Towing Capacity of Ford F150 (2021-2004)

Towing capacity is the maximum amount that your Ford F-150 can carry behind your truck through a trailer hitch.

The Ford F-150 in 2021 can tow anywhere from 5,000 to 14,000 lbs in the 2021 model. If you are looking for other years of the F150, you will find all the information you need at the bottom of the page.

There are many factors that determine the towing capacity such as the cab size, bed size, axle ratio, engine type, and hitch.

Find the towing capacity for your vehicle below, a towing capacity calculator, and more tips on how to tow with your Ford F-150.

Information in this article was taken from the 2021 Ford RV and Trailering Guide.

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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How to calculate towing capacity

Towing capacity is calculated by subtracting the curb weight from the GCWR.

Read this article for a deeper look and an example of calculating towing capacity. It is important to remember that this simple calculation above simply outputs the MAXIMUM towing capacity.

You must take into account the passengers and cargo to determine the amount that can actually be towed by a truck.

Towing Capacity Calculator

This calculator takes into account the additional weight on your vehicle to determine the amount your truck can tow at any given point.

After you use this calculator, it is important to note the ideal tongue weight range of your trailer. This will:

  1. Help you distribute your trailer weight safely
  2. Allow you to determine whether or not you excceed the maximum payload capacity on your truck

If this doesn’t make sense to you, there is much more detail on this page to help you tow safely.

What is the towing capacity of my Ford F150?

In order to know the towing capacity of your Ford F150, the most reliable way is to use the calculator above. You can find the GCWR of your truck, and the weight of your Ford F150 here.

This will give you the exact maximum towing capacity of your truck.

However, you need to remember that this value is the maximum towing capacity you could tow (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 must be subtracted from this maximum value.

Ford, however, has listed the maximum trailer weight for multiple Ford F150 trucks under the assumption the truck is well equipped and there are 2, 150 lbs passengers.

So essentially the estimates reported by Ford are 300 lbs under the maximum towing capacity. This value, however, gives you a little buffer when determining the towing capacity of your truck.

If you don’t want to go the manual route, the things you will need are:

  • Engine Type
  • Axle Ratio
  • Cab Style
  • Bed Length
  • Drive (4×2/4×4)

If you don’t know your engine type, you can check under the hood, but if you know you have the base model of a particular trim, you can use the guide below to determine the engine in your truck.

EngineXLXLTLARIATKing RanchPlatinumLimitedTremorRaptor
3.3 Ti-VCT V6BaseBase
2.7L EcoBoost V6xxBase
5.0L Ti-VCT V8xxxBaseBase
3.5L EcoBoost V6xxxxxBaseBaseBase
3.0L Power Stroke
Turbo Diesel V6
xxxxx
3.5L PowerBoost
Full Hybrid V6
xxxxxx
Ford F-150 Engine Options for each trim (2021)

The axle ratio can be determined by finding a two-digit code on the inside of the driver’s side door. Below the bar code will be the words “AXLE” followed by either two numbers or a letter and a number.

Axle RatioNon-Limited SlipElectronic Locking
3.1515L5
3.3127L3
3.5519L9
3.7326L6
Axle Ratio codes for Ford F150

Your cab style is either:

  • Regular (2 door, 1 rows)
  • SuperCab (4 door, 2 rows with only 2 full doors)
  • SuperCrew (4 full doors, 2 rows)

The bed length will either be 5.5 ft, 6.5 ft, or 8 ft. And you should know whether your truck is 4 wheel drive or two-wheel drive.

Please be advised that the information presented in this article is taken from Ford.com Trailer Towing Selector document 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.

3.3 Ti-VCT V6

The number listed for this engine is the same for both conventional towing and 5th wheel/gooseneck towing.

Regular Cab
4×2
6.5 ft
Regular Cab
4×2
8 ft
Regular Cab
4×4
6.5 ft
Regular Cab
4×4
8 ft
SuperCab
4×2
6.5 ft
SuperCab
4×4
6.5 ft
SuperCrew
4×2
5.5 ft
SuperCrew
4×4
5.5 ft
3.5550005000510050005100
3.7382008200820082008200810082008200
3.3 Ti-VCT Towing Capacities Chart Ford F150 (Source)

5.0 L Ti-VCT V8

Though the numbers below are the maximum trailer capacity for a Ford F150 with this engine, you need to make sure that unless you have the Trailer Tow Package, you should not exceed a trailer weight of 7000 lbs.

The towing capacities listed below are for conventional, 5th wheel and gooseneck towing.

Regular Cab
6.5 ft
Regular Cab
8 ft
SuperCab
6.5 ft
SuperCab
8 ft
SuperCrew
5.5 ft
SuperCrew
6.5 ft
3.15
(4×2)
(4×4)

8300

9900

9800

9600

9700

9600
3.31
(4×2)
(4×4)

8300
8200

9900
9700

9800
9500

9600
9400

9700
9400

9600
9300
3.73
(4×2)
(4×4)

9100
9600

10400
10500

10500
10500

10400
10400

10500
10400

10400
10300
5.0 L Ti-VCT Towing Capacities Chart Ford F150 (Source)

3.0 L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel V6

Similar to the engine above, any trailer weight above 7000 lbs requires the Trailer Tow Package in order to achieve these tow capacities.

