Find Your Ideal Towing Machine at First Ford, Serving Somerset and Westport, MA, and Newport, RI

Ford's immaculate line of pickup trucks does more than hold a reputation as America's cherished brand. The nation is constantly growing. It's expanding its physical infrastructure. The pace that our economy expands at, requires that buildings are constructed and that highways are stretched out. Behind all of this activity, trucks are paying their dues. Someone or something has to do it. Why not Ford? If you know the difference between payload and towing, then you're likely a tremendous help in the expansion of our society. Thank you. The heavy weights that construction requires, itself, requires an understanding of what towing and loading powers are.

If you want to learn about what your truck is capable of, then establishing a clear definition between payload and towing capacity is a good place to start. Carrying around a family of five within your F-150 makes a difference. Doing so when your flatbed is full of camping gear might change how your truck handles the road conditions. What you need is a clear overview of your power needs.

Payload vs. Towing

The final determination regarding the setup you need is based on the following:


Everything that sits on or within your pickup, which doesn't include the vehicle's actual weight, is your payload. You can carry picnic tables and trampoline parts within the flatbed, for example. Whenever you hear the term "load," it specifically means the type of weight that, with the help of gravity, pushes down on the surface of something. Roofs, for example, have a "load-bearing capacity" for heavy snow sitting on top of them.

There's a specific type of exertion that a vehicle undergoes when it has to manage the weight that pushes down on its wheels. In payload, a truck has to directly handle the weight that it bears. Construction professionals take these concepts into account as they decide on how to carry their materials. They must know which vehicle is most suitable for the job.

Towing Capacity

Towing capacity deals with a vehicle's ability to pull the weight that you're managing. Just recall that the longer the item is that you're pulling, the more powerful the vehicle model is. This manner of exertion puts the majority of the weight on the rear axle of a trailer. At first, managing weight in this way might seem more suitable for your lifestyle. The reality is that your engine may have to work harder at times.

Though a Ford pickup finds more ease in managing load weights, pulling something uphill is only possible with the right engine equipment. Judging your daily workflow or needs is a key factor involved. The good news is that your payload or towing needs are all met. You simply need to learn about and then choose the specific Ford pickup that you prefer.

Ford's lineup of light and heavy-duty trucks offers a full range of towing capacities. Below, we've documented the maximum towing capacity of each model/engine combination. It's important to remember that trucks individual towing capacity depends on a number of factors. The only way to know the exact capacity of a specific truck is to check the sticker inside the door.

Ford Trucks Towing Capacities

The F-150

Perhaps the most iconic nameplate in the truck world, the F-150 is Ford's full-size light-duty truck. It offers a choice of six capable engines to take on a variety of jobs. Ford F-150 max towing ratings reach:

  • 3.3-liter Ti-VCT V-6 (290 horsepower, 265 pound-feet of torque): up to 7,700 pounds.

  • 2.7-liter EcoBoost (325 horsepower, 400 pound-feet of torque): up to 9,000 pounds.

  • H.O. 3.5-liter EcoBoost (450 horsepower, 510 pound-feet of torque): up to 11,000 pounds.

  • 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V-8 (395 horsepower, 400 pound-feet of torque): up to 11,500 pounds.

  • 3.0-liter PowerStroke Turbo Diesel (250 horsepower, 440 pound-feet of torque): up to 11,500 pounds.

  • 3.5-liter EcoBoost (375 horsepower, 470 pound-feet of torque): up to 13,200 pounds.



The F-250 kicks off Ford's Super Duty lineup. These trucks feature immense engine power, fortified construction, and specially tuned suspension to take on the heaviest loads. Max F-250 towing ratings reach:

  • 6.2-liter V-8 (385 horsepower, 430 pound-feet of torque): up to 15,000 (conventional) or 15,800 (fifth-wheel/gooseneck)

  • 7.3-Liter V-8 (430 horsepower, 475 pound-feet of torque): up to 15,000 (conventional) or 19,500 (fifth-wheel/gooseneck)

  • 6.7-Liter Turbo-Diesel V-8 (475 horsepower, 1,050 pound-feet of torque): up to 20,000 (conventional) or 22,800 (fifth-wheel/gooseneck)


The F-350 offers the same engines as the F-250, but with a higher GCWR to accommodate heavier trailers. Max F-350 towing ratings reach:

  • 6.2-liter V-8 (385 horsepower, 430 pound-feet of torque): up to 16,300 (conventional) or 16,700 (fifth-wheel/gooseneck)

  • 7.3-Liter V-8 (430 horsepower, 475 pound-feet of torque): up to 21,000 (conventional) or 21,200 (fifth-wheel/gooseneck)

  • 6.7-Liter Turbo-Diesel V-8 (475 horsepower, 1,050 pound-feet of torque): up to 21,200 (conventional) or 37,000 (fifth-wheel/gooseneck)


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If you'd like more information about the power, features, and technologies of any of our trucks, feel free to reach out to us at your convenience. When you're ready to get a closer look, we invite you to visit us in Fall River for a test drive. We'll be happy to assist you.


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