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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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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.


How bad is it if I tow more than my truck's towing capacity?

How bad is it if I tow more than my truck's towing capacity?

Truck towing capacity is the amount of weight your truck can sufficiently bear. Learn why ignoring the truck towing capacity will damage your pickup. See more »

How will towing affect my gas mileage?

How will towing affect my gas mileage?

Towing and gas mileage don't make a good match and will affect your wallet. Learn how towing and gas mileage will affect your next cross-country trip. See more »

Will towing a trailer damage my vehicle?

Will towing a trailer damage my vehicle?

Towing damage is a worry when you're road tripping with a load attached to your vehicle. What kind of towing damage are you looking at if you do it wrong? See more »

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

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

A 1/2 ton truck is a pickup truck with a certain curb weight and payload capacity. Learn about what makes a truck a half-ton truck. See more »

How Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) Works

How Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) Works

Gross trailer weight is something that every driver of a towed vehicle should know. Learn what gross trailer weight is and how to find it at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Tongue Weight Works

How Tongue Weight Works

Tongue weight is an important factor to consider when towing. Learn what tongue weight is and how to calculate it at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Torque Converters Work

How Torque Converters Work

The torque converter allows the transmission to shift gears in an automatic transmission. Learn about the torque converter and see pictures of a torque converter. See more »

How Force, Power, Torque and Energy Work

You find references to force, power, torque and energy all over the HowStuffWorks site. Learn what these terms really mean and how they relate to one another. See more »