Is the Real Tow Capacity of Your Truck What You Think It Is?

24
June
2016
Tow rating standards are overrated.
 
If you've got a used truck manufactured prior to 2011, then the tow rating you were given for it will be difficult to compare to a truck of a different make. It's not that automakers lied about their given tow ratings, just that the ratings can be calculated different ways.
 
Most truck manufacturers now adhere to SAE J2807 -- a document that sets forth universal standards for estimating tow capacity, by the Society of Automotive Engineers. However, as Autoblog reveals, even these standards have their limits, leaving many drivers in the dark about their vehicle's real-world capability.
 
SAE J2807 assumes the vehicle will be loaded with a driver and one passenger, weighing 150 pounds each, and 70 pounds of cargo. While this may be more realistic than some estimates that used unloaded curb weight to calculate tow capacity, if you are hauling a camper behind your truck, there's a good chance you have more than one passenger, and more than 70 pounds worth of tents, food, fishing gear, and ATVs.
 
The document also makes a low-ball assumption of tongue weight, and does not account for heavier trim levels or packages that may be installed.
 
At Fiesta Motors, we want you to have a positive experience towing, without ending up at our service center after every vacation. Our expert team of automotive professionals can help you figure out how much your truck or SUV can safely handle, so be sure to ask if you plan on pushing the tow rating's limits.

We'll even help with financing if you want a new truck or to trade one in. 
 
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