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Towing Capacity Information

Towing capacity information can help to ensure that you're fully aware of the different factors affecting your vehicle while it is towing. Make sure that you're towing safely by checking out all of the different towing capacity information.

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What does it mean to call a pickup truck a '1/2 ton truck' (also known as a 'half-ton truck')?

Pickup trucks come in all sorts of sizes and options -- big ones, small ones, short ones and tall ones. Understanding all the choices and lingo can be confusing. So what does half-ton truck really mean?


For towing, what's more important, horsepower or torque?

One can easily understand why car enthusiasts spend so much time debating the advantages of torque versus horsepower. The debate boils down to one question: Would you rather simply have the work done or done quickly? See more »

How can a 5,000-pound truck tow 10,000 pounds?

The laws of physics explain how easily a truck can successfully tow a load twice its size. All you need to do is provide the force needed to overcome your vehicle's state of rest. See more »

Is it possible to increase the towing capacity of a truck?

When the Eagles sang "Take It to the Limit," they weren't referring to your car's towing capacity. There's a rating that defines how much weight your car can handle. Heed this magic number, and you'll be taking it easy on the highway. See more »

What happens to a truck if it tows more than its capacity?

You must make sure that your cargo is light enough to tow it safely. You risk transmission damage and traffic accidents when you exceed your vehicle's towing capacity. See more »

5 10,000-Pound Items That Get Towed on a Regular Basis

Heavy-duty items that get towed along roads in your community are limited to huge trucks, right? If you're not aware of your vehicle's towing capacity or of how heavy your innocuous load is, you might heaving a load better left to a semi. See more »

How Oversize Loads Work

We've all got dreams. Yours is to move your double-wide trailer to a plot of land in the desert. How will you truck your oversize load from the trailer park to the Mojave? See more »

How Overweight Loads Work

Have you ever followed a tractor-trailer over a bridge and worried the bridge would break? What you're tailing is an overweight load, and you're right to be concerned about the damage it's doing. See more »

5 Ridiculously Heavy Towing Jobs

If these colossal feats of towing don't blow your mind, they'll have you scratching your head, at least. Some are acts of superhuman strength, and others use contraptions to get the job done. See more »

Back to school: Should you rent a U-Haul or pay movers?

Fall brings a bite to the air, some crunch to the leaves -- and a new crop of college kids to the dorms. When it comes to lugging that futon, should you pay for a truck or some manpower? See more »

What is the most commonly towed item in the world?

On a long road trip, it can be easy for your mind to wander. When the audio book isn't holding your attention, the trailer full of horses might give you pause. What's the most commonly towed item in the world? See more »