Pulling Weight

You need to know your Pulling Weight. If you’re planning on pulling an RV (or a car), there are some numbers you are going to need to know.

Pulling Weight

Your vehicle has a total weight it can handle. It’s called the GWVR. Mine is 9730 (pounds). But the vehicle weighs about 7300. So this means, I can carry about 2400. This includes cargo weight, people, and the tongue weight of the vehicle I am towing. Tongue weight is NOT the total weight of the tow vehicle.

There should also be a figure on how much you can tow. There will actually be 2 numbers for this, 1 for the weight and 1 for the weight with independent brakes. For example, my Toyota CRV could pull 1500, but if I had independent brakes on the trailer/tow vehicle, I could top upto 3500. But in order to have that, you also need to have a tow package.

A tow package can include an oil cooler, stronger suspension, and brake control. If you don’t have brake control, then even if the trailing vehicle has independent brakes, then they will be disabled.

In my case, I purchased a 2009 Silverado 2500 HD. If a vehicle has either 1500 or 150 (ie F150) in the name, then it’s considered a half-ton truck. 2500 or 250 is a 3/4 ton truck, and a 3500 or 350 is a 1 ton truck. This refers to the size of the engine and how much is can pull. The HD stands for Heavy Duty – which means it has the oil cooler, brake control, and heavy duty suspension. I also have a vortec engine, which also helps in pulling.

Knowing what your towing vehicle can pull in weight, how much weight on the tongue, and the total weight you can take in your bed, will make a huge difference on what you can purchase.

At this point, I should also mention that there are some RVs that are in the 15k weight class, which means that my 3/4 ton, won’t be able to pull it, without causing severe wear and tear on the towing vehicle, which could include excessively worn tires, issues with the brakes, or even the transmission and/or engine, possibly even a broken or cracked axle.

In other words, shop and know your figures before buying the RV – or even your truck. Don’t get caught up in the moment, and DON’T believe the salesman when he tells you your vehicle can pull X weight. You need to research for yourself the actual Pulling Weight.

2 Responses to Pulling Weight

  1. Peter Jenerette says:

    We are close to in the same boat, just not living or retiring in our TT . In August we purchased a new truck, and in October, took delivery of our new TT.

    Went for our first trip the weekend before Thanksgiving, and overnighted 3 nights (4 days) to learn. We too have picked up a couple of hard way lessons over those three days, but nothing like the freezing temps.

    I will be reading regularly, so keep it up. (You’re original reddit post is what kept me from turning on both tanks on this trip). But, a youtube video that told me to make sure I properly strap down the battery cover, which i watched last the night before departure did not prevent me from losing it. Lessons, they will be learned.

    • admin says:

      Thanks for the commend. Yes, there are many more stories to come, lol. Sadly there have been quite a few and the freezing temperatures got worse – but that’s a story for another day.

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