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Ford F-Series Super Duty to Reclaim Best-in-Class Conventional Towing Ratings
Posted by Mike Levine
February 1, 2011
PickupTrucks.com

The 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty and GM Heavy Duty pickups were introduced a year ago, but the battle between these giants for best-in-class bragging rights continues. The latest move: Ford is set to reclaim the top spot for maximum conventional towing from the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra HD twins.

On Monday, Feb. 7 — if the massive winter storm bearing down on the Midwest doesn’t disrupt production — Ford F-350 and F-450 two-wheel and four-wheel drive dual-rear-wheel Crew Cab pickups will roll off the assembly line able to pull up to 17,500 pounds with their ball hitches, according to Ford spokeswoman Anne Marie Gattari.

"We’re adding upgraded towing hardware to the trucks," Gattari said. “New hitches will work with the frame change we made [in August 2010]."

Last year, Ford made a running change to the Super Duty’s ladder frame that reengineered the number six cross member with high-strength steel. That change, plus a power hike to 400 horsepower and 800 pounds-feet of torque for the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel, increased maximum payload to a best-in-class 7,070 pounds and maximum fifth-wheel towing to a best-in-class 22,600 pounds for the Ford F-350. The Ford F-450 can tow a segment-leading 24,500 pounds with a fifth-wheel trailer.

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I am glad they are keeping up on it instead of waiting to fix little things
 

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The only downside I see to this constant 'one upmanship', where these trucks will be safe, reliable, and usable for a longer duration,
is that there is a good chance that companies will decide to keep them a few extra years.
The turnover rate will be smaller, and there will be less customers ready to buy new trucks each year.
 

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There is always a weak link in the chain. After the motor got all the power, they merely worked this other link.
Not like they already did not have it in the cards, as they always have contingency plans several layers deep.

Job 3 is obviously for bragging rights. But, it you actually are towing near the limit, you can't deny the extra safety that comes with it.

Did anyone really think they were going to sit still or wait for the next big change?

Meh. This is big business.
 

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There is always a weak link in the chain. After the motor got all the power, they merely worked this other link.
Not like they already did not have it in the cards, as they always have contingency plans several layers deep.

Job 3 is obviously for bragging rights. But, it you actually are towing near the limit, you can't deny the extra safety that comes with it.

Did anyone really think they were going to sit still or wait for the next big change?

Meh. This is big business.
Old Ford would have waited for the next change... I am glad they are keeping up with it

now only the chevy guys will have bragging rights for acceleration?
 
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