The F-450's are one of Ford's biggest trucks out there and they have some serious towing capacities attached to them because of that. I was quite shocked to find out just how much these trucks were capable of pulling after doing my research.
This article is short and straight to the point, as there were really minimal options for the F-450's, resulting in simple but surprising towing chart specs. Hope it helps!
Overview of the Data For the Ford F-450's:
Engine Choices: There were not any engine options at all for the F-450's over the years, as they only came with one single option for specific years. For 2020-2011, the engine option was the 6.7l diesel engine and for 2008-2010 models, a 6.4l diesel engine was the only choice.
Configurations: There was not a whole lot of options for the F-450's either, much like the engine options for these trucks andthe only real choices you had were in 2019 and 2020, where you could find the F-450's in a regular or crew cab configuration. All of the previous years, the F-450's only came in a crew cab option.
Towing Capacity: The towing capacity for the F-450's was pretty straightforward, due to the lack of options but the numbers did change quite a bit over the years. The overall towing range for all of the model years was between 16,000 and 37,000 pounds.
F-450's made in 2017 and up (newer) had a pretty significant increase in towing capacity in both conventional and 5th wheel/gooseneck specs, according to the charts.
Remember to look at the owner's manual for your F-450 for other towing related info that may affect towing weights.
The 2020-2011 For F-450's only had one engine choice: the 6.7l diesel engine, so it made for easy comparisons, compared to the F-250s and F-150s.
The average towing capacity for F-450's made between 2020-2011 ranged between 17,500-37,000 pounds for both conventional and 5th wheel/gooseneck towing.
The conventional towing specs for the 2020-2011 were quite a bit lower than the 5th wheel/gooseneck towing specs, so I wanted to break down each to give you a better idea of how they compared.
For conventional towing, the 2020-2011 F-450's had a towing capacity range of between 17,500-24,000 pounds, compared to the range of the 5th wheel/gooseneck towing specs which were ranging between 24,500-37,000 pounds.
The 2010-2008 Ford F-450's had only one engine choice, like the later models we looked at but the engine choice for the 2010-2008 models was a 6.4l diesel engine, instead of the 6.7l engine.
The average towing capacity for 2010-2008 F-450's ranged between 16,000-24,600 pounds, including both conventional and 5th wheel/gooseneck towing specs.
2010-2008 F-450's had a little different towing ranges, if we look at the conventional specs alone and the 5th wheel/gooseneck specs alone.
If we look at the conventional towing specs alone, we can see that there was no range at all and 16,000 pounds was the "towing calculation" in the towing charts and if we look at 5th wheel/gooseneck specs, we can see that the range does differ quite a bit, between 18,100-24,600 pounds.
A Word On Axle Ratios...
Most of the Ford F-450's had only one axle ratio to choose from but 2008 models had two options: either a 4.30 or 4.88 axle ratio. You will need to look up your axle ratio to get an accurate figure.
If you open your driver's side door and look inside the door jamb, you will see a label that has all kinds of information on it. If you look towards the bottom of that tag, you will see a section labeled "Axle" and a code below that.
Take that code and visit blueovalfords.com to match that code with your axle ratio, just to be sure. You can also look under the truck's rear differential for a tag or stamped markings that will also indicate the axle ratio.
Resources That I Used For The F-450s:
I decided to use Ford's Towing Guides for my research because the graphs were easy to read and clearly laid out. All of the information I gathered for the Ford F-450's came directly from Ford's guides and I wanted to link to them just in case you wanted to check them out for yourself.