2003 Towing Guide

2003 Towing Guide
CONTENTS
Pickups/Chassis Cabs/Super Crewzer™ . . . . . . . . . . .
Slide-In Campers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sport Utility Vehicles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Class A Motorhome Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Class C Motorhome Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
“Four-Wheel-Down” Towing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Van Conversions/Class B Van Campers . . . . . . . . . . .
Things to Know Before You Tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Trailer Classes and RV Trailer Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Maximum Trailer Weights and Towing Packages . . . . . .
Required/Recommended Trailer Towing
Equipment and Frontal Area Considerations. . . . . . . . .
Trailer Towing Selector
• F-250/350 Super Duty Pickups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
• F-350-550 Super Duty Chassis Cabs,
Class A Motorhome Chassis, F-650/750 Super Duty
• F-150 Pickup and Ranger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
• Escape, Explorer 4-Door, Explorer Sport,
Sport Trac, Expedition, Excursion and Windstar . . . .
• E-Series and Ford Cars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Trailering Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Ford Products
Available for All
Major RV Categories
Ford – a Leader in RV
and Trailer Towing!
There are many reasons Ford is considered a
leader in RV and trailer towing:
• Outstanding Selection
Whatever your need, there’s a Ford vehicle
or chassis to fill it.
• Exceptional Towing Capabilities
The F-Series Super Duty pickups and
chassis cabs can pull heavy trailers. In fact,
when properly equipped, they can handle
conventional trailers up to 13,900 pounds*,
and fifth-wheel trailers all the way up to
21,500 pounds.
• Experience
Many years of RV and towing experience
back all Ford vehicles.
• Quality and Reliability
Ford has earned a reputation for providing
quality and reliable RV products.
PICKUPS/CHASSIS CABS
CLASS A MOTORHOMES
CLASS C MOTORHOMES
Ford offers a complete lineup of tough
pickups and chassis cabs for a full
range of RV and towing jobs. F-Series
Super Duty Pickups can handle
conventional trailers up to 13,900
lbs.* and fifth-wheel trailers up to
14,200 lbs., and Super Duty Chassis
Cabs can tow as much as 21,500 lbs.
Self-contained RV camping/travel
vehicles with a living unit
constructed on a specially designed
vehicle chassis. Ford offers F-Series
Super Duty Class A Motorhome
Chassis.
Built on a cutaway chassis – includes
van cab section. Ford chassis entries are
E-350 Super Duty, E-450 Super Duty
Cutaway Chassis, E-550 Super Duty
Cutaway Chassis, and the new E-350550 Super Duty Chassis Cabs with
wheelbase choices all the way up to
233.5 inches to handle the largest units.
VAN CONVERSIONS/VAN CAMPERS
SLIDE-IN TRUCK CAMPERS
TRAILERS
Van converters use a full-size van
chassis to create travel/camping units
with special equipment and comfort
features. Ford offers E-Series Van.
Designed for carrying in a pickup
truck bed, these units can be easily
removed to use the truck for other
purposes. Ford F-Series pickups
are ideal for slide-in camper use.
A wide range of trailer types are in
RV use: folding campers, conventional
travel trailers, boat/ATV/snowmobile
haulers, and fifth-wheel travel units –
in a broad range of sizes, floor plans
and furnishing levels.
*Effective with Fall 2002 production.
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Metric Conversion – To obtain information in kilograms, multiply pounds by .45.
Ford Pickups –
A Complete Lineup to Meet ALL Your
Recreational Vehicle and Towing Needs
Few vehicles have impacted the trailer
towing industry like Ford F-Series
Super Duty Pickups. With their wide
selection of models, powertrains,
features, and huge boost in conventional
towing capacity(1), they are a top choice
for the really BIG RV and towing tasks.
Capable and Built Ford Tough
F-Series Super Duty offers:
• Higher conventional trailer
towing…up to 13,900 lbs.(1)
• Fifth-wheel trailer towing up to
14,200 lbs.
• The most interior room
Hard-Working Image
A dominant grille opening and large
cooling capacity help cool the big,
powerful engines, which are designed
to satisfy one of this truck’s primary
work uses – trailer towing!
Powerful Engines
• Triton™ 5.4L V8 (260 hp/350 lb-ft
torque)
• Triton™ 6.8L V10 (310 hp/425 lb-ft
torque)
• 7.3L Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel V8
(275 hp/520 lb-ft with manual
transmission; 250 hp/525 lb-ft with
automatic transmission)(2)
• 6.0L Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel V8
(325 hp/560 lb-ft) offers best-in-class
torque and Diesel horsepower(2)
All these
outstanding
features make
Ford F-Series
Super Duty a
“must-have”
for serious
RV customers.
SUPER DUTY
F-250/350 SUPER DUTY PICKUPS . . .
For Your Serious Towing Needs!
Safety Features
Among their many safety features, Ford
F-Series Super Duty Pickups offer
standard 4-wheel ABS on all models. In
addition, available telescoping trailer
tow mirrors provide excellent visibility.
(1) Available effective with Fall 2002 production.
(2) 6.0L Diesel replaces 7.3L Diesel effective with Fall
2002 production.
F-350-550 SUPER DUTY CHASSIS CABS
AND F-650 SUPER CREWZER™ . . .
For Your “Ultimate” Towing Needs!
If your towing needs are even bigger than our F-Series Super Duty Pickups can
handle, check out our F-350-550 Chassis Cabs with hauling upfit (as shown here)
or even the F-650 Super Crewzer™ (shown on page 20). The Chassis Cabs can
pull trailers all the way up to 21,500 pounds, and the Super Crewzer™ offers a
GVWR of 23,000 pounds and GCWR of 43,000 pounds. See your Ford dealer for
details on these really heavy haulers.
F-350 Super Duty Pickup
Offers Up to
(1)
13,900-Pound
Conventional Trailer Towing
Capacity and
14,200-Pound
Fifth-Wheel Towing Capacity
(See Chart on Page 19)
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F-150 • F-150 SUPERCREW • RANGER
The Rest of Our
HARD-WORKING Pickup Lineup
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F-150
F-150 SUPERCREW
RANGER
When Your RV/Towing
Needs Aren’t Quite As Big!
A Different Kind of Pickup!
A Great Choice for
On/Off-Road Fun!
The Built Ford Tough F-150
continues to do its part in making
F-Series Pickups America’s bestselling vehicle. Their ideal
combination of rugged performance
and passenger comfort make them
perfect for all but the very biggest
RV and towing tasks. Noteworthy
features include:
• Available SuperCab models with
four doors standard
• Choice of 5-speed manual or
4-speed automatic overdrive
transmissions
• Can be equipped to tow trailers up
to 8,800 pounds
• Three powerful engine choices:
– 4.2L OHV V6 with 202 hp/
252 lb-ft torque
– 4.6L SOHC V8 with 231 hp/
293 lb-ft torque
– 5.4L SOHC V8 with 260 hp/
350 lb-ft torque
• Fail-Safe Cooling System
• 4-wheel disc anti-lock brakes
(ABS) standard on all models
• Standard SecuriLock™ passive
anti-theft system
If you need even greater
capabilities, check out the
F-Series Super Duty models on
the preceding page.
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SuperCrew expands the utility of
the full-size F-150 Pickup by
adding four full-size doors and
comfortable seating for six adults –
without compromising its “tough
truck” image and capabilities.
SuperCrew is one more example of
how America’s best-selling trucks
keep coming up with better ways to
get the job done. Its long list of
features includes:
• Choice of 4x2 or 4x4 models
• Same wheelbase as shortwheelbase SuperCab for
convenient maneuverability and
garageability
• Unique 5 1/2-foot pickup box
design with steel inner panels and
composite outer panels
• Optional pickup bed extender for
improved box versatility and
convenience
• Choice of two powerful singleoverhead-cam TritonTM V8
engines:
– Standard 231-horsepower 4.6L
– Optional 260-horsepower 5.4L
• Fail-Safe Cooling System
• Electronically controlled 4-speed
automatic overdrive transmission
• Standard 4-wheel-disc anti-lock
brakes (ABS)
• Can be equipped to tow trailers up
to 7,900 pounds
• Standard power adjustable
accelerator and brake pedals
• Optional power glass moonroof
Metric Conversion – To obtain information in kilograms, multiply pounds by .45;
to obtain information in kilometers, multiply miles by 1.6; to obtain information
in centimeters, multiply inches by 2.54.
America’s top-selling compact
pickup for 15 years in a row
continues to offer a whole lot of RV
and towing capabilities in a
relatively small package. These
capabilities come from its Built
Ford Tough heritage – and its long
list of outstanding features:
• Regular and 2-door/4-door
SuperCab models
• Three engine choices – 143-hp
2.3L I4, 154-hp 3.0L V6, or
207-hp 4.0L SOHC V6 with
238 lb-ft of torque
• 100,000-mile tune-up interval on
all enginesa/
• Choose from 5-speed manual or
automatic with overdrive
transmissions
• Can be equipped to tow trailers up
to 5,860 poundsb/
• Four-wheel anti-lock brakes
(ABS), standard
• Power rack-and-pinion steering,
standard
• SecuriLockTM passive anti-theft
system, standard
a/Under normal driving conditions with routine
fluid/filter changes.
b/5,960 pounds for fleet applications.
For More Information
on Any of the Ford
Pickups, See the
Appropriate Brochure at
Your Ford Dealership.
Slide-In Campers for F-Series Pickups
For the convenience of a camper, and the functional
capabilities of a full-size pickup, a slide-in camper
may be ideal for your RV needs.
• Cargo Weight Rating
Use the chart below to
shown in chart is
select the proper F-Series
Pickup/Camper Combination: maximum allowable,
• Combined weight of
vehicle, camper body,
occupants and cargo
must not exceed Gross
Vehicle Weight Rating
(GVWR).
• Camper Package (Option
Code 532) required with
F-250/350 Super Duty.
assuming weight of a
base vehicle with
required camper option
content and a passenger
(150-lbs. per) at each
available seating position
(7.3/6.0L Diesel ratings
also assume weight of
engine and standard
transmission). Cargo
Weight Rating shown
must be further reduced
by weight of powertrain
upgrades and any other
options. Option weights
and center-of-gravity
information are available
in the Ford Pickup Truck
Consumer Information
Sheet.
If you intend to pull a trailer in addition to carrying your camper, see the
F-Series Pickup Trailer Towing Selector charts on pages 19 and 21.
MAXIMUM CARGO WEIGHT WITH SLIDE-IN CAMPER
(WITH MINIMUM EQUIPMENT)
Maximum Cargo
*Effective Fall 2002.
Recommended
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Gas
(49S/Cal.)
1,960
1,860
2,650/2,590
2,070/2,010
2,320
1,770
2,950
2,320
2,160
2,080
1,930
2,530
1,910
1,750
1,650
1,510
4,060/3,860
5,110/4,910
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3,420/3,220
3,260/3,060
4,770/4,570
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3,180/2,980
4,240/4,040
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3,040/2,840
4,100/3,900
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3,640/3,440
4,650/4,450
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3,020/2,820
2,850/2,650
4,310/4,110
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2,750/2,550
3,760/3,560
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2,620/2,420
3,630/3,430
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Diesel
(49S/Cal.)
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2,270
1,640
1,480
1,500
1,250
1,840
1,230
1,070
960
810
3,380/3,180
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4,660/ •
2,740/2,540
2,580/2,380
• /3,820
4,320/ •
2,500/2,300
• /3,340
3,840/ •
2,360/2,160
• /3,200
3,700/ •
2,930/2,730
• /3,770
4,270/ •
2,340/2,140
2,140/1,940
• /3,420
3,920/ •
2,040/1,840
• /2,870
3,370/ •
1,940/1,740
• /2,740
3,240/ •
• Ford Motor Company
recommends consulting
your camper manufacturer/
dealer for details regarding
proper installation of your
slide-in camper.
• A dimensionally stable block
spacer is recommended
between the headboard of the
pickup box and the forward
edge of the camper floor.
Resting the spacer on the
pickup box bed helps prevent
movement and contact of the
fully installed camper with
the pickup box headboard or
taillight rear pillars.
