Are you looking to add a Ford Super Duty truck to your fleet and seeking more information? One of the many benefits of owning a Super Duty truck is its ability to haul essentially any materials you need. Our comprehensive towing guide covers the latest towing assistance technologies, weight limitations, safe driving tips, and much more so Chicagoland drivers can properly research the incredible abilities of the Ford Super Duty lineup.

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Ford Super Duty Towing: Technology

The introduction of advanced vehicle technology makes towing a much simpler and safer task for Chicagoland fleet owners. Your drivers will have the help of some of the auto industry's greatest state-of-the-art technologies to help streamline their process, ultimately making their job easier.

  • Trailer Sway Control will detect and work to stop any sign of trailer sway. Working with AdvanceTrac® and Roll Stability Control, this system applies the brakes and even reduces engine power if need be.
  • Your Ford truck's brakes and electric trailer brakes are controlled by the Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, which can be operated via the productivity screen.
  • Tow/haul mode gives you greater control while going downhill and provides assistive braking.
  • Prevent vehicle rollback with standard Hill Start Assist.
  • The gooseneck prep package gives you a fifth wheel mounting in the pickup bed for increased stability and to even out trailer weight.
  • Dynamic Hitch Assist works with the rear view camera to easily attach a trailer onto your Ford Super Duty truck, eliminating the need for a spotter.

Ford Super Duty Towing: Load Weight and Clearance

Below you will find a chart that identifies specific load weight and clearance for each engine, model, cab, and drive system. To determine the load weight and clearance for your Ford Super Duty truck, select the column with the transmission, cab design, and drive system of your choice. Then read down the column to distinguish the trailer weight that can be towed with a particular engine/axle ratio combination, which is listed to the left.

Your vehicle clearance changes when you attach a gooseneck trailer to your Super Duty truck. The chart below will help Chicagoland drivers identify tailgate clearance with a gooseneck trailer.

Model

F-250

F-350 SRW

F-350 DRW

F-450 DRW

Max Tailgate Height

56-57 inches

59-60 inches

56-57 inches

56-57 inches


Ford Super Duty Towing: Safety

Adding on extra weight to your truck can pose some safety risks, but if you choose the proper features and equipment, and comply with Illinois law, you'll keep yourself and other drivers safe on the road.

  • A number of states require a separate braking system on trailers with a loaded weight of more than 1,500 pounds. These braking systems include:
    • Electronically Controlled Brakes
    • Electric-Over-Hydraulic Trailer Brakes
    • Surge Brakes
  • Make sure your trailer lighting system complies with all government regulations.
  • Towing items on an open bed should always be secured with safety chains.

A safer roadway starts with smart drivers. Here are a few tips and best practices for Chicagoland truck drivers to follow in order to maintain safety on the road.

  • Distribute trailer weight evenly, and keep a low center of gravity.
  • Swing the truck wide enough when turning to avoid curbs.
  • Because you've added weight, you'll need to be more conscious of braking and following distance.
  • If you're driving a long distance with a trailer, stop every 50 miles or so to ensure a secure trailer hitch attachment.

Need more information on Ford Super Duty towing? Give the product specialists at Freeway Ford a call, or fill out our online contact form with any questions you have.



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