Originally Posted by Francesca
Most manufacturers put out a number that is the total weight that the vehicle can tow.
That's the number you'll find in the charts.
There will be tongue weight limits, too.
There's a lot of debate about how those numbers are arrived at, but disregarding them can have serious consequences when it comes to warranties.
Not to mention that at least according to my Safeco Insurance agent, towing beyond the limits set down by the manufacturer will void an insurance policy.
We ran into this years ago as we were just starting out towing. We had a bought a 1500 Chevy conversion van-the guy told us we could tow just fine with it. Wrong. Traded it in within 18 months and bought a 2500 Suburban. So we learned a lot in the last 25 years about tongue weights, dry weight etc-we aren't going to get sweet talked into anything ever again.
Our camper is showing it's age these days. So I am hoping that next summer we can replace it. If I can get the newer tow vehicle before then-all the better. While the Silverado is great at towing, the 7-9 miles a gallons is just a bit too much to swallow-11mpg around town unloaded. I need the four wheel drive-I am the one that goes out on the roads at 3am to assess the roads to whether school get's closed for snow storms or not. So that adds weight to the equation too.
Going in like the last time-with lots of information and facts to buy the new tow vehicle and camper.