SuperCab
6.5 ft
SuperCrew
5.5 ft
SuperCrew
6.5 ft
3.31 (4×4)105001040010400
3.55 (4×4)105001040010400
3.0 L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel Towing Capacities Chart Ford F150 (Source)

2.7 L EcoBoost V6

The capacities listed here are the same for conventional towing and gooseneck/5th wheel.

However, unless you have the Trailer Tow Package, you cannot exceed a 6,000 lbs trailer weight.

Regular Cab
6.5 ft
Regular Cab
8 ft
SuperCab
6.5 ft
SuperCab
8 ft
SuperCrew
5.5 ft
SuperCrew
6.5 ft
3.15
(4×2)
(4×4)

7600

7600

7700

7600

7700

7800
3.55
(4×2)
(4×4)

7600
7700

7600
7700

7700
7600

7600

7700
7700

7800
3.73
(4×2)
(4×4)

8600
8500

8600
8400

8400
8100

8300

8300
8100

8300
2.7 L EcoBoost Towing Capacities Chart Ford F150 (Source)

3.5 L EcoBoost V6

Any trailer weight above 7,000 lbs requires the Trailer Tow Package to achieve capacities.

Regular Cab
8 ft
SuperCab
6.5 ft
SuperCab
8 ft
SuperCrew
5.5 ft
SuperCrew
6.5 ft
3.31
(4×2)
(4×4)

11200
11200

11000
11100

11200
11200

11200
11300

11300
11200
3.55
(4×2)
(4×4)

11200
11200

11000
11100

11200
11200

11200
11300

11300
11200
3.73
(4×2)
(4×4)

13300
13100



14000
13800



14000
13800
3.5 L EcoBoost Towing Capacities Chart Ford F150 (Source)

3.5 L PowerBoost Hybrid

The hybrid engine needs the Trailer Tow Package to tow anything over 7,000 lbs.

SuperCrew
5.5 ft
SuperCrew
6.5 ft
3.55
(4×2)
(4×4)

11000

11100
3.73
(4×2)
(4×4)


11000


11000
3.5 L PowerBoost Hybrid Towing Capacities Chart Ford F150 (Source)
how is towing capacity calculated

Do Ford F-150s come with a hitch?

Ford F150’s do come with a trailer hitch if the trim is a LARIAT, King Ranch, Platinum, or Limited.

All other Ford F150s do not come with a hitch unless you purchase either the Trailer Tow Package, Max Trailer Tow Package, or the Class IV Trailer Hitch.

Ford offers 4 towing packages with their vehicles and 3 of them include a hitch receiver.

If you know that you will be needed to add a hitch receiver to your car, you will either need to buy and install one yourself or buy these towing packages.

Towing Packages

So what towing packages does Ford offer? And what do they give you?

The standard Ford F150 does not come with a hitch receiver but does come with a 4 pin wiring harness to allow the electrical ability to attach a trailer. You will need to buy your own trailer hitch receiver if you have this model.

This type of connection only provides basic lighting functions such as running lights, signals, and brake lights (etrailer.com).

Tow Technology Package

This package does not offer a hitch receiver either, but it does offer the extra electrical components and technology for superior towing.

It has:

  • Smart Trailer Tow Connector
  • Trailer Brake Controller
  • Trailer Reverse Guidance
  • 360 degree camera
  • Tailgate LED
  • Pro Trailer Backup Assist

These are all extra components that will enhance your towing experience and ability, but will not actually provide you with the materials to tow.

Class IV Trailer Hitch

This package is available if you just want the addition of a hitch receiver with minimal upgrades. The additional upgrades that come with this package are the 7 pin wire harness and connector and the Smart Trailer Tow Connector.

This will not upgrade any other part of the truck. (See next packages for more options)

Trailer Tow Package

The trailer tow package comes with everything in the Class IV Trailer Hitch package PLUS the Trailer Brake Controller, Tailgate LED, and Pro Trailer Backup Assist.

Max Trailer Tow Package

You’d think that this package would add all the accessories that have already been mentioned in the previous packages, but it skips a few of the technology upgrades in the tech package.

This package comes with:

  • Class IV Hitch Receiver
  • 7 pin wire harness and connector
  • Smart Trailor Tow Connector
  • Upgraded Rear Axle
  • Upgraded Rear Bumper
  • Trailer Brake Controller
  • Pro Trailer Backup Assist
  • 36 Gallon Fuel Tank

So the main difference here is the upgrades to the actual structure of the truck. The upgraded axle and bumper allow for significantly larger towing gains than the other packages.

how is towing capacity calculated

Packages available by trim

Not all of these packages are available for all trims.

