Flat Towing

Choosing The Proper Hitch Style


A weight-carrying (non-weight-distributing) hitch is commonly used to tow small- and medium-sized trailers. Choose a proper hitch and ball and make sure its location is compatible with that of the trailer. Use a good weight-carrying hitch that uniformly distributes the trailer tongue loads through the bumper and frame (through the body with Escape; bumper hitch not available with Escape or Explorer).


Weight-distributing hitch platforms are welded or bolted to the vehicle frame. Bolt-on types are recommended because they can be removed. A properly installed bolt-on weight-distributing hitch platform should not weaken the vehicle or underbody as heat of welding might.


A gooseneck hitch attaches in the truck bed using custom or universal rails. This hitch style provides great stability and is suitable for heavier loads, since the weight of the tongue rests directly on the truck bed over the rear axles. Goosenecks are commonly used for horse and other agricultural trailers.


A 5th-wheel hitch is mounted in the pickup bed to put more of the trailer weight directly over the towing vehicle. The receiver center line of the hitch should be mounted at least two inches forward from the rear axle of the truck chassis. This mounting location will distribute the king pin weight of the trailer for optimum loadcarrying and sway-control performance. 5th-wheel hitches are commonly used for RV trailers.

2021 Ford Vehicles That Can be Flat Towed

  • F-150 Pickup
  • F-250 SRW Super Duty Pickup.
  • F-350 SRW Super Duty Pickup.
  • F-350/F-450/F-550/F-600 Super Duty Chassis Cabs.
  • F-650/F-750 Super Duty, Class A Motorhome Chassis, Commercial Stripped Chassis, and E-Series Cutaway/Stripped Chassis
  • Bronco Sport
  • EcoSport
  • Transit Vans
  • Transit Cutaway/Chassis Cab
  • Ranger
  • Bronco
  • Expedition
  • Explorer
  • Edge
  • Escape
  • Transit Connect and Mustang
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