Terms That All Drivers Should Know Before Hauling a Load

There are a few different terms that you must familiarize yourself with before you tow a trailer or fill up the bed of your truck with a heavy load. In addition to potentially damaging your truck, an improper load is also going to increase your risk of a serious accident. Here is a quick look at a few of the differences between payload capacity, towing capacity, and gross combined vehicle weight rating (GCVWR).

These terms seem similar, but they are actually quite different. Your truck’s payload is the total amount of weight that it can carry in the cabin and bed. The towing capacity, on the other hand, is how much weight can be pulled behind the vehicle. Its GCVWR is the maximum weight of the loaded vehicle and trailer combined.

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