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A key aspect of buying a towable RV is understanding the tow rating of your current (or future) vehicle. Pay attention to the automobile’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (normally found on a sticker inside the driver’s side door frame). This number is the maximum weight your vehicle should tow.
You don’t want to fall in love with an RV only to find out the RV is too heavy for your vehicle to safely tow. To help you find the right RV, please use our Vehicle Tow Rating Finder as well as our Glossary of Terms.
What is the towing capacity of my vehicle?
RV Dry Weight + Passenger’s Weight + Cargo + Liquids = Total Weight
Total weight must not exceed towing capacity.
Important: When using max towing capacity to determine which RVs your vehicle can safely tow, remember that passenger weight, optional equipment, and additional cargo needs to be added into the equation. Do not exceed your vehicle’s towing capacity because doing so can affect your vehicle’s stopping ability, handling, or possibly even damage the drivetrain. You should always obtain your tow vehicle’s trailer weight and trailer weight rating from the appropriate manufacturer before purchasing or towing a trailer and you are responsible for your purchase and operation of your tow vehicle and/or trailer.
The weight of the RV without any liquids, passengers, or cargo. Manufacturers weigh new units before shipping them to Gander RV and record that weight as the Dry Weight. It is similar to Curb Weight for automobiles.
The combined weight of the automobile (Curb Weight), plus liquids, passengers, cargo, and, when towing an RV, the RV’s tongue weight. Note: When towing an RV, the entire weight of the trailer is not considered to be part of the automobile’s Gross Vehicle Weight, but the tongue weight is part of the automobile’s Gross Vehicle Weight.
The manufacturer’s rating of the maximum weight limit that can safely be towed by your specific vehicle. Weight is calculated by adding the RV’s Gross Vehicle Weight with the weights of passengers, liquids or cargo in your vehicle.