If you own a 2011 Ford F150 and are curious about its towing capacity, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll provide you with all the information you need to know about the towing capacity of your truck.
Understanding Towing Capacity
To determine the towing capacity of your 2011 F150, it’s important to consider the Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) and the maximum trailer towing weights recommended by Ford. These figures are based on the 2011 Owner’s Manual and the 2011 Ford Trailer Towing Guide Brochure.
The Importance of Package Options
For automatic transmission trucks, the 2011 F150 has a maximum trailer towing capacity of 5,000 – 11,300 lbs. However, it’s crucial to note that in order to accommodate these weights, your F150 must be equipped with either the Trailer Towing Package or the Max Trailer Towing Package. Without these packages, the towing capacity should never exceed 5,000 lbs.
Tongue Weight Considerations
According to Ford, the tongue weight for towing should not exceed 10% of the trailer weight. Without a weight distributing hitch, the tongue weight should not exceed 500 lbs.
Understanding Trims and Bed Sizes
The 2011 F150 offers 10 trims, each with its own options and cosmetic additions. Additionally, there are three main bed sizes: short, standard, and long. The short bed measures 5.5 ft, the standard bed is 6.5 ft, and the long bed is 8 ft. It’s important to note that not all bed sizes are available with every cab size or trim.
Ford recommends not exceeding a maximum trailer capacity of 5,000 lbs unless you have one of the two packages listed below:
- Heavy-Duty Payload Package (Code 627): Available in XL and XLT Regular and SuperCab models with an 8 ft bed and a 5.0 L engine or 3.5 L EcoBoost with the Trailer Tow Package or the Max Trailer Tow Package.
- Trailer Tow Package (Code 535): This package is included in the Max Trailer Tow Package, which also features an upgraded rear bumper and Trailer Brake Control.
Towing Capacity by Engine
The towing capacity of your 2011 F150 depends on the engine. Here are the maximum towing capacities for each engine:
3.5 L EcoBoost V6
The 3.5 L EcoBoost engine offers a maximum towing capacity of 8,000 – 11,300 lbs.
3.7 L Ti-VCT 4V V6
With the 3.7 L V6 engine, the maximum towing capacity ranges from 5,500 to 6,100 lbs.
5.0 L Ti-VCT 4V V8
Equipped with a 5.0 L V8 engine, the F150 can tow from 7,500 to 10,000 lbs.
6.2 L S0HC 2V V8
The 6.2 L V8 engine boasts a maximum towing capacity of 7,200 – 11,300 lbs.
2011 F150 Towing Capacity Chart
Refer to the following chart for detailed information on the towing capacities of various 2011 F150 models:
2011 F150 5th Wheel Towing Capacity
Please note that Ford does not provide a specific 5th wheel towing hitch for the 2011 F150. To use your truck for 5th wheel towing, you’ll need to install your own hitch. The towing capacities for conventional towing and 5th wheel towing are the same; however, Ford recommends a tongue weight of 15-25% for 5th wheel towing.
The payload capacities of the 2011 F150 vary depending on the configuration. You can find the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) on the certification sticker located on the inside of the driver’s side door. While the payload capacity is not explicitly listed, the brochure states a payload capacity of 3,060 lbs for this generation of F150 trucks. However, it’s important to consult the manual to determine which configuration yields this capacity.
Rear Step Bumper Towing vs Hitch Receiver Towing
While previous models of the F150 allowed for both rear step bumper towing and hitch receiver towing, it appears that rear step bumper specifications are no longer included for the 2011 F150. This indicates that rear step bumper towing may no longer be recommended. However, having a hitch receiver alone does not guarantee the ability to tow the listed capacities. You must also have a proper hitch receiver (Class III, Class IV) and a weight-distributing trailer hitch if towing above 5,000 lbs. In both cases, the tongue weight should not exceed 10% of the total trailer weight.
While this guide provides valuable information about the towing capacity of the 2011 F150, it’s always advisable to calculate your own towing capacity. If you’re unsure how to do this, you can refer to our article on “How is Towing Capacity Calculated?” for guidance. Additionally, it’s worth noting that Ford assumes a 150 lb passenger to achieve the maximum trailer weights listed in their manual.
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