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The never-ending battle of heavy-duty pickup truck one-upmanship continues with Ford's announcement that it will increase the maximum trailer tow rating on its 2011.5 F-350 and F-450 Super Duty models to 17,500 pounds. Not coincidentally, General Motors nabbed the maximum conventional trailer rating at the beginning of 2011 with the latest versions of its Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD with ratings of up to 17,000 pounds.

Of course, to pull such massive loads, any fullsize truck needs to be properly equipped, and in the case of the Ford, that means a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel (400 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque), a Crew Cab, dual-rear-wheel chassis and a weight-distributing hitch. For those keeping track, GM says its trucks can pull their maximum loads with a standard weight-carrying hitch. Thanks to all for the tips!

At the start of 2011, the Ford Super Duty's maximum conventional tow rating stood at 16,000 pounds when properly equipped. What led to the increase? Speaking to PickupTrucks.com, Ford spokeswoman Anne Marie Gattari explained that a frame change made back in August of 2010 will work together with a new hitch design that will go into production on Monday, February 7th. So there you go.

Naturally, we expect a suitably quick response from General Motors, and possibly even Ram. Of course, there's always the Ferd F-Teenthousand...

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      It just lost Edmunds diesel truck comparo to the GMC Sierra. The Dodge Ram was seriously outgunned by both.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The word bubble should say "DURRRRRR". Looks like a chud baby that has seen better days in that picture.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too bad GM has already layeth the smacketh downeth on the big number Ford boys in the comparo
      • 4 Years Ago
      But can it carry a whale in the bed?
      Mohanned Qammar AL-D
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford please We need the excursion back . Am using my truck for 11 years now and still going. What a powerful machine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The F-150 might be used as a non work truck by man, but the F-350 is generally used for work.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Unless you live in Texas. We have loads of big, spiffy shiney trucks with shirt and tie bankers on their way to work. I have seen far more F-450 KING RANCH Superduties than I care to mention....

        Yes, some people buy them to haul, but many, MANY people buy them to compensate, or they are just drinking the koolaid. I will stick to my theory that if you NEED to haiul 17K pounds....you need to get yourself a b igger truck that is equipped to STOP that kind of weight (F-650, or Durastar, FL50/70).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just another round in the never ending pissing-contest that is the truck biz.

      Judy Karimi
      • 2 Years Ago
      with that kind of weight load to pull, one would need hitches like Gooseneck Trailer Hitches or 5th Wheel Hitch that supports a load of 18000lbs and more! their online sites are http://4wheelonline.com/Towing/Gooseneck_Trailer_Hitch.199800 and http://4wheelonline.com/Towing/Fifth_Wheel_Hitch.199805 respectively.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Neat, but I remember the comparo a couple months ago about the two fully loaded trucks going up I70 in Colorado, they said the Chevy did a FAR better job towing and braking than the Ford did. I think it said on the decent, they needed to pump the breaks exactly ONCE in the Chevy to maintain speed. That's insane!

      So the numbers aren't everything.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford,you always know how to blow them out of the water

      Pretty soon we'll need to see how it stacks up against the Ferd F-teenthousand.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a hunk!
      • 4 Years Ago
      My D-peen is bigger than your D-peen.
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