If you’re the owner of a 2002 Ford F150 then you need to know its towing capacity before pulling or hauling anything with it.

Towing heavy trailers weighing greater than the 2002 Ford F150’s max towing capacity will affect engine performance and it’s equally important for towing safety. Now, what is the 2002 Ford F150 Towing Capacity?

The 2002 Ford F150 Maximum Towing Capacity ranges between 2,000 – 8,800 lbs. (907- 3,992 kg) depending on different truck configurations, engine types, GCWR, cab styles, axle ratio codes, drivetrains, transmission, and wheelbase.

The following table covers the 2002 Ford F150 towing capacity by each engine type and GCWR.

Type of EngineGCWRMax Towing
4.2L EFI V6
Manual
6,500 – 7,800 lbs.2,000 – 3,500 lbs.
4.2L EFI V6
Automatic
9,000 – 10,000 lbs.4,500 – 5,800 lbs.
4.6L Triton V8
Manual
6,500 – 7,800 lbs.2,000 – 3,500 lbs.
4.6L Triton V8
Automatic
10,000 – 11,500 lbs.2,000 – 7,200 lbs.
5.4L 3V Triton V8
Automatic
11,000 – 15,000 lbs.7,000 – 8,800 lbs.
2002 Ford F150 Towing Capacity by Engine Type

Towing capacities, shown in the above table, are the maximum capacities that can be achieved if your truck has one of these engine types.

Ford says that for all 2002 F150 trim levels and configurations, the trailer weight must not exceed 5,000 lbs when towing with or by bumper only.

For trailer weights exceeding 5,000 lbs., your truck must be equipped with either Trailer Towing Package, Heavy Duty Payload Package and a proper weight distribution hitch for easy towing.

Here I’ve collected all the 2002 Ford F150 towing and payload capacity information from the official Ford resources that include the 2002 Ford F150 Pickup Brochure and 2002 Ford RV and Trailor Towing Guide.

2002 Ford F150 Trim Levels and Cab Styles

There are 6 different Trim Levels in the 2002 Ford F150.

  1. XL
  2. XLT
  3. Lightning
  4. King Ranch
  5. LARIAT
  6. Harley-Davidson

These trim levels are different from each other based on the features and other cosmetic additions. They may have different configurations, engine types, towing capacities, etc.

There are 3 body styles in the 2002 Ford F150:  Regular Cab, SuperCab (Extended), and SuperCrew (Crew Cab).

2002 Ford F150 Cab Styles
2002 Ford F150 Cab Styles

Different cab styles and bed lengths will result in different Payload Capacities and GCWR resulting in different Towing Capacities.

2002 Ford F150 Towing Capacity by Engines

Let’s look into the towing capacities of each of the 3 engine options in the 2002 F150.

You can find your truck specifications and engine type by using the VIN decoder or simply by checking the Truck Safety Compliance Certification Label (Door Jamb Label).

Type of EngineGCWRMax Towing
4.2L EFI V6 Manual6,500 – 7,800 lbs.2,000 – 3,500 lbs.
4.2L EFI V6 Automatic9,000 – 10,000 lbs.4,500 – 5,800 lbs.
4.6L Triton V8 Manual6,500 – 7,800 lbs.2,000 – 3,500 lbs.
4.6L Triton V8 Automatic10,000 – 11,500 lbs.2,000 – 7,200 lbs.
5.4L 3V Triton V8 Automatic11,000 – 15,000 lbs.7,000 – 8,800 lbs.
2002 Ford F150 Towing Capacity by Engine Type

4.2L EFI V6 Manual Towing Capacity

The maximum towing capacity of 2002 Ford F150 with a 4.2L EFI V6 manual transmission engine is between 2,000 – 3,500 lbs. when properly equipped with Trailer Tow Packages.

This engine delivers a power of 202 hp @ 4,800 rpm and a torque of 252 lb.-ft. @ 3,400 rpm and has a GCWR between 6,500 – 7,800 lbs.

4.2L EFI V6 Automatic Towing Capacity

The maximum towing capacity of 2002 Ford F150 with a 4.2L EFI V6 automatic transmission engine ranges between 4,500 – 5,800 lbs. when properly equipped with Trailer Tow Packages.

