Don't Confuse Towing Capacity With Payload Capacity

When buying a truck, it's important to know the difference between towing and payload capacity. If you add too much weight to the truck, you risk cracking and damaging the frame. You can also damage the rear axle and other components.

The towing capacity is how much weight the truck can tow behind it on a trailer. For example, if a truck has a 7,000lb towing capacity you can put 7,000lbs of freight on a trailer and tow it comfortably. Although, you might need a few upgrades to tow that amount of weight.

The payload capacity is the combined weight of all your cargo. This includes everything in the bed of the truck and the cab. Don't forget about the weight of all your passengers and your own weight. The payload capacity is typically a lot less than towing capacity because all the payload rests on the frame of the truck.

 

 

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