Shoppers in the market for a used Ford pickup may not be aware of the myriad standard and optional features that can have a major effect on a truck’s ability to tow and haul heavy loads.
So many ingredients go into a full-size F-Series truck or even a midsize Ranger that can alter its maximum towing capacity. For instance, an F-150 can be rated to lug as little as 5,000 pounds or as much as 13,000 pounds, depending on the configuration.
This information is fairly easy to determine on a new truck since the government requires the window sticker to display data on the truck’s capability.
However, such info can be harder to determine for a used truck.
To help shoppers, Ford has set up a new website called Ford Fleet Live that lets shoppers plug in the VIN — Vehicle Identification Number — of the truck they’re considering. Using either all 17 digits or just the last 8 digits, the system spits out the truck’s original specifications. This includes data that might not be readily apparent such as the rear axle ratio, what level of towing equipment, and specs such as the maximum trailer and payload capacities.
The site even helps drivers determine how much payload the truck can handle in its interior or its bed, a helpful tool especially for commercial users who may plan to push capabilities to the max with additional equipment such as racks, storage bins, and tools. Find a Ford F-150 for sale