Oakton Flat bed towingTowing Capacity

The towing capacity of your car is the maximum amount of weight it can safely pull. This may not seem like a lot, but keep in mind that every pound counts when you are hauling something heavy.

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)

Your tow vehicle and trailer have their own Gross Vehicle Weights, which means there’s no need to worry about topping off a flatbed.

GVWR stands for gross weight rating- the maximum amount of mass your car can carry while sitting still. It takes into account how strong its frame is as well as what type or suspension it has in place so you won’t damage anything when driving on rough terrain with heavy cargo loaded up behind.

Your Towing Capacity also varies depending upon these two factors: The total vertical force pressing down onto that particular set of axles (this includes everything from engine torque at high speeds right down low-end muscle power), plus any horizontal forces applied through the hitch cord by pulling in opposing directions against them based respectively either

Gross Trailer Weight (GTW)

Your Gross Trailer Weight is the total weight of all its cargo.

Towing a trailer is not just about towing. You need to know that your Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) will be the total weight, and this includes any cargo in tow as well! If you have an excessive GTW for your vehicle’s capacity then there are likely going to be problems with control because of how much strain could potentially happen on both ends.

Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating (GCVWR)

The GCVWR is the maximum weight your tow vehicle and trailer can have combined, both loaded with all cargo. The GVWRs for a single unit is in addition to each individual’s respective WLL (weight limitations) when being pulled by another vehicle or even if they’re transporting their own load over rough terrain such as dirt roads.

Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR)towing service Oakton

The gross axle weight rating (or GAWR) is the maximum number of total pounds one set of tires can support. This number will almost always show differences between the front and rear axles; however, they may also be different materials or diameters which means some cars might not have a 50-50 distribution ratio in their trailer’s load ratings.

Tongue Weight

Tongue weight is the force pushing down on a trailer hitch by any object being hauled. This can change depending on where in the tow vehicle it’s located and how much of an impact that area has with respect to distribution loading, but usually stays fairly consistent throughout most motion while driving or even staying at about 2 pounds per square foot (PSF).

Curb Weight

Curb weight is the total weight of a vehicle and all its fluids, but with no people or cargo inside. Curb weights can differ greatly from GVWRs since they do not include the mass that needs to be carried by the vehicle.

Dry Weight

Dry weight is a measurement of how much your tow vehicle weighs without any fluids or cargo. You don’t need to know the exact number, as most calculations only count on the empty truck and trailer for distance traveled during transport

What You Need To Know About Car Towing