If you currently have the car that you strategy to tow with, you require to locate a trailer that is inside the weight variety of your car. This was a prevalent dilemma I ran into in the course of my days as an RV Sales Manager. Buyers would come in to acquire a travel trailer only to locate out that their tow car did not have a incredibly fantastic tow rating. It can be particularly frustrating to go out and locate the ideal travel trailer or fifth wheel and then be told that you can not tow it. On the other hand it can be worse if you go to a much less reliable RV dealer and the sales particular person tells you that you can tow it! This takes place just about every day, and this is why you require to be armed with the correct information and facts prior to you get.

It is not my intention to upset any RV dealers, but if you go to a dealership and they never ask you for information and facts about the tow car it would be sensible to go elsewhere. The 1st query my salespeople have been needed to ask was if you currently had a tow car. If so, they would appear in our towing book and recognize the tow capacity for your distinct car. Then we would inform you of your selections. We lost a lot of sales due to the fact the buyer could not safely pull the camper they wanted, but we did not let them to jeopardize themselves or their loved ones.

If you never currently have the tow car, it really is a fantastic notion to locate the camper you want 1st and then get a car that is capable of safely towing it. I will caution you once more, be cautious if you listen to the salesperson at the auto dealership. They are only interested in promoting you a car, and a huge percentage of salespeople do not fully grasp car tow ratings. Contact a reliable RV dealer and ask them to verify the cars tow rating prior to you get it.


I after had a buyer that identified the camper they wanted and went to acquire a new truck. The salesperson told him the truck could tow 10,000 pounds. He went on to show my buyer exactly where 10,000 pounds was stamped into the hitch receiver on the back of the truck. The 10,000 pounds stamped in the receiver is what the receiver itself is rated for. It has certainly nothing at all to do with the tow rating for the truck. My buyer purchased the truck and brought it to us to have the brake manage and wiring accomplished. I looked the truck up in my book and it was rated to tow five,400 pounds. The camper weighed six,000 pounds. I could create a book about stories like this, but our objective is to avert this from taking place to you.

There are a lot of points to look at prior to you get a tow car. How normally do you strategy to tow? Exactly where do you strategy to tow? Is this car going to be utilized strictly for towing, or will you be working with it for each day driving also? Are you interested in a pop-up, travel trailer or fifth wheel? How significantly does the camper you want weigh? After you have answered these inquiries you can begin searching for that ideal tow car.

The manufacturer determines a cars tow rating. It is the maximum quantity of weight that the car can safely tow. The manufacturer requires a lot of components into consideration when figuring out a tow rating. They appear at the cars engine size, transmission, axle ratio, chassis, suspension, brakes, tires, cooling capacity and a lot of other points. Now this might all sound difficult, but the bottom line is how significantly can the car safely tow. Do not assume that just due to the fact you are getting a truck it can tow a lot of weight. Most companies provide cars with tow packages. A tow package upgrades the cars suspension, brakes, tires, and cooling technique. They also add products like engine and transmission oil coolers to shield the cars significant elements when you are towing.