Your Complete Ford Truck Towing Guide for Campers, Boats, and More

January 31st, 2024 by

Welcome to the world where your truck isn’t just a ride – it’s a part of your life. Whether you’re from the busy streets of New York City or the quiet suburbs of Great Neck, we know you’re looking for a truck that’s strong, reliable, and a great value for your money. One of the most important aspects of finding that perfect truck for your lifestyle is finding a model that fits your work, hobbies, and family. Ford offers an array of different truck models, ranging from the compact Ford Ranger to the mighty Ford F-350 Super Duty.

The Basics of Towing

When it comes to towing, whether it’s for work or play, understanding the basics is key. Let’s make towing simple so you can focus on what really matters – getting the job done or enjoying time with your family.

1. Tow Capacity

Let’s start with tow capacity. This is how much weight your Ford can safely pull. It’s important because you need a truck that can handle the weight of your tools, materials for work, or even a camper, trailer, or boat for family trips. Each Ford model has a different towing capacity, so it’s all about finding the one that’s just right for your needs.

2. Types of Trailers and Campers

Next, there are different kinds of trailers and campers you can use, depending on what you need to haul. If you have supplies that don’t mind the open air, like building materials or tools, a utility trailer is a good choice. If you need to keep things dry and safe, an enclosed trailer is better. Then there are campers, like tent trailers and small tow behinds, or longer campers like goosenecks and 5th wheels.

3. The Right Kind of Hitch

Now, for attaching these trailers to your truck, you need the right kind of hitch. For lighter trailers, a regular hitch attached to the back of your truck called a bumper pull hitch, is fine. But if you’re pulling something heavier or bigger, like a big camping trailer or a heavy work trailer, you might need a stronger hitch. These are called receiver hitches, and they’re attached directly to the frame of your truck. This makes them stronger and able to handle more weight. There are even bigger hitches, like fifth-wheel hitches, that go in the bed of your truck and are great for large camper trailers.

The key thing is to make sure your truck can handle the weight of the trailer and that you have the right hitch for the job. This keeps everything safe while you’re on the road. So, whether it’s for work or taking the family camping, picking the right trailer and hitch makes sure you can haul what you need without any trouble.

Towing Capacities

Now, let’s dive into the good stuff. Choosing the right Ford model for towing doesn’t have to be complicated. Whether you’re hauling equipment for work to Brooklyn or taking the family boat out for a weekend on the water in upstate New York, we’re here to help you find a Ford that can handle it all with ease and confidence.

2023 Ford F-150

The 2023 Ford F-150® offers a wide option of different engines, each one built for certain situations. If you’re looking for serious towing power, the 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 engine is your best bet in the F-150 lineup. This engine can handle up to 14,000 pounds, making it a strong choice for heavy-duty work like pulling big trailers, boats, or large campers.

What makes this 3.5L EcoBoost® engine stand out is how it uses turbocharging and direct injection. This combo means you get a lot of power without wasting fuel, so your truck stays strong and ready for action, even with a big load. Whether it’s for a tough day at work in Queens or a weekend adventure to Fire Island, this engine has the muscle you need to get the job done.

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Engine HP @ RPM Torque @ RPM Max Towing (lbs) Max Payload (lbs)
3.3L Ti-VCT V6 290 @ 6,500 265 lb-ft @ 4,000 8,200 1,985
2.7L EcoBoost V6 325 @ 5,000 400 lb-ft @ 3,000 10,100 2,480
3.5L EcoBoost V6 400 @ 6,000 500 lb-ft @ 3,100 14,000 3,250
5.0L Ti-VCT V8 400 @ 6,000 410 lb-ft @ 4,250 13,000 3,325
3.5L PowerBoost Full Hybrid V6 430 @ 6,000 570 lb-ft @ 3,000 12,700 2,120


2024 Ford Super Duty

For folks who really put their trucks through the paces, whether it’s for heavy-duty work or serious weekend fun, the Ford Super Duty is the truck to beat. This lineup is built tough to handle whatever you throw at it – from hauling big loads on the job to pulling a boat or trailer for a getaway. What makes the Ford Super Duty stand out is its proven strength and reliability. Ford puts these trucks through intense testing to make sure they can stand up to the toughest challenges.

The great thing about the Super Duty series is the variety of models available. This means you can pick the one that fits exactly what you need, whether it’s for work, play, or a bit of both. Each model is tailored to different kinds of tasks and lifestyles, making it easier for you to find the perfect fit. So, if you’re in the market for a truck that’s as hardworking as you are, the Ford Super Duty range is worth a look. It’s not just a truck; it’s a dependable partner ready to tackle the toughest jobs or enjoy the great outdoors with you.

