Can the new Ford Bronco tow an RV trailer or be flat towed?
Yes to both! The new Ford Bronco with the 4 cylinder engine can tow a camper up to 3,500 lbs and the V-6 engine can tow up to 4,000 lbs. And the new Ford Bronco can be flat towed behind your motorhome too!
When you look at the legendary vehicles within the Ford brand, what do you think of?
For 25 years, another name has been missing: The Bronco. The mid-1990s saw the end of its production and connected a particular white version to an infamous court case.
Beginning in June 2021, Ford will start delivering the new Bronco that’s completely different from its parent. The styling comes from the original 1960s line, power from the Ranger, chassis from the F-150, and components from some of the best Ford has to offer.
The 2020/2021 Ford Bronco is a great SUV that has a lot to offer the off-road and RV world. We’ll take a look at the 2020 Ford Bronco specs, to see why it’s one of the best 4-cylinder SUVs in the market. You’ll discover how easy it is to flat-tow a Ford Bronco and see great examples of what it can tow when you head out on your adventures.
For this article, we’re going to focus on the 2-door and 4-door Bronco. We’ll spend some time on the Bronco Sport later. You’ll see how different the two vehicles are and why the Sport isn’t ideal for towing.
The New 2021 Ford Bronco
Ford Motor Company is focusing the 2021 Bronco as an off-road 4-cylinder SUV that competes directly with the Jeep Wrangler. It has seven different trim levels where all but two have a 2.3L 4 cylinder engine. The engine puts out 270 hp and 310 lbs.-ft. of torque. This allows Ford Bronco’s towing capacity to reach 3,500 pounds.
The top trim levels, the WildTrak and the limited edition First Edition, will have a 2.7L V6 power plant with 310 hp and 400 lbs.-ft. torque. This increases the towing maximum to 4,000 pounds.
The transmission comes in a 7-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic (10 speed in the V6). Every trim level comes with 4×4 capabilities.
Like the Wrangler, the Bronco lets you remove the roof and doors to give you that open-air experience. The MSRP on the Base trim level starts at $28,500. For complete details, go to Ford’s homepage.
How the New Ford Bronco Fits In the RV World
Flat Towing the Ford Bronco
The 4×4 engagement control comes with five different settings:
- 2H: 4×2 high makes the vehicle front-wheel drive for normal on-road conditions.
- 4A: 4×4 all-wheel drive is best for towing. This setting alternates power between the front wheels for optimal traction during on-road conditions.
- 4L: 4×4 low keeps the transmission gearing in the lower gears for the most torque possible. Rock climbing and extreme off-road driving will need this setting.
- 4H: 4×4 high keeps you on the road for loose and wet road conditions. It allows you to drive at normal speeds on dirt, snow, sand, or mud.
- Neutral: This setting disengages the transmission from the driveshaft and the engine. It allows all four wheels to spin free without ruining any parts. Those looking to flat-tow will use this function.
When flat towing the Ford Bronco, the electric umbilical cord plugged in between the motorhome and SUV will engage the EBS brakes and operate the DOT lights (backup, reverse, turn signals, brakes, etc.). It won’t keep your driveshaft lubricated or your transmission fluid cycled.
These systems won’t be operating, but it’s a good idea to stop every 200 miles. At each stop, turn on your Bronco to let the lubrication pump and transmission system refresh the fluids. Keeping these two systems cool and greased up will prevent any problems from arising. You can read more about this in our article about flat-towing.
Ford Bronco Tow Package
The Bronco can pull up to 3,500 pounds with its 4 cylinder engine and up to 4,000 lbs. with the V6 engine. Many off-road and outdoor enthusiasts will want a lightweight travel trailer under 3,500 lbs. as a mobile headquarters to rest at the end of the day. When you choose your RV, remember to leave some weight for your gear, passengers, and driving horsepower.
5 Travel Trailers the 2021 Ford Bronco Can Tow
There are many travel trailers on the market that the Ford Bronco and other 4 cylinder off-road vehicles can tow. Look for trailers, pop-ups, or teardrops with gross vehicle weight ratings that are no more than 3,500 pounds or less. Most will sleep between 2-4 people. Many have off-road suspension options.
Before we continue, check out our feature video on small travel trailers with bathrooms. You’ll see how amazing these little RVs are with their features.
Here are some other small travel trailers and teardrops that match well with the Ford Bronco. They are full of features and designed to fit whatever RV adventure you’re looking for.
1️⃣ Flagstaff E-Pro 12SRK
Many teardrop travel trailers give you enough space inside to lay down. They come with creature comforts like TVs, media systems, climate control, and other amenities. Yet many don’t let you sit or stand up.
The 12SRK is more versatile than its sister coach, the Flagstaff E-Pro 12RK. The 6.2-foot gaucho/sofa allows you to sit up during the day. You can prepare your dinner on the rear hatch full kitchen and bring it inside. This way, you can review your dashcam footage on the TV and eat your meal sitting up while relaxing in a climate-controlled space.
When you’re ready to call it a night, the sofa pulls out to a two-person sleeper. You can sleep comfortably with the overhead A/C or floor level heater. The full-length front shelf, wardrobe, overhead cabinet, and exterior bay has enough storage to make your multiple-day adventure fulfilling with everything you need.
