Watch this Summit Racing Quick Flicks video for an easy-to-understand explanation of common towing terms and abbreviations you should know to tow safely and effectively.

You will learn important tow rating terms such as:

  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) which is the maximum tow rating of your specific make and model of vehicle, which includes the vehicle’s curb weight, passengers, accessories, tongue weight, etc.
  • Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) which is the maximum weight of both the truck and trailer combined, including the payloads of both.
  • Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) which is the maximum weight you can put in the truck bed on top of the rear axle, including the weight of the truck itself plus any additional cargo, including passengers.

The video also covers the importance of tongue weight and how to calculate a safe tongue weight range for your vehicle. As an added bonus, you’ll see how a Weigh Safe trailer hitch can help you take the guesswork out of safe towing.

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Author: Matt Griswold

After a 10-year newspaper journalism career, Matt Griswold spent another decade writing about the automotive aftermarket and motorsports. He was part of the original OnAllCylinders editorial team when it launched in 2012.