PA RV Dealer
215-723-3121
Souderton, PA
RV Dealership Hours
Monday: 9am - 8pm
Tues - Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 4pm
Sunday: Closed

Trailer Towing Guide

    • Understanding your vehicle’s tow rating capacity is critical to choosing the right RV for you and your family.

    • Towing your next RV safely down the road will depend on having the right tow vehicle and RV combination.

How much can your tow vehicle safely tow? That is a very important question when it comes to shopping for a new travel trailer or fifth wheel. If your tow vehicle is under sized, you could experience poor handling, excessive wear on your vehicle, and unsafe driving conditions. Needless to say, finding a good match for your tow vehicle is crucial for your towing experience as well as your safety. Before buying a travel trailer or fifth wheel, know and understand your limits.  Your vehicles towing capacity is a vital part of the equation in finding the perfect trailer.

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Attention: Your vehicle's max towing capacity includes passenger weight, added accessories, any current liquids in tanks, and any cargo you've added such as food, clothes, chairs, grills, games, tools, etc.. For purposes of Find an RV I can Tow, we've allowed 1000 lbs for RVs over 8000 lbs, 750 lbs for RVs under 8000 lbs, and 500 lbs for RVs under 5000 lbs for average Cargo Weight. Always confirm your specific tow vehicles towing capacity directly from your vehicle's manufacturer before purchasing or tow an RV. You are responsible for the decision to operate your vehicle and any RV you may tow. If your specific vehicle is not listed, please contact us for assistance.

Terms & Definitions

  • 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.


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