With the release of the 2020 Ford F150, many are excited about what it can do, especially with an improved towing capability. Advertised as first in its class for hauling cargo, it offers Smart Towing features like the Pro Trailer Backup Assist.

The F150’s maximum towing capacity is between 8,500 – 12,100 lbs., but you can get 13,200 lbs. with the Maximum Trailer Tow package. Maximum towing varies based on vehicle configuration, cargo, no. of passengers and accessories.

Capabilities of the 2020 Ford F150

The Ford F150 has improved previous towing capabilities with a more powerful engine that works with a smart towing system:

1. More Powerful Truck Gear

This year’s F150 model features a second-generation 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbo V6, that boasts 470 lb-ft. of torque, with 375 horsepower.

2. A More Intuitive Smart Driver Assist System Dedicated to Making Towing Easier

Drivers can look forward to a roll stability control feature. This is part of the Advanced Trac System to make towing more convenient. Additional controls are:

  • BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) that includes Trailer Coverage
    It gives an alert when there’s a nearby vehicle within your blind spot or if the vehicle is alongside your trailer.
  • Dynamic hitch assist with an automatic line-of-sight guide
    This automatically directs the hitch to your trailer receiver.
  • Trailer brake controller (factory installed)
    Synchronizes trailer and truck brakes
  • Pro Trailer Backup Assist
    Feel safer when your truck and trailer are synchronized while backing up.
  • 8-inch productivity screen
    Displays trailer information

The 2020 Maximum Trailer Tow Package

You can get the maximum towing capacity of 2020’s F150 on a 3.5L engine V6, packed with additional features, including:

  • front stabilizer bar
  • larger tank (36 gal.)
  • electronically locking rear axle
  • a Smart connector
  • a trailer brake control
  • a class IV hitch receiver
  • a hitch lamp for night viewing
  • a 360-degree camera

Gear and features of 2020 F150’s official Maximum Towing Package works great with the following: 20” tires and F-150 XL SuperCrew bed (6’5).

How to Determine Your RV’s Specific Towing Capacity So That It’s Compatible With The Ford F150

If you’re using an RV, you need to determine your specific towing capacity as your towing vehicle specs can be different from the manufacturer’s. To do this, you must follow your truck’s user manual, so that you can know how it can work with the F150 towing capacity. Here’s how:

  1. Find the manufacturer tag located on the driver side, and locate the Gross Combined Weight Rating or GCWR label. This is the towed recreational vehicle added to the aggregated weight of the towing vehicle.
  2. Drive to a truck scale, with all your passengers and cargo. Find a CATS (Certified automatic truck scale) to know your Gross Vehicle Weight or GVW (total wt of your gear, fluids, passengers, curb wt combined)
  3. Subtract the GCWR from your GVW to know your RV weight.