Conflicting statements RE Towing Capacity in Owner’s Manual – How much can I tow?

What happens if you pull more than your towing capacity?

When you ask your truck to pull more than it was meant to — exceeding its towing capacity — a number of things start to happen: The brakes begin to fade, the added weight contributes to tire failure, and the extra work required of your engine causes it to overheat, which, in turn, overloads the drivetrain and …

How close to maximum towing capacity is safe?

Subtracting the curb weight from the GCVWR gives you the vehicle’s towing capacity. Manufacturers will stress that you should never exceed your vehicle’s towing capacity. We would add that, for safety reasons, it’s best to never come within 10% of that total.

How is towing capacity measured?

To find your truck’s towing capacity, subtract your truck’s curb weight from its Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating (GCVWR). The GCVWR is the maximum weight of your loaded truck and the weight of its attached trailer.

Does towing capacity include hitch weight?

Gross trailer weight is the total calculated weight of a trailer and its cargo. GTW isn’t so much a rating as it is a measurement. Towing capacity, on the other hand, is the maximum allowable weight a vehicle can tow as determined by the manufacturer.

Does GVWR have anything to do with towing capacity?

GVWR helps determine your truck’s towing capacity because a vehicle can only tow as much as it is rated for. According to Curt Manufacturing, GVWR is simply “the maximum weight capacity of a vehicle without a trailer attached.” These ratings determine whether a trailer will be safe to haul.

Is towing capacity the same as tongue weight?

Payload capacity refers to the total weight capacity of your trailer. You can calculate maximum payload capacity by subtracting the trailer weight from the GVWR. Tongue weight is the amount of your trailer’s weight that transfers to your tow vehicle through the trailer’s tongue or gooseneck.

What is the max towing weight of my car?

The exact towing capacity figure that should be used for your vehicle is that which is stamped on the Vehicle Identification Number Plate (VIN Plate). The VIN plate can usually be found under the bonnet or on a door pillar and details of the location will be in the owner’s handbook.

What is the 85 rule for towing?

For safe towing it is recommended by many towing experts that a novice should keep the fully laden weight of the caravan no heavier than 85% of the kerbweight of the tow car. This is known as the 85% rule. Bear in mind that it is a guide and not legally enforceable.

What is the maximum tongue weight?

A quick way to calculate hitch Tongue Weight Capacity is to multiply your vehicle’s Gross Towing Capacity (GTWR) by 10% (tongue weight = GTWR x 10%). So, a vehicle and hitch with a 5000 lb towing weight capacity will have a tongue weight capacity of 500 lbs.

How do you calculate 85 KERB weight?

Start by looking in the handbook to find the kerb weight of your car and multiply it by 85/100. This can be difficult to find, so it’s best to use the free Towing-match service for members. This will give you the important ’85 per cent’ figure.