How Do Towing and Payload Capacities Differ

When it comes to power, there are a few different ways to describe the capabilities of a truck. At Schrier Automotive in Omaha, NE, we have several different models available with differing payload and towing capacities. What exactly do these two numbers describe?

Payload refers to how much weight a truck can carry. This includes any items - and people - in the cabin and truck bed. The payload is determined by subtracting the truck's weight from its Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.

In contrast, towing capacity describes how much weight a vehicle can pull behind it. This is often at least a few thousand pounds, and it could soar higher than 10,000 pounds with heavy-duty trucks. Towing capacity is related to the power of the engine and the strength of the frame. Remember to factor in the weight of your trailer when figuring out how much you can load.

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