Note: Be sure to measure your slide-in
camper before attempting to install it onto
the bed of the truck. Some campers may
require a platform in the bed of the truck
to make sure the cabover portion of the
camper clears the roof of the truck cab.
Camper Center-of-Gravity
• All Styleside pickups that are
qualified for slide-in camper
bodies will have the camper
center-of-gravity included on
the Consumer Information
Sheet, which is placed in the
vehicle’s glovebox.
• Data are calculated for each
individual truck, based on
vehicle options.
• If the vehicle is not qualified
for camper usage, the
Consumer Information Sheet
will state that the vehicle is
not recommended for camper
usage, and no center-ofgravity data will be shown.
SLIDE-IN CAMPERS
Weight Rating (Lbs.)
GVWR (Lbs.)
Model
Wheelbase
(49S/Cal.)
F-150
4x2 Reg. Cab
138.5"
6,600
4x2 Reg. Cab
138.5"
6,600
4x2 Reg. Cab
138.5"
7,700
4x2 SuperCab
138.5"
7,700
4x4 Reg. Cab
138.8"
7,700
4x4 SuperCab
138.8"
7,700
F-250 Super 4x2 Reg. Cab
137.0"
8,800
Duty (1)
4x2 SuperCab
141.8"
8,800
4x2 SuperCab
158.0"
8,800
4x2 Crew Cab
156.2"
8,800
4x2 Crew Cab
172.4"
8,800
4x4 Reg. Cab
137.0"
8,800
4x4 SuperCab
141.8"
8,800
4x4 SuperCab
158.0"
8,800
4x4 Crew Cab
156.2"
8,800
4x4 Crew Cab
172.4"
8,800
F-350 Super 4x2 SRW Reg. Cab
137.0"
9,900/9,700
Duty (1)
4x2 DRW Reg. Cab
137.0"
11,200/11,000
4x2 DRW Reg. Cab
137.0"
11,500/ •
4x2 SRW SuperCab
141.8"
9,900/9,700
4x2 SRW SuperCab
158.0"
9,900/9,700
4x2 DRW SuperCab
158.0"
11,200/11,000
4x2 DRW SuperCab
158.0"
11,500/ •
4x2 SRW Crew Cab
156.2"
9,900/9,700
4x2 DRW Crew Cab
156.2"
11,200/11,000
4x2 DRW Crew Cab
156.2"
11,500/ •
4x2 SRW Crew Cab
172.4"
9,900/9,700
4x2 DRW Crew Cab
172.4"
11,200/11,000
4x2 DRW Crew Cab
172.4"
11,500/ •
4x4 SRW Reg. Cab
137.0"
9,900/9,700
4x4 DRW Reg. Cab
137.0"
11,200/11,000
4x4 DRW Reg. Cab
137.0"
11,500/ •
4x4 SRW SuperCab
141.8"
9,900/9,700
4x4 SRW SuperCab
158.0"
9,900/9,700
4x4 DRW SuperCab
158.0"
11,200/11,000
4x4 DRW SuperCab
158.0"
11,500/ •
4x4 SRW Crew Cab
156.2"
9,900/9,700
4x4 DRW Crew Cab
156.2"
11,200/11,000
4x4 DRW Crew Cab
156.2"
11,500/ •
4x4 SRW Crew Cab
172.4"
9,900/9,700
4x4 DRW Crew Cab
172.4"
11,200/11,000
4x4 DRW Crew Cab
172.4"
11,500/ •
(1) Requires Camper Package option.
Slide-in Camper Installation
F-250/350 Super Duty
Camper Package
(Option Code 532)
• Heavy service front springs
(200-lb. upgrade over
springs computer-selected
based on options ordered.
Not included if maximum
springs already selected.)
• Rear stabilizer bar (SRW)
• Auxiliary rear springs (SRW
with 5.4L V8 engine).*
• Slide-in camper certification.
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Ford SUVs
ESCAPE • EXPLORER SPORT • EXPLORER SPORT TRAC
Lead the Way . . . Wherever You Want to Go!
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ESCAPE
EXPLORER SPORT
EXPLORER
SPORT TRAC
While Escape is the smallest
member of the Ford Outfitters
lineup, it is still a genuine Ford
SUV. Designed, built and tested to
rigorous Ford Truck standards, it
“raised the bar” in the subcompact
SUV segment with its unique
combination of driving fun,
toughness, performance – and
value. New for 2003 is a luxurious
Limited series (shown above)
featuring a monochromatic exterior
and numerous new luxury and
convenience features.
The first step up in our
comprehensive SUV lineup is the
Explorer Sport, which aims to
continue setting the pace in the
2-door SUV market. This compact
model features contemporary
styling that is bold and athletic. It
looks cool, is great fun to drive,
and comes with Explorer’s wellearned reputation for quality,
reliability and durability.
The innovative 4-door Explorer
Sport Trac combines the comfort
and convenience of an SUV with the
added utility of a flexible, open cargo
area for “one vehicle does it all”
versatility. Rugged, athletic styling
shared with the Sport model makes
Sport Trac the most versatile and
active model in the Explorer lineup.
Key Features
• 201-hp 3.0L Duratec V6/4-speed
automatic (std. on XLT/Limited
series)
• Standard front-wheel drive;
optional 4-wheel drive
• 5-passenger seating capacity
• Can be equipped to tow trailers up
to 3,500 lbs.
• Available 4-wheel anti-lock
brakes (ABS) (std. on XLT/
Limited series)
• Available front-row side airbagsa/
• SecuriLockTM passive anti-theft
system
• Standard independent front and
rear suspension
Key Features
• Choice of 4x2 or 4x4 models
• Now available in XLS, XLT and
XLT Premium trim
• Standard 203-hp 4.0L singleoverhead-cam V6 with 5-speed
manual (XLS only) or automatic
overdrive transmission
• Rugged body-on-frame
construction
• Comfortable seating for four
passengers
• Standard 4-wheel disc anti-lock
brakes (ABS)
• 3,500-lb. towing capacity with
standard rear bumper
• Can be equipped to tow trailers up
to 5,000 lbs.
a/Always wear your safety belt and secure children in the rear seat.
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Metric Conversion – To obtain information in kilograms, multiply pounds by .45;
to obtain information in liters, divide cubic feet by .0353; to obtain information in
centimeters, multiply inches by 2.54.
Key Features
• Choice of 4x2 or 4x4 models
• Now available in XLS, XLT and
XLT Premium trim
• Standard 210-hp 4.0L singleoverhead-cam V6 with 5-speed
manual (XLS only) or automatic
overdrive transmission
• Rugged body-on-frame construction
• Four full-size doors and seating
for five
• Scratch-resistant composite cargo
area holds 29.6 cu. ft. of cargo
• Available cargo cage extends cargo
area for increased capacity and utility
• Available hard tonneau cover
provides protection for items
stowed in cargo area
• Standard 4-wheel disc ABS
• 3,500-lb. towing capacity with
standard rear bumper
• Can be equipped to tow trailers
up to 5,260 lbs.
• New optional Safety Canopy Side
Air Curtain System with rollover
sensors (helps protect 1st- and
2nd-row outboard occupants)
(late availability)
EXPEDITION
The 2003 Explorer 4-Door aims
for a 12th consecutive year of SUV
sales leadership with the
outstanding offering that was allnew for 2002 – plus some exciting
new additions including a new
NBX series, upgraded Limited, and
new options including an Off-Road
Package.
The next step up in the Ford stable
of SUVs is the all-new 2003
Expedition, which has been
designed to rewrite the rules for
full-size SUVs. It offers a fully
independent rear suspension, an
innovative interior featuring a
segment-exclusive fold-flat-intothe-floor 3rd-row 60/40 seat,
upgraded ride and handling, a
4-wheel-drive system that
automatically adjusts to a variety of
conditions, and industry-leading
active and passive safety systems.
Key Features
• Choice of 4x2, 4x4, or All-Wheel
Drive models
• Standard 210-hp 4.0L singleoverhead-cam V6 with 5-speed
automatic overdrive transmission
• Optional 239-hp 4.6L SOHC V8
engine with 5-speed automatic
overdrive transmission
• Rugged fully boxed frame
• Can be equipped to tow trailers up
to 7,160 lbs.
• Standard 4-wheel disc anti-lock
brakes (ABS)
• New optional Off-Road Package
and Rear Seat DVD Entertainment
System
For More Information
on Any of the Ford
Vehicle Lines, See the
Appropriate Brochure at
Your Ford Dealership.
EXCURSION
The top step in the Ford Outfitters
SUV lineup is Excursion. It is our
“Ultimate SUV,” offering ultimate
capability and premium presence.
Ford’s entry in the heavy-duty SUV
segment, it offers maximum interior
space and exceptional seating and
comfort for up to nine passengers,
while providing more cargo room
than the competition. Plus, when
properly equipped, it can tow up to
11,000 pounds with its standard
trailer hitch receiver. For 2003,
Excursion joins Explorer and
Expedition in offering the popular
Key Features
• Choice of 4x2 or 4x4 4-door models Eddie Bauer model.
• TritonTM 4.6L V8 with 232 hp/291 Key Features
• Choice of 4x2 or 4x4 4-door
lb-ft of torque
TM
models
• Triton 5.4L V8 with 260 hp/350
lb-ft of torque
• Selection of powerful engines:
• Electronic 4-speed automatic
– TritonTM 5.4L V8 with 255
hp/350 lb-ft torque
overdrive transmission
– TritonTM 6.8L V10 with 310
• Hydro-formed fully boxed frame
hp/425 lb-ft torque
for strength
– 7.3L Power Stroke® Turbo
• 4,000-lb. towing capacity with
Diesel with 250 hp/525 lb-ft
standard rear bumper
torqueb/
• Can be equipped to tow trailers up
– 6.0L Power Stroke® Turbo
to 8,900 lbs.
Diesel with 325 hp/560 lb-ft
• Standard 4-wheel disc brakes with
torqueb/
4-wheel anti-lock braking system
• Electronic 4-speed automatic
• On 4x4, Control-Trac system
overdrive transmission
allows automatic 4-wheel drive
when needed – without driver input • Power 4-wheel disc brakes with
4-wheel anti-lock braking system
• Standard power adjustable pedals
• Optional AdvanceTracTM electronic • 146.4 cu. ft. maximum cargo
stability enhancement system
volume
b/7.3L Diesel replaced by 6.0L Diesel effective with Fall 2002 production.
EXPLORER 4-DOOR • EXPEDITION • EXCURSION
EXPLORER 4-DOOR
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Class A Motorhome Chassis
More CLASS A Motorhomes Are Built on
Ford Chassis Than Any Other Make
CLASS A CHASSIS
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The Ford Super Duty F-550 Class
A Motorhome Chassis (F53) is the
industry sales leader.a/ Its advanced
features and excellent performance
provide the ideal basis for the
exceptional luxury and comfort of
many of the finest Class A
motorhomes.
Outstanding Features:
• Four wheelbase choices:
178/190/208/228-inch
• Four Gross Vehicle Weight
Ratings (GVWRs):15,700/
18,000/20,500/22,000-pound
• Triton™ 6.8L V10 engine (310
hp/425 lb-ft torque)
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• 4-wheel-disc anti-lock braking
system (ABS) for consistent,
responsive braking performance
• Big 19.5-inch wheels and tires
• 26,000-lb. Gross Combination
Weight Rating (GCWR) for
excellent towing capabilities
(10,300-lb. maximum trailer
weight at 15,700-lb. GVWR)
• Electronically controlled 4-speed
automatic overdrive transmission
(4R100)
• 81-inch front tread width
contributes to handling and
lateral stability
• Designed to accommodate widebody and slide-out type
motorhomes
Metric Conversion – To obtain information in kilograms, multiply pounds by .45; to
obtain information in centimeters, multiply inches by 2.54; to obtain information in liters,
multiply gallons by 3.8; to obtain information in kilometers, multiply miles by 1.6.
Additional Features Include:
• Rugged ladder-type frame
• High-capacity front axle system
• 75-gallon fuel tank with turbine
fuel pump for extended cruising
range
• Tapered multi-leaf springs for
smooth ride
• Large-diameter stabilizer bars,
front and rear, for ride control
• Custom Bilstein® monotube gaspressurized shock absorbers,
front and rear, for a smooth,
controlled ride
a/ Based on Class A calendar year registrations
(through April 2002).
