How Much Towing Capacity Do I Need?

August 20th, 2019 by

2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD exterior shot towing a massive RV trailer on a country highway

Towing Capacity, Trailer Weight, and the Right Model for Your Tow Job

Are you often towing things on the road, whether that be a trailer, RV, boat, or other packages? If so, it’s important to consider how much towing capacity you’ll need when shopping for a truck or SUV. How much towing capacity do you need for your towing needs? We’ll go over your options and what to consider today!

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The Factors of a Towing Job

We’ll shortly get into your vehicle options, but first, it’s important to consider all the components that make up a towing job, which are:

  • Weight of the Trailer/Package 

  • Capability/Towing Capacity of the Vehicle 

  • Type and Condition of Trailer Hitch 

That last point is one that requires special consideration. Trailer hitches are broken down into classes, ranging from lightweight to heavy class outfits. Along with balancing weight between towing capacity and trailer weight, you’ll want to make sure your hitch is up to the job or you can risk damaging your vehicle, damaging your trailer, or a possible break while on the road.

Class 1 Towing Capacity – 2,000 lbs or Less


Towing Packages

Lightweight Aluminum Boat

Personal Watercrafts

Pop-Up Tent Trailers

Small Utility Trailers

Vehicle Examples

Jeep Renegade / Jeep Compass

Honda CR-V

Mazda CX-5

Volkswagen Tiguan


Class 2 Towing Capacity – 3,500 lbs or Less


Towing Packages

Small Campers

Small Outboard Boat

Tent Trailers

Vehicle Examples

Chevy Equinox

Chevy Colorado (Base Engine)

Chrysler Pacifica

Ford Escape

Jeep Wrangler

Toyota Tacoma



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Class 3 Towing Capacity (Weight Carrying) – 6,000 lbs or Less


Towing Packages

Horse Trailers

Ski Boats

Small RVs

Vehicle Examples

Ford Explorer

Jeep Cherokee

Kia Sorento

Nissan Pathfinder

Subaru Ascent



Class 3 Towing Capacity (Weight Distributing) – 10,000 lbs or Less


Towing Packages


Car-Hauling Trailers

Medium-Sized RVs

Vehicle Examples

Chevy Colorado (Upgraded Engine)

Dodge Durango

Ford Expedition

GMC Canyon

Jeep Gladiator




Class 4 Towing Capacity (Weight Carrying) – 10,000 lbs or Less


Towing Packages

Construction Equipment

Fully Stocked Car Trailer

Large Travel Trailer / RV

Vehicle Examples

Chevy Silverado 1500

Ford F-150

GMC Sierra 1500

Nissan Titan

Ram 1500

Toyota Tundra




Above Class 4

Anything at or above a weight of 10,000 lbs and you’ll want to be looking at a heavy-duty truck that’s properly equipped to handle extensive loads and the pressures of the job. For that, we’d recommend the upper tiers of American pickup models, such as the Ford F-350, the Chevy Silverado 3500 HD, and the Ram 3500 HD among other options. Some modern models in the Super Duty or Heavy Duty category of trucks can tow upwards of 35,000 lbs when properly equipped.

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Find the SUV or Truck for Your Tow Job at the Carl Black Hiram Auto Superstore

Looking for your next ride to handle the stress of tow job? Check out our inventory of pre-owned models here at Carl Black Hiram to find the SUV or pickup that’s a perfect fit! You can even look at our lifted trucks inventory, specifically stocking the best in terms of all-terrain and ride height. For more information, please contact us. The Carl Black Hiram staff can be reached online, by phone, or with a visit to our dealership. The Carl Black Hiram dealership is located in Hiram, Georgia within Paulding County and serves the surrounding cities of Marietta, Dallas, Atlanta, and more!