What is truck towing capacity?
Truck Towing capacity, sometimes called maximum truck towing capacity, is the maximum allowable weight that a truck can tow. It is specified by the vehicle manufacturer and can usually be found in the owner’s manual. It is calculated by looking at five main areas of your vehicle, namely, the engine, transmission, axles, brakes, and frame. By analyzing these five aspects of a vehicle, you calculate the amount of weight you can tow including the weight of the vehicle and passengers.
Why is Truck Towing Capacity Important?
While exceeding towing capacity can make it difficult for your truck to get up to speed, most vehicles will be able to get it and keep it moving. The real problem comes when you’re trying to stop. Exceeding truck towing capacity can cause all kinds of problems but mainly not being able to brake. The brakes on a vehicle are not designed to work beyond the specified towing capacity, and they simply fail to do the task. Accelerating and braking are not the only problems you’ll face on the road if you exceed towing capacity; swaying can occur with carrying loads that are too large for the tow vehicle. Along with driving problems, there are several mechanical problems. Carrying loads beyond the truck’s towing capacity will greatly reduce vehicle’s lifespan over time. Thus, knowing your truck’s towing capacity is important to overcome all these problems.
Top Pick-ups for towing
There are plenty of reasons people buy big trucks — whether it be for work, recreation, or both. People crave strength, power, and dependability when they’re buying a pickup truck. So it’s generally these traits that automakers focus on when designing latest breeds of the world’s toughest pickups. Whatever the reason be, most buyers looking for trucks in the Heavy Duty section are interested in these trucks’ towing capacities.Here, is a look at the pickup truck market’s top pickups ranked by conventional towing capacity.
Ford F-450 Super Duty
The Ford F-450 Super Duty’s Towing capacity has sharply increased from 31,200 pounds to 32,500 with its optional 6.7 liter turbodiesel V8, which gives 440 horsepower and 925 lb-ft of torque.
The recently updated RAM 3500 is the current leader based on towing capacity. According to Chrysler, the RAM 3500 can tow a whopping 30,000 pounds with the its 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine and the right drive train. In addition to its engine, the RAM’s immense capability comes from a high-strength steel frame and a newly upgraded transmission. The RAM 3500 also offers a helpful rear-view camera on the roof to help line it up with a trailer.
Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD/GMC Sierra 3500 Denali HD
In the right configuration, the heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra can tow more than 23,000 pounds. That’s with the trucks’ available 6.6-liter turbo diesel engine, which makes more than 700 lb-ft of torque. Like the RAM 3500, the heavy-duty Silverado and Sierra also boast a high-strength steel frame that gives them a payload capacity of 7,222 pounds. A heavy-duty Alison transmission makes it possible to pull immense weight.
Ford F-350 Super Duty
Ford’s robust F-350 Super Duty pickup can tow a massive 22,800 pounds in 2-wheel-drive, regular cab guise but only if you go with the truck’s immense 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8, which makes 400 horsepower and an enormous 800 lb-ft of torque. Ford’s heavy-duty TorqShift 6-speed automatic can handle the load efficiently along with a strong chassis designed with heavy trailers in mind.
Among the regular-duty pickups, Ford’s popular F-150 is the best at towing. In the right configuration, its 3.5-liter, turbocharged EcoBoost V6 can tow up to 11,300 pounds. Ford’s EcoBoost engine is no ordinary V6, with 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, towing becomes an easy task. And since it is smaller and lighter than rival engines, it also gives great gas mileage.
Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500
The exact towing capacity of the light-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra is not yet known, but the outgoing models came slightly earlier than the F-150 with a towing capacity of around 11,000 pounds. That figure comes with the truck’s muscular 6.2-liter V8, which makes more than 400 hp and nearly 420 lb-ft of torque.