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Can My Vehicle Tow A Trailer?

When it comes to towing, you probably think of pickup trucks or fleets of work vehicles. While these are indeed popular choices for those who tow on a regular basis, they’re not the only vehicles that can tow trailers around with a hitch mount. In fact, most vehicles are capable of towing heavy loads around for various tasks. If you’re wondering if your car can tow a trailer, here’s what you need to know.

Can All Vehicles Tow Trailers?

While some vehicles are manufactured with towing capabilities, most cars, trucks, jeeps, etc. are outfitted with a towing kit by the vehicle’s owner. A towing kit generally contains a long bar with a receiver. It’s attached under the rear of a vehicle where it holds the ball mount used to tow trailers, campers, and other heavy loads. 

Contrary to popular belief, these kits can be added to most vehicles, allowing them to tow around various loads. However, not all vehicles have the same towing capacity. Some bigger vehicles like trucks can tow huge campers, while smaller vehicles may only be able to haul around smaller loads like open-frame trailers full of yard work and debris. To identify what your vehicle can handle, you need to understand its towing capacity. 

Understanding Towing Capacity

Your towing capacity refers to the maximum weight and size your vehicle is capable of safely hauling around. Larger vehicles tend to have higher towing capacities, while smaller vehicles can handle less weight. To select the appropriate towing hitch, you need to understand your specific vehicle’s limits. 

You can gain insight into your car’s towing capacity by looking at its gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) which is often located on the inside of your driver side door. You can also look in your vehicle’s opener manual to find out this information. 

Once you’ve indemnified your vehicle’s rate, you can begin shopping for a hitch and towing kit that is appropriate for your car. Trailer hitches come in different classes with different sized ball mounts, each appropriate for different vehicles. Always shop within your vehicle’s range to avoid any accidents on the road.

Increasing Your Cars Towing Capacity

If you feel limited by your vehicle’s towing capacity, there are ways to increase it, although if these modifications are done poorly they can result in a serious accident. Improvements such as a new exhaust system and programmer will help increase your vehicle’s overall horsepower and torque. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your vehicle’s current towing capacity, reach out to a qualified hitch expert.

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This Limited Lifetime Warranty does not cover the following:

  • normal wear and tear 
  • the finish on the product  →  wear around the shank of the hitch, the ball mount & the pintle saddle is inevitable and should be expected with normal use of the hitch due to metal on metal contact from trailer couplers / lunette rings
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    • failure to utilize the product in compliance with it’s User Manual
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