Don’t Make This Common Mistake When Considering Towing Ratings

truck for trailer in Seattle WAWhen it comes to safe hauling, looking at towing ratings is one of the most important things you should consider. At Trailer Boss we always recommend that you consider what you are hauling, your tow vehicle, and your trailer together before making big purchases.

If you assume you are hauling a safe load prior to considering all of the factors in your towing set up, you might end up in some dangerous situations.

If you know that your vehicle has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 9,000 lbs and your new trailer model weighs only 6,000 lbs, you can’t just assume you are ready to hit the road. This is actually one of the most common mistake made by haulers and can lead to driving down the road with far too much weight on your hitch and trailer.

Many times vehicle manufacturers will boast about how much weight their trucks can pull or tow, but this number often falls short when it comes to the capacity of the hitch and the tongue weight the hitch is capable of carrying.

This puts you in the situation of having a large suitcase, composed of the strongest material in the world, capable of holding a great deal of weight. Then when you go to pick it up, the handle can handle the weight and breaks immediately.

To combat this dilemma, we recommend that you remember that what you are hauling is only as safe as the weakest link.  If your vehicle can haul 12,000 lbs but for some reason your hitch is only rated to carry 500 lbs, you better not have any more than 500 lbs on the tongue weight, or you will be putting yourself and everyone else on the road at risk of a serious accident.

If you are stumped about the rating system or can’t decide on the right hitch or trailer for your tow vehicle, your experts in trailers in Seattle WA can answer all of your questions and help prepare for your next haul. Contact us or come see us at one of our 3 locations today.