Class C Motorhome Chassis
More CLASS C Motorhomes Are Built on
Ford Chassis Than Any Other Make
a/
The E-550 Super Duty Cutaway
Chassis joins the E-350 and E-450
Super Duty Cutaway Chassis that
have been the sales leaders for
Class C motorhomes.a/ The new
E-550 Super Duty Cutaway offers
added capabilities to handle the
largest new Class C motorhomes.
Functional features include:
• Wheelbase choices ranging from
138 inches all the way up to
233.5 inches
• Up to 19,000-lb. GVWR and
20,000-lb. GCWR
• Powerful 5.4L Triton™ V8
(including Natural Gas version),
6.8L Triton™ V10 and 7.3L
Power Stroke® DI Turbo Diesel
V8 engines
• 100,000-mile scheduled tune-up
interval on gasoline enginesb/
• Electronically controlled 4-speed
automatic overdrive transmission
• Driver and passenger airbagsc/
• 4-wheel-disc brakes with 4-wheel
anti-lock braking system (ABS)
SERVICE & SUPPORT
• Steel ladder-type truck frame with Class A & C Motorhome
Customer Assistance Center
six crossmembers
This 24-hour, seven-days-a-week
• 37-gallon fuel tank (E-350); 55Hotline was designed to serve both
gallon fuel tank (E-450 and
motorhome owners and RV dealers.
E-550; optional on E-350 with
Simply by calling 1-800-444-3311,
158-inch wheelbase DRW)
the caller has access to:
• Van-like driver position with
• The nearest appropriate service
ergonomic instrument panel and
location.
controls
• Assistance in scheduling a
• Up to 10,000 lbs. maximum
service appointment.
trailer weight
• Service assistance for
motorhome customers and RV
dealers in resolving Ford
chassis-related concerns.
• Twin-I-Beam independent
front suspension (with
caster/camber adjustment),
front stabilizer bar and
gas-pressurized shock
absorbers contribute to a
smooth, comfortable ride
(E-350/450)
a/ Based on Class C calendar year registrations (through April 2002).
b/ Under normal driving conditions with routine fluid/filter changes.
c/ Always wear your safety belt and secure children in rear seat.
In-Dealership Service Support
• Over 500 Ford dealerships in
the U.S. and Canada.
• Certified service technicians
backed by computerized
diagnostics and national
technical hotline support.
• Verification of available owner
satisfaction and recall
information affecting
motorhomes.
CLASS C CHASSIS
• Out-front engine design provides
spacious cab with access to
“living area” and ease of
ingress/egress
• Solid forged I-beam front axle
(E-550)
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“Four-Wheel-Down” Towing
Towing a Ford Vehicle Behind Your
Motorhome With All Four Wheels Down
Ford Cars
Manual
Transmission
Automatic
Transmission
ZX2
Focus
Mustang
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes (a)
Yes (a)(b)
Yes
Yes
Yes
N/A
Yes (e)(f)
Yes (e)
No
No
No
No
Yes (c)
Yes (d)
Yes (e)(f)
Yes (e)
FOUR-WHEEL-DOWN TOWING
Ford Trucks
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Many motorhome owners prefer the
practicality of having another vehicle
along when they travel. In fact, towing
another vehicle behind the motorhome
has become more and more popular in
recent years. Furthermore, many of
those who want to tow another vehicle
prefer one that can be easily towed
without a dolly or trailer. Ford car and
truck models shown in the chart at
right can be towed with all four
wheels down. For safe operation,
towed vehicles (or dollies or trailers
carrying them) should be equipped
with a separate functional brake
system. See page 12 and back cover
for additional brake information.
NOTE: Some aftermarket camper
centers offer kits which may
allow vehicles with automatic
transmissions to be flat-towed.
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Ranger 4x2
Ranger 4x4
Escape
Explorer Sport/Sport Trac 4x2
Explorer Sport/Sport Trac 4x4
Explorer 4-Door 4x4
F-150 4x4
F-250/350 Super Duty 4x4
(a) Not to be towed faster than 55 mph. (b) Manual Shift-on-the-Fly transfer case
and transmission in neutral. Electronic Shift-on-the-Fly rotary control in 2-high
position and the transmission in neutral. (c) With dealer-installed Neutral Tow Kit
(Part #3L2J7H332-AA). (d) With dealer-installed Neutral Tow Kit (Part
#1L2J7H332-AA). (e) Manual transfer case only (not Electronic Shift-on-the-Fly
4x4). (f) Requires that the center disconnect be locked out by capping off one of
the front axle vacuum motor lines. See your Ford Dealer for assistance.
Note: Different vehicles have different restrictions and towing procedures.
Contact your Ford Dealer for complete details. For safe operation, towed vehicles
(or dollies or trailers carrying them) should be equipped with a separate
functional brake system.
Metric Conversion – To obtain information in kilograms, multiply pounds by .45;
to obtain information in kilometers, multiply miles by 1.6.
Van Conversions
Stylize Your Recreational
Needs and Ride in Comfort
E-SERIES VAN CONVERSIONS
1/
Van conversions are a popular choice for recreation use
– from camping to simply traveling in enhanced comfort
and style. Converters offer an extensive selection of
styles, designs and luxury furnishings, including:
• Large vista windows
• Luxurious seating and interior trim
• Rear seat/bed combination
• Unique exterior paint/tape treatment
Ford and Ford Authorized Converters work
together to continuously improve van
conversion quality and customer satisfaction.
Converters must meet specific Ford quality
standards and process controls.
CLASS B VAN CAMPERS
E-Series vans also provide an excellent base
unit for Class B campers. Converters offer
models equipped with sleeping, kitchen and
bathroom facilities, as well as 110-volt
hookup, fresh water storage and/or city water
hookup. They typically include a high roof
that can provide greater comfort by allowing
occupants to stand up inside.
1/ Completed by authorized converters.
2/ Under normal driving conditions with routine fluid/filter changes.
VAN CONVERSIONS
The Ford E-Series has been the full-size van segment sales
leader since 1979. Built to meet customer needs, the 2003
models offer fresh front-end appearance and upgraded
standard power mirrors with puddle lamps to go with their
advanced engines and functional features. Following are
some of the features that make them so popular:
• Sturdy body-on-frame construction
• Excellent towing capabilities … up to 6,800 pounds on
E-150 when properly equipped
• Three engines available in E-150: 191 hp 4.2L V6, 225
hp 4.6L and 255 hp 5.4L single-overhead-cam Triton™
V8s, all with 100,000-mile scheduled tune-up
interval,2/ standard 4-speed automatic overdrive
transmission and fail-safe cooling system
• E-250/350 offer optional Triton™ 6.8L V10 and 7.3L
Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel V8 engines
• Out-front engine design for convenient underhood
servicing and ease of ingress/egress
• Standard four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
• Exclusive Twin-I-Beam independent front suspension
for both ruggedness and smooth ride
Quality Conversions
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Things to Know Before You Tow
Get the Facts Before You Buy . . .
Before You Buy
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TOW
If you are selecting a vehicle that
will be used for towing, you should
determine the approximate weight
of the trailer you intend to tow,
including the weight of any
additional cargo and fluids that you
will be carrying in the trailer. Also
be sure the vehicle has the proper
optional equipment (see page 18).
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Note: Performance can be severely
compromised in hilly terrain when
minimum acceptable powertrain
combination is selected. It is wise to
consider purchasing a vehicle with a more
powerful engine for hilly terrain.
Brakes
Many states require a separate
braking system on trailers with a
loaded weight of more than 1,500
pounds. For your safety, Ford Motor
Company recommends that a separate
functional brake system be used on
any towed vehicle, including those
dolly-towed or towbar-towed. There
are two basic types of brake systems
designed to activate trailer brakes:
1. Electronically Controlled
Brakes usually provide automatic
and manual control of trailer
brakes. They require that the tow
vehicle be equipped with a
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controlling device and additional
wiring for electrical power. These
brakes typically have a control
box installed within reach of the
driver and can be applied
manually or automatically.
2. Surge Brakes are independent
hydraulic brakes activated by a
master cylinder at the junction of
the hitch and trailer tongue. They
are not controlled by the hydraulic
fluid in the tow vehicle’s brake
system, and the tow vehicle’s
hydraulic system should never be
connected directly to the trailer’s
hydraulic system.
Be sure your trailer brakes conform
to all applicable state regulations.
Trailer Lamps
Make sure the trailer is equipped with
lights that conform to all applicable
government regulations. Do not
connect a trailer lighting system
directly to the lighting system of the
vehicle. See a local recreational
vehicle dealer or rental trailer agency
for correct wiring and relays for the
trailer and heavy-duty flashers.
After You Buy
Before heading out on a trip
(remember, do not tow a trailer until
Metric Conversion – To obtain information in kilograms, multiply pounds by .45;
to obtain information in kilometers, multiply miles by 1.6.
your vehicle has been driven at least
500 miles), be sure to have your fully
loaded vehicle (including passengers)
and trailer weighed so as not to
exceed critical weight limits (page
14). If any of these limits are
exceeded, cargo should be removed
from the vehicle and/or trailer until all
weights are within the specified limits.
Safety Chains
• Always use safety chains when
towing. Safety chains are used to
retain connection between the
towing and towed vehicle in the
event of separation of the trailer
coupling or ball.
• Cross chains under the trailer
tongue and allow enough slack
for turning corners.
• See your vehicle’s Owner Guide
for safety chain attachment
information.
• When using a frame-mounted
trailer hitch, attach the safety
chains to the frame-mounted hitch
using the recommendations
supplied by the hitch manufacturer.
• For rental trailers, follow rental
agency instructions for hookup of
safety chains.
Trailer Wiring Harness
• Vehicles equipped with a factoryinstalled Trailer Towing Package
include a trailer wiring harness
and a wiring kit.
• This kit is packaged in a cardboard
box and includes one or more
jumper harnesses (to connect to
your trailer wiring connector) and
installation instructions.
• Ranger, all Explorer models,
F-150, and E-Series Van and
Wagon models include a standard
4-pin trailer wiring harness.
Expedition, Excursion and F-Series
Super Duty pickup models include
a standard 7-pin trailer wiring
harness. Refer to page 17 for
wiring harness usage with optional
trailer towing packages.
ABOUT HITCHES
7-wire trailer wiring harness and framemounted hitch receiver (shown with
aftermarket hitch equipment).
When towing, it is vital that the
proper hitch be used. Here is the
hitch information you should know:
Weight-Carrying (Non-Weight-Distributing)
Hitch is commonly used to tow small
and medium-sized trailers. Choose a
proper hitch and ball and make sure its
location is compatible with that of the
trailer. Use a good weight-carrying
hitch that uniformly distributes the
trailer tongue loads through the
bumper and frame (through the body
with Escape; bumper hitch not
available with Escape or Explorer
4-Door). Ford rear step bumpers and
hitch receivers provide weight-carrying
capacities as shown in the chart below.
(A label affixed to the hitch receiver
provides both the weight-carrying and
weight-distributing capacities for each
receiver.) The vehicle owner is
responsible for obtaining the proper
hitch ball, ball mounting and other
appropriate equipment to tow both the
trailer and load that will be towed.
Fifth-Wheel Hitch
Weight-Distributing Hitch is used in
conjunction with a hitch platform
(receiver) to distribute tongue load to
all towing vehicle and trailer wheels.
Required for certain Class III and all
Class IV applications (see the chart
below).
• Weight-distributing hitch platforms
are welded or bolted to vehicle
frame. Bolt-on types are
recommended because they can be
removed.
• Properly installed bolt-on weightdistributing hitch platform will not
weaken vehicle or underbody as
heat of welding might.
• Equalizing arms are connected from
hitch to trailer’s A-frame, and are
adjusted for best towing
performance. Lengths of chain are
pulled up and tightened to bend
spring bars upward, which lifts some
of the weight from the rear wheels
and transfers weight to the other
wheels of the vehicle and trailer.
