Originally Posted by wandering1
The true towing capacity of your tow vehicle is the capacity published by the manufacturer ...
Baloney! The towing capacity published by the manufacturer is extremely misleading for most folks that will load the truck an camper for a family camping trip. They all include a fine-print caveat that you should NEVER
exceed either the GCWR or GVWR of the tow vehicle. But very few read and understand the fine print - most folks assume the tow rating is gospel.
The "tow rating" is proclaimed in bold print, but the tow rating ignores the GVWR. And the tow rating assumes a new truck with absolutely no options that aren't required to achieve the GCWR of the tow vehicle, and the only weight in the tow vehicle is a skinny driver. No passengers, pets, tools, jacks, campfire wood, nothing.
For example, my F-150's tow rating is 8,400 pounds, but I'm overloaded over the GVWR of my F-150 with my small TT that grosses only 4,870 pounds on the road. So much for the towing capacity published by the manufacturer.