Tow Tow Tow Your Boat!
By: Dusty Rhodes
For those of you hoping to use your new 2021 Bronco for towing, Ford has released detailed information outlining the towing capabilities of their latest SUV.
As shown in the graph below, both the 2 and 4 door versions are capable of a maximum loaded trailer weight (lbs.) of 3,500 pounds with a max tongue weight of 350 pounds.
Ford derives these calculations for Bronco using an SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) standard which provides a level playing field. The SAE standard, “Performance Requirements for Determining Tow-Vehicle Gross Combination Weight Rating and Trailer Weight Rating,” is known as J2807.
SAE J2807 requires the manufacturer to use a vehicle equipped with options found on at least 33 percent of the vehicles produced for that model. It also factors in the equivalent of a 150-pound driver and passenger and a full tank of fuel. (link to SAE J2807 page)
Keep in mind maximum towing is only one factor when determining what your Bronco is capable of. The Maximum towing of 3500 lbs assumes no cargo and requires the optional Trailer Tow Package – Option Code 53Q (e.g wire harness & 4-/7-Pin Connector – Hitch Receiver)
Keep in mind the GCWR column in the chart above shows maximum allowable combined weight of vehicle, trailer and cargo (including passengers) for each engine/axle ratio combination. Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight assumes a towing vehicle with any mandatory options, no cargo, tongue load of 10% (conventional trailer) Weight of additional options, passengers, cargo and hitch must be deducted from this weight.
Here is a quick example using a 4 door Big Bend equipped with a 2.7L automatic (10R60) with a 3:73 rear axle:
GCWR 8740 lbs.
Curb Weight (4883) lbs.
Max Trailer (3500) lbs.
Remaining 357 lbs.
This means between your cargo and accessories; you would have 357 lbs to work with.
We will have more information to share in the coming week regarding towing. Please jump to the forums to tell us what you’ll be towing with your Bronco!