If you’ve got a 2010 Ford F150 then you need to know its towing capacity before pulling or hauling anything with it.

Towing heavy trailers weighing greater than the 2010 Ford F150’s max towing capacity will affect engine performance and it’s equally important for towing safety. Now, what is the 2010 Ford F150 Towing Capacity?

The 2010 F150 Towing Capacity (Maximum) ranges between 5,100 – 11,300 lbs. (2,313- 5,125 kg) depending on different configurations, engine types, GCWR, cab styles, axle ratio codes, drivetrains, and the tow package installed.

The following table will show you the 2010 Ford F150 towing capacity, payload capacity, power, and torque by each engine type.

Type of EnginePower (HP)TorqueMax Towing CapacityMax Payload Capacity
4.6L 2-Valve V8248 hp294 lb.-ft.6,000 lbs.1,890 lbs.
4.6L 3-Valve V8292 hp320 lb.-ft.9,500 lbs.1,980 lbs.
5.4L 3-Valve V8320 hp390 lb.-ft.11,300 lbs.3,030 lbs.
2010 Ford F150 Towing Capacity by Engine Type

Towing and payload 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 2010 F150 trim levels and configurations, the trailer weight must not exceed 5,100 lbs when towing with or by bumper only.

For trailer weights exceeding 5,100 lbs., your truck must be equipped with either Trailer Towing Package, Heavy-Duty Payload Package, or Max Trailer Towing Package and a proper weight distribution hitch.

Here I’ve collected all the 2010 Ford F150 towing and payload capacity information from the official Ford resources that includes the 2010 Ford F150 Pickup Brochure and 2010 Ford RV Trailor Towing Guide.

2010 Ford F150 Trim Levels

There are 9 different Trim Levels in this 2010 Ford F150. Maximum towing and payload capacity are given in the below chart for each trim level, engine type, and cab option.

Trim levelsEngine OptionsMax PayloadMax Towing
XL4.6L 2-valve V8
4.6L 3-valve V8
5.4L 3-valve V8
1,600 – 3,030 lbs.11,300 lbs.
STX4.6L 2-valve V8
4.6L 3-valve V8
1,600 – 1,980 lbs.9,500 lbs.
XLT4.6L 2-valve V8
4.6L 3-valve V8
5.4L 3-valve V8
1,600 – 3,030 lbs.11,300 lbs.
FX24.6L 3-valve V8
5.4L 3-valve V8
1,680 – 2,660 lbs.11,300 lbs.
FX45.4L 3-valve V81,990 – 2,660 lbs.11,300 lbs.
Lariat5.4L 3-valve V81,990 – 2,660 lbs.11,300 lbs.
King Ranch5.4L 3-valve V81,990 lbs.11,300 lbs.
Platinum5.4L 3-valve V81,990 lbs.11,300 lbs.
SVT Raptor5.4L 3-valve V8
6.2L 2-valve V8
2,660 lbs.11,300 lbs.
2010 F150 Towing and Payload Capacity by Trim Levels, Engines, and cabs

Cab Styles and Bed Lengths

There are 3 Cab Styles in the 2010 Ford F150:  Regular Cab, SuperCab (Extended), and SuperCrew (Crew Cab) as listed in the below table.

Cab StylePassenger CapacityBed LengthsSeat RowsDoors
Regular Cab36.5 ft. and 8 ft.12
SuperCab 66.5 ft. and 8 ft.24
SuperCrew 65.5 ft., 6.5 ft., and 8 ft.24
2010 F-150 Cab Styles and Bed Lengths

Different cab styles and bed lengths will result in different Payload Capabilities and GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) resulting in different Towing capabilities.

2010 F150 Trailer Towing Capacity Charts – Conventional & 5th-Wheel Trailers

The below charts show the conventional and 5th Wheel trailer towing capacity of the 2010 Ford F150.

2010 Ford F-150 Conventional 5th Wheel Trailer Towing Capacity Chart
2010 Ford F-150 Conventional 5th Wheel Trailer Towing Capacity Chart

2010 F150 Towing Capacity by Engine Type

Let’s look into the towing capacities of each of the 3 engine options in the 2010 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 EnginePower (HP)TorqueMax Towing CapacityMax Payload Capacity
4.6L 2-Valve V8248 hp294 lb.-ft.6,000 lbs.1,890 lbs.
4.6L 3-Valve V8292 hp320 lb.-ft.9,500 lbs.1,980 lbs.
5.4L 3-Valve V8320 hp390 lb.-ft.11,300 lbs.3,030 lbs.
2010 Ford F150 Towing Capacity by Engine Type

4.6L 2-Valve V8 Towing Capacity

2010 F150 with a 4.6L 2-valve V8 automatic transmission engine can have a maximum towing capacity of 6,000 lbs. when properly equipped with Trailer Tow Packages or Max Trailer Tow Packages.

