The Ford F-150 has long been recognized for its ability to do many things well. Whether you are towing or are running errands across town, the Ford F-150 remains confident on the road and keeps passengers comfortable inside the cabin. But can Ford’s famous pickup truck tow massive trailers, such as a fifth wheel?
Yes, but it all depends on what sort of towing capability your Ford F-150 has and how much the trailer weighs. Fifth wheels trailers can weigh anywhere between 7,000 to 20,000 pounds. Make sure to take into account what the weight will be once everything is loaded into the trailer. When it comes to heavy-duty towing, it’s about the torque of the engine rather than the horsepower that matters most.
The 2018 Ford F-150 is available with five different engine options, all of which are rated with different towing capabilities.
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For even more engine power and capability, choose the Ford Super Duty. This powerful pickup truck comes equipped with a 6.7-litre Power Stroke V8 turbocharged engine and offers up to 21,000 lbs. of conventional towing, 27,500 lbs. of fifth wheel towing and up to 34,000 lbs. of gooseneck towing.
Can the Ford F-150 pull a horse trailer?
Yes! The type of trailer you use and the number of horses you transport at a time will really depend on the capability of your Ford F-150. For example, even the 2018 Ford F-150 with a 3.3-litre Ti-VCT V6 engine can tow a 3,000-pound trailer with two, 1,000-pound horses; two, 50 lb. bales of hay; and a 100 lb. saddle and tackle box for a total of 5,200 lbs.
No matter what you choose to tow with your Ford F-150, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. It’s essential to know how much everything, including the fully loaded trailer, weighs. Add everything up and don’t forget to factor in the Combined Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (CGVWR) of the tow vehicle. This number is the maximum allowable weight of the tow vehicle and trailer as recommended by Ford. In addition, give yourself some room for error. It’s never a good idea to fill a trailer or pickup up to the maximum CGVWR. Giving yourself a buffer and stay below the weight limit if possible.
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