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Which Ford Vehicles Can You Flat Tow?

Ford Flat-Towable Vehicles

If you're trying to figure out what Ford vehicles can be flat towed, our guide is here to help. Every Ford vehicle is unique, but our experts can help you find one that can be flat towed and make transport easier, whether attempting to bring your Ford vehicle on vacation or to the shop.

Read our guide to learn more about this transport mode, a list of some Ford vehicles that can be flat towed, and the other types of towing you can opt for if flat capability is unavailable. Book an appointment with our friendly Veterans Ford team to browse vehicles from our inventory that can be flat towed. Get started on your next journey with your tour and test drive today!

What Are the Pros and Cons of Flat Towing?

Flat towing keeps all four wheels of a vehicle on the pavement – the wheels of the towed vehicle move just like they would when driven – behind the towing vehicle. This method can make it easy for families to attach their vehicle to an RV and go on a cross-country adventure.

The versatility of flat towing is a big benefit and makes it a go-to for many vehicles. Among the only cons of this towing option is that it will damage vehicles that are equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Flat towing equipment can be easy to procure, which is another benefit of the option. Our parts department can help you garner the Ford accessories you need, including the required tow bar, hitches, and more.

What Ford Vehicles Can Be Flat Towed?

What Ford Vehicles Can Be Flat Towed?

Nearly all the models in the new Ford lineup can be flat towed. Here are some of the most notable flat towable Ford vehicles:

  • Ford Bronco
  • Ford Bronco Sport
  • Ford Expedition
  • Ford F-150
  • Ford Transit

There are only a few models in the new Ford lineup that cannot be flat towed: those outfitted with a CVT. These models include the Ford Maverick pickup truck and some trims on the Ford Escape Hybrid model. When it's time to purchase a Ford model, ask one of our Veterans Ford advisors for details on the transmission outfitted on your preferred model and a Ford flat tow guide.

Other Types of Towing

Other Types of Towing

Although flat towing may be your preferred way to tow, there are alternative options. Some other ways to tow your vehicle include hook and chain towing, wheel lift towing, and flatbed towing. Hook and chain towing is done by using chains to attach the towed vehicle's front axle to the towing vessel.

Wheel lift towing uses a specific type of towing truck to lift the two closest tires of the towed vehicle in the air, meaning the vehicle only has two wheels on the pavement. Flatbed towing is among the easiest options and is done by putting the whole vehicle on a flatbed tow truck to transport it.

Another important point in towing is the minor difference between flat towing vs. dolly towing or dinghy towing. The two types are nearly identical, with the towed vehicle staying either on the ground or very close to the ground. However, flat towing keeps all four wheels on the ground, while dinghy towing uses a towing dolly to keep the two closest wheels off the pavement but doesn't lift them into the air as much as a wheel lift tow will. If you need a Ford dinghy towing guide, call one of our advisors for assistance.

Schedule Service at Veterans Ford

Whether you need flat towing equipment or wish to order Ford OEM parts, our talented experts can help you find the perfect items to suit your needs. Visit our team at Veterans Ford to take care of all your car care needs, including service or parts. Plus, give our experts a call for guidance on towing capacity for your model.

If you've had some damage to your vehicle or you want to outsource routine maintenance to the experts, contact our service department. Our talented technicians will be happy to tackle your vehicle care and help you get back on the road as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you flat tow a Ford Bronco?

The Ford Bronco can be flat towed, which means it gets towed on all four wheels while on the ground. Because newer models of the Ford Bronco are outfitted with either a manual or automatic transmission, they are able to be flat towed. However, any model with a CVT won't be able to be flat towed because it will cause damage to the transmission.

What equipment do you need to flat tow a Ford?

If you want to flat tow any vehicle, you'll need a few specific pieces of equipment. For one, you'll need a tow bar, a tow brake for safety, and a baseplate. Typically, these pieces can be purchased as a set, meaning you can get everything you need to flat tow in one place. Call our Veterans Ford parts department to get details on a towing package or other information.

How is flat towing different from dinghy towing?

Some may refer to flat towing as dinghy towing, and vice versa, but there is a difference between the two: towing equipment. Dinghy towing is done with a tow dolly that slightly raises the two closest wheels off the road using a tow dolly. However, flat towing is done with all four wheels on the road at all times and is attached using a tow bar.

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