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2016 Transit

Includes items that must be
installed.* Your New Vehicle
Limited Warranty (see your
dealer for a copy) may be
voided if you tow without
F or trailers over 5,000
pounds – Heavy-Duty
Trailer Tow Package
*Check with your dealer for additional
requirements, restrictions and limited
warranty details.

Transit VAN/WAGON (1) – Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight (lbs.)(2)
Automatic Transmission Van WAGON
150/250 150/250 250 350 350 350 250 350 150 150 350 350 350 350
Axle GCWR RWB Medium LWB Medium High Low Medium High Extended Extended Low Medium Low Medium High Extended
Engine Ratio (lbs.) Low Roof Roof Low Roof Roof Roof Roof Roof Roof High Roof High Roof Roof Roof Roof Roof Roof High Roof
3.7L DOHC V6 3.73
10,800 5,400 5,200 5,200 5,100 – 5,200
5,100 – – – 4,700
4,100 – –
11,200 – – – – – – – – – – 5,100 5,000 4,600 4,500 4,400 –
12,000 6,600 6,400 6,400 6,300 6,200
6,300 6,200 6,000 6,000 – – – – – –
3.5L V6 3.31 11,200 5,700 5,500 5,600 5,400 5,300 5,600 5,400 5,300 5,100 5,100 5,100 4,900 4,600 4,500 4,400 3,800
EcoBoost ® 3.73
11,200 – – – – – – – – – – 5,100
12,600 7,100 6,900 7,000 6,800 6,700
6,800 6,700 6,500 6,500 – – – – – –
13,000 – – – – – – – – – 6,700 – – – – – –
3.2L I5 3.31
10,600 4,800 4,600 4,600 4,600 4,400 – – – 4,200 4,200 – – 3,700 3,600 3,500 2,900
Power Stroke ®
11,200 – – – – – – – – – – – – 4,300
4,100 3,500
Diesel 13,500 – – 7,500 7,500 7,300 – – – 7,100 7,100 – – – – – –
(1) Calculated with SAE J2807 method. (2) Properly equipped.

Frontal Area Considerations Trailer Towing Package
Frontal Area Limitations/ Transit Van/Wagon
Vehicle Line Considerations With Model (Option Code) (53B)
Transit Van/Wagon 55 sq. ft. All Applications 7-Wire Harness & 4-/7-Pin Connector X(1)
Trailer Wiring Provision X
Frontal Area is the total area in square feet that a moving vehicle and trailer exposes
Hitch Receiver X
to air resistance. The chart shows the limitations that must be considered in selecting Tow/Haul Mode X
a vehicle/trailer combination. Exceeding these limitations may significantly reduce Electric Brake Controller Tap-In Cap. X
the performance of your towing vehicle. (1) Blade-style female connector including relay system for backup/
B+/running lights.
Notes: • Content may vary depending on model, trim and/or powertrain. See
your dealer for specific content information.
• Trailer Towing Package recommended for all light trucks that will be
used for towing to help ensure easy, proper connection of trailer lights.

Factory-Installed Trailer Hitch Receiver Weight Capacity
Hitch Receiver Options Refer to the Trailer Towing Selector chart for Maximum Loaded Trailer Weights for this vehicle.
Transit: I ncluded with Trailer Tow Package – Weight-Carrying Max. Trailer Max. Tongue Load
Option Code 53B Vehicle Capacity (lbs.) (1) (lbs.)
Transit Van 7,500 750
Note: S
 ee chart at right for the weight-carrying and weight-
distributing capacities of this hitch receiver. (This capacity Transit Wagon 5,100 510
also is shown on a label affixed to each receiver.) (1) Hitch receivers do not include a hitch ball or ball mounting. The vehicle owner is responsible for obtaining the proper
hitch ball, ball mounting, weight-distributing equipment (i.e., equalizing arms and snap-up brackets, sway control
system) and other appropriate equipment to tow both the trailer and its cargo load.

