Common Towing Terminology

towing terminology If you’ve never towed anything before, it might seem like a fairly simple task—hook up the trailer and drive away. Unfortunately, there’s a bit more you need to know in order to tow safety and effectively. Here is some common towing terminology to get you started.

  • Payload. For a pickup truck, payload refers the maximum weight the truck itself can carry. This includes items in the bed along with passengers. In addition, if you have a trailer attached, the payload includes the tongue weight on the hitch.
  • Maximum Towing. This number refers to the maximum weight that a truck can tow behind it. This includes the weight of the trailer and anything on it. Note that payload and towing amounts affect each other, so if you have a heavy payload, the maximum towing capability will be lower.
  • Gross Vehicle Combined Weight (GVCW). This figure refers to the maximum combined weight of everything in the truck and everything the truck is towing. Combine the curb weight, cargo weight and passenger weight to get the gross vehicle weight (GVW). Add this to the combined weight of the trailer and anything in the trailer for the GVCW.

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