What's The Difference Between Towing Capacity and Payload Capacity?

by Sisbarro Truck Store
12/16/2019 - Las Cruces, NM

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 towing a trailer

If you've had your eye on a capable used Ram, Dodge, Ford, or Chevrolet truck for sale or recently visited our used truck dealer in Las Cruces, then you've most likely come across the phrases towing capacity and payload capacity. While they may sound similar, these two are not interchangeable and can actually affect each other. Read on to get a better understand of and learn the difference between these two truck terms before your next vehicle purchase!

What Does Towing Capacity Mean?

Towing capacity is exactly as it sounds and refers to how much weight you can safely pull behind your truck with a trailer. Most heavy-duty trucks, like the Ford Super Duty, are better suited to towing hefty loads and have the majority of their weight resting on the trailer axles rather than the truck's axles, meaning Las Cruces drivers can tow much more than their ride's payload capacity!

To find out exactly how much your vehicle can tow, we recommend consulting your vehicle owner's manual to ensure you don't overload your ride or do any serious damage to your ride.

loading up bed of 2020 RAM 1500

What Is Payload Capacity?

Not to be confused with towing capacity, payload capacity refers to how much weight a truck can carry in addition to the truck's existing weight when empty (otherwise known as curb weight). For example, your vehicle's payload would be the maximum combined weight of your passengers along with all their luggage or gear in the bed that your truck can hold while still functioning.

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No matter which used truck you decide to purchase, be sure to pay attention to and consider both payload and towing capacity limits to ensure your trailering needs can be met. Reach out to our team at our Southern NM Truck Headquarters for any questions about choosing the right truck for you or to learn more about our inventory of used trucks for sale. We're always here help!


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