If you are interested in buying a towing trailer, you may be wondering if you should purchase the towing trailer first and then find the most comparable truck, or do you first purchase the truck and then purchase your towing rig? It really does not matter which one you choose first, but if you are thinking about buying a Ford F-150 truck, it is important to choose the cab, towing and engine package that will best suit your needs.
The following is a brief guide into the different towing capacities of the F-150.
What Is The Maximum Towing Capacity Of The F-150?
Keep in mind, all of the following information is based on the 2019 Ford F-150 models. So, with that being said, if you are looking to get world class towing capabilities at 13,200 pounds, you will have to choose this package: the base, rear-wheel-drive with the XL trim. This is the Max SuperCrew and it has a 3.5 liter EcoBoost motor and a bed that measures over 6 feet. This also includes the Max Trailer Towing Package, along with tires that measure 20 inches.
This trailer-tow package also includes:
- Engine oil coolers
- 36 gallon fuel tank
- Auxiliary transmission
- 3.55 electronic locking rear differential
- Front stabilizer bar
- Class IV receiver hitch
- Integrated brake controller
Purchased new, this total package was a little over $43,000. However, a four-wheel drive has a towing capacity that is only 12,900 pounds.
When you begin to advance to different trim levels, you can expect to have more features. As the weight of the truck is increased, the towing capacity decreases. In other words, the higher the trim, the lower the trailering and payload capacities of the truck will be.
Does The F-150 Have The Capacity To Tow A Fifth-Wheel?
The F-150 has a towing capacity of 12,100 pounds for a fifth-wheel. This is based on a 4×2 XL traditional cab that has an 8-foot bed, the Max Tow Package and a 3.55 axle ratio. Purchased new, this truck cost a little over $33,500.
It is important to note that Ford is the only truck manufacturer that actually lists its half-ton trucks’ towing capacity for fifth-wheels.
Can I put a tonneau cover on my truck if I have a 5th wheel?
Yes and no. Some covers work and others will impede your 5th wheel. Take a look at the retrax bed cover brand or the BAK truck bed covers. Most models of these covers are compatible with a 5th wheel.
What Is The Minimum Towing Capacity For The F-150?
If you remove the Class IV trailer hitch, the F-150 has a towing capacity that is limited to 5,000 pounds. If you choose a 2019 Ford F-150 with a Class IV trailer hitch and a 3.3 liter, V6 engine, the manufacturer has listed several configurations that allow the vehicle to tow a maximum of 5,000 pounds.
These specific models are:
- The traditional cab with a four-wheel drive and a 6.5 foot bed
- The SuperCab with a two-wheel drive and a 6.5 foot bed
- The SuperCrew with a 2WD and a 5.5 foot bed
Keep in mind that these are just some of the towing ratings for different configurations of the 2019 Ford F-150. Remember, if you add multiple options to the base vehicle, the towing capacity will be reduced. Be aware of the gross combined weight, gross axle weight and gross vehicle weight of any vehicle you plan to use as a towing vehicle, and do not exceed any of these limits.