When thinking about renting a trailer, it is vital to have a solid understanding of your vehicle’s towing abilities. We talked with moving and safety specialists to get some answers to the most crucial questions you may have when it comes to knowing your towing capacity.
There are two vital factors that affect your vehicle’s total towing capability. They are:
- Your vehicle’s curb weight. If you are utilizing a single-axle trailer without brakes (most common), then your vehicle should weigh as much or greater than the fully-loaded trailer weight.
- Your towing equipment. Your towing equipment will have its own definite towing capacity which must be listed right on the hitch system.
You should take into account the lowest of the two to be your maximum towing capacity.
The vehicle’s curb weight is the basis for trailer selection. Your loaded trailer can’t weigh more than that number if it’s a single axle trailer. A double-axle braked trailer can weigh up to 25% more than your curb weight. U-haul offers an easy online qualification guide to help you pick what trailers can be paired with your vehicle.
It is critical not to overload your trailer. If you overload the trailer, then you could have problems with braking, vehicle handling, or stopping. While there are many safeguard features built in to the trailer and hitch systems, it’s still never good to overload your trailer.
If you stay within the ratings offered by your trailer manufacturer when towing a trailer, then it won’t be any difference if your vehicle has front or rear-wheel drive. With car haulers, there are two types of trailers and they have a dissimilar qualification process. It will make a difference if your vehicle is front or rear wheel drive. You might want to take a look at the manufacturer’s website.