A First Look At The 2023 Ford Super Duty
Ford just announced its 2023 Ford Super Duty lineup. And boy are we excited to see the production of this tech-loaded pickup.
The range of F250 to F650 Super Duty pickups has long been a favorite of tradespeople, but even the cheapest versions of the 2023 Super Duty pickup have a plethora of awesome features that make it a real head-turner when it comes to tow vehicles.
Towing with the 2023 Ford Super Duty
With a towing capacity of 12,500 lbs, Ford F150 pickup trucks will easily tow smaller to mid-sized travel trailers. For larger trailers, you’ll need a truck that is up to the task of safely towing a bigger size and heavier weight.
For safety reasons, you never want to be pushing the limits of your truck’s towing capacity. Although Ford hasn’t released towing capacity for them yet, Ford’s F250 to F450 Super Duty pickups have historically been robust enough to tow just about any size RV.
With the 2023 Super Duty’s amazing new features, Ford is acknowledging that there is a bigger demand than ever for heavy-duty trucks for RV towing. Unique standard and optional features will make it easier for RVers to tow and back any trailer safely. By the way, if you’re new to towing, read this article to find out how you can tow safely.
Here are a few of the high-tech features that we love about the new 2023 Ford Super Duty trucks.
2023 Super Duty features
The 2023 Ford Super Duty has been redesigned with amazing features that make it one of the most comfortable and safe tow vehicles on the market.
Just imagine having a truck that can park your trailer for you at the end of your journey. But wait, there’s more: here is what this pickup has going for it when it comes to RV towing.
1. 10-speed TorqShift automatic transmission
Ford designed this transmission specially to meet the considerable engine outputs of the Super Duty. It helps to opimize the towing experience while maximizing fuel economy.
2. 4×4 will be standard on all 2023 Ford Super Duty trucks
You don’t have to be an off-road 4×4 enthusiast to appreciate the benefits of having access to 4×4, especially when you have to drive in unexpectedly slippery conditions, such as snow, sand, or mud.
While good tires and low speeds are ultimately what will keep you on the road in those conditions, sometimes it helps to have a little extra power to help you stay out of a potential jam.
Having 4×4 is just one of many safety features we love about the 2023 Super Duty lineup. If you really want to go off-roading, the 2023 Super Duty Raptor model has additional clearance and is more geared toward an off-road experience.
3. Pro Power Onboard
Pro Power Onboard is standard on the 2023 Super Duty. It gives you 2000 watts of exportable power, so it could replace having to carry a small generator to power your RV when you’re off-grid.
4. Tow weight and tongue weight scale built into the bed
The built-in scale estimates cargo weight and provides guidance on trailer tongue weight distribution directly on the center touchscreen or in the FordPass app.
5. 360º camera system and blind spot alerts
The 360º camera system includes four cameras that you can mount on your RV to see trees and other obstacles when you are backing into a narrow campsite. Also, if something comes into your blindspot when you are towing, the truck will indicate it via the side mirrors.
6. Hitch assist
Hitch assist automatically backs the truck up exactly under the hitch ball. This means you’ll avoid the numerous adjustments that normally come with getting the truck backed up to the trailer. Hitch assist even stops the truck and lets you know if the trailer hitch isn’t high enough to back under.
7. A backup camera that works when the tailgate is down
Backing the truck to hitch up a fifth wheel trailer will be easier with a game-changing backup camera that works whether the tailgate is in the up or down position.
The available trailer navigation will plot routes that you can safely navigate with your given trailer dimensions and weight.
The RV LIFE Pro tools are another great option for RV-safe trip planning based on your vehicle’s specifications.
9. Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering
Ford has integrated Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control into the 2023 Super Duty, so drivers can use cruise control while driving. The truck pretty much takes it from there.
Towing a trailer will be a lot more relaxing with the Super Duty’s intelligent adaptive cruise control. This feature automatically brakes and accelerates to a preset speed. It also helps keep the truck in its lane.
10. Driver assist
Driver assist helps to keep the truck where it’s supposed to be on the road. It also brakes for you if it thinks you’ll hit an obstacle.
11. Trailer theft alert
A lot of trailer thieves will be disappointed with this feature. Trailer Theft Alert sends an alert via the FordPass app if anyone attempts to disconnect your trailer when your truck is locked.
Fuel prices have been a big travel consideration for RVers lately. Ford F150s have had available Powerboost and Ecoboost hybrid technology for a few years now. Both of these technologies charge the truck’s battery while it’s running on gas. Then after the battery is charged up, a Ford F150 with Powerboost switches over to electrical power and manages about 24 MPG in fuel consumption.
RVers anticipating Ford’s patented hybrid technology in the new Super Duty lineup are going to be disappointed by its absence.
However, the new Super Duty Trucks have been redesigned with so many game-changing features, it’s hard not to consider them a top pick for towing a larger RV. Although the appearance of the Ford Super Duty truck hasn’t changed an awful lot since last year’s verson, it’s new towing and safety related features are going to appeal to anyone looking for a capable truck that can safely pull a larger RV.
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Lynne Fedorick is a freelance writer with 35 years of RVing experience. She specializes in topics such as fulltime RV life, great destinations for RVers, RV organization, RV News, RV tech, and dog behavior/training.