How Much Can a Three-Quarter-Ton Truck Tow?

A three-quarter-ton truck is a large full-size vehicle, typically used for towing and hauling heavy loads. It is designed for heavier loads than its half-ton counterparts, boasting a higher payload capacity, more powerful engine, and larger frame size. But just how much can a three-quarter-ton truck tow?

When it comes to towing capacity, there are several factors that need to be taken into consideration.

The first factor is the vehicle’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), or the maximum weight of the vehicle including passengers, cargo and fuel. This will determine how much weight the truck can safely tow without compromising its integrity or performance. The second factor is the type of hitch system installed on the truck – either a fifth wheel or gooseneck – which will also affect its towing capacity.

In general, three-quarter-ton trucks are capable of towing between 10,000 and 15,000 pounds when equipped with the proper hitch system and load distribution system. For example, a Ford F250 Super Duty with an 18,000 GVWR can tow up to 13,400 pounds when equipped with a fifth wheel hitch system and load distribution kit.

However, it is important to note that these figures are maximums – meaning that if you’re planning on towing more than this amount you should consult your owner’s manual for specific instructions on how to safely do so. Additionally, it’s important to factor in other variables such as terrain type (hills or flat land) as well as any additional cargo being hauled.


A three-quarter-ton truck has significantly higher towing capacities than its half-ton counterparts and can generally tow between 10k–15k lbs when equipped with the right hitch system and load distribution kit. It’s important for owners of three-quarter ton trucks to carefully consider their payload before attempting any heavy duty hauling tasks.

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Karen Watkins