How Much Can My Vehicle Tow

Written by Hitchweb Team
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 — 15 Comments

Before purchasing a trailer hitch you must first determine how much your vehicle can safely tow. Check your owner's manual to find out your vehicle's towing capability or call in to your dealership and provide them your VIN number and they will be able to tell you what your Gross Vehicle Weight is.

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What Is Gross Vehicle Weight? The total weight of a vehicle or trailer when it is loaded including the weight of the vehicle itself, fuel and other fluids, passengers, and all cargo. To make sure your vehicle has not gone over its Gross Vehicle Weight subtract the net weight of the vehicle from the Gross Vehicle Weight. The remaining number is the maximum weight your vehicle can safely carry.

If you tow too much, you could damage your vehicle. Once you have determined how much your vehicle can tow you must consider what your gross trailer weight is.

What is Gross Trailer Weight? Refers to a combination of the weight of the trailer and all of its contents. It is the most weight that a particular vehicle can safely and reliably haul. To determine if you've reached the Maximum Gross Trailer Weight of a vehicle, take the total loaded trailer weight and add the combined weight of all passengers, cargo and equipment in the tow vehicle.

Once you have determined how much your vehicle can safely tow and what weight capacity you will be towing, you can select a trailer hitch class specific to your weight rating. To learn more about trailer hitch classes follow the link to read our article What Class Hitch Do I Need? then use our Trailer Hitch search to look up the correct one for your vehicle.

We hope this article could be of great help to you. If you need more information or have a question regarding this article please contact our team via live support or call 1.800.300.4067

 

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Comments


Hitchweb Team
Friday, May 12, 2017
Hi Mike, After doing some research on our end it looks like the majority of hitches for your truck start with a rating of 6k and go up past 10k. However you'll definitely want to check your owners manual for a confirmation - if you can't find it there a Chev dealership will also be able to provide that info if you call in with your VIN#. If they can confirm the info we have then you should have no issues towing your travel trailer. The only thing you'll want to watch for when towing uphill is that your trailer once loaded isn't too heavy for your towing capacity and you'll also want to do a thorough check of your trailer brakes and brake control before leaving. If you'd like to get into more detail on this please contact us at info@hitchweb.com and we're happy to assist! Thank you! Hitchweb Team
mike
Friday, May 12, 2017
Like all else..I cannot figure out what my 2013 z71 4x4 can tow. We have a 4900 pound travel trailer. Can we safely drive 500 miles up hills?
Anonymous
Monday, April 17, 2017
RICK if u upgrade leafs to 2500hd your trk can handle more%uD83D%uDE09 we've proven this and people are following us with swap. Stock leafs are garbage on 1500s
Hitchweb Team
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Hello Eric, Please check your owners manual to determine the capacity of your vehicle, or you can do this by looking up you VIN number and calling the dealership. The aftermarket trailer hitch available for your vehicle has the capability of towing 6,000 lbs. however we cannot confirm that is what your vehicle is rated for.
eric
Thursday, October 13, 2016
I have a 2015 ford f150 xlt supper crew with the 5.0 motor 3.55 rear end with tow package im buying a t jayco white hawk 27 rbok thay weights is 6500 pound will I be able to toe it with out any problems
Hitchweb Team
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Hello Chris, If you can please supply us your VIN number we may be able to find out what your vehicle is capable of towing. In the meantime, you can see the selection of hitches for your vehicle by visiting this URL: https://www.hitchweb.com/chevrolet-silverado-1500-accessories
Chris
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Hello. I own a 2010 Chevy Silverado Z71 4WD..I cannot find anything consistent regarding its max towing capacity. Could you tell me if I can safely tow a trailer weighing 4800lbs. Thanks!
Hitchweb Team
Monday, October 5, 2015
Hello Alan, Please view the link to view the trailer hitches and wiring made for the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback RS Turbo https://www.hitchweb.com/category/CHEV-SO2-TH-15/2015-Chevrolet-Sonic-Hatchback-RS-Trailer-Hitches
Alan
Monday, October 5, 2015
I have a Vechicle chevrolet sonic 2015 turbo hatchback, which hitch should I use, and what is my max tow weight? Tjx
Hitchweb Team
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Hello Chris, Unfortunately, I will not be able to tell you what your vehicle is rated at but if you check your owners manual, it should tell you. You can also contact us with your vehicle's VIN and we can find out for you. In the meantime, here are the trailer hitches that are available for your vehicle: https://www.hitchweb.com/category/DODG-RA-TH-08/2008-Dodge-Ram-Pickup-1500-Trailer-Hitches
Chris
Thursday, August 27, 2015
I have a 2008 dodge 1500 quad cab ST 4x4 with 5.7 Hemi. Can you what is the towing capacity of this truck ? Hoping to be able to pull a toy hauler with max weight at 8000 LBS. Thank you. Regards, Chris Neumann
Hitchweb Team
Monday, June 22, 2015

Hello Jim, You will need to check your owners manual to see exactly how much your vehicle is capable of towing. There are aftermarket trailer hitches for your vehicle rated at 3,500 lbs. Please click on the link to view Trailer Hitches for the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox

 

Jim
Monday, June 22, 2015

I have a 2014 equinox 4 cylinder 6 speed wondering how much weight I can haul thanks.

Hitchweb Team
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Hello Rick, You towing capacity is 9,600 lbs. so the gross trail weight you can pull will be 9,600 lbs. If you need any further information please contact our team at 1.800.300.4067

rick
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I have a 2014 GMC 115004x4 crew cab with max towing capcity of 9600lbs the GVWR is 7200lbs the truck weighs 5200lbs what is my trailer weight that i can pull

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