How Much Towing Capacity Do I Really Need?

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Towing Is Simple When You Have the Right Tools for the Job 

Towing doesn’t have to be a mysterious science of guesswork and estimation. In fact, once you know what you’ll routinely be towing, the job of finding the right vehicle for the task is surprisingly simple.

Car shoppers who plan on towing lighter things, like personal watercraft or lightweight camping trailers, don’t need to shell out big money for heavy-duty pickup trucks. That’s what we call towing overload, folks. On the other hand, if your towing needs are more extreme, and involve getting something like a full-size RV or construction equipment from one place to another, the added expense of a heavy-duty truck is essential to getting the job done.

Let’s take a look at things to know before you tow. This includes some towing lingo, the capacities of some of today’s most popular trucks and SUVs, along with handy explanations for tools of the towing trade.

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