Truck Towing Capacity

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Equipping Your Horse Farm
Horsekeeping On A Small Acreage
Horsekeeping On A Small Acreage

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TRUCK TOWING CAPACITY

It is better to have more truck and not need it than to need more truck and not have it.

The Towing Capacity of a vehicle is very important and must be appropriate for the work. Manufacturers rate each vehicle according to its towing capacity but manufacturers’ ratings are usually based on hauling a static load such as a boat and trailer. The demands on a towing vehicle are greater for live weight than for fixed cargo.

When you are hauling horses, you should plan to haul about 25% less than the maximum load rating. It’s better to have more truck and not need it than to need more truck and not have it.

In general, and especially for interstate driving, the weight of a loaded towing vehicle should be at least 75 percent of the weight of the loaded trailer.

Towing capacity is determined by many factors including wheelbase, vehicle width, engine size, transmission, differential gear ratio, and the vehicle weight.

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