The Ultimate Towing Machine: Ford F-450

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There was only one way to remain on top of the best-selling truck lists and that is to be the best at towing for the updated F-450. With Ford Trucks going through the new SAE J2807 Standard of Towing test, Ford proves that it features the Best in Class towing capability with a standard that everyone has to conform to.

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With that said, just what is SAE J2807? In a nutshell:
• Cooling capability on a long highway upgrade modeled on the Davis Dam grade on Arizona SR 68
• Launch and acceleration performance on a level road and a 12 percent upgrade
• Combined handling performance for understeer and trailer sway
• Combined braking performance for stopping distance and parking brake-hold on grade
• Structural performance for the vehicle and hitch or hitch receiver
Trucks must also be tested with a driver and passenger weighing in at 150-lbs each, must weigh the base curb weight and not the minimum curb weight, 70-lbs of hitch equipment, and that the trailer tongue holds 10-percent of the trailer weight.

When Ford does its own initial testing, the truck actually weighs 400-lbs less than the truck that must meet the SAE J2807. Despite the added weight, the F-450 is still capable of towing 31,200-lbs and has a payload rating of 5300-lbs.

“We leave no doubt with customers that the F-450 pickup truck has best-in-class towing of 31,200 pounds – whether tested using our own internal towing standards or SAE J2807,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development.

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Justin Banner is a regular contributor to LS1Tech and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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