The Ford Super Duty lineup is an outstanding choice when it comes to hauling a large truck camper on a 3/4-ton pickup truck. In 2023, the Ford F250 Super Duty gets entirely new exterior and interior designs, upgraded tech, and new powertrain options to help it retain its high ranking in the highly competitive truck marketplace. But before you buy, it’s extremely important to know what the truck is rated for when it comes to payload. Why is the payload rating so important when buying a truck camper? Because the payload rating tells you how much weight you can safely carry without overloading your truck. The weight rating includes passengers, your camper, and cargo—basically everything not permanently attached to your truck.
Unfortunately, finding Ford’s payload and GVWR ratings online can be a chore and very time consuming. Sure, you can quickly find the maximum payload rating for an Ford F250 regular cab long-bed model, but very few consumers go that route. Most go with the short-bed super cab or crew cab model. Fortunately, Truck Camper Adventure has done the research for you. Now you can find all of these ratings in one, easy-to-read location. In order to streamline the payload information presented in our chart, only Ford’s XLT trim is presented with one engine choice though various options including drivetrain (2WD, 4WD, and AWD) and bed-size are presented to help buyers make the right choice.
2023 Ford F-250
The Ford Motor Company offers three excellent engines in the 2022. The tried and true Boss 6.2L V8 with 385 horsepower and 430 foot-pounds of torque comes standard, while the relatively new Godzilla 7.3L V8 gasser with 430 horsepower and 475 foot-pounds of torque is offered as an option. Each is paired with an excellent 10-speed automatic with your choice of either a 3:55, 3:73, or 4:30 gear ratio for your truck camper rig (the diesel option adds a 3:31 gear to the mix). The optional 6.7L Power Stroke turbo-diesel V8 generates 475 horsepower and a whopping 1,050 pound-feet of torque, but at 990 pounds, the Power Stroke is a good deal heavier than the Boss V8, which tops out at 580 pounds, and the Godzilla V8, which maxes out at a surprisingly low 535 pounds.
Utilizing leaf springs on the rear axle, Ford’s payload ratings are a mixed bag. You can get the crew cab XLT model with 4WD and the 6.75-foot bed that nets a GVWR of 10,000 pounds and a mediocre payload of 3,538 pounds, while a regular cab XLT model with 2WD and an 8-foot bed offers a GVWR of 10,000 pounds and a better payload of 4,323 pounds. For off-road adventures, we highly recommend opting for the Tremor Package that comes with 35-inch all-terrain tires, increased ride height, an electronic-locking rear differential, and rock crawl and trail control modes. We also recommend opting for the new Godzilla 7.3L V8. Of course, the only negative going with a Ford is the taller cab that requires some kind of riser in the bed to keep the camper from touching the top of the cab.
- Base price: XLT $43,665
- Powertrain: 6.8L V8 with either a six-speed or ten-speed automatic transmission
- Max Payload: 4,323 pounds
A Warning About Options
When it comes to payload, options can either hurt or help a truck’s rating. As a truck camper owner, you should always opt for the “maximum payload” or “max tow package” as this maximizes payload. As for other options, however, choose wisely. Yes, having a diesel engine is great for climbing mountains and raising your testosterone, but it’s also heavier. This means less payload—not to mention more emission hassles—for you. Ditto for 4WD. That feature, while great for driving on rough roads, sand, and snow, isn’t so great for your payload rating—the typical 4WD drivetrain weighs 300 pounds more that the 2WD version. Think twice about getting that spacious crew cab as well. That larger cab outweighs a standard cab by roughly 350 pounds. For a 3/4-ton truck, that increase in weight is huge. We do, however, recommend getting the Pro Power option which is now available in the Super Duty Lineup that offers a 2,000 watt power inverter with power outlets in both the truck and bed, though you will need to run the engine when running it.