GMC Details on Trailering

GMC Details on Trailering

When it comes to carrying a serious payload or towing the heaviest of trailers, trailering power stands as one of the most important factors considered by pick-up and SUV buyers.

Customers prefer to have a vehicle with exceptional tailoring and towing capacities. Over the last few years, the industry has witnessed increased demand for high-performance vehicles that guarantee excellent payload, transmission, torque and horsepower.

Car owners are looking to own vehicles with enough towing capacity to haul some of their outdoor equipment. But before making a final decision on a new pick-up truck or SUV, it's best to understand the truck and its tailoring capabilities better. Here are a few pointers to consider.

Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR)

The manufacturer usually determines GCWR. This rating usually takes into the base curb weight of the vehicle and that of cargo, passengers and other accessories. In other terms, GCWR is the maximum allowable weight of the loaded trailer and loaded tow vehicle.

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)

Commonly abbreviated as GVWR, this number's importance is significant, especially when using your vehicle to tow heavy loads. This value represