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What Size Travel Trailer Can a Ford F150 Pull? – [Towing Capacity of Ford F150]

It is a well-known fact that the F150 is an exceptionally versatile truck. It has the power to do loads of things. But I was not that sure of the towing capacity. For that reason, when I was planning a vacation with my family, I wondered what size travel trailer can a Ford F150 pull?.

In a nutshell, the travel trailers can be from 1200 to 10000 pounds. And depending on the model, the F150 has a towing capacity of 7700 to 13200 pounds. So, in a general sense, all of the F150 will be capable of towing a medium-sized trailer, while two versions can easily drag a large-sized one.

There is more to it which I discussed in detail in this article. So read till the very end.

What Is a Travel Trailer?

First, you need to know what a travel trailer is. Many will refer to it as Caravan, Camper, Tourer, or Camper Trailer. No matter what you know it as — it is basically a trailer that you would attach to the back of the truck. After that, you will be fully ready for the vacation you might have been planning for a long time.

Usually, travel trailers will be just like a mini version of a studio apartment. It will have all of the essentials inside. There will be room for a bed, kitchen appliances, and a washing machine. Some of the travel trailers will also boast a fairly-sized bathroom, which will let you shower at peace.

Is a Travel Trailer the Same as a Camper?

As I have mentioned, many refer to the travel trailer as a camper. Well, they are the same if you consider that both make traveling easy. But if you look a bit deeper, you will find plenty of differences. The first and most significant difference is that the travel trailers will offer ample space inside.

Campers, on the other hand, will not offer that much room. The space for the bed might not be for two persons. And most importantly, the bathroom will be comparatively small and compact in size. There might not even be enough room for installing a full-sized kitchen and washing appliances.

Secondly, campers are not that large in size, which is a given as they do not offer that much room inside. For that reason, they will not usually put that much load on the truck when being towed. Travel trailers, however, will come in different sizes and will have different weight ratings.

How Big of a Camper Can an F150 Pull?

First, you need to understand that the F150 is available in plenty of different versions. Each one of them does not have the same engine and parts. That creates a lot of variation in terms of towing capacity. Some will boast a pulling capacity of 7700 pounds, while some will have a staggering 13200 pounds.

Depending on the rear-axle ratio, engine, and gear, most of the modern F150s can pull a travel trailer from 4000 pounds to 8000 pounds in weight. And all of the F150s will surely be capable of towing the trailers within the 5000 pounds of weight.

On the other hand, the versions with a higher towing capacity will easily pull the trailers around 10000 pounds. So, as you can see, the towing capacity will play an important role in dictating how big of a trailer can an F150 pull safely. 

And when it comes to towing capacity, the payload capacity, curb weight, GVWR, and GCVWR are the factors that will have a massive impact. The curb weight is basically the weight of the vehicle with original parts. GVWR is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. It includes the curb weight, passengers, and other installed parts.

It will be possible to find out the payload capacity by deducting the curb weight from the GVWR. But you would also need to consider the passenger’s weight and additional accessories to the equation if you want to figure out the towing capacity.

Finally, there is GCWR. It stands for Gross Combined Weight Rating. That will offer you the idea of the load you can make your truck withstand when it comes to attaching a trailer.

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What Is the Average Length of a Travel Trailer?

There are plenty of different sizes available for the travel trailer. You can basically find one that will check all of your needs in terms of space and room inside. Nonetheless, the average length of the travel trailer is 20 feet. It has a width of 8 feet and a height of 11 feet.

Even though the average size might seem too small, it can indeed offer a good amount of space inside. You will find plenty of room space for storing furniture and other appliances if you can plan things right.

What Is Tongue Weight on a Travel Trailer?

The tongue weight is the force that a trailer exerts downward. This pressure is exerted on the hitch that is generally connected to the truck. The tongue weight is pretty significant because too little of it can make the vehicle lift. And when the vehicle does lifts up, it can make the driving rather unsafe.

What Is the Average Tongue Weight of a Travel Trailer?

The average weight of the travel trailers is from 5000 to 8000 pounds. And for each of the travel trailers, the tongue weight should be 9 to 15 percent of the entire weight. If the tongue weight is not within that range, it will not be safe to drive around with it attached to the back of the truck.

Nonetheless, the average tongue weight of travel trailers is usually from 500 pounds to 800 pounds. And it does comply with the 9 to 15 percent rule.

What Size Travel Trailer Is Allowed in National Parks?

In the United States, there is a specific rule for travel trailers when it comes to getting them inside the national parks. Almost 90 percent of the park campgrounds will not allow trailers that are more than 25 feet long. That means you should opt for those under 25 feet long if you want to visit national parks.

On that note, some of the national parks will not allow trailers more than 19 feet long. So, you should look into the national park you are planning to visit if you want the trip to go smoothly. Nonetheless, all of the parks will allow trailers that are up to 12 feet long. You can consider that as a safe spot for length.

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How Much Does a Travel Trailer Weigh?

Travel trailers will have varying weights. Some will be small in size, while some will be reasonably large in size. And the smaller ones can weigh just 1200 pounds, while the large ones will be from 8000 pounds to 10000 pounds. In this case, the higher the size, the higher the weight.

Can a Ford F150 EcoBoost Tow a Travel Trailer?

Among all of the versions of F150 that are available out there, the EcoBoost boasts the fourth-highest, second-highest, and highest towing capacity. Depending on the model of Ecoboost you have, it will have 9000 pounds, 1100 pounds, or 13200 pounds of towing capacity.

That being said, as you know by now, the travel trailers will generally be from 5000 pounds to 8000 pounds. Considering that, I think it would be safe to say that each of the versions of F150 EcoBoost will be capable of towing a travel trailer.

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Do I Need the F150 Max Tow Package to Tow a Travel Trailer?

The Max Tow Trailer Package does offer a lot of improvements. And those improvements can surely come in handy if you plan to tow a large-sized trailer. However, getting that package is not absolutely necessary. 

Even the lowest towing capacity of F150 is at 7700 pounds, and 5000 pounds trailers are pretty well-fit for vacations. So, you can tow a travel trailer without needing to opt for the Max Tow Package. But if you do want the advantages that the package offers, go for it because it is undoubtedly worth the money!

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Is It Difficult to Pull a Travel Trailer with a Ford F150?

That will depend on the weight of the travel trailer you are pulling. Also, the towing capacity will play a major role in this case. For example, if your F150 has a towing capacity of 7700 pounds and you are pulling something that is 8000 pounds, things will surely not go as smooth as you might have thought.

On the other hand, if the towing capacity of your F150 is at 13200 pounds and you are towing an 8000 pounds trailer, you will face no difficulties at all!

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Kevin Shaw

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Kevin Shaw has a vast knowledge of pickup trucks, especially the Ford F150. He has been doing various DIY fixes, upgrades, and modifications to pickup trucks for more than five years now.

2 thoughts on “What Size Travel Trailer Can a Ford F150 Pull? – [Towing Capacity of Ford F150]”

  1. plan to tow travel trailer weighing 8700 lbs dry and 33 ft long with f150 3.5 eco max and 3.55 axle and max trailer tow package using a high end weight distributing hitch. published specs say truck van tow 11,500 lbs. It looks like it should be within specs. Question is just because it says I can should I??

    • Hi David,
      Thanks for your question. As your truck is equipped with the max trailer tow package, you’re good to go. Have a good day!


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