October 31, 2018
Do you have a toy or tool that needs to be towed? Sacramento’s proximity to the Sierra Nevada foothills offers numerous lakes that are perfect for boating and camping. Downtown Sacramento has Discovery Park at the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers, offering great boating in an urban environment. But those boats, camping trailers, trailered ATVs, horse trailers, and trailered work equipment aren’t going to get where you want them to go unless they are hooked up to a vehicle capable of getting them there.
If you think about it, the weight of the thing you want to tow has a big impact on your decision about the kind of vehicle you buy. With that in mind, we thought we would share some of Ford’s capabilities and towing features to help you narrow down your selection process.
There’s a lot that goes into a vehicle’s towing capability, which explains why the same model can have a variety of towing ratings. Horsepower and torque (particularly torque at low RPMs) are important, but so is axel ratio and towing method (standard or 5th-wheel/goosesneck). But if you are just interested in the bottom line, and you know the weight of the loaded trailer you’ll be hauling, then this quick guide can be helpful.
Ford F Series Trucks – When You Need to Tow, Tow, Tow Your Boat
Ford F Series trucks are the leading full-sized sellers in America and part of the reason is their towing capabilities and the equipment we offer to make towing easier and safer. Here’s a quick rundown of towing power by model:
F 150 – 5,000 lbs. to 8,000 lbs.: Depending on how the truck is equipped, the F 150 can provide a class-leading towing capability of 4 tons. That’s a big boat! An available tow package assists the 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 with engine and transmission cooling systems to keep your drivetrain in shape while towing big loads.
F 250 – 12,300 lbs. to 13,300 lbs.: Have a bigger boat? The F 250 is up to the challenge. Actually, there are five trims of this Super Duty truck to choose from and they get progressively more powerful as you go up the line. Axle ratios and powerplants play a major role in towing capacity, and depending on the setup, the F 250 can pull nearly 7 tons of cargo.
F 350 – 15,000 lbs.: Now we are getting into the major leagues of towing. The 7.5 ton capacity is based on an F 350 equipped with a 6.7L Power Stroke Twin Turbo Diesel generating 450 hp and a whopping 935 lb-ft of torque utilizing 2WD or 4WD and a 4.30 axle ratio. Other configurations can do even better.
F 450 – 29,900 lbs.: Forget boats, do you have a small house that needs to be moved, or a trailer full of paving stones or cinder blocks? When you get into this commercial towing category there is a lot of ancillary equipment needed to keep these kinds of loads safe, and Ford engineering has systems for every need. One of the toughest and most powerful commercial Super Duty trucks built, the F 450 is up to the biggest challenges.
Need to Tow But Don’t Want a Truck?
Believe it or not, not everybody is in love with the tall ride that pickup trucks offer. If you fall into that group but you still have a need to tow stuff, talk to us about the Ford Expedition (5,900 -9,300 lbs.), Explorer (2,00 lbs. – 5,000 lbs.), or the Flex (4,500 lbs.).
When it comes to towing, for work or for play, we’ve got you covered at Elk Grove Ford.
Come out and see us for a test drive today.