Towing is vital and affects many people’s lives. People typically tow campers, Jet Ski’s trailers, boats and bicycles. Research shows that one in three houses in the United States owns or leases a truck. Nonetheless, towing is an unavoidable process and if handled in a negligent manner could lead to serious accidents.
There are three terms used in towing that you must know to help you understand how it works so as to avoid any accidents that may be caused due to lack of information.
1. The Gross Combined Weight Rating
2. Loading weight
3. Maximum towing capacity
1. The Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) is a towing term you must know especially if you tow heavy loads. The GCWR is the specific weight determined by the manufacturer to be the maximum weight of a loaded towing vehicle. This simply means that the weight of the tow vehicle and the trailer should never exceed the GCWR specified by the manufacturer. You must remember that the GCWR is not the combined weight of the trailer and tow vehicle but the combined maximum weight the two can be. The GCWR is found on the vehicle ID plate so as for it to be visible to other drivers.