Trailer Towing Dictionary of Terms

Below are some common words and phrases campers have when trying to determine if their vehicle can tow a trailer.


The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, is the maximum allowed weight of an vehicle/automobile/RV, including passengers, cargo, content of holding tanks, etc...

Max Tow Rating

Also know as the Max Towing Capacity, this is the most weight that your vehicle can tow. This weight limit is set by the manufacturer of the vehicle that you plan to tow your trailer with. At Trailer Tow Guide, we use this weight only as the starting point, then account for extra weight to support real life numbers.

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Disclaimer: This is only our recommendation. You need to check your vehicle for the actual tow rating and make sure to also check the sticker in the trailer you plan to tow behind it. The sticker that list the weights on a trailer is usually located behind a cabinet around the sink. The maximum towing capacity is valid only when the vehicle is adequately equipped. This may require engine and/or other drivetrain upgrades. For full disclaimers, please read our Terms of Use.

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