Ford F-250: Towing and Hauling Specifications

If you want to know about your truck's weight capacity and your towing options, not to mention the towing maintenance, read on. We've got scoop on towing and hauling.

By Brett Foote - November 2, 2014

This article applies to the Ford F-250, F-350 Super Duty (2005-2014).

How much do you really know about towing in regards to your Ford F-250 or F-350 Super Duty? If you don't know how much you can tow or you weren't aware of the special maintenance considerations that come into play, we've got you covered with our guide to towing. Keep reading and find out what you need to know before you tow.

Weight Capacity

Weight capacity, or payload capacity, refers to how much weight you can safely haul in the bed of your truck. These numbers will vary based on what year, model, and make your truck is. The average maximum conventional towing is 19,000 lbs, the average maximum payload is 7,050 lbs, and the average maximum GVWR is 14,000 lbs. The GVWR is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, which is the maximum weight your truck can haul.

Figure 1. Super Duty trucks feature class leading weight capacity.

Tow Packages

Tow packages bundle a number of features together at a price that is cheaper than ordering parts individually. The most popular tow package for the Super Duty is the Tow/Haul Mode with Engine Braking. It utilizes seamless engine braking and selective gearing to improve control on steep downhill grades and minimize brake wear. The engine back pressure is automatically adjusted, and the transmission holds a specific gear to help slow the vehicle.

Figure 3. A tow package can give you all the features you need at a good price.

Trailer Sway Control

Trailer sway control is a nifty feature that helps you control your trailer and prevent it from swaying excessively, which could lead to bad news. TSC helps maintain control by selectively braking and adjusting engine power electronically. Trucks equipped with TSC are noticeably easier to control and more stable when towing a load.

Figure 2. Trailer sway control prevents your trailer from swaying at speeds.

(Related Article: Why is My Trailer Swaying? - Ford-trucks.com)

Scheduled Maintenance

If you intend to frequently tow or haul heavy loads, you'll be using your truck in special operating conditions. This means that your scheduled maintenance will have some items that need special attention. For example, Ford recommends more frequent service on certain components. Tires should be rotated and inspected every 5,000 miles and oil and oil filters should be replaced every 5,000 miles or 6 months. In addition, transmission fluid should be replaced every 30,000 miles, and transfer case fluid every 60,000 miles. Unlike your normal maintenance, you have to do the basic maintenance more often, almost twice as much as your normal schedule.

Figure 4. Inspect your truck frequently and follow scheduled maintenance for ideal towing performance.

Common Questions

What is my truck's towing capacity?

This will vary based on your make, model, engine, and other features. You can find your specific truck's towing capacity here.

How do I avoid trailer sway?

If your truck does not have trailer sway control, there are steps you can take to prevent sway. Make sure that you don't have too much weight on your hitch. Both the trailer and your truck should be flat and even. Make sure heavier cargo is at the front of the trailer. Make sure your tires are inflated properly and don't exceed the towing capacity of your truck.

What is the size of my trailer hitch?

To determine the size of your trailer hitch, measure the height and width of the opening. The two most common sizes are 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" and 2" x 2".

What PSI should I set my tires on when towing?

Your tires should be close to max PSI when you are towing. Do not exceed the max PSI of your tires! You can find your specific tire's max PSI by reading the sidewall of the tire. A heavy load causes sidewall flex in your tires which is bad for tread life and generates a lot of heat. By keeping your tires properly inflated, you will keep them cool and extend tread life.

(Related Article: How to Measure Trailer Tire Pressure? - Ford-Trucks.com)

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