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Towing capacity is frequently misunderstood. The fact is there are so many acronyms and various factors based on the truck, it’s easy to get confused. To make …

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  1. A lot of numbers here, but I think this is the best explanation of them that I've seen! Many people told me that a one ton was too much truck, but you've confirmed for me that's exactly what we'll need!

  2. 0:18 This is the most exiting video I have seen so far on towing capacity and definitely not boring. Imagine the peace of mind knowing you are driving your rig down the road within limits.

  3. The sheets are incredibly helpful. Not only does it provide peace of mind, but by understanding more about the truck and its specs, you can see when it's possible to upgrade the components (such as gear ratio) vs upgrading the truck. Right now we have enough truck for what we're pulling by a few hundred pounds. If we wanted more trailer, we have the option to upgrade the axles before looking at a new truck. Good stuff.

  4. Marc, great video and I am with all your calculations but do have one question. Doesn't a weight distribution hitch like the Equalizer or Blue Ox take about 10-15% of tongue weight an redistribute to the TV front axle and Trailer rear axle? If correct you would actually be able to carry more in your truck bed.

  5. Well, I might (might?) be a little slow, but, after watching this "X" amount of times (your guess is too low), I've concluded that I NOW understand it. Just to ensure I'm right, let me ask one question:
    I will identify Tow Veh Payload as "A", Towable RV Veh Hitch Weight as "B", Tow Veh Total payload (minus hitch weight) as "C", and Tow Veh Available Payload as "D".

    My formula to determine the final Available Payload for any given circumstance is:
    A-B= "X" (since X will be probably be different for almost everyone.)
    then, X-C=D

    Pls advise if this is correct or I should jump off the next bridge I come to. 🙂 Thanks!!

  6. Great video. Thanks for creating it. I didn't read all 2k+ comments but my understanding is that you can lower your tongue weight and payload by shifting more weight to the rear of the trailer. Obviously, you need to do that CAREFULLY so you don't lower your tongue weight below the recommended 10-15% and risk increasing the likelihood of sway. We have a toyhauler and the tongue weight is 15% of the trailer when empty. I'm assuming they build TH heavy in front because they know most buyers will add weight to the rear of the trailer with their toys. So, if your tow vehicle GVWR and payload are over the limits can't you lower those figures by increasing weight in the back? Again, only by doing so in a safe manner.

  7. I"m that guy who gets to work at a large non profit disaster response, faith based org. 
    I also get to train staff and volunteers how to safely operate everything from chainsaws to forklifts to semis. 
    Your detailed explinations will help me train better drivers. 
    Drivers who drive into hurricanes towing large trailers. Thanks.

  8. Hi Marc, thank you so much for all of the information. Question…in your example you stated 300lbs. of cargo in your vehicle. How do you calculate the weight of the cargo in your rig into this spreadsheet?

  9. If you're over with your gvwr…couldn't you take your cargo from truck and put in your trailer? You had plenty left in trailer…if you put cargo behind the axles on travel trailer, wouldn't that work…or am I completely missing something?

  10. Please look into the GVWR as it compares to the total of the GAWR. Why is GVWR 10,000 lbs instead of the 11,200 lbs? GAWR total minus the curb weight should be the payload, but no it's the GVWR minus the payload. where does the GVWR come from? someone suggested it's is for transportation roadway design concerns. I'm not sure what to believe. Thank you.

  11. I have watched a few of your videos, I own a pick-up truck,
    What I have learned from your videos
    I'll never ever buy/rent/lease a trailer – ever –
    Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh Buddy

  12. So, if I have a 2021 Toyota Highlander with a 5000 lb towing capacity, and a payload capacity of 1685 lbs, how heavy of a travel trailer can I safely tow?

  13. I have been ALL over the internet, and my hopes got dashed. That 5th wheel my wife and I had our hearts set on simply won't work based on the math. Had I not stumbled upon your channel and this specific video, I would not have been able to explain it to her (or myself). So, we will go find the TT that works for us. Truck payload values are humbling and deceiving. I even went to a CAT scale today and to my utter dismay, my 2021 Ram 2500 CTD Megcab Laramie has a curb weight of a whopping 8420# (sticker on RAMs do not show curb weight). My GVWR is 10,000. My sticker says my payload is a lousy 1878#. That 5th wheel's pin weight alone was 1310 dry…. I need a hug. But hey, we'll be safer and so will everyone else around us. Thanks again!

  14. This is a solid video. I’ve seen so many “walk through” videos by salesmen that are listed as “1/2 Ton RVs!” Then they never talk about hitch weight, payload, GVW, etc. when you talk to a dealer they’ll pump the dry weight, mention nothing else, sell a dry weight RV that already maxes out the owners vehicle. Because the RVs are dry when they leave the lot, and they don’t give a s&*t after the inks dry

  15. A good topic is how many national and state parks have length limits on trailers. It’s a real thing and seriously cuts into where you can go.

    I see people not understand how to match their vehicle to a safe trailer, and they get sold on dry weight and overload their vehicle. So they get tired of over heating etc, and buy a bigger truck. Now they have excess, so they start looking at bigger RVs. Wash, rinse, repeat.

    It drives my wife crazy, but I’m always trying to cut down. 70% of my maximum, it reduces mechanical issues with my vehicle. Shorter trailer, I can go more places. Soon as my kids graduate, I’m getting a tear drop or short fiberglass. Go anywhere, opens up unpaved road options. Or fiberglass, cuts down on maintenance by a lot. Simple simple simple. It takes as much work to save a dollar as it takes to make a dollar.

  16. Awesome video, thanks for making all this easier to wrap my brain around. I have a beautiful older truck… 1994 Silverado C3500, Long Box, Crew Cab Dually with a 6.5L Turbo Diesel. We are retired and looking to match it up with a 5th wheel or travel trailer. This video will make that process a lot easier. – New Subscriber


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