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Ford Super Duty
Max Horsepower 500 HP
Max Torque 1,200lb-ft
Conventional Towing Up to 30,000 lbs
5th-Wheel/Gooseneck Towing Up to 40,000 lbs

2024 Ford Ranger

If you need a truck that’s tough and reliable but don’t necessarily need the massive towing power of the bigger models, the 2024 Ford Ranger® is definitely worth considering. It’s a light-duty truck, but don’t let that fool you – it packs enough punch to tow up to 7,500 pounds. This makes it a versatile choice for a variety of tasks, whether you’re hauling a smaller trailer, a boat for a weekend on the lake, or your recreational gear.

The Ranger® is all about blending practicality with enough power for your day-to-day jobs. It’s especially appealing if you’re looking for a truck that’s easy to handle and navigate, particularly in tighter spaces where larger trucks might struggle. The Ford Ranger® offers the utility you need without the extra bulk, making it a great middle-ground for those who need a reliable truck for both work and play.

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Ford Ranger 2.3L EcoBoost®
HP @ RPM 270 @ 5,500
Torque @ RPM 310 lb-ft @ 3,000
Max Towing (lbs) 7,500
Max Payload (lbs) 1,860

2024 Ford Maverick

The 2024 Ford Maverick® is a solid pick for those who need a truck for lighter towing jobs. It’s capable of towing up to 4,000 pounds when you add the Max Towing Package. This means the Maverick® is just right for smaller tasks or fun activities like pulling a small boat, a pair of jet skis, or a light travel trailer.

The Maverick® is smaller than the bigger trucks, which makes it easier to drive and park, especially in tighter spaces like city streets or crowded parking lots. This smaller size also helps with fuel efficiency, so you’ll save some cash at the gas pump. Even with its compact size, the Maverick® doesn’t skimp on usefulness and can handle various kinds of jobs. If you’re looking for a truck that’s easy to handle, saves on gas, but still does the work, the Ford Maverick® could be the truck for you.

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Ford Maverick 2.5L Hybrid Powertrain 2.0-liter EcoBoost®
HP @ RPM 191 @ 5,600 250 @ 5,500
Torque @ RPM 155 lb-ft @ 4,000 277 lb-ft @ 3,000
Max Towing (lbs) 2,000 4,000
Max Payload (lbs) 1,500 1,500

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning

The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning is a game-changer for truck lovers, especially those who are curious about going electric. At first glance, it looks a lot like the regular F-150, but the major difference is under the hood – it’s all electric. The Lightning comes with two battery choices, both strong performers when it comes to towing. Ford once demonstrated the Lightning towing a massive train to showcase its power. For everyday tasks, you’ll find it has a solid towing capacity, more than enough for typical needs. The standard range battery version can tow up to 7,700 lbs, while the extended range battery ups that capacity to 10,000 lbs. As for payload, the standard range can handle a maximum of 2,235 lbs, and the extended range maxes out at 1,952 lbs.

This truck isn’t just about muscle, though. It also brings all the trusted features of the F-150, with the added benefits of being electric. This blend of truck strengths with the advantages of electric technology even earned the Lightning the title of MotorTrend’s Truck of the Year for 2023. For those who want the reliability and performance of an F-150 but are ready to step into the electric vehicle arena, the F-150 Lightning is a compelling option.
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Ford F-150 Lightning Standard Range Battery Extended Range Battery
Horsepower 462 580
Torque 775 lb-ft 775 lb-ft
Max Payload 2,235 lbs 1,952 lbs
Max Towing 7,700 lbs 10,000 lbs

Why Ford’s Towing is Best in Class

If you are still looking for some more information on Ford towing, check out some of these awesome features that come included with a new Ford:

  • Pro Trailer Backup Assist: Reversing a truck with a trailer attached can be a real headache. That’s where the Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ comes in. All you have to do is hit the Trailer Backup button, keep your hands off the steering wheel, and use a knob to control where the trailer goes. You control the speed with your pedals and let the truck do the steering for you.
  • Trailer Reverse Guidance: Ever find it hard to see what’s going on behind your trailer? Ford’s Trailer Reverse Guidance gives you a bird’s-eye view and multiple camera angles right on your dashboard screen. You can back up using your steering wheel or combine it with the Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ for even more control.
  • Smart Hitch: Loading your trailer correctly is key for a safe haul. Smart Hitch takes the guesswork out of it by calculating the weight for you. It shows how much weight is on the hitch, tells you if it’s too much or too little, and gives tips on how to distribute the weight right. It even helps you set up a weight-redistributing hitch properly.

These features are designed to take the stress out of towing, whether you’re pulling equipment to a job site or hauling your boat to the lake. For more details on how to use these features, you might want to check out Ford’s official guidelines or chat with the folks at your local dealership.

At Biener Ford, we recognize that buying a vehicle is a massive decision, and we strive to make the process as smooth and straightforward as possible. Our knowledgeable staff is dedicated to helping you through every step, ensuring that you find the perfect match for your needs. Experience the difference in quality, performance, and reliability that Ford offers. Come in today and take the first step towards the next chapter of your driving experience.

2023 Ford Towing Guide


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