This engine delivers a power of 202 hp @ 4,800 rpm and a torque of 252 lb.-ft. @ 3,400 rpm and has a GCWR between 9,000 – 10,000 lbs.

4.6L Triton V8 Manual Towing Capacity

The maximum towing capacity of 2002 Ford F150 with a 4.6L Triton V8 manual transmission engine ranges between 2,000 – 3,500 lbs. for all cabs when properly equipped with Trailer Tow Packages.

This engine delivers a power of 231 hp @ 4,750 rpm and a torque of 293 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm and has a GCWR between 6,500 – 7,800 lbs.

4.6L Triton V8 Automatic Towing Capacity

The 2002 Ford F150’s maximum towing capacity with a 4.6L Triton V8 automatic transmission engine ranges between 2,000 – 7,200 lbs. for all cabs when properly equipped with Trailer Tow Packages.

This engine delivers a power of 231 hp @ 4,750 rpm and a torque of 293 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm and has a GCWR between 10,000 – 11,500 lbs.

5.4L 3V Triton V8 Towing Capacity

The maximum towing capacity of 2002 Ford F150 with a 5.4L 3V Triton V8 automatic transmission engine ranges between 7,000 – 8,800 lbs. when properly equipped with Trailer Tow Packages.

This engine delivers a power of 260 hp @ 4,500 rpm and a torque of 350 lb.-ft. @ 2,500 rpm and has a GCWR between 11,000 – 15,000 lbs.

2002 Ford F150 Towing Capacity Charts

The below charts describe the conventional and 5th-wheel trailer towing capacity of the 2002 Ford F150.

Conventional Trailer Towing

2002 Ford F150 Conventional Trailer Towing Capacity Chart
2002 Ford F150 Conventional Trailer Towing Capacity Chart

5th-Wheel Towing

2002 Ford F150 5th-Wheel Towing Capacity Chart
2002 Ford F150 5th-Wheel Towing Capacity Chart

2002 Ford F150 XLT Towing Capacity Chart

TrimsDrive TypeCab StyleBed StyleWheelbaseMaximum Towing CapacityPayload CapacityAxle RatioCurb Weight
XLT4×2Regular CabFlareside120 in.8800 lb2103 lb3.083947 lb
XLT4×2Regular CabStyleside120 in.8800 lb2115 lb3.083935 lb
XLT4×2Regular CabStyleside139 in.8800 lb1997 lb3.084053 lb
XLT4×2Super CabFlareside139 in.8700 lb1826 lb3.084224 lb
XLT4×2Super CabStyleside139 in.8700 lb1837 lb3.084213 lb
XLT4×2Super CabStyleside157 in.8700 lb1660 lb3.084390 lb
XLT4×4Regular CabFlareside120 in.8400 lb1727 lb3.554323 lb
XLT4×4Regular CabStyleside120 in.8400 lb1739 lb3.554311 lb
XLT4×4Regular CabStyleside139 in.8400 lb1646 lb3.554404 lb
XLT4×4Super CabFlareside139 in.8300 lb1611 lb3.314639 lb
XLT4×4Super CabStyleside139 in.8300 lb1622 lb3.314628 lb
XLT4×4Super CabStyleside157 in.8300 lb1490 lb3.554760 lb
2002 Ford F150 XLT Towing Capacity Chart

2002 Ford F150 XL Towing Capacity Chart

TrimsDrive TypeCab StyleBed StyleWheelbaseMaximum Towing CapacityPayload CapacityAxle RatioCurb Weight
XL4×2Regular CabFlareside120 in.8800 lb2103 lb3.083947 lb
XL4×2Regular CabStyleside120 in.8800 lb2115 lb3.083935 lb
XL4×2Regular CabStyleside139 in.8800 lb1997 lb3.084053 lb
XL4×2Super CabFlareside139 in.8700 lb1826 lb3.084224 lb
XL4×2Super CabStyleside139 in.8700 lb1837 lb3.084213 lb
XL4×2Super CabStyleside157 in.8700 lb1660 lb3.084390 lb
XL4×4Regular CabFlareside120 in.8400 lb1727 lb3.554323 lb
XL4×4Regular CabStyleside120 in.8400 lb1739 lb3.554311 lb
XL4×4Regular CabStyleside139 in.8400 lb1646 lb3.554404 lb
XL4×4Super CabFlareside139 in.8300 lb1611 lb3.314639 lb
XL4×4Super CabStyleside139 in.8300 lb1622 lb3.314628 lb
XL4×4Super CabStyleside157 in.8300 lb1490 lb3.554760 lb
2002 Ford F150 XL Towing Capacity Chart

