towing capacity on 2003 Ford F250 Super Duty ?

What is the towing capacity on a 2003 Ford F250 Super Duty with the 5.4L? I am seeing 12,500 pounds online but I thought its lower. How much % should you tow of your capacity?

3 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    For the 5.4L, the towing capacity ranges from 6900 pounds (4WD Crew Cab, 3.73 gears) to 9300 pounds (2WD, reg cab, 4.10 gears). 

    The 12,500 figure is for the 7.3L Powerstroke.

  • CB
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    That should be about right - my 2010 F150 (Supercrew short bed) with a towing package and 3.73 rear is rated for just below 12k. Grandpa is a little confused - towing capacity is not dictated as much by the axle ratio as you could tow a train with the correct ratio but would never be able to stop it. Braking is the 'most' important aspect of towing capacity. 

    I wouldn't want to be hauling near capacity on a well used vehicle (17 years old). Probably feel comfortable with 2/3 capacity.

  • 1 month ago

    There's no need to only tow a percentage less than the max tow rating.  That said, max tow rating varies WIDELY depending on engine, trailer type, if your truck is 2WD or 4WD, and based on the final drive ratio.  A 2WD F250 with a 4.10 rear end will be rated to tow more than a 4WD F250 with a 3.73 rear end for example.  That 12,500lb. rating might only be for a 2WD V10 or diesel F250 so do your homework first.  

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