F O R D R E A R S T E P B U M P E R / H I T C H R E C E I V E R W E I G H T C A PA C I T Y
The maximum weight capacities for the weight-distributing hitch receivers
shown below may exceed the maximum loaded trailer weight for the
vehicle specified. Refer to the Trailer Towing Selector charts on pages
19-23 for Maximum Loaded Trailer Weights for each vehicle.
Weight-Carrying Max. Tongue
Weight-Distributing
Max. Tongue
Max. Trailer
Load
Max. Trailer
Load
Vehicle
Capacity (Lbs.)(1)
(Lbs.)
Capacity (Lbs.)(2)
(Lbs.)
Rear Step Bumper:
Ranger
2,000
200
•
•
Explorer Sport/Sport Trac
3,500
350
•
•
E-Series Van/Wagon
5,000
500
•
•
Expedition
4,000
400
•
•
Excursion
5,000
500
•
•
F-Series
5,000
500
•
•
Hitch Receiver:
Escape
3,500
300
•
•
Ranger
3,500
350
6,000
600
Explorer 4-Dr (Class II)
3,500
350
•
•
Explorer 4-Dr (Class III/IV)
5,000
500
7,700
770
E-Series Van/Wagon
5,000
500
10,000
1,000
Expedition
6,000
600
8,900
890
Excursion
5,000
500
12,500
1,250
F-150
5,000
500
8,800
880
F-250/350 Super Duty
5,000 (3)
500 (3)
12,500 (3)
1,250 (3)
(1) Ford rear step bumpers and hitch receivers do not include a hitch ball. The vehicle owner is responsible for obtaining the
proper hitch ball, ball mounting and other appropriate equipment to tow both the trailer and its cargo load. (2) Ford hitch
receivers do not include a hitch ball or ball mounting. The vehicle owner is responsible for obtaining the proper hitch ball,
ball mounting, weight distributing equipment (i.e., equalizing arms and snap-up brackets, sway control system) and other
appropriate equipment to tow both the trailer and its cargo load. (3) Maximum hitch receiver/tongue load capacities
increase to 6,000/600 lbs. weight-carrying and 15,000/1,500 lbs. weight distributing (effective with Fall 2002 production).
Factory-Installed Trailer Hitch Receiver
Options are available on the following
Ford vehicles:
• F-250/350 Super Duty Pickups:
Option Code 86R
• Expedition: Standard
• F-150 Pickups: Included with Trailer
Tow Group – Option Code 535
• E-Series Van/Wagon: Included
with Trailer Towing Package –
Option Code 536
• Excursion: Standard
• Explorer 4-Door: Class II
Standard; Class III/IV Included
with Trailer Towing Prep Package –
Option Code 53G
• Escape: With Class II Trailer
Towing Package – Option Code 536
• Ranger Pickup: Included with Class
III Trailer Towing – Option Code 53L
Note: See chart below left for the
weight-carrying and weight-distributing
capacities of these hitch receivers.
(These capacities also are shown on a
label affixed to each receiver.)
The vehicle owner is responsible for
obtaining the proper hitch ball, ball
mounting, weight-distributing
equipment (i.e., equalizing arms and
snap-up brackets, sway control
system) and other appropriate
equipment to tow both the trailer and
load that will be towed.
Fifth-Wheel Hitch is mounted in the
pickup bed to put more of the trailer
weight directly over the towing
vehicle. The receiver centerline of the
hitch should be mounted at least two
inches forward of the rear axle of the
truck chassis. This mounting location
will distribute the king pin weight of
the trailer for optimum load-carrying
and sway-control performance. Care
must be taken to maintain nominal
clearance from the back of the cab to
the front of the trailer during tight
cornering or backing maneuvers.
Failure to follow this recommendation
can adversely affect the towing
vehicle’s steering, braking, and
handling characteristics.
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More Things to Know Before You Tow
Get the Facts Before You Buy . . .
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TOW
Weights to Check
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Base Curb Weight + Cargo Weight + Passenger Weight + Tongue Load or King Pin Weight =
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)
GVW must not exceed GVWR (obtain from Safety Compliance Certification Label on the left front door lock facing or the door latch post pillar).
GVW + Loaded Trailer Weight = Gross Combination Weight (GCW)
GCW must not exceed GCWR (obtain from charts on pages 19-23 or your vehicle’s Owner Guide).
Base Curb Weight is the weight of
the vehicle including a full tank of
fuel and all standard equipment. It
does not include passengers, cargo
or any optional equipment. Your
Ford dealership salesperson can
give you this number for the
vehicle(s) you are considering.
Cargo Weight includes all weight
added to the Base Curb Weight,
including cargo and optional
equipment (consult salesperson).
When towing, trailer tongue load
or king pin weight also is part of
the Cargo Weight.
Payload is the combined maximum
allowable weight of cargo and
passengers that the truck is
designed to carry. It is Gross
Vehicle Weight Rating minus the
Base Curb Weight.
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Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) is the
Base Curb Weight plus actual
Cargo Weight plus passengers. It
is important to remember that
GVW is not a limit or specification
. . . it is the actual weight that is
obtained when the fully loaded
vehicle is driven onto a scale.
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
(GVWR) is the maximum allowable
weight of the fully loaded vehicle
(including passengers and cargo).
This number – along with other
weight limits, as well as tire, rim
size and inflation pressure data –
are shown on the vehicle’s Safety
Compliance Certification Label,
located on the left front door lock
facing or the door latch post pillar.
The GVW must never exceed the
GVWR.
Metric Conversion – To obtain information in kilograms, multiply pounds by .45.
Gross Axle Weight (GAW) is the
total weight placed on each axle
(front and rear). To determine the
Gross Axle Weights for your
vehicle and trailer combination,
take your loaded vehicle and trailer
to a scale. With the trailer attached,
place the front wheels of the vehicle
on the scale to get the front GAW.
For rear GAW, weigh the towing
vehicle with the trailer attached, but
with just the four wheels of the
vehicle on the scale. You get the
rear GAW by subtracting the front
GAW from that amount.
Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR)
is the maximum weight to be
carried by a single axle (front or
rear). These numbers also are
shown on the Safety Compliance
Certification Label. The total load
on each axle must never exceed
its GAWR.
Sample Truck Safety Compliance Certification Label
(Refer to actual label on your vehicle)
Front GAWR
Gross Combination Weight (GCW) is the weight of the
loaded vehicle (GVW) plus the weight of the fully
loaded trailer. It is the actual weight obtained when the
vehicle and trailer are weighed together on a scale.
Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) is the
maximum allowable weight of the towing vehicle and the
loaded trailer – including all cargo and passengers – that
the vehicle can handle without risking damage.
(Important: The towing vehicle’s brake system is
rated for operation at the GVWR – NOT GCWR.
Separate functional brake systems should be used for
safe control of towed vehicles and for trailers
weighing more than 1,500 lbs. when loaded.) The
measured GCW must never exceed the GCWR.
Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight (as shown in the Trailer
Towing Selector charts pages 19-23) is the highest possible
weight of a fully loaded trailer the vehicle can tow, based
on a minimum towing vehicle GVW. It assumes a towing
vehicle with any mandatory options, no cargo, tongue load
of 10-15% (conventional trailer) or king pin weight of 1525% (fifth-wheel trailer), and driver only (150 pounds).
F-Series Super Duty chassis cab models also assume a
second-unit body weight of 1,000 lbs. Weight of additional
options, passengers, cargo and hitch must be deducted
from this weight.
Tongue Load or Fifth-Wheel King Pin Weight is another
critical measurement that must be made before towing. It
refers to the amount of the trailer’s weight that presses
down on the trailer hitch. Too much tongue load or king pin
weight can cause suspension/drivetrain damage, and can
press the vehicle down in back causing the front wheels to
lift to the point where traction, steering response and
braking can be severely decreased. Too little tongue load or
king pin weight can reduce rear-wheel traction and cause
instability, which may result in tail wagging or jackknifing.
GVWR
Rear GAWR
Tongue load or king pin weights must meet the
following requirements*:
– For trailers up to 2,000 lbs., tongue load not to
exceed 200 lbs.
– For conventional trailers over 2,000 lbs., tongue load
10 -15% of loaded trailer weight.
– For fifth-wheel trailers, king pin weight 15-25% of
loaded trailer weight.
Examples: For a 5,000-lb. conventional trailer, multiply
5,000 by .10 and .15 to obtain a proper tongue load
range of 500 to 750 lbs. For an 11,500-lb. fifth-wheel
trailer, multiplying 11,500 by .15 and .25 yields a king
pin weight range of 1,725 to 2,875 lbs.
Note: Be sure the addition of tongue load or king pin
weight does not cause the key towing vehicle weight
limits (GVWR and Rear GAWR) to be exceeded.
Remember, GVWR and GAWR are found on the vehicle’s
Safety Compliance Certification Label. If either of these
limits is exceeded, you should go with a larger vehicle or
a smaller trailer.
To measure actual tongue load or king pin weight,
disconnect the trailer and place only the tongue (king pin)
on a scale (at hitch ball or fifth-wheel king pin receiver
height). If the tongue load/king pin weight exceeds the
upper weight limit, move more of the trailer contents
rearward to achieve the recommended tongue load/king
pin weight. If the tongue load or king pin weight is less
than the lower limit, shift the load forward.
Measuring tongue load with commercial scale
*Refer to the chart on page 13 for tongue load recommendations with Ford
factory-installed step bumper trailer hitch receivers.
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Trailer Classes & RV Trailer Types
FOUR TRAILER CLASSES
CLASS I – LIGHT-DUTY
CLASS III – HEAVY-DUTY
• 2,000-lb. maximum weight (trailer and cargo combined)
• Folding camping trailers and trailers for small boats,
motorcycles and snowmobiles
• Many Ford vehicles can handle easily
• Weight-carrying hitch
• 3,501-5,000-lb. gross trailer weight
• Dual-axle or large single-axle travel trailers
• Most properly equipped Ford trucks and SUVs can
tow them(1)
• Weight-distributing hitch not required unless
specified for a particular vehicle
TRAILER CLASSES AND RV TRAILER TYPES
CLASS II – MEDIUM-DUTY
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• 2,001-3,500-lb. gross trailer weight
• Single-axle, small- to medium-length (up to 18 ft.)
trailers
• Windstar, Ford trucks and SUVs can be equipped to
tow these trailers(1)
• Weight-distributing hitch not required unless
specified for a particular vehicle
CLASS IV – EXTRA-HEAVY-DUTY
• Over 5,000-lb. gross trailer weight
• Largest travel and fifth-wheel trailers made for
recreation
• Most Ford trucks and SUVs can be equipped to
handle trailers in this class(1)
• Most applications require a weight-distributing or
fifth-wheel hitch (Trailers over 12,500 pounds
require fifth-wheel hitch).*
(1) Refer to page 18 for Required Equipment.
*Effective with Fall 2002 production, the F-Series Super Duty optional (code 86R) conventional hitch receiver capacity increases to 6,000 lbs. weightcarrying and 15,000 lbs. weight-distributing. Conventional maximum loaded trailer weights remain at 12,500 lbs. with SRW pickup models, and increase
up to 13,900 lbs. with DRW pickup models (weight varies by model). Refer to page 19 for conventional and fifth-wheel trailer weights.
THREE BASIC RV TRAILER TYPES
FOLDING CAMPING
TRAILER
CONVENTIONAL
TRAVEL TRAILER
FIFTH-WHEEL
TRAILER
Relatively inexpensive units
providing campers with a
comfortable, dry mobile shelter,
plus these added benefits:
• Lightweight for easy towing
(usually range from 300 to 2,000
pounds).
• Simple weight-carrying hitch is
usually sufficient for towing.
• Compact, low-profile traveling
package.
• Easily maneuverable – generally 8
to 16 feet long.
Generally larger, rigid construction
units offering more of the
conveniences of home, including
such features as kitchen sink, dinette,
shower, refrigerator and flush toilet.
Additional benefits include:
• Widely varied levels of
roominess, comfort and luxury –
depending on the towing capacity
of your vehicle, and your budget.
• Sizes usually range from 12 to 35
feet long.
