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Towing Specifications

NOTE: For Maximum Trailer Weights for the Crew Van, you need to subtract 200 lbs. from the weights of the chart below (except with 18,500 lbs. and 20,000 lbs. GCWR). GCWR is defined as the Gross Combination Weight Rating, which is the total combined weight of the trailer and vehicle (with full fuel) including all passengers and vehicles.

NOTE: The trailer tongue weight should be 10-15% of the total loaded trailer weight. Make sure that the vehicle's payload (reduced by option weight) can accommodate the trailer tongue load weight and both the weight of the passengers and cargo added to the towing vehicle. Warning; the weights of the passengers, cargo and that of the trailer tongue load, cannot cause the vehicle to exceed s its' rear GAWR or GVWR. These ratings can be found on the vehicle's Safety Compliance Certification Label, located on the driver's side door jam.

Frontal Area Limitations

Frontal area is defined as the total area of the tow vehicle and the trailer that is exposed to air resistance. It is measured in square feet and for the E-Series vans it may not exceed 60 square feet. Exceeding this limitation may significantly reduce the performance of the E-Series van!

E-Series Cargo and Club Wagon Vans

Maximum loaded trailer weight ratings (lbs.)

5.4L V-8 GASOLINE 3:73 13,000 7,500 7,300 7,400 7,300 7,400 7,200 7,000 6,700 6,500
5.4L V-8 GASOLINE 4:10 13,000 7,500 7,300 7,400 7,300 7,400 7,200 7,000 6,700 6,500
6.8L V-10 GASOLINE 3:73 15,000 - - - - 9,100 9,000 - 8,500 8,300
6.8L V-10 GASOLINE 4:10 18,500 - - - - 10,000 10,000 - 10,000 10,000

E-Series Cutaway Chassis

E-350 Super Duty Cutaway / Chassis Cab

Engine GCWR (lbs.)
5.4L V-8 13,000
6.8L V-10 18,500

E-450 Super Duty Cutaway / Chassis Cab

Engine GCWR (lbs.)
5.4L V-8 Gas 14,050
6.8L V-10 Gas 22,000

Recreational Towing (a.k.a. Neutral Towing)

Recreational / Neutral towing is defined as towing the vehicle with all 4 wheels on the ground. Please refer to the owner's manual for proper towing methods and/or restrictions for 4x2 OEM E-series. The Quigley 4x4 E-series allows you to neutral tow since it has a manual shift transfer case. Place the transfer case in N (neutral) with the transmission in P (park), and make sure the front hub locks are in the FREE position and key is turned to unlock steering wheel.

Ford E-Series Van/Wagon Towing Packages (Code 536)

  • Trailer Wiring Harness (7-pin Blade-style female connector/bumper bracket, including relay system for backup/B+/running lights)
  • Hitch Receiver (Weight-Carrying Hitch Receiver for Trailer Capacities of 5,000 lbs. or less and a Weight-Distributing Hitch Receiver for Trailers over 5,000 lbs.)
  • Electric Brake Controller Tap-In Capability

Recommended Equipment

  • Weight-Carrying Hitch (Trailers Under 5,000 lbs.)
  • Weight-Distrubitng Hitch (Trailers Over 5,000 lbs.)
  • Trailer Towing Package (Option code 536 for trailers over 5,000 lbs.)