The Ford F150 comes in 8 different trim levels:

  • XL
  • XLT
  • LARIAT
  • King Ranch
  • Platinum
  • Limited
  • Raptor
  • Tremor
Tow Technology PackageClass IV Trailer HitchTrailer Tow PackageMax Trailer Tow Package
XLxxxx
XLTxxxx
LARIATxIncludedxx
King RanchxIncludedxx
PlatinumxIncludedxx
LimitedIncludedIncluded
Raptor
Tremor
Tow Package Availability by Trim Ford F150

Towing Capacity by Package

Max Trailer Tow Package

Regular Cab
8 ft
SuperCab
6.5 ft
SuperCab
8 ft
SuperCrew
5.5 ft
SuperCrew
6.5 ft
5.0 L Ti-VCT V8
3.73
(4×2)
(4×4)


13000
12800


12800
12300


13000


12900
13000


13000
12900
3.0 L Turbo Diesel V6
3.55
(4×4)


12100


12100


12100
3.5 L EcoBoost V6
3.55
(4×2)
(4×4)


13000
12700


12300
12300


14000
13800


14000
13900


14000
13800
3.5 L EcoBoost V6
3.73
(4×2)
(4×4)


13300
13100





14000
13800





14000
13800
3.5 L PowerBoost Hybrid
3.55 (4×2)
3.73 (4×2)


12700
12400


12700
12400
Max Trailer Tow Package Capacities Chart Ford F150 (Source)

2.7 L EcoBoost Payload Package

Regular Cab
8 ft
SuperCab
6.5 ft
SuperCab
8 ft
SuperCrew
5.5 ft
SuperCrew
6.5 ft
2.7 L EcoBoost V6
3.73
(4×2)
(4×4)


10000
10000


10000
10100


10000


10000
10100


10000
2.7 L EcoBoost Payload Package Towing Chart Capacities Ford F150 (Source)

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.

If you are looking for the Payload Capacity of your Ford F150 read here.

What happens if you tow more than capacity

You should never tow more than capacity.

The capacity is there for safety concerns.

If you tow more than capacity you may:

  • damage your truck
  • void warranty
  • cause an accident
  • lose control while driving
  • experience engine or brake failure

What can I tow with my F150?

Now that you know the towing capacity of your F150 you can then determine what you can tow.

Below are some average trailer weights reported by RAM trucks to help you understand your capabilities.

  • Trailer + Motorboat ~ 3,500 lbs
  • Trailer + Sailboat ~ 8,500 lbs
  • Trailer + Sedan ~ 5,800 lbs
  • Trailer + Pickup ~ 8,300 lbs
  • Pop-up Camper ~ 1,500-3,000 lbs
  • Travel Trailer ~ 6,000-12,000 lbs
  • Utility Trailer ~ 4,000-6,000 lbs
  • Landscape Flatbed ~ 13,000 lbs
  • Rollback ~ 1,500 lbs
  • Stake Bed ~ 1,500 lbs
  • Cherry Picker ~ 2,000-5,000 lbs

The only things listed from Ram trucks that couldn’t be towed on the max scale were fifth-wheel campers, bulldozers, and backhoes.

This isn’t to say that all fifth-wheel campers won’t fit, because that is 100%, not the case.

So can you tow any campers?

On the low end, campers can be 12,000 lbs which can be towed by a number of Ford F150 trucks (give the correct equipment).

Can you increase towing capacity?

Because it is important to know the safe limits of your truck, you should be very cautious when attempting to increase the towing capacity.

There are ways to increase towing capacity, but doing so without the help and guidance of the manufacturer can disqualify you from your warranty and cause safety concerns.

If your truck can not tow as much as you need, you should probably look into getting a new one.

You may also find that your hitch or hitch receiver does not support the appropriate amount of weight. If this is the case, you can think of upgrading.

Towing Capacity of Ford F150 by year

YearTowing CapacityPayload Capacity
20215,000 – 14,000 lbs1,705 – 3,325 lbs
20195,000 – 13,200 lbsup to 3,270 lbs
20185,000 – 13,200 lbsup to 3,270 lbs
20175,000 – 12,200 lbsup to 3,270 lbs
20165,000 – 10,900 lbs1,570 – 2,580 lbs
20155,000 – 12,200 lbsup to 2,790 lbs
20145,000 – 11,300 lbsup to 2,687 lbs
20135,000 – 11,300 lbsup to 2,687 lbs
20125,000 – 11,300 lbsup to 2,667 lbs
20115,000 – 11,300 lbsup to 2,657 lbs
20105,000 – 11,300 lbsup to 2,627 lbs
20095,000 – 11,300 lbsup to 2,636 lbs
20085,000 – 11,000 lbsup to 2,684 lbs
20072,300 – 11,000 lbsup to 2,653 lbs
20062,300 – 9,900 lbsup to 2,667 lbs
20052,200 – 9,900 lbsup to 2,627 lbs
20045,000 – 9,900 lbsup to 2,605 lbs
Towing Capacity of Ford F150 by Year Chart

Looking for more details on the towing capacity of a particular year? Check out each article below.

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