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Posted: 08/15/22 03:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For model years 2015 to 2020 F150s with the 5.0 engine, how do I tell if it has a tow package? I'm shopping for one. Do I just verify if it has the round 7 pin connector and receiver hitch or do I look for other clues? Thanks.

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"In general", if they do have the OEM hitch and 7 pin connector, they have at least the most basic "tow package".. Other clues might be the built in brake controller and that insane "backup assist" knob trucks seem to have now a days...

It will still all come down to gear ratios and payload stickers... Remember, the more options, and doors, the more it gonna weigh and the LESS payload you will have..

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If it has the big 9.75" rear axle vs the standard 8.8" and an integrated brake controller it has everything offered in the tow package.


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Various model years had various optional packages that changed the payload.

Ford does publish towing guides on the Web for older models.

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A tow package ??

I'll add to what MitchF150 says about just the a basic towing option.
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Fords F150 has a 'MAX TOW" option;
Available on XL, XLT, LARIAT, King Ranch®, and Platinum models.

Includes:
• 3.55 Electronic-locking rear-axle
• 4-pin/7-pin wiring harness
• 36 Gallon fuel tank
• Auxiliary transmission oil cooler
• Engine oil cooler
• Class IV trailer hitch receiver
• Pro Trailer Backup Assist with Tailgate LED
• Smart Trailer Tow Connector (standard on LARIAT and higher)
• Integrated Trailer Brake Controller
• Upgraded front stabilizer bar
• Upgraded rear bumper

Requires 3.5L EcoBoost® engine.
Does not include Trailer Tow Mirrors. Trailer Tow Mirrors are a standalone option and must be ordered separately.
Max GCWR/Max Tow achieved on SuperCrew® when equipped with 20-inch Wheels. This configuration will also come equipped with max springs, steering gear, and upgraded stabilizer bar.

***********************************************************************

And of course the F150HDPP package with it 7850 gvwr and 4800 rawr. Drivers side door certification placard will show the higher rated gvwr/rawr package.


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JIMNLIN wrote:

Fords F150 has a 'MAX TOW" option;
Available on XL, XLT, LARIAT, King Ranch®, and Platinum models.



• Class IV trailer hitch receiver

This is probably the big give away ! Less that MAX TOW have Class III receivers !

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

JIMNLIN wrote:

Fords F150 has a 'MAX TOW" option;
Available on XL, XLT, LARIAT, King Ranch®, and Platinum models.



• Class IV trailer hitch receiver

This is probably the big give away ! Less that MAX TOW have Class III receivers !


Actually, it is marked Class III/IV on the hitch with the Towing Package because it is rated for over 10000# with a WDH. The Max Tow hitch has a higher rating but is still marked Class III/IV. Hitch stickers are on the bottom of the hitch.
Just because the truck has a receiver hitch doesn’t mean it has the Max or normal tow package. Ford also optioned a Class III/IV receiver hitch and wiring package, standard with Lariats & above. Limited to 7000# or so, year dependent.


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Boomerweps wrote:


Actually, it is marked Class III/IV on the hitch with the Towing Package because it is rated for over 10000# with a WDH. The Max Tow hitch has a higher rating but is still marked Class III/IV. Hitch stickers are on the bottom of the hitch.

I always thought Class IV hitches used a 2-1/2" receiver and Class III used a 2" receiver.

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