2,873 lbs
2,640 lbs
SuperCab – 17 in tires
4×2
4×4

7,600 lbs
7,600 lbs

1,868 lbs
1,628 lbs

1,897 lbs
1,652 lbs
SuperCab – 18 in tires
4×2
4×4

7,850 lbs
7,850 lbs

2,100 lbs
1,860 lbs

2,129 lbs
1,884 lbs
SuperCrew – 17 in tires
4×2
4×4

7,600 lbs
7,600 lbs

1,789 lbs
1,547 lbs

1,816 lbs
1,567 lbs
SuperCrew – 18 in tires
4×2
4×4

7,850 lbs
7,850 lbs

2,021 lbs
1,779 lbs

2,048 lbs
1,799 lbs
2018 Ford F150 Payload Capacity with Heavy-Duty Payload Package

Rear Step Bumper Towing vs Hitch Receiver Towing

However, even if you have a hitch receiver, this does not mean that you can tow the capacities listed above. You first need a proper hitch receiver (Class III, Class IV), and a weight-distributing trailer hitch if towing above 5,000 lbs.

You can, however, tow with the 2018 F150 through a step bumper ball hitch. This can hold up to 5,000 lbs (with a weight-carrying trailer).

In either case with a weight carrying trailer or weight-distributing trailer, the tongue weight should not exceed 10% of the total trailer weight (according to the Trailer Tow Guide).

Weight Carrying Trailer Capacity
(Max Tongue Load)
Weight-Distributing Trailer Capacity
(Max Tongue Load)
Rear bumper5,000 lbs
(500 lbs)
Hitch Receiver5,000 lbs
(500 lbs)
13,200 lbs
(1320 lbs)
Max Tongue Load and Trailer Capacity for Rear Step Bumper and Hitch Receivers on 2018 F150

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Conclusion

Though this guide provides good guidance on how much you can tow with your 2018 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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