One of the most important things to consider when shopping for a new or used RV is your vehicle’s towing capacity. It’s essential to pick an RV that your vehicle can safely and easily tow. But how do you figure out what your vehicle’s towing capacity is? Our handy tow guide can help you make sure you’re staying safe on the road and keeping your vehicle’s engine isn’t being strained.
The process of determining your vehicle’s tow rating capacity isn’t difficult or complicated. Simply start here and enter in a few details on your vehicle, including the year, make, and model/trim.
We’ll walk you through the process. As an example, let’s say you drive a 2018 Ford F150 SuperCab Standard Bed. This will generate several options that look something like this:
You’ll want to scroll and find your particular vehicle’s drivetrain, engine, and axle/gear ratio, among a few other details. Once you find your particular vehicle in the list, click the “Find an RV I Can Tow” button in the bottom righthand corner.
You’ll also be given a prompt at this point for your acknowledgement that although the search returns should meet the standards for your towing vehicle, certain variables may apply, and you shouldn’t hesitate to ask one of our RV specialists for help if you have any questions. Then, you’ll be directed to a landing page which lists all of the new or used RVs for sale in our inventory that your vehicle should be able to safely tow.
Terms & Definitions
Something important to understand is what the various terms and definitions mean when referring to an RV’s weight. We spell each of these out in greater detail on our tow guide page, but the terms you’ll want to be familiar with include the following:
- Dry Weight/Shipped Weight
- Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)
- Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
- Cargo Weight
- Tongue/Hitch Weight
- Pin Weight
- Payload Capacity
- Max Towing Capacity