• Normally towed with a weightdistributing hitch, depending on
weight.
Provide the same types of
accommodations as a conventional
travel trailer, but with these unique
characteristics:
• The forward raised portion is
designed to extend over the box
of a pickup truck.
• Attaches to the truck via a fifthwheel hitch mounted in the
pickup bed.
• Offers the advantages of improved
weight distribution and towing
dynamics, since some trailer
weight is directly over the towing
vehicle.
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Metric Conversion – To obtain information in kilograms, multiply pounds by .45;
to obtain information in centimeters, multiply feet by 30.
Maximum Trailer Weights
And Towing Packages
M A X I M U M T R A I L E R W E I G H T S I N P O U N D S F O R P R O P E R LY E Q U I P P E D
FORD VEHICLES WITH NO CARGO
ZX2 • Focus • Mustang
Crown Victoria
1,500
1,750
Taurus Sedan
3,500
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Windstar • Escape
5,000
Explorer Sport
5,260
Explorer Sport Trac
5,860 (1)
Ranger
7,160
Explorer 4-Door
F-150 Pickup (Conventional/Fifth-Wheel)
8,800
8,900
Expedition
E-Series Van/Wagon
10,000
Excursion
11,000
13,900 (2)
F-250/350 Super Duty Pickup (Conventional)
14,200
F-250/350 Super Duty Pickup (Fifth-Wheel)
21,500
F-350-550 Super Duty Chassis Cab Fifth-Wheel
(1) 5,960 pounds for fleet applications.
(2) Available effective with Fall 2002 production.
F O R D T R U C K T R A I L E R T O W I N G PA C K A G E S
F-Series
E-Series
Explorer
Escape
Expedition
F-150
Super Duty
Van/Wagon
4-Door
Excursion
Ranger
Model (Option Code)
(536)
(Standard)
(535)
(531)(a)
(536)
(53G)
(Standard)
(53L)
72 Amp.-Hr. Heavy-Duty Battery
•
•
X
•
•
•
•
•
Trailer Wiring Harness (7-Pin)
•
X
X
X
X(b)
X
X
•
Trailer Wiring Harness (4-Pin)
X
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Hitch Receiver (See Chart on Page 13)
X
X
X
•
X
X
X
X
Aux. Auto Trans. Oil Cooler
•
X
X
•
•
•
•
•
Heavy-Duty Flashers
•
X
•
•
•
•
•
•
Heavy-Duty Shocks
•
•
X(c)
•
•
•
•
•
Trailer Brake Wiring/Feed Kit
•
•
•
X
•
•
X
•
3.73 Limited Slip Rear Axle
•
•
•
•
•
X
•
•
Engine Oil Cooler
X(d)
•
•
•
•
X(e)
•
•
Electric Brake Controller Tap-in Capability
•
•
•
•
X
•
•
•
(a) Standard with pickup and Lariat Chassis Cab models (optional on XL and XLT Chassis Cab). F-550 Crew Cab Chassis Cab 4x2 also offers optional High Capacity
Trailer Tow Package (535) featuring synthetic lube in rear axle. (b) Blade-style female connector/bumper bracket, including relay system for backup/B+/running
lights. (c) Regular Cab and SuperCab 4x4. (d) With 3.0L/automatic transmission. (e) With 4.0L/automatic transmission.
Note: Content may vary depending on model, trim and/or powertrain. See your Ford Dealer for specific content information.
Note: Trailer Towing Package recommended for all light trucks that will be used for towing, to help ensure easy, proper connection of trailer lights.
W I N D S TA R WA G O N C L A S S I I T R A I L E R T O W I N G P A C K A G E ( O P T I O N C O D E 5 3 B )
• Full-size Spare Tire
• Heavy-duty Battery
• Trailer Tow Wiring
MAXIMUM TRAILER WEIGHTS AND TOWING PACKAGES
1,000
17
Required/Recommended
Trailer Towing Equipment
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
REQUIRED/RECOMMENDED TOWING EQUIPMENT
Windstar Wagon
18
It is essential that your vehicle includes any
optional equipment needed to best perform
its expected towing tasks. This equipment
falls into two categories:
1. Required Equipment includes items that
must be installed. Your New Vehicle
Limited Warranty (see your Dealer for a
copy) may be voided if you tow without
them.
2. Recommended Equipment includes items
that can make towing easier, and are
strongly recommended for strenuous
towing conditions.
• For Trailers From 2,000-3,500 pounds – Class II Trailer Tow
Package.
Escape
• For Trailers Over 1,000 pounds – 3.0L Engine.
• For Trailers Over 2,000 pounds – 3.0L Engine and Class II
Trailer Tow Package.
Explorer 4-Door
• For Trailers Over 3,500 pounds – Class III/IV Trailer Tow Prep
Package.
F-150
• For Trailers Over 4,000 pounds – Class III Trailer Tow Group, or
7700 Payload Group A or B.
F-550 Crew Cab Chassis Cab 4x2
• For 30,000 pounds GCWR Capability – High Capacity Trailer
Tow Package.
RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT (WHERE NOT REQUIRED)
Aftermarket Auxiliary
Transmission Oil Cooler
Weight-Carrying Hitch
(Trailers Under 5,000 lbs.)
Weight-Distributing Hitch
(Trailers Over 5,000 lbs.)
Trailer Towing Package
Hitch Receiver (d)
Long Pickup Box
Ford Cars
Windstar
Ranger
Explorer Sport &
Sport Trac
F-150
Pickup
F-250/350
Super Duty Pickup
E-Series
Van/Wagon
X(a)
•
•
•
X(b)
•
•
X
X
X
X
•
X
X
•
•
•
•
•
X
•
•
X
•
X(e)
•
X
•
X(f)
•
•
•
•
•
X
•
X(g)
X(h)
X
X(c)
•
•
(a) Recommended for long-distance, high-speed towing with automatic transmission on ZX2, Focus, Crown Victoria, Mustang, and Taurus Light-Duty
applications. (b) If vehicle is not equipped with factory Trailer Tow Group, a dealer-installed auxiliary transmission oil cooler is recommended if you are
planning on: traveling farther than 50 miles, towing in hilly terrain, or towing frequently. (c) Option code 536 for trailers over 5,000 lbs. (d) Capacities for
bumpers/hitch receivers shown on page 13. (e) Option code 53L for trailers over 2,000 lbs. (f) Dealer-installed for trailers over 3,500 lbs. (g) Option code 86R
for trailers over 5,000 lbs. (h) For fifth-wheel towing; short box limits turning angle; parking maneuvers can be improved with a sliding-type fifth-wheel hitch.
F R O N TA L A R E A C O N S I D E R AT I O N S
Frontal area is the total area in square feet that a moving vehicle and trailer exposes to air resistance. The
chart shows the limitations that must be considered in selecting a vehicle/trailer combination. Exceeding
these limitations may significantly reduce the performance of your towing vehicle.
Vehicle Line
ZX2/Focus/Mustang
Windstar Van/Wagon
Escape
Explorer Sport & Sport Trac
Explorer 4-Door
Ranger
E-Series
Excursion
F-150
Expedition
F-250-550 Super Duty
M
Frontal Area Limitations/
Considerations
20 sq. ft.
Base Vehicle Frontal Area
32 sq. ft.
24 sq. ft.
30 sq. ft.
50 sq. ft.
Base Vehicle Frontal Area
60 sq. ft.
Base Vehicle Frontal Area
50 sq. ft.
60 sq. ft.
60 sq. ft.
Base Vehicle Frontal Area
60 sq. ft.
60 sq. ft.
60 sq. ft.
90 sq. ft.
With
All applications
Cargo Van OR Wagon without Class II Trailer Tow Pkg.
Wagon with Class II Trailer Tow Pkg.
2.0L I4 or 3.0L V6 Engine without Class II Trailer Tow Pkg.
3.0L V6 Engine with Class II Trailer Tow Pkg.
All applications
Without Trailer Towing Prep Package Class III/IV
With Trailer Towing Prep Package Class III/IV
2.3L I4 Engine
3.0L V6 or 4.0L V6 Engine
All applications
All applications
Without Class III Trailer Tow Group or 7700 Payload Group A or B
With Class III Trailer Tow Group or 7700 Payload Group A or B
All applications
All applications except F-550 Crew Cab Chassis Cab 4x2 with High Capacity Trailer Tow Pkg.
F-550 Crew Cab Chassis Cab 4x2 with High Capacity Trailer Tow Pkg.
Metric Conversion – To obtain information in kilograms, multiply pounds by .45; to obtain information in kilometers, multiply miles by 1.6;
to obtain information in square meters, multiply square feet by .09; to obtain information in centimeters, multiply inches by 2.54.
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Pages 19 - 23
king pin weight of 15-25% (fifth-wheel trailer),
and driver only (150 pounds). Weight of
additional options, passengers, cargo and hitch
must be deducted from this weight. Also check
Required and Recommended Equipment on
page 18.
Select column with transmission, cab design
and drive system (4x2 or 4x4) you prefer. Read
down column to find the trailer weight that can
be towed with engine/axle ratio combinations
listed at left. GCWR column shows maximum
allowable combined weight of vehicle, trailer
and cargo (including passengers) for each
engine/axle ratio combination. Maximum
Loaded Trailer Weight assumes a towing
vehicle with any mandatory options, no cargo,
tongue load of 10-15% (conventional trailer) or
If your vehicle will be registered in California,
Maine or Massachusetts, check with your Ford
Dealer to be sure the desired powertrain/axle
ratio is available in your area.
Ride Height Considerations When
Towing a Fifth-Wheel or Gooseneck
Trailer with Super Duty 4x4 Pickups
Model
F-250
F-350 SRW
F-350 DRW
Max. Ride Ht.
56-57 inches
58-59 inches
57-58 inches
NOTE: Vehicles with other configurations
may have varying ride heights.
F-250/350 SUPER DUTY PICKUP CONVENTIONAL TOWING
Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight (Lbs.) – Automatic Transmission
REGULAR CAB
SUPERCAB
CREW CAB
Axle
Engine
Ratio
5.4L SEFI V8
3.73
4.10
6.8L SEFI V10
3.73
4.30
4.30
7.3L V8 DI
3.73
Turbo Diesel (2) 4.10
6.0L V8 DI
3.73
Turbo Diesel (2) 4.10
GCWR
(Lbs.)
13,500
15,000
17,000
20,000
20,000(1)
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
5.4L SEFI V8
13,500
15,000
16,500
20,000
20,000(1)
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
F-250/350 F-250/350 F-350
SRW
SRW
DRW
4x2
4x4
4x2
7,800
7,400
7,600
9,300
8,900
9,100
11,200
10,800 10,900
12,500
12,500 12,500
•
•
13,900
12,500
12,500 12,500
•
•
12,500
12,500
12,500 13,400
•
•
13,400
F-350 F-250/350 F-250/350 F-350
DRW
SRW
SRW
DRW
4x4
4x2
4x4
4x2
7,200
7,500
7,100
7,200
8,700
9,000
8,600
8,700
10,400 10,800
10,400 10,500
12,500 12,500
12,500 12,500
13,400
•
•
13,500
12,500 12,500
12,500 12,500
12,500
•
•
12,500
13,000 12,500
12,500 13,000
13,000
•
•
13,000
F-350 F-250/350 F-250/350
DRW
SRW
SRW
4x4
4x2
4x4
6,800
7,200
6,900
8,300
8,700
8,400
10,100 10,600
10,200
12,500 12,500
12,500
13,100
•
•
12,500 12,500
12,500
12,500
•
•
12,600 12,500
12,500
12,600
•
•
F-350
DRW
4x2
•
•
10,300
12,500
13,300
12,500
12,500
12,800
12,800
F-350
DRW
4x4
•
•
9,900
12,500
12,900
12,400
12,400
12,400
12,400
•
•
9,800
12,500
13,300
12,500
12,500
12,800
12,800
•
•
9,400
12,500
12,900
12,400
12,400
12,400
12,400
Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight (Lbs.) – Manual Transmission
3.73
4.10
6.8L SEFI V10
3.73
4.30
4.30
7.3L V8 DI
3.73
Turbo Diesel (2) 4.10
6.0L V8 DI
3.73
Turbo Diesel (2) 4.10
7,800
9,300
10,600
12,500
•
12,500
•
12,500
•
7,400
8,900
10,200
12,500
•
12,500
•
12,500
•
7,500
9,000
10,300
12,500
13,800
12,500
12,500
13,300
13,300
7,100
8,600
9,900
12,500
13,400
12,500
12,500
12,900
12,900
7,400
8,900
10,300
12,500
•
12,500
•
12,500
•
7,100
8,600
9,900
12,500
•
12,500
•
12,500
•
7,200
8,700
10,000
12,500
13,500
12,500
12,500
13,000
13,000
6,800
8,300
9,600
12,500
13,100
12,500
12,500
12,600
12,600
7,200
8,700
10,100
12,500
•
12,500
•
12,500
•
6,800
8,300
9,700
12,500
•
12,500
•
12,500
•
(1) With 15,000-lb. capacity optional hitch receiver (capacity increase on DRW models effective with Fall 2002 production).