4.6L 2-Valve V8 engine delivers a power of 248 hp and a torque of 294 lb.-ft. and has a maximum payload capacity of 1,890 lbs.

4.6L 3-Valve V8 Towing Capacity

2010 F150 with a 4.6L 3-Valve V8 automatic transmission engine can have a maximum towing capacity of 9,500 lbs. when properly equipped with Trailer Tow Packages.

4.6L 3-Valve V8 engine delivers a power of 292 hp and a torque of 320 lb.-ft. and has a maximum payload capacity of 1,980 lbs.

5.4L 3-Valve V8 Towing Capacity

2010 F150 with a 5.4L 3-Valve V8 automatic transmission engine can have a maximum towing capacity of 11,300 lbs. when properly equipped with Trailer Tow Packages or Max Trailer Tow Packages.

5.4L 3-Valve V8 engine delivers a power of 320 hp and a torque of 390 lb.-ft. and has a maximum payload capacity of 3,030 lbs.

This engine is the most powerful and has the highest towing capacity of 11,300 lbs in comparison with other available engine options.

2010 Ford F150 Towing Towing Capacity by Cab Styles

The below chart shows the maximum towing capacity of 2010 Ford F150 engines by Cab Styles.

The 5.4L 3-Valve V8 engine with all three cabs has the highest maximum towing capacity of 11,300 lbs on all cabs in comparison with the other engine options.

EngineRegular CabSuperCabSuperCrew
4.6L 2-Valve V86,000 lbs.5,800 lbs.5,700 lbs.
4.6L 3-Valve V88,400 lbs.9,500 lbs.9,400 lbs.
5.4L 3-Valve V811,300 lbs.11,300 lbs.11,300 lbs.
2010 F-150 Maximum Towing Capacity by Cab Styles

2010 Ford F150 Towing Payload Capacity by Cab Styles

The below chart shows the maximum towing capacity of 2010 Ford F150 engines by Cab Styles.

The 5.4L 3-Valve V8 engine with all three cabs has the highest maximum payload capacity of 3,030 lbs on a Regular Cab in comparison with the other engine options and cabs.

EngineRegular CabSuperCabSuperCrew
4.6L 2-Valve V81,890 lbs.1,600 lbs.1,610 lbs.
4.6L 3-Valve V81,980 lbs.1,680 lbs.1,680 lbs.
5.4L 3-Valve V83,030 lbs.2,660 lbs.1,990 lbs.
2010 F-150 Maximum Payload Capacity by Cab Styles

More Information from charts

Axle Ratio Codes Chart

2010 F150 axle ratio codes can be seen on the charts. You can find your truck axle ratio codes from the VIN decoder or simply by checking the Truck Safety Compliance Certification Label (Door Jamb Label).

Trailer Towing Packages

The following chart will show you the components included in the trailer towing packages (option codes 53A, 53B, and 53C).

Frontal Area Considerations/Limitations

The frontal area can also affect the towing performance of your F150 truck.

Frontal Area Consideration/Limitation refers to the total area from the front of the vehicle and the trailer exposed to air resistance while moving. The area is measured in square feet. For 2010 F150 Frontal Area Limitations/Considerations are given in this chart:

Rear Step Bumper vs. Hitch Receiver

The 2010 F150 Pickup rear step bumper can tow a maximum of 5,100 lbs weight-carrying Trailers with a maximum tongue load of 500 lbs. You must not exceed this limit when towing with a bumper only.

To tow greater loads, your truck will require a particular hitch receiver (Class III or Class IV), weight-distributing hitches, and a max trailer tow package.

With this equipment installed, you can get a max towing capacity of 11,300 lbs with a max tongue load not exceeding 1,130 lbs (10% of max towing capacity).

On the 2010 F150 Raptor model, you can get a max towing capacity of 8,000 lbs with a max tongue load not exceeding 8,00 lbs (10% of max towing capacity).

Max Cargo Weight with Slide-in Camper Chart

You can add a slide-in camper to your 2010 F150 Truck only if it has a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 or 5.0 V8 engine equipped with a Heavy-Duty Payload Package. You should consider the information given in the below chart if you want to add a slide-in camper to your truck.

Useful Resources

2010 Ford RV and Trailer Towing Guide PDF

Conclusion

The max towing capacity of the 2010 Ford F-150 is between 5,100 – 11,300 lbs. I’ve done deep research to find out and broken down as much information as possible within this article and made it an easy 2010 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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