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Towing Capacity of Trucks

by Charles Green

Pickup trucks are a natural choice for towing a camper, boat or recreational vehicle, due to built-in engineering and construction attributes. There are dozens of truck makes and models on the market, but three full-sized models from Ford, Chevy and Dodge are the most popular with truck owners, including those with a need to tow.

Towing Capacity

Every passenger vehicle has a towing capability, with its capacity determined by the manufacturer. That information usually is listed in your owner's manual.

Ford F-150

Ford's F-Series is the best-selling truck in America, a distinction it has held for more than three decades. Ford offers a number of two- and four-wheel-drive models. Several models have a maximum towing capacity of 11,300 lbs.

Chevy Silverado

The standard Chevrolet Silverado offers a maximum trailer weight rating of 10,700 lbs.

Dodge Ram

The standard Dodge Ram 1500 offers a maximum trailer tow capacity of 10,450 lbs.

Other Trucks

Other full-sized trucks such as the Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan offer towing capacities of 5,200 and 7,400 lbs. respectively.


Read your owner's manual carefully for instructions on how to tow, special equipment needed such as a hitch, factoring in payload and cabin weight.

About the Author

Charles Green is a freelance writer in North Carolina who has been writing since 1992 and freelancing since 2002. His work appears in "435 South Magazine," "Wisconsin Golfer" and for various websites. Green earned a Bacheler of Science in business administration from Ramapo College of New Jersey.

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