2002 Ford F150 Lariat Towing Capacity Chart

TrimsDrive TypeCab StyleBed StyleWheelbaseMaximum Towing CapacityPayload CapacityAxle RatioCurb Weight
Lightning4×2Regular CabFlareside120 in.5000 lb780 lb3.734670 lb
Lariat4×2Super CabFlareside139 in.8700 lb1826 lb3.554224 lb
Lariat4×2Super CabStyleside139 in.8700 lb1837 lb3.554213 lb
Lariat4×2Super CabStyleside157 in.8700 lb1660 lb3.554390 lb
Lariat4×4Super CabFlareside139 in.8300 lb1611 lb3.554639 lb
Lariat4×4Super CabStyleside139 in.8300 lb1622 lb3.554628 lb
Lariat4×4Super CabStyleside157 in.8300 lb1490 lb3.554760 lb
2002 Ford F150 Lariat Towing Capacity Chart

2002 Ford F150 Payload Capacity Charts

The following charts show the 2002 Ford F150 payload capacity by each engine type, cab style, and wheelbase. There are two charts; one is for the Styleside F-150 payload package selector and the other is for Flareside.

2002 Ford F150 Flareside Payload Capacity Chart
2002 Ford F150 Flareside Payload Capacity Chart
2002 Ford F150 Styleside Payload Capacity Chart 1
2002 Ford F150 Styleside Payload Capacity Chart 1
2002 Ford F150 Styleside Payload Capacity Chart 2
2002 Ford F150 Styleside Payload Capacity Chart 2

More Useful Charts

2002 Ford Maximum Towing Capacity or Trailer Weight with No Cargo
2002 Ford Maximum Towing Capacity or Trailer Weight with No Cargo
2002 Ford F150 Trailer Towing Packages Chart
2002 Ford F150 Trailer Towing Packages Chart
2002 Ford F150 Trailer Towing Equipment Chart
2002 Ford F150 Trailer Towing Equipment Chart
2002 Ford F150 Towing Capacity GCWR, Cargo Weight, Curb Weight, GVW Chart
2002 Ford F150 Towing Capacity GCWR, Cargo Weight, Curb Weight, GVW Chart
2002 Ford F150 Towing Capacity Factory Installed Trailer Hitch Receiver Options Chart
2002 Ford F150 Towing Capacity Factory Installed Trailer Hitch Receiver Options Chart
2002 Ford F150 Towing Capacity and Truck Safety Compliance Certification Label (Door Jamb Label)
2002 Ford F150 Towing Capacity and Truck Safety Compliance Certification Label (Door Jamb Label)
2002 Ford F150 Recommended Towing Equipment Chart
2002 Ford F150 Recommended Towing Equipment Chart
2002 Ford F150 Maximum Cargo Weight With Slide-in Camper Chart
2002 Ford F150 Maximum Cargo Weight With Slide-in Camper Chart
2002 Ford F150 Hitch Receiver Weight and Bumper Towing Capacity Chart
2002 Ford F150 Hitch Receiver Weight and Bumper Towing Capacity Chart
2002 Ford F150 Frontal Area Consideration Chart
2002 Ford F150 Frontal Area Consideration Chart

2002 Ford F150 GCWR and TWR

One important thing you need to know to calculate the towing capacity of your truck is the GCWR. This is the Gross Combined Weight Rating that can be seen on your truck manuals.

This value is set by the vehicle manufacturers and is used while calculating the actual towing capacity of the truck.

The below chart gallery contains all the GCWR and TWR of the 2002 Ford F150.

