Before you attach a trailer to your truck or other towing vehicle, you must understand your vehicle’s towing limits. The first thing you need to consider when preparing to haul is your vehicle’s “Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR).
This figure represents the curb weight of the vehicle along with the total weight that can be put on your vehicle including:
in-bed cargo and
the downward force that the trailer puts on the truck’s hitch which is called the tongue weight.
To get an exact GVWR number, you need to consult your vehicles’ instruction manual. Usually this number is also listed on the inside of the driver’s door.
The next figure you need to be aware of is your Gross Trailer Weight (GRW). This includes the:
All the contents within the trailer
Once you have both the GVWR and the GRW, you need to make sure that the combined weight of both is below your towing vehicle’s Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR).
There are a lot of dangers involved in overloading. Doing so could not only damage your axle, engine, transmission and suspension, but it can also mean less than safe driving.
If you do not stay within your GCWR guidelines, you can be exposed to a substantial civil liability if your cause an accident.
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