Towing: Which Package for Your 2018 F-150? (Poll)

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Buying a 2018 Ford F-150? Will you opt for the basic, or the enhanced trailer package with all the bells and whistles?

In a not-so-distant past, ordering the Trailer Tow Package for a Ford truck meant that you got a trailer hitch receiver, and a plug assembly in the bumper. As time went on, slightly more elaborate towing packages came about, with features like a transmission cooler, steeper gears, and an integrated trailer brake controller.

For 2018 there are two trailer towing options for the F-150 – a Class IV Hitch, and the Trailer Tow Package.

  • The basic Trailer Hitch Package includes a Class IV hitch receiver, a four and 7-pin trailer harness plug, and the Smart Trailer Tow Connector System. It will set you back only $95, and will cover you for the most basic trailer hauling scenarios.


  • The Trailer Tow Package for the Ford F-150 might just be one of the most elaborate on the market. In addition to the 7-pin plug assembly and the Class IV trailer hitch receiver, this package includes a transmission cooler, the Pro Trailer Backup Assist system, Tailgate LEDs for better visibility at night, the Smart Tow Trailer Connector system, and a stiffer front stabilizer bar. This package makes hooking up, backing up, and pretty much anything towing related a breeze. Sure, it will set you back $995 but it’s worth it. (This package cost $895 in 2017.)

Ford hasn’t released more details on additional packages, or a Max Trailer Tow package, which for 2017 was $1,295 and included the trailer brake controller. You may recall us throwing a fit over it after buying our very own 2017 F-150.

So, which package would you choose based on your specific needs? Take our poll!

Which trailer towing package is right for you?

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Patrick Rall is a regular contributor to LS1Tech and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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