See system be used on any towed vehicle. contacting the ground if a separation occurs. If that performance can be severely compromised in hilly terrain any of these limits are exceeded. Also. you Before heading out on a trip. These brakes typically have a control event of separation of the trailer coupling or ball box installed within reach of the driver and can be applied – Cross chains under the trailer tongue to prevent the tongue from manually or automatically. Brakes Trailer Lamps Many states require a separate braking system on trailers with a Make sure the trailer is equipped with lights that conform to all loaded weight of more than 1. attach the safety available EOH trailer brake models are compatible with Ford’s chains to the frame-mounted hitch using the recommendations factory installed. follow rental agency instructions for hookup of brake system. Electric-Over-Hydraulic (EOH) Trailer Brakes are operated slack to permit full turning – be sure they do not drag on the by an electrically powered pump that pressurizes a hydraulic pavement fluid reservoir built into the trailer’s brake system. limits. Many of the – When using a frame-mounted trailer hitch. Safety chains are used to vehicle be equipped with a controlling device and additional retain connection between the towing and towed vehicle in the wiring for electrical power. See Towing Safely on the next page for additional – Some vehicles equipped with a factory-installed Trailer Tow braking information. and the tow vehicle’s hydraulic system should never safety chains be connected directly to the trailer’s hydraulic system. be sure Be sure to have your fully-loaded vehicle (including passengers) the vehicle has the proper optional equipment. supplied by the hitch manufacturer 3.500 pounds. information They are not controlled by the hydraulic fluid in the tow vehicle’s – For rental trailers. including those dolly-towed a local recreational vehicle dealer or rental trailer agency for correct or towbar-towed. dash-integrated Trailer Brake Controller (TBC). cargo should be removed from when minimum acceptable powertrain combination is selected. They require that the tow – Always use safety chains when towing. Be sure your trailer brakes conform to all applicable state Trailer Wiring Harness regulations. check your vehicle Owner’s Manual should determine the approximate weight of the trailer you for break-in and severe-duty maintenance schedules (do not tow intend to tow. including the weight of any additional cargo a trailer until your vehicle has been driven at least 1. For your safety.000 miles). Surge Brakes are independent hydraulic brakes activated by a – See your vehicle Owner’s Manual for safety chain attachment master cylinder at the junction of the hitch and trailer tongue. Before you buy After you buy If you are selecting a vehicle that will be used for towing.Know before you tow. Package include a trailer wiring harness and a wiring kit – This kit includes one or more jumper harnesses (to connect to your trailer wiring connector) and installation instructions . There are several basic types of brake systems wiring and relays for the trailer and heavy-duty flashers. the vehicle and/or trailer until all weights are within the specified Consider purchasing a vehicle with a more powerful engine. Electronically Controlled Brakes usually provide automatic Safety Chains and manual control of trailer brakes. Keep in mind and trailer weighed so as not to exceed critical weight limits. The trailer lighting system should Motor Company recommends that a separate functional brake not be connected directly to the lighting system of the vehicle. and fluids that you will be carrying in the trailer. Allow only enough 2. designed to activate trailer brakes: 1. Ford applicable government regulations.

