How to Judge the Towing Capacity of a Vehicle

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If you’re planning on buying a towing vehicle, it’s important to know its maximum towing capacity. You should also know the weight of your trailer and how much it’ll weigh when fully loaded so that you can be sure it’s within the capabilities of your new ride. To figure out these numbers, check for different specifications on your car manufacturer’s website (or call them directly if they don’t have online information).

Check the towing package

Check the towing package on the vehicle you’re interested in. If a car has a towing package, it means that it’s capable of pulling heavy loads—and that means more options for you when it comes time to pick up your RV. What does a tow package look like? In most cases, there will be an extra hookup on the back of your car that allows for ease of hooking up trailers or other towed objects.

If you don’t have a tow package, this doesn’t mean that your car isn’t capable of hauling anything; it just means that doing so will require some extra work on your part. You’ll need to buy additional equipment (like chains) and possibly modify parts of your vehicle so they can fit properly before you can safely tow anything behind them!

Read the vehicle’s manual

If you want to know the maximum towing capacity of your vehicle, look in your vehicle’s manual. The manufacturer should provide exact figures here, as well as information on how much weight it can safely tow. You’ll want this information when buying a trailer or deciding how much cargo to put in it—and if you’re planning on purchasing an RV or camper, it’s crucial.

Suppose your vehicle is equipped with an automatic transmission and the model has been certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In that case, its maximum tow rating will be based on two factors: its gross combined weight rating (GCWR) and tongue weight ratio (TWR). The former refers to how much total weight can be carried by both vehicles together; the latter refers to how much each vehicle contributes toward that total.

Find the weight of your trailer

To find the weight of your trailer, you can use a scale or use the manufacturer’s specifications. If you have an electric tongue jack, then you can easily check the weight of your trailer by turning off your vehicle and letting it down.

To find out if your tow vehicle has the capacity to pull any given trailer, subtract its unloaded weight from its gross combined weight rating (GCWR). This will give you a good idea of whether or not it has enough power to tow a given load. As experts like Camping World suggest, you can also use a towing calculator to determine the towing capacity.

Find out how much it’ll weigh when fully loaded

To find out how much your trailer will weigh when fully loaded, you’ll need to know the following:

  • The weight of the trailer. To do this, use a scale or measuring tape to measure its weight. You can also look at the model’s specifications online and see what it says there. For example, if you’re looking at a tow dolly with 500 lbs capacity and a tongue weight of 50 lbs, then that means that when all is said and done your full load will weigh 525 lbs (500 + 50).
  • The tongue weight of your vehicle. To find this out, check your owner’s manual or ask an expert at the dealership where you bought it from—they should know offhand what kind of payload rating they have on hand (or they can consult their records). If they don’t know right away then just give them some time as they may need to look up in their database which could take minutes or hours depending on how large their database is!

Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed learning about how to determine the towing capacity of your vehicle. It’s important to understand the basics of this process so that you can make informed decisions about what kind of trailer will work best for your needs. It’s recommended referencing any manual or owner’s guide that came with your car or truck before starting any type of project like this one!