Get on the Road Safely with Our Easy Tow Guide

One way you can vacation with peace of mind is to understand your vehicle’s towing capacity – and to choose a new or used RV accordingly. You’re not on your own in this! We make the process easy to understand and navigate. Here’s how to calculate your towing capacity so that you can choose the right RV for your vehicle without the worry of engine strain.

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Determining Your Towing Capacity

It’s easy! Using our tow guide, all you have to do is input the year, make, and model of your vehicle. Our towing capacity generator instantly tells you what your maximum towing capacity is. One important thing to remember is that this capacity includes the following:

  • Tank liquids
  • Packed luggage and supplies
  • Passenger weight

All of these things add weight to the RV, so it’s important to keep a margin when considering which RV to purchase.

Once you have put in your towing vehicle information, click on the “Find an RV I Can Tow” button. The search returns will give you all the RVs in our inventory that qualify for your vehicle’s towing capacity! Click here to get started with determining your towing capacity.

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Extra Terms to Familiarize Yourself With

Besides “towing capacity,” there are several terms it’s best to become familiar with when shopping for a new or used RV and knowing which one is right for your vehicle. When you take a look at the specifications on an RV for sale, here are a few terms you’ll see and what they mean:

  • Dry Weight/Shipped Weight – The weight of the RV as shipped from the manufacturer without any passengers, cargo, liquids, or additional accessories or dealer installed options.
  • Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) – The current combined weight of the RV (dry weight) plus passengers, cargo, and liquids.
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) – The maximum allowed weight of an Vehicle/RV, including passengers, cargo, fluids, etc..
  • Cargo Weight – The total weight of all passengers, food, clothing, liquids, accessories, etc.. that you might put into your RV.
  • Tongue/Hitch Weight – The weight/pressure applied from the trailer tongue/coupler to the conventional/bumper hitch on your vehicle.
  • Pin Weight – This is often referred to as the weight/pressure applied from fifth wheel king pin to the hitch in the bed of your truck.
  • Payload Capacity – For Trucks the amount of weight you can safely add to the bed of the truck. Your Fifth Wheels Hitch Weight or Pin Weight plus the actual weight of hitch plus any other accessories you have in the bed of the truck must not exceed the Payload Capacity amount. Confirm Payload Capacity with your vehicle’s manufacturer.
  • Max Towing Capacity – The maximum weight limit that can safely be towed by your specific vehicle. This weight is calculated by adding the RV’s GVW with weight of all passengers, cargo, and liquids in your tow vehicle.

Contact us today if you have any questions about your vehicle’s towing capacity. Getting you on the road safely is our top priority!

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