rounded gradually. identical full-size spare tire is – Know clearance required for trailer roof – Apply the foot service brake and hold required for trailer towing (mini. refer to the vehicle Owner’s Manual. the trailer has a large frontal area that adds smooth. – An 8-14 mph speed drop will automatically – Approximately 60% of the allowable cargo following the instructions below. Misuse. stop in a protected location move it in the direction you want the trailer to go – Apply the brake pedal while another person and double-check: – Make small steering inputs – slight movement of retrieves the chocks – Trailer hitch attachment steering wheel results in much greater movement – Lights and electrical connections in rear of trailer Acceleration And Passing – Trailer wheel lug nuts for tightness The added weight of the trailer can dramatically – Engine oil – check regularly throughout trip Turning decrease the acceleration of the towing vehicle – When turning. be sure to swing wide enough to exercise caution. The sliding lever on the TBC should performance. overdrive can be locked out (see front design will help optimize performance and be used only for manual activation of trailer vehicle Owner’s Manual) fuel economy brakes when adjusting the gain. or manual – Overinflated tires may wear unevenly transmission into reverse – Tires should be checked often for conformance to Before Starting – With 4-wheel drive. larger engine – If your trailer starts to sway. speed when going downhill Consult your dealer for the latest. make sure the transfer case is recommended cold inflation pressures – Before setting out on a trip. not in neutral (if applicable) stopping and backing up your trailer in an area Spare Tire Use away from heavy traffic Starting Out Parked On A Grade A conventional. extra – Downshift the transmission to assist braking on automatically eliminate unwanted gear search towing-guides or for Ford Dealers go to steep downgrades and to increase power (reduce and help control vehicle speed when going esourcebook.. – Back up slowly. has electric brakes. be sure to allow Gasoline engines lose power by 3-4% per 1. Remember. However. select tow/haul mode to automatically eliminate unwanted gear Photography.000 ft. compact and – Check equipment (make a checklist) – Start the engine with transmission in park dissimilar full-size spare tires should not be used. – Keep center of gravity low for best handling place wheel chocks under the trailer’s wheels. use overdrive Note: F  or additional trailering information pertaining to as application during trailer sway. Ford assumes no responsibility for such modifications or manufacturing. could cause to optimize fuel economy your vehicle.dealerconnection. – Allow considerably more distance for stopping can pull back in with trailer attached – Signal and make your pass on level terrain with Powertrain/Frontal Area – Remember. your trailer and your personal driving skills.fleet. lugging) when climbing hills downhill – With TorqShift® transmission. Transit or Expedition and your trailer Driving With An Automatic and trailer. (e. if it is instability of trailer and/or tow vehicle – Overdrive may also be locked out to obtain engine braking on downgrades For the latest RV/Towing information. the optional Integrated Overdrive Transmission – Under certain conditions. Some features shown or described are optional at extra cost. cancel speed control weight should be in the front half of the trailer – Apply the foot service brakes and hold – Temporarily resume manual control through and 40% in the rear (within limits of tongue load – Have another person place the wheel chocks the vehicle’s accelerator pedal until the terrain or king pin weight) under the trailer wheels on the downgrade side levels off – Load should be balanced from side-to-side to – Once the chocks are in place. High Altitude Operation allow trailer to avoid curbs and other obstructions. Ford Motor search when going uphill and help control vehicle Company reserves the right to discontinue or change at any time the specifications or designs without incurring obligation. . effective trailer braking by automatically towing – especially in hilly areas – may cause substantial air drag or when trailering in hilly proportioning the trailer braking to that of the excessive shifting between overdrive and the next or mountainous terrain) it is wise to choose a towing vehicle lower gear.Towing safely. making sure the chocks will hold the Tire Pressure – Load must be firmly secured to prevent shifting vehicle and trailer – Underinflated tires get hot and may fail. most complete information on models. reduce GVWs Braking the trailer must clear the other vehicle before you and GCWs by 2% per 1. leading during cornering or braking. select tow/haul mode to check out www. illustrations and information presented herein were correct when approved for publishing. features. such – If excessive shifting does not occur. Towing a trailer is demanding on your vehicle. F-Series Super size needed to move the GCW of tow vehicle Duty ®. Towing On Hills – When available. prices and availability.000 ft. To maintain performance.g. elevation. – When passing a slower vehicle. practice turning. when Trailer Brake Controller (TBC) will help assure With certain automatic overdrive Follow some basic rules that will help you tow safely and have a lot more fun. Weight Distribution Parking With A Trailer Driving With Speed Control – For optimum handling and braking. the braking system of the tow vehicle plenty of clearance Considerations is rated for operation at the GVWR. the load Whenever possible. Many of the recreational vehicles shown in this brochure are modified or manufactured by companies other than Ford Motor Company. vehicles with trailers should not When driving uphill with a heavy load. Some options are required in combination with other options. however. release brake optimize handling and tire wear pedal. which could result in – Apply the parking brake to possible loss of vehicle control a sudden loss of control – Shift automatic transmission into park. not GCWR – If necessary. with someone spotting near the parking brake rear of the trailer to guide you – Release the brake pedal and move the vehicle On The Road – Place one hand at bottom of steering wheel and uphill to free the chocks After about 50 miles. the added length of elevation. must be properly distributed be parked on a grade. (automatic) or neutral (manual) always replace the spare tire with the road tire as Backing – Shift the transmission into gear and release the soon as possible). significant speed drops may occur. downshift for improved acceleration The charts in this Guide show the minimum engine – If your tow vehicle is a F-150. apply brake pedal – To eliminate this condition and achieve steadier – Selecting a trailer with a low-drag.