Towing Capacity of 2002 Ford F150 Regular Cab, Super Crew and SuperCab, 4x2, Maximum GCWR, Rear Axle Ratio, Maximum Trailer Towing Capacity
Towing Capacity of 2002 Ford F150 Regular Cab, and SuperCab, 4x2, Maximum GCWR, Rear Axle Ratio, Maximum Trailer Towing Capacity
2 Towing Capacity of 2002 Ford F150 Regular Cab, Super Crew and SuperCab, 4x4, Maximum GCWR, Rear Axle Ratio, Maximum Trailer Towing Capacity
2 Towing Capacity of 2002 Ford F150 Regular Cab, Super Crew and SuperCab, 4x2, Maximum GCWR, Rear Axle Ratio, Maximum Trailer Towing Capacity
1 Towing Capacity of 2002 Ford F150 Regular Cab, and SuperCab, 4x4, Maximum GCWR, Rear Axle Ratio, Maximum Trailer Towing Capacity
1 Towing Capacity of 2002 Ford F150 Regular Cab, Super Crew and SuperCab, 4x4, Maximum GCWR, Rear Axle Ratio, Maximum Trailer Towing Capacity
Towing Capacity of 2002 Ford F150 Harley-Davidson, 4x2, Maximum GCWR, Rear Axle Ratio, Maximum Trailer Towing Capacity

How to Calculate 2002 F150 Towing Capacity?

The ratings written on the Owner’s Manuals or Ford Towing Guides are the maximum ratings that must not be exceeded and are calculated with assumed passengers, cargo weight, and base configurations.

You may have a different no. of passengers, cargo weight, payload, and body additions to your truck. The situation can be different in your case.

While measuring the actual towing capacity of your specific 2002 F-150 truck configuration, you must calculate it considering GCWR, curb weight, passenger weight, cargo weight, and any truck body additions.

The simple formula for calculating the 2002 F150 towing capacity is GCWR – Curb Weight – Passengers Weight – Cargo Weight – Truck Body Additions ≥ Maximum Trailer Weight.

GCWR is the Gross Combined Weight Rating which is the max. combined weight of fully loaded vehicle and trailer set by the Ford.

If you apply the above formula, this will minus all the weights from GCWR, and the resulting value will give the max. trailer towing capacity of your truck (the max. weight your truck can tow safely).

You can find the GCWR and curb weight of your 2002 F150 by VIN decoder. Simply enter the 17-digit VIN of your 2002 F150 truck and press the decode button. You’ll find all the information needed to calculate the towing capacity.

The tongue load is the downward force that the tongue of the trailer exerts on the rear step bumper or the hitch receiver. It’s usually 10-15% of the trailer weight.

  • For conventional trailer towing, the tongue load weight is calculated as 10% of the total loaded trailer weight.
  • For 5th-wheel towing, the tongue load weight is calculated as 15% of the total loaded trailer weight.

Let’s take an example; if the max trailer weight (max towing capacity) is 8,000 lbs then the tongue weight must not exceed 800 lbs (or 10% of the total trailer weight).

Useful Resources

2002 Ford RV and Trailer Towing Guide PDF

FAQs

How much weight can a 2002 Ford F-150 tow?

The 2002 F150 can tow between 2,000 – 8,800 lbs. (907- 3,992 kg) depending on different truck configurations, engine types, GCWR, cab styles, axle ratio codes, drivetrains, transmission, and wheelbase.

How much can a 2002 Ford F-150 5.4L Triton tow?

The 2002 Ford F150 with a 5.4L 3V Triton V8 automatic transmission engine can tow a maximum between 7,000 – 8,800 lbs. when properly equipped with Trailer Tow Packages.

Conclusion

The max towing capacity of the 2002 Ford F-150 is between 2,000 – 8,800 lbs. (907- 3,992 kg). I’ve broken down as much information as possible within this article and made it an easy 2002 F150 towing capacity guide using charts, tables, and helpful resources, and recommended the best towing equipment.

You should always determine towing capacity and choose the necessary equipment considering the truck configuration and after contacting your local dealer.

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