Main Specs for the
- Average Price: $15,500
- Sleep: 2 people
- Dry Weight: 1,763 pounds
- Length: 12 feet
- Fresh: 26 gallons
- Grey: 6 gallons
- Black: not equipped
2️⃣ Happier Camper HC1
If you’re looking for a travel trailer that’ll complement that vintage look, the Happier Camper HC1 is a great choice. This fiberglass travel trailer is the most unique RV you’ll find on the market. It’s Adaptiv cube technology allows you to configure the interior however you want.
The exterior has a 1960s look to it that comes in many tones that make a good companion to your Bronco. Fans of blue will like how well the Bronco’s Area 51 color and the HC1 Torquoise accentuate one another. The HC1 is off-road capable with it’s lifted suspension package.
The interior is easy to clean since it’s waterproof. The floor has a drain, so a simple hosing will remove the mud and grime. Before you do this, make sure you’re in an area that allows you to dump the dirty water.
The two-foot by two-foot cubes not only hold all of your gear, but also are the building blocks for your seats, bed, and other furniture. Add the specialty cube kitchenette, happier camper toilet, and others to increase your camping experience comfort level.
Main Specs for the
- Starting Price: $24,950
- Sleep: Up to 5 people
- Dry Weight: 1,100 pounds
- Length: 13 feet
- Fresh: 5 gallons
- Grey: 5 gallons
- Black: 5-gallon cassette within the optional toilet
When you reserve your 2021 Ford Bronco, you’ll have the ability to choose your trim level, color option, and other options. As you wait for your delivery, this is a great time to place your order for your custom-built Casita Spirit travel trailer. Customer orders usually have a wait time between 6-12 months.
You won’t find these travel trailers at any RV dealer or tradeshow, because the company builds them per customer order. They come in either 16 or 17 feet, and you can choose from 5 different models. Each model has a unique floorplan.
The deluxe comes with a wet bath and upgraded features. The standard version replaces the bathroom with more sleeping space and gives you more customization options. There is an off-road suspension option you can choose. The double-layer fiberglass is very durable and well-insulated to handle almost any conditions you expose it too.
Main Specs for the
- Starting Price: $19,924
- Sleep: Up to 6-10 people
- Dry Weight: 1,970-2,480 pounds
- Length: 16-17 feet
- Fresh: 13-23 gallons
- Grey: 13 gallons
- Black: 13 gallons
4️⃣ ProLite Classic
Prolite is a Canadian company that specializes in lightweight travel trailers made for small and mid-size SUVs. The Prolite Classic was specifically designed for vehicles with tow capacities of 3,000 pounds. The Classic has many of the typical features of a travel trailer and a weight very comfortable for your new Bronco.
The front bench has a murphy bed behind it that measures close to queen dimensions. The two-seater dinette folds down to a twin-size bed for a third person. The rear bathroom is set in a dry configuration, so the shower has its own space.
There’s plenty of storage overhead and around the walls. The kitchen has a microwave, two burners, a sink, and a 4.3 cubic foot refrigerator. A built-in 16,000 BTU heater comes standard. Options include a roof air conditioner, media center, and other features.
Main Specs for the
- Average Price: $25,000
- Sleep: 3 people
- Dry Weight: 2,470 people
- Length: 19.11 feet
- Fresh: 27 gallons
- Grey: 15 gallons
- Black: 15 gallons
5️⃣ Taxa Outdoors Cricket
The 2020 Taxa Cricket is a self-contained travel trailer made for the young family that loves remote camping. The pop-up roof gives the interior enough room to stand up and creates a loft area where two young children have their own loft space to sleep.
The creator of the company used his NASA engineering experience to create this RV. The kitchenette and under mattress storage give you a lot of space for your essentials. The roof rack lets you bring all of your favorite adventure toys like kayaks and bikes.
The full-size rear hatch allows you to store long items while you’re traveling. This travel trailer gives you the best comfort and utility for an RV of its size. It’s prewired for solar and has long-lasting house batteries. Gas or solar generators work well with this coach too.
Main Specs for the
- MSRP Price: 36,900
- Sleep: 2 Adults & 2 Children
- Dry Weight: 1,800 pounds
- Length: 15 feet
- Fresh: 15 gallons
- Grey: 16 gallons
- Black: not equipped
The Bronco Sport is different than the regular Bronco. At first glance, you’ll see the exterior is more styled and less boxy. The roof and doors are permanently fixed. It only comes in a four-door. It’s great for off-road adventures and can be flat-towed, but it’s not ideal for towing.
The engine comes in either the 1.5L or 2.0L EcoBoost 4-cylinder. The best it can tow is 2,200 pounds. If you’re helping someone move, it could tow a utility trailer with furniture, but that’s about it.
It does have a few different optional packages that make use of the roof. One of which is a roof tent that fits on the roof rack. The one seen in their advertising is the Yakima SkyRise HD 2 Person Roof Tent paired with the Yakima SlimShady Awning.
A ladder secures on the driver’s side to get into the tent. The awning gives you a shaded outdoor space on the passenger side. Ford may have already partnered with Yakima for this tent, but we’re sure by the time the Bronco Sport finally hits the road, other aftermarket companies will have competing tents that fit.
Toading and Towing With the New Ford Bronco
The new Ford Bronco is going to be a great addition to the RV world. It’s a great flat-tow dinghy choice for those that live the motorhome lifestyle. A simple push of a button sets it to towing mode. Once you disconnect it, the SUV is very fuel-efficient for exploring both on and off-road.
For those towing a small travel trailer, pop-up, or teardrop, you’ll love the many RV choices that this SUV can tow. After you’ve braved the roughest terrains or enjoyed the sights, you’ll be able to return to your RV to slow down and relax.
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