Ford may offer a factory tow package, but this does not mean everything you will want to fit your vehicle with is included. Some F-250 owners may not even have been able to purchase their truck with the factory tow package and this will lead them to need to make upgrades in order to tow safely.
Towing Mirrors: Factory mirrors can be limiting in the range of view they offer once a trailer is attached to the vehicle. Tow mirrors can be fitted to the truck to help prevent this limited range of view and are an absolute must for anyone doing any sort of towing. If you don’t like the look of fixed towing mirrors, extendable towing mirrors are an option.
Brakes: The factory brakes on the vehicle are enough to handle towing with an F-250 but for better control, you’ll want to consider fitting aftermarket brakes to aid with controlling the additional weight. A big brake kit will offer a great amount of additional stopping power but aftermarket pads and rotors will help in most cases.
Trailer Brake Control: Trailer brake controllers are a must for any towing vehicle with brake systems. These systems are put in place to control the brakes on the trailer. Without them, the only brakes used to slow both the vehicle and the trailer would be the F-250’s.
Transmission Oil Cooler: The transmission of an F-250 is under a lot of stress when towing and this can lead to the transmission overheating. If a transmission overheats, shifting and general performance become compromised. When you are towing a considerable amount of weight this can be dangerous. Because of this, you will want to consider installing a transmission oil cooler if one isn’t already in place.
Engine Tuner: A sharp knife is a safe knife; the same is true for engines and power. When hauling the weight of a trailer the engine will be bogged down. This can make passing or avoiding dangerous situations very difficult. It’s not always necessary and will seldom pose an issue, but for peace of mind, it’s worth considering beefing the engine’s performance up with the use of a proper tuner.