Understanding the Towing and Payload Capacity of a Truck

There are two rating associated with how much weight a truck can carry: Payload and towing. The two ratings refer to the different ways a load can be carried, and understanding the differences between them is important to keeping your truck free from damage.

The towing capacity describes the amount of weight that can be towed by a hitch attached to the bed of a truck or the frame below the bumper. This weight is generally more than the payload rating, which is the weight of the cargo carried in the cab and bed of the truck. Trying to put too much weight into a truck can damage the chassis and suspension.

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