What is Your Light-duty Truck’s Towing Capacity?

Apr 1st, 2014 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When you pick up a vehicle with a tow truck, the weight of the load it is not sitting on the chassis with the front and rear axles sharing the load as the truck manufacturer intended. With a tow truck, the load is now out behind the rear axle which results in weight being “transferred” off the front axle and onto the rear axle.

Remember the seesaw in the playground? It’s the same principle. In fact, that was probably was your introduction to towing 101. In the towing industry the “standard” is that you must always retain 50 percent of the truck’s original front axle weight for proper steering and braking, not exceed the Rear Axle Rating (RAWR), the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) nor the rating of the towing equipment.

Get lots more info on determining the towing capacity of your truck in the April Tow Times issue article “What Can Your Truck Tow?” by Peter Fuerst of the International Institute of Towing and Recovery.