(2) 6.0L Diesel replaces 7.3L Diesel effective with Fall 2002 production. Optional hitch receiver capacity with 6.0L Diesel is 12,500 lbs. with SRW models and 15,000 lbs. with DRW models.
Notes: • This information also applies to models with Pickup Box Delete option (66D).
• For F-250/350 SRW models, F-350 trailer weights are shown. F-250 trailer weights are within 100 pounds. Check with your sales consultant.
• Trailer tongue load weight should be 10-15% of total loaded trailer weight. Make sure vehicle payload (reduced by option weight) will accommodate trailer tongue load
weight and weight of passengers and cargo added to towing vehicle. Addition of trailer tongue load weight and weight of passengers and cargo cannot cause vehicle
weights to exceed rear GAWR or GVWR. These ratings can be found on the vehicle Safety Compliance Certification Label.
F-250/350 SUPER DUTY PICKUP FIFTH-WHEEL TOWING
Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight (Lbs.) – Automatic Transmission*
REGULAR CAB
SUPERCAB
CREW CAB
Axle
Engine
Ratio
5.4L SEFI V8
3.73
4.10
6.8L SEFI V10
3.73
4.30
7.3L V8 DI
3.73
Turbo Diesel (1) 4.10
6.0L V8 DI
3.73
Turbo Diesel (1) 4.10
GCWR
(Lbs.)
13,500
15,000
17,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
5.4L SEFI V8
13,500
15,000
16,500
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
20,000
F-250/350 F-250/350 F-350
SRW
SRW
DRW
4x2
4x4
4x2
7,800
7,400
7,600
9,300
8,900
9,100
11,200
10,800 10,900
14,200
13,800 13,900
13,700
13,300 13,400
•
•
13,400
13,700
13,300 13,400
•
•
13,400
F-350 F-250/350 F-250/350 F-350 F-350
DRW
SRW
SRW
DRW DRW
4x4
4x2
4x4
4x2
4x4
7,200
7,500
7,100
7,200 6,800
8,700
9,000
8,600
8,700 8,300
10,400 10,800
10,400
10,500 10,100
13,400 13,800
13,400
13,500 13,100
13,000 13,400
13,000* 13,100 12,700
13,000
•
•
13,100 12,700
13,000 13,300
13,000* 13,000 12,600
13,000
•
•
13,000 12,600
F-250/350 F-250/350 F-350
SRW
SRW
DRW
4x2
4x4
4x2
7,200
6,900
•
8,700
8,400
•
10,600
10,200
10,300
13,600
13,200
13,300
13,100
12,800* 12,800
•
•
12,800
13,100
12,700* 12,800
•
•
12,800
F-350
DRW
4x4
•
•
9,900
12,900
12,400
12,400
12,400
12,400
Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight (Lbs.) – Manual Transmission*
3.73
4.10
6.8L SEFI V10
3.73
4.30
7.3L V8 DI
3.73
Turbo Diesel (1) 4.10
6.0L V8 DI
3.73
Turbo Diesel (1) 4.10
7,800
9,300
10,600
14,100
13,700
•
13,600
•
7,400
8,900
10,200
13,700
13,300
•
13,300
•
7,500
9,000
10,300
13,800
13,400
13,400
13,300
13,300
7,100
8,600
9,900
13,400
13,000
13,000
12,900
12,900
7,400
8,900
10,300
13,800
13,300
•
13,300
•
7,100
8,600
9,900
13,400
13,000*
•
12,900*
•
7,200
8,700
10,000
13,500
13,000
13,000
13,000
13,000
6,800
8,300
9,600
13,100
12,600
12,600
12,600
12,600
7,200
8,700
10,100
13,600
13,100
•
12,900
•
6,800
8,300
9,700
13,200
12,700*
•
12,700*
•
•
•
9,800
13,300
12,800
12,800
12,800
12,800
•
•
9,400
12,900
12,400
12,400
12,400
12,400
(1) 6.0L Diesel replaces 7.3L Diesel effective with Fall 2002 production.
* For F-250/350 SRW models, F-350 trailer weights are shown. F-250 trailer weights are within 100 pounds, except for the F-250 SRW 4x4 SuperCab and Crew Cab applications indicated with
asterisks above. For these applications, maximum loaded trailer weight is 12,000 pounds for F-250 SRW 4x4 SuperCab and 10,400 pounds for F-250 SRW 4x4 Crew Cab.
Notes: • This information also applies to models with Pickup Box Delete option (66D).
• Trailer king pin weight should be 15-25% of total loaded trailer weight. Make sure vehicle payload (reduced by option weight) will accommodate trailer king pin weight and
weight of passengers and cargo added to the towing vehicle. Addition of trailer king pin weight, and weight of passengers and cargo cannot cause vehicle weights to exceed
rear GAWR or GVWR. These ratings can be found on the vehicle Safety Compliance Certification Label.
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F-350/450/550 SUPER DUTY CHASSIS CAB FIFTH-WHEEL TOWING
Trailer weights shown assume 1,000 lbs. second-unit body weight. Be sure combined weight of vehicle and trailer does not exceed listed GCWR.
Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight (Lbs.) – Automatic Transmission
REGULAR CHASSIS CAB
SUPER CHASSIS CAB
CREW CHASSIS CAB
Axle GCWR
Engine Ratio (Lbs.)
5.4L
3.73 13,500
SEFI V8 4.10 15,000
6.8L
3.73 17,000
SEFI V10 4.30 20,000
4.88 24,000
5.38 26,000
7.3L V8 3.73 20,000
DI Turbo 4.10 20,000
Diesel 4.30 26,000
(1)
4.88 26,000
4.88 30,000(2)
6.0L V8 3.73 20,000
DI Turbo 4.10 20,000
Diesel 4.30 26,000
(1)
4.88 26,000
4.88 30,000(2)
F-350
4x2
SRW
7,300
8,800
10,600
•
•
•
13,200
•
•
•
•
13,100
•
•
•
•
F-350
4x4
SRW
6,800
8,300
10,200
•
•
•
12,700
•
•
•
•
12,700
•
•
•
•
F-350
4x2
DRW
7,000
8,500
10,300
13,300
•
•
12,800
12,800
•
•
•
12,700
12,700
•
•
•
F-350
4x4
DRW
6,500
8,000
9,800
12,800
•
•
12,300
12,300
•
•
•
12,200
12,200
•
•
•
F-450
4x2
DRW*
•
•
•
•
16,600
18,600
•
•
18,100
18,100
•
•
•
18,100
18,100
•
F-450
4x4
DRW*
•
•
•
•
16,300
18,300
•
•
17,800
17,800
•
•
•
17,800
17,800
•
7,200 6,800
8,700 8,300
10,100 9,700
•
•
•
•
•
•
13,100 12,700
•
•
•
•
•
•
13,100 12,700
•
•
•
•
•
•
6,900
8,400
9,700
13,200
•
•
12,800
12,800
•
•
12,700
12,700
•
•
6,400
7,900
9,200
12,700
•
•
12,300
12,300
•
•
12,200
12,200
•
•
•
•
•
•
14,500
14,500
•
•
18,100
18,100
•
•
18,000
18,000
•
•
•
•
14,200
14,200
•
•
17,800
17,800
•
•
17,700
17,700
F-550
4x2
DRW*
•
•
•
•
16,500
18,500
•
•
•
18,000
•
•
•
•
18,000
•
F-550
4x4
DRW*
•
•
•
•
16,200
18,200
•
•
•
17,700
•
•
•
•
17,600
•
F-350
4x2
SRW
6,900
8,400
10,300
•
•
•
12,800
•
•
•
•
12,800
•
•
•
•
F-350
4x4
SRW
6,500
8,000
9,800
•
•
•
12,400
•
•
•
•
12,300
•
•
•
•
F-350
4x2
DRW
•
•
9,900
12,900
•
•
12,500
12,500
•
•
•
12,500
12,500
•
•
•
F-350
4x4
DRW
•
•
9,500
12,500
•
•
12,100
12,100
•
•
•
12,100
12,100
•
•
•
F-450
4x2
DRW
•
•
•
•
16,200
18,200
•
•
17,800
17,800
•
•
•
17,700
17,700
•
F-450
4x4
DRW
•
•
•
•
15,800
17,800
•
•
17,400
17,400
•
•
•
17,300
17,300
•
F-550
4x2
DRW
•
•
•
•
16,200
18,200
•
•
•
17,700
•
•
•
•
17,700
•
F-550
4x4
DRW
•
•
•
•
15,700
17,700
•
•
•
17,300
•
•
•
•
17,200
•
F-350
4x2
SRW
6,700
8,200
10,000
•
•
•
12,600
•
•
•
•
12,600
•
•
•
•
F-350
4x4
SRW
6,300
7,800
9,600
•
•
•
12,200
•
•
•
•
12,200
•
•
•
•
F-350
4x2
DRW
•
•
9,700
12,700
•
•
12,300
12,300
•
•
•
12,300
12,300
•
•
•
F-350
4x4
DRW
•
•
9,300
12,300
•
•
11,800
11,800
•
•
•
11,800
11,800
•
•
•
F-450
4x2
DRW*
•
•
•
•
16,000
18,000
•
•
17,500
17,500
•
•
•
17,500
17,500
•
F-450
4x4
DRW*
•
•
•
•
15,700
17,700
•
•
17,200
17,200
•
•
•
17,200
17,200
•
F-550
4x2
DRW*
•
•
•
•
15,900
17,900
•
•
•
17,500
21,500
•
•
•
17,400
21,400
F-550
4x4
DRW*
•
•
•
•
15,600
17,600
•
•
•
17,100
•
•
•
•
17,100
•
•
•
8,700
12,200
•
•
11,800
11,800
•
•
11,700
11,700
•
•
•
•
•
•
14,000
14,000
•
•
17,500
17,500
•
•
17,500
17,500
•
•
•
•
13,700
13,700
•
•
17,200
17,200
•
•
17,200
17,200
•
•
•
•
13,900
13,900
•
•
•
17,400
•
•
•
17,400
•
•
•
•
13,600
13,600
•
•
•
17,100
•
•
•
17,000
Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight (Lbs.) – Manual Transmission
5.4L
SEFI V8
6.8L
SEFI V10
7.3L V8
DI Turbo
Diesel
(1)
6.0L V8
DI Turbo
Diesel
(1)
3.73
4.10
3.73
4.30
4.88
5.38
3.73
4.10
4.30
4.88
3.73
4.10
4.30
4.88
13,500
15,000
16,500
20,000
22,000
22,000
20,000
20,000
26,000
26,000
20,000
20,000
26,000
26,000
•
•
•
•
14,500
14,500
•
•
•
18,000
•
•
•
18,000
•
•
•
•
14,100
14,100
•
•
•
17,700
•
•
•
17,700
6,900
8,400
9,700
•
•
•
12,800
•
•
•
12,700
•
•
•
6,400 •
•
7,900
•
•
9,300 9,400 9,000
• 12,900 12,500
•
•
•
•
•
•
12,300 12,500 12,100
• 12,500 12,100
•
•
•
•
•
•
12,300 12,400 12,000
• 12,400 12,000
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
14,200
14,200
•
•
17,700
17,700
•
•
17,700
17,700
•
•
•
•
13,800
13,800
•
•
17,300
17,300
•
•
17,300
17,300
•
•
•
•
14,100
14,100
•
•
•
17,700
•
•
•
17,600
•
•
•
•
13,700
13,700
•
•
•
17,200
•
•
•
17,200
6,700
8,200
9,500
•
•
•
12,600
•
•
•
12,500
•
•
•
6,200
7,700
9,100
•
•
•
12,100
•
•
•
12,100
•
•
•
•
•
9,200
12,700
•
•
12,200
12,200
•
•
12,200
12,200
•
•
* F-450/550 weights shown are for 141-inch wheelbase Regular Cab or 176-inch wheelbase Crew Cab models. For 165, 189, 200 and 201-inch wheelbase models, weights may be somewhat less
(usually not more than 400 pounds). (1) 6.0L Diesel replaces 7.3L Diesel effective with Fall 2002 production. (2) Available with High Capacity Trailer Tow Package Only.
Notes: • Trailer king pin weight should be 15-25% of total loaded trailer weight. Make sure vehicle payload (reduced by option weight) will accommodate trailer king pin weight and weight of passengers
and cargo added to the towing vehicle. Addition of trailer king pin weight, and weight of passengers and cargo cannot cause vehicle weights to exceed rear GAWR or GVWR. These ratings can be
found on the vehicle Safety Compliance Certification Label.
• To determine conventional towing maximum trailer weights for Chassis Cab, subtract weight of completed, fully loaded vehicle (including weight of passengers) from GCWR. Weight of fully
loaded vehicle and trailer must not exceed GCWR. Ford Motor Company does not offer a factory-installed conventional hitch receiver for Chassis Cab applications.
SUPER DUTY CLASS A
MOTORHOME CHASSIS
Max. GVWR
15,700 Lbs.
18,000 Lbs.
20,500 Lbs.
22,000 Lbs.
Max. GCWR
26,000 Lbs.
26,000 Lbs.
26,000 Lbs.
26,000 Lbs.
Max. Trailer Weight
10,300 Lbs.
8,000 Lbs.
5,500 Lbs.
4,000 Lbs.
Note: Towing vehicle’s braking system is rated for operation at GVWR – NOT
GCWR. Separate functional brake systems should be used for safe control
of towed vehicles or trailers weighing more than 1,500 lbs. when loaded.
F-650/750 SUPER DUTY
To determine Maximum Trailer Weight, subtract your vehicle's GVWR from
the following Maximum GCWRs:
Model
F-650 Super Crewzer™ (at left)
F-650 Regular/Super/Crew Cab
F-750 Regular/Super/Crew Cab
F-750 Regular/Super/Crew Cab
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Max. GVWR
23,000 Lbs.
26,000 Lbs.
30,000 Lbs.
33,000 Lbs.
Max. GCWR*
43,000 Lbs.
40,000 Lbs.
45,000 Lbs.
60,000 Lbs.
* Figures shown are the maximum available for each model. Actual ratings may be
less, depending on your transmission. Check with your sales consultant for the
exact rating on your vehicle.
F-150 PICKUP FIFTH-WHEEL TOWING
RANGER
Axle
GCWR
Engine
Ratio
(Lbs.)
4.2L SEFI V6 3.55
10,000
4.6L SEFI V8 3.55 11,500(1)
3.55 11,000(2)
5.4L SEFI V8 3.55 13,000(1)
3.55 12,500(2)
3.73(3) 13,500
4.10(4) 15,000
REGULAR CAB
4x2
4x4
5,700 5,300
7,100 6,800
•
6,300
8,500 8,200
•
7,700
8,800 8,300
8,800
•
SUPERCAB
4x2 4x4
5,400
•
6,800 6,500
•
6,000
8,200 7,900
•
7,400
8,500 8,200
8,500
•
(1) With 16-inch tires or 4x2 P275 17-inch tires.
(2) With 4x4 P265 or LT265 17-inch tires.
(3) See footnote (5) with Conventional Towing chart below.
(4) See footnote (6) with Conventional Towing chart below.
Note: While F-150 SuperCrew is capable of towing up to 7,900 lbs. and the
box will accept a fifth-wheel hitch, current fifth-wheel trailer designs are
not compatible with SuperCrew. Any questions should be referred to the
trailer dealer/manufacturer.
• Trailer king pin weight should be 15-25% of total loaded trailer weight. Make
sure vehicle payload (reduced by option weight) will accommodate trailer
king pin weight and weight of passengers and cargo added to the towing
vehicle. Addition of trailer king pin weight, and weight of passengers and
cargo cannot cause vehicle weights to exceed rear GAWR or GVWR. These
ratings are shown on the vehicle Safety Compliance Certification Label.
Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight (Lbs.) –
Automatic Transmission
REGULAR CAB
SUPERCAB
Engine
2.3L SEFI I4
3.0L SEFI V6
4.0L SOHC
SEFI V6
Axle
Ratio
4.10
3.73
4.10(2)
4.10
3.55
3.55(2)
3.73/4.10
GCWR
4x2
4x4
4x2
4x4
(Lbs.) 6-ft. Box 7-ft. Box 6-ft. Box 7-ft. Box 6-ft. Box 6-ft. Box
5,500 2,240 2,180(1)
•
•
•
•
7,500 4,100
4,040
•
•
3,940
•
7,500 4,000
•
•
•
3,800(3)
•
7,500
•
•
3,820
•
•
•
9,500
•
5,960(1)
•
•
5,860
•
9,500
•
•
•
•
5,740
•
9,500
•
•
•
5,680(1)
•
5,580(4)
Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight (Lbs.) –
Manual Transmission
2.3L SEFI I4
3.0L SEFI V6
3.73
4,800 1,640 1,580(1)
•
•
•
•
3.73
6,000 2,640
2,580
•
•
2,480
•
4.10(2) 6,000 2,540
•
•
•
2,340
•
4.10
6,000
•
•
2,360
•
•
•
4.0L SOHC
3.55(2) 7,000
•
•
•
•
3,280
•
SEFI V6
4.10
7,000
•
•
•
•
•
3,120(5)
(1) Available for fleet only. (2) Ranger Edge only. (3) Also available with Tremor. (4) 5,160 lbs.
with FX4 Level II. (5) 2,700 lbs. with FX4 Level II.
F-150 PICKUP CONVENTIONAL TOWING
Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight (Lbs.) –
Automatic Transmission
REGULAR CAB
SUPERCAB
SUPERCREW
Engine
4.2L SEFI V6
4.6L SEFI V8
5.4L SEFI V8
Axle GCWR
Ratio (Lbs.)
3.31
9,000
3.55 10,000
3.08 10,000
3.31 10,500
3.55 11,500(1)
3.55 11,500(2)
3.55 11,000(3)
3.73 11,500(4)
3.31 12,000
3.55 13,000(2)
3.55 12,500(3)
3.73 12,500(4)
3.73(5)13,500
4.10(6)15,000
3.73 11,000
5.4L NGV V8
(Natural Gas)
5.4L Bi-Fuel V8
LPG
3.73
CNG
3.73
13,500
13,500
4x2
4,600
5,700
2,000
6,100
•
7,100
•
•
7,500
8,500
•
•
8,800
8,800
5,700
4x4
•
5,300
•
5,800
•
6,800
6,300
•
7,200
8,200
7,700
•
8,300
•
•
4x2
4,400
5,400
2,000
5,800
•
6,800
•
•
7,200
8,200
•
•
8,500
8,500
•
4x4
•
•
•
5,500
•
6,500
6,000
•
6,900
7,900
7,400
•
8,200
•
•
4x2
•
•
•
•
•
6,500
•
•
•
7,900
•
•
•
•
•
4x4
•
•
•
•
6,200
•
•
6,100
•
7,600
7,100
7,100
•
•
•
8,200
8,100
7,900
7,800
8,100
8,000
7,700
7,600
•
•
•
•
Note for Ranger and F-150 Conventional Towing
Trailer tongue load weight should be 10-15% of total loaded
trailer weight. Make sure vehicle payload (reduced by option
weight) will accommodate trailer tongue load weight and
weight of passengers and cargo added to towing vehicle.
Addition of trailer tongue load weight and weight of
passengers and cargo cannot cause vehicle weights to
exceed rear GAWR or GVWR. These ratings can be found on
the vehicle Safety Compliance Certification Label.
TRAILER TOWING SELECTOR
Maximum Loaded
Trailer Weight (Lbs.) –
Automatic Transmission
Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight (Lbs.) –
Manual Transmission
4.2L SEFI V6
4.6L SEFI V8
3.08
3.31
3.55
3.08
3.31
3.55
6,500
7,200
7,800
6,500
7,200
7,800
2,000
•
3,500
2,000
2,900
3,500
•
2,500
3,200
•
2,500
3,100
2,000
•
3,300
2,000
2,600
3,200
•
•
•
•
2,300
2,900
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
(1) With 16-inch tires. (2) With 16-inch tires or 4x2 P275 17-inch tires.
(3) With 4x4 P265 or LT265 17-inch tires. (4) With 17-inch tires (3.73 axle late availability with SuperCrew).
(5) Available with 7700 Payload Group A only. Group A includes the necessary equipment (72 amp.-hr. battery,
upgraded radiator – 1.42'' core thickness, 14-plate auxiliary automatic transmission oil cooler and heavy-duty shock
absorbers with Regular Cab and SuperCab 4x4) to tow the maximum trailer weights shown.
(6) Available with 7700 Payload Group B only. Group B includes the necessary equipment (72 amp.-hr. battery,
upgraded radiator – 1.42'' core thickness and 22-plate auxiliary automatic transmission oil cooler) to tow the
maximum trailer weights shown. Group B also includes the Class III Trailer Towing Group which adds the framemounted hitch receiver and 7-pin trailer wiring harness and connector.
M
Metric Conversion – To obtain
information in kilograms, multiply
pounds by .45; to obtain information in
centimeters, multiply inches by 2.54.
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Trailer Towing Selector
ESCAPE
Note for Explorer 4-Door,
Sport, Sport Trac,
Expedition and Excursion
Charts
Trailer tongue load weight
should be 10-15% of total
loaded trailer weight. Make
sure vehicle payload
(reduced by option weight)
will accommodate trailer
tongue load weight and
weight of passengers and
cargo added to towing
vehicle. Addition of trailer
tongue load weight and
weight of passengers and
cargo cannot cause vehicle
weights to exceed rear
GAWR or GVWR. These
ratings can be found on the
vehicle Safety Compliance
Certification Label.
Engine
2.0L SEFI I4
3.0L SEFI V6
Axle
Ratio
All
All
All
GCWR (Lbs.)
FWD
4x4
4,180
4,340
5,340
5,500
6,880
7,040
Maximum Loaded
Trailer Weight (Lbs.)
1,000
2,000 Without Class II Trailer Towing Package
3,500 With Class II Trailer Towing Package
EXPLORER 4-DOOR
Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight (Lbs.) –
Automatic Transmission
ESCAPE
EXPLORER 4-DOOR
Axle
GCWR
4x2
4x2
4x4
4x4
AWD
AWD
Engine
Ratio
(Lbs.) Class II Class III/IV Class II Class III/IV Class II Class III/IV
4.0L SOHC 3.55
7,700
3,280
•
•
•
•
•
SEFI V6
3.55
8,000
•
•
3,400
•
3,400
•
3.73
10,000
•
5,560
•
5,400
•
•
3.73 LS
10,000
•
•
•
5,380
•
5,380
3.73 LS
10,240
•
5,800
•
•
•
•
4.6L SOHC 3.55
7,700
3,280
•
•
•
•
•
SEFI V8
3.55
8,000
•
•
3,420
•
3,420
•
3.73 LS(1) 11,600(2)
•
7,160(2)
•
7,000(2)
•
7,000(2)
(1) Included with AdvanceTrac™ Stability Control System.
(2) Deduct 500 lbs. with 3rd-Row Seat with Auxiliary Climate Control.
EXPLORER SPORT & SPORT TRAC
Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight (Lbs.) –
Automatic Transmission
Axle GCWR
Engine
Ratio (Lbs.)
4.0L SOHC
All
9,100
SEFI V6
All
9,600
SPORT 2-DOOR
4x2
4x4
5,000
4,820
•
•
SPORT TRAC 4-DOOR
4x2
4x4
•
•
5,260
5,060
Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight (Lbs.) –
Manual Transmission
4.0L SOHC
SEFI V6
All
7,000
2,940
2,760
2,700
2,480
EXPEDITION
EXPEDITION
Maximum Loaded
Trailer Weight (Lbs.)
Engine
4.6L SEFI V8
5.4L SEFI V8
EXPLORER SPORT
Axle GCWR
Ratio (Lbs.)
3.73 11,500
3.73 14,500
4x4
5,750
8,650
EXPLORER SPORT TRAC
EXCURSION
W I N D S TA R
Maximum Loaded
Trailer Weight (Lbs.)
Maximum Loaded
Trailer Weight (Lbs.)
Axle GCWR
Ratio (Lbs.)
4x2
4x4
3.73 13,000
6,100
•
4.10 14,500
7,600
7,200
6.8L SEFI V10 3.73 17,000
10,000
9,600
4.30 20,000
11,000
11,000
7.3L V8 DI
3.73 20,000
11,000
11,000
Turbo Diesel (1)
6.0L V8 DI
3.73 20,000
11,000
11,000
Turbo Diesel (1)
(1) 7.3L Diesel replaced by 6.0L Diesel effective with Fall 2002
production.
Axle GCWR
Engine
Ratio (Lbs.)
Wagon
3.8L SPI
3.56 7,000
2,000
SEFI V6
3.56 8,500*
3,500*
* Requires Class II Trailer Tow Package.
Engine
5.4L SEFI V8
22
4x2
6,050
8,900
EXCURSION
WINDSTAR
Van
2,000
•
Trailer Towing Selector
E - S E R I E S VA N / WA G O N
Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight (Lbs.) – Automatic Transmission
VAN
WAGON
Note: Trailer tongue load weight should be 10-15% of total loaded trailer weight. Make sure vehicle payload (reduced by option weight) will accommodate
trailer tongue load weight and weight of passengers and cargo added to towing vehicle. Addition of trailer tongue load weight and weight of passengers
and cargo cannot cause vehicle weights to exceed rear GAWR or GVWR. These ratings can be found on the vehicle Safety Compliance Certification Label.
E - S E R I E S C U TAWAY /
CHASSIS CAB/STRIPPED CHASSIS
To determine Maximum Trailer Weight, subtract your
vehicle’s GVWR from the following GCWRs:
• E-350/450/550 Super Duty Cutaway/Chassis Cab GCWRs:
- 5.4L V8 = 13,000 lbs.
- 6.8L V10 = 18,500 lbs. (4.10 and E-350 4.56 axle)
20,000 lbs. (E-450 4.56 and 4.88 axle)
- 7.3L Turbo Diesel V8 = 20,000 lbs.
• E-250/350/450 Super Duty Stripped Chassis GCWRs:
- 4.2L V6 = 11,000 lbs.
- 5.4L V8 = 13,000 lbs.
- 6.8L V10 = 18,500 lbs.
Note: 7.3 Diesel applications that exceed 10,000 lbs. Maximum Trailer
Weight require a fifth-wheel hitch.
TRAILER TOWING SELECTOR
E-350
E-350
E-350
E-350
Axle GCWR
E-250
Super Super Duty
Super Super Duty
Engine
Ratio (Lbs.)
E-150
E-250 Extended
Duty
Extended
E-150
Duty
Extended
4.2L SEFI V6
3.55 10,000
5,000
•
•
•
•
4,700
•
•
3.73 10,500
•
5,100
5,000
•
•
•
•
•
4.10 11,000
•
5,600
5,400
•
•
•
•
•
4.6L SEFI V8
3.55 11,500
6,400
•
•
•
•
6,100
•
•
3.73 11,500
•
6,100
5,900
•
•
•
•
•
4.10 11,500
•
6,000
5,800
•
•
•
•
•
5.4L SEFI V8
3.55 12,000
6,800
•
•
6,300
6,200
6,500
•
5,600
3.73 13,000
•
7,500
7,300
•
•
•
6,900
6,600
4.10 13,000
•
•
•
7,300
7,200
•
6,900
6,600
5.4L NGV V8
3.73 13,000
•
6,900
7,300
•
•
•
•
•
(Natural Gas) 4.10 13,000
•
•
•
6,700
6,600
•
6,300
6,000
6.8L SEFI V10 3.73 15,000
•
•
•
9,200
9,000
•
8,800
8,500
4.10 18,500
•
•
•
10,000
10,000
•
10,000
10,000
7.3L V8 DI
3.55 16,000
•
•
•
9,700
9,600
•
9,300
9,100
Turbo Diesel
4.10 20,000
•
•
•
10,000
10,000
•
10,000
10,000
Note: For Maximum Trailer Weights with Crew Van, deduct 200 lbs. from weights in chart (except with 18,500 lbs. and 20,000
lbs. GCWR).
FORD CARS
CAR LINE
Towing Class
Max. Gross Trailer Wt. (Lbs.)
TAURUS
CROWN VICTORIA
Light-Duty I
Light-Duty I
1,100(Wagon)/
1,500
1,250 (Sedan)(2)
Max. Tongue Load (Lbs.)
100
100
100
110/125(2)
150
Minimum Engine
2.0L 4-Cyl.*
2.0L 4-Cyl.*
3.8L V6*
3.0L V6*
4.6L V8
(1) Frontal area under 20 square feet. (2) 1,600 (Wagon)/1,750 (Sedan) Max. Gross Trailer Weight and 160/175 Max. Tongue Load
with optional Duratec engine and only driver and one passenger with no cargo. When towing on roads with steep grades or moderate
but long sustained grades (5 miles or more), or when ambient temperatures exceed 100 degrees F., vehicle speed should not exceed
45 MPH in both cases.
* Auxiliary transmission oil cooler recommended for automatic transmission during long-distance hauling (greater than 50 miles); see
vehicle's Owner Guide for complete towing requirements.
M
ZX2
Light-Duty I (1)
1,000
FOCUS
Light-Duty I (1)
1,000
MUSTANG
Light-Duty I (1)
1,000
Metric Conversion – To obtain information in kilograms, multiply pounds by .45; to obtain information in square meters, multiply square
feet by .09; to obtain information in centimeters, multiply inches by 2.54; to obtain information in kilometers, multiply miles by 1.6.
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Trailering Tips
Trailer towing is a special driving situation
which places extra demands on your driving
skills. We have included a few basic tips that
you should know in order to transport your
trailer and its contents safely, comfortably
and without abusing the towing vehicle:
Weight Distribution
• For optimum handling, the trailer must be
properly loaded and balanced.
• Keep center of gravity low for best
handling.
• Approximately 60% of the cargo weight
should be in the front half of the trailer
and 40% in the rear (within limits of
Tongue Weight).
• Load should also be balanced from side to
side for good handling and proper tire
wear.
• Load must be firmly secured to prevent
shifting during cornering or braking,
which could result in a sudden loss of
control.
Before Starting
• Before setting out on a trip, practice
turning, stopping and backing up your
trailer in an area away from heavy traffic.
Backing
• Back slowly, with someone outside at rear
of trailer to guide you.
• Place one hand at bottom of steering wheel
and move it in the direction you want the
trailer to go.
• Make small steering inputs … slight
movement of steering wheel results in
much greater movement in rear of trailer.
Braking
• Allow considerably more distance for
stopping with trailer attached. (See page
12)
• If you have a manual brake controller,
“lead” with trailer brakes, if possible.
• To correct trailer side-sway, touch trailer
brakes momentarily without using vehicle
brakes.
Downgrades and Upgrades
• Downshifting assists braking on
downgrades and provides added power at
the drive wheels for climbing hills.
Parking with a Trailer
• Whenever possible, vehicles with trailers
should not be parked on a grade. However,
if it is necessary, place wheel chocks under
the trailer’s wheels as follows:
– Apply the foot service brakes and hold.
– Have another person place the wheel
chocks under the trailer wheels on the
downgrade side.
– Once the wheel chocks are in place,
release foot service brakes, making sure
that the chocks are holding the vehicle
and trailer.
– Apply the parking brake.
– Shift the transmission into P (PARK)
with an automatic transmission and
make sure it is latched there. If your
vehicle has a manual transmission, put
the gearshift lever in R (REVERSE).
NOTE: With 4-wheel drive, make sure the
transfer case is not in N (NEUTRAL)
(where applicable).
• To start, after being parked on a grade:
– Apply the foot service brake and hold.
– Start the engine with the gearshift
selector lever in P (PARK) on automatic
transmissions or N (NEUTRAL) on
manual transmissions.
– Shift the transmission into gear and
release the parking brake.
– Release the foot service brakes and move
the vehicle uphill to free the wheel
chocks.
– Apply the foot service brakes and hold
while another person retrieves the
chocks.
Acceleration and Passing
• The added weight of the trailer can
dramatically decrease the acceleration of
the towing vehicle — exercise caution.
• If you must pass a slower vehicle, be sure
to allow extra distance ... remember, you
also have the added length of the trailer
which must clear the other vehicle before
you can pull back in.
• Make your pass on level terrain with plenty
of clearance.
• If necessary, downshift for improved
acceleration.
Driving with an Automatic Overdrive
Transmission
• With certain car and compact truck
automatic overdrive transmissions, towing
– especially in hilly areas – may result in
excessive shifting between overdrive and
the next lower gear.
• If this occurs, it is recommended that the
overdrive gear be locked out to eliminate
the condition and provide steadier
performance (see your vehicle’s Owner
Guide for information).
• When there is no excessive shifting, use the
overdrive gear for optimum fuel economy.
NOTE: For additional trailering information pertaining to your Ford
vehicle, refer to the vehicle’s Owner Guide.
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• Overdrive also may be locked out to obtain
engine braking on downgrades.
Driving with Speed Control
• When driving uphill with a heavy load,
significant speed drops may occur.
• A speed drop of more than 8 to 14 mph
will, by design, cancel the automatic speed
control.
• Temporarily resume manual control
through the vehicle’s accelerator pedal until
the terrain levels off.
Tire Pressure
• Underinflated tires get very hot and can
lead to tire failures and possible loss of
vehicle control.
• Overinflated tires can cause uneven tire
wear.
• Tires should be checked often for
conformance to cold inflation pressures
recommended on the Safety Compliance
Certification Label for original equipment
tires.
Spare Tire Use (Car Applications)
• Mini-spare tires:
– Should not be used ...
- as a conventional road tire.
– Are intended only ...
- for emergency and limited mileage use.
- until conventional tire is available.
On the Road
• After about 50 miles, stop in a protected
location and double-check:
– Trailer hitch attachment.
– Lights and electrical connections.
– Trailer wheel lug nuts for tightness.
– Engine oil … check regularly throughout
trip.
High Altitude Operation
• Since gasoline engines lose power at a rate
of 3% to 4% per 1,000 ft. elevation, a
reduction in gross vehicle weights and
gross combination weights of 2% per
1,000 ft. elevation is recommended to
maintain performance.
Powertrain Considerations
• The charts in this guide show the
minimum engine size needed to move the
gross combination weight of the tow
vehicle and trailer.
• Under certain conditions, however, (e.g.,
when the trailer has a large frontal area
that adds substantial air drag or when
trailering in hilly or mountainous terrain)
it’s wise to choose a larger engine.
M Metric Conversion – To obtain information in centimeters, multiply feet
by 30; to obtain information in kilometers, multiply miles by 1.6.
Illustrations and information presented herein were correct when approved for printing. Ford Motor
Company reserves the right to discontinue or change at any time the specifications or designs without
incurring obligations. Some features shown or described are optional at extra cost.
Some options are required in combination with other options. Consult your Ford
Dealer for the latest, most complete information on models, features, prices and
availability.
Many of the recreational vehicles shown in this brochure are modified or manufactured
by companies other than Ford Motor Company. Ford assumes no responsibility for
such modifications or manufacturing.
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