Towing Capacity

Towing and Payload Capacities Database

Understanding the towing capacity of your vehicle

Towing capacity answers the question how much weight your vehicle is rated to tow. This is a crucial knowledge if you consider buying a proper RV.

Traditionally indicated on the driver's inside door frame, Gross Vehicle Weight Rating provides the information about the maximum weight that the given vehicle can tow.

If you are lazy enough or the vehicle is not near you, make use of our comprehensive database to retrieve the same information for any vehicle out there.

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Towing terminology and definitions

Curb weight

indicates the maximum weight of the car as it was built in the factory including when it was fully fueled as well as other types of fluids contained in it.

Tow Rating

captures the maximum weight limit determined by the manufacturer which the car can safely tow.

Gross vehicle weight

captures the maximum weight limit determined by the manufacturer which the car can safely tow.

Gross combined weight rating

includes the manufacturer's limitations on the maximum gross weight limit of the fully loaded vehicle and its trailer.

Gross vehicle weight rating

captures the maximum allowed weight of the vehicle that it can operate at with passengers, fluids, cargo but excludes the weight of the RV.

How to Find the Weight of Different Trailers

Once you know the weight and towing capacity for your vehicle, you'll want to look at your trailer weight. The GTW, GVWR and GAWR should be listed on the VIN plate. Some common trailer weight estimates are as follows:

Aluminum boat trailer

  • Aluminum boat trailer, 12-15 feet: 200 pounds
  • Aluminum boat trailer, 16-20 feet: 300 pounds

Fiberglass boat trailer

  • Fiberglass boat trailer up to 17 feet: 200 pounds
  • Fiberglass boat trailer, 18-20 feet: 300 pounds
  • Fiberglass boat trailer, 21-22 feet: 570 pounds

Utility trailer

  • 8-foot single-axle utility trailer: 320 pounds
  • 10-foot single-axle utility trailer: 360 pounds
  • 12-foot tandem axle utility trailer: 1,200 pounds
  • 16-foot tandem axle utility trailer: 1,300 pounds
  • 20-foot tandem axle utility trailer: 1,500 pounds

Bumper pull horse trailer

  • Bumper pull horse trailer containing one horse: 1,800 pounds
  • Bumper pull horse trailer containing two horses: 3,100 pounds
  • Bumper pull horse trailer containing four horses: 4,500 pounds


  • Gooseneck pull 16-foot livestock trailer: 3,500 pounds
  • Gooseneck pull 20-foot livestock trailer: 4,000 pounds
  • Gooseneck pull 28-foot livestock trailer: 5,000 pounds

5th wheel

  • 26-foot 5th wheel: 5,900 pounds
  • 31-foot 5th wheel: 7,800 pounds
  • 35-foot 5th wheel: 10,200 pounds


  • 17-foot camper: 2,300 pounds
  • 23-foot camper: 4,200 pounds
  • 30-foot camper: 4,800 pounds

Recreational vehicle trailer

  • Recreational vehicle trailer: 8 feet 350 pounds
  • Recreational vehicle trailer: 14 feet 980 pounds

Toy hauler

  • Toy hauler 20 feet: 4,100 pounds
  • Toy hauler 28 feet: 6,600 pounds
  • Toy hauler 37 feet: 12,000 pounds

Important things to note:

When using max towing capacity as a way of defining which RVs the car can safely tow, such aspects as optional equipment, the weight of the passengers, and weight of the cardo need to be accounted for.

The vehicle's towing capacity should never be exceeded as that can easily impact the vehicle's breaking capability or even proceed to interfere with the drivetrain.

Always check on your trailer weight rating and tow vehicle's trailer weight before purchasing the vehicle.

Strategies of determining your vehicle's towing capacity

Always start with owner's manual. This is the case as the owner's manual will give you not only tips for safe towing but also detailed instructions.

But in case you have lost your owner's manual, then our chart can help you with your towing needs. Towing tip – the 2WD type of vehicles tend to have higher towing capabilities than 4WD and AWD. The reason for this is the fact that 4WD are ways heavier when compared to 2WD models which means they come with an extra axle and extra drive shaft.

How to calculate your trailer's weight

When calculating the trailer's weight against vehicle's towing capacity, always add the weights of the passengers, cargo, and all other forms of gear. This is when the tongue weight comes in indicating the amount of the resultant downward pressure that is being placed on the exact hitch point.

A well loaded trailer will always have the correct tongue weight which will, in turn, improve the overall handling capability of the trailer.
Our towing capacity chart provides the towing capacity by make, model, and the year.