You Can Pull it, But Can You Stop It?

Jul 16th, 2014 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Tow TipSome tow truck operators seem to fixate on the tow rating of the truck and forget that the braking ability of the truck is based on its Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) not the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR).

All truck manufacturers indicate that for towing [significant] weights, the trucks must be properly equipped. This basically means the power unit or truck must be able to apply braking to the towed vehicle. However, with light-duty tow trucks there is no ability to put braking to the towed load. The situation that could result is a truck that weighs approximately 13,000 lbs. traveling in front of a load that could, in theory, be over 20,000 lbs. without any brakes to stop it.

It’s up to the driver of the truck to ensure the truck is loaded properly and driven at a proper and safe speed for conditions.

See more about tow truck ratings in the Tow Times July issue feature article, “Gross Combined Weight Rating” by Peter Fuerst of the International Institute of Towing and Recovery.