Towing Capacity: How to Tow Your RV Safely

Before you start traveling the country in your new Keystone Hideout fifth wheel from Youngblood RV Sales, you’ll need a vehicle that can tow your RV safely.  The key to safely traveling to all your must-see destinations is having the right towing vehicle for your RV.  Learn more about your towing capacity below!

Towing vehicle

Understanding Terms

Before you start to calculate your vehicle’s towing capacity, you need to understand a few terms. You’ll find these most common terms when learning about your RV’s towing weight and your vehicle’s towing capacity. For more information, contact Youngblood RV Sales.

  • 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.

Find Your Vehicle’s Towing Capacity

At Youngblood RV Sales, we offer an easy tool for learning your vehicle’s max towing capacity.  Keep in mind, the max towing capacity of your vehicle will include passengers, liquids, cargo, as well as the RV and anything in the bed of your truck.  To learn your vehicle’s max towing capacity, you’ll need the year, make, and model of your truck.

Truck for towing

Talk to Your Dealer

If you have your heart set on a Grand Design Transcend travel trailer, make sure your personal vehicle can tow it safely.  Talk to your dealer about your towing capacity and find the right RV for you and your family today.

Contact us for more information.

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