Towing Capacity

Before you buy a new trailer, it is important to understand the towing capacity of your vehicle. Although RV dealerships can usually answer this question, we highly recommend that you verify the information to ensure accuracy. If you tow a trailer that is too heavy for you truck, it can damage your vehicle and is also a safety hazard for you, your family, and other people on the road.  

To determine towing capacity, follow the steps below:

  1. Find the listed towing capacity of your vehicle as stated in your owner’s manual.
  2. Subtract 10% as a safety margin. Most vehicle tow ratings were calculated without passengers, fuel and cargo, so Edmunds.com recommends subtracting 10% from the maximum tow rating.
  3. Subtract any gear or camping equipment that you plan to take, including, water, food, gear, dishes, camping chairs, sleeping bags and your weight distribution hitch. (Example: 500 pounds of water, food and gear + 70 pounds of propane + 100 pound weight distribution hitch = 670 pounds
  4. The number that you are left with is the maximum trailer rate recommended for your vehicle.

Example: Towing capacity: 8900 pounds – 10% (890 pounds for fuel, cargo, and passengers) – 670 pounds of gear (food, water, gear, propane and hitch) = 7,340 pounds

At Fastway, we recommend staying well below your towing capacity to ensure safety.

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