How Much Weight Can My Ford Truck Tow?

by Randall Bullard

Ford offers several models of trucks to consumers, from the Ford Ranger to the F-450. Ford trucks are designed for towing, and, depending on the type of Ford truck and the cab style, the maximum towing weight for Ford trucks will vary. Additional equipment options that Ford offers increase the towing capabilities of Ford trucks, and the towing ratings for 2009 are examined to find out how much a Ford truck can tow.

2009 Ford Ranger

The 2009 Ford Ranger is Ford's compact truck. Available in three trim levels with two cab configurations and powertrain options, the towing weight of the Ford Ranger is between 1,420 and 6,000 pounds. Depending on the accessories, the powertrain and the cab configuration, the Ford Ranger towing weight limit is between 1,420 and 3,400 pounds with the four-cylinder and between 1,960 and 6,000 pounds with the six-cylinder.

2009 Ford F-150

The 2009 Ford F-150 is Ford's full-size truck and the bestselling vehicle in the United States for 30 years, according to Edmunds.com. The Ford F-150 is available in five trim levels with several premium packages and three cab configurations. The powertrain options include three eight-cylinder engines, a manual or automatic transmission and three bed sizes. The towing weight of the 2009 Ford F-150 is between 5,200 and 11,300 pounds.

2009 Ford Super Duty

The workhouse of the Ford truck family, the Super Duty line is capable of towing most anything a consumer might need to move. The 2009 Ford Super Duty is available with three engines; the eight- and 10-cylinder gasoline engines and the popular eight-cylinder turbodiesel. The 2009 Ford Super Duty family includes the F-250, the F-350 and the F-450. Available in three cab configurations, three trim levels, single or dual rear wheels and several styling packages, the towing weight of the 2009 Ford Super Duty is astounding. The F-250 and F-350 Super Duty has towing weight limits of between 8,300 and 16,300 pounds, while the 2009 F-450 towing weight falls between 16,000 and 24,600 pounds.

Towing Weight Limits

With so many variation of the Ford truck available to the consumer, the towing capabilities of the trucks are characteristic of a variety of factors unique to each truck. Towing packages, axle ratios, cab configurations and powertrain options combine to give the trucks a variety of towing weight limits. Ford Certified sales consultants can assist the owner or potential buyer of a member of the Ford truck family with all his towing questions. A savvy consumer who knows towing terminology has the "2009 Ford RV and Trailer Towing Guide" available online or at a local dealership to assist in determining how much weight a Ford truck can tow.

RV and Trailer Towing Guide

Each year, Ford releases a guide for the consumer to determine the towing weight limits on current model year Ford vehicle; finding out how much a Ford truck can tow is fairly easy. These guides are located online and at the dealership so it is as easy to obtain or requesting a copy from the dealer or as an online download.

About the Author

Randall Bullard holds an Associate of Arts in business and will receive a Bachelor of Science in business/information systems from the University of Phoenix in 2010. He currently attends Altamaha Technical College for computer information systems/networking specialist certification. Bullard has worked as a sales consultant for Ford Motor Company, has owned a residential construction business, and has work published with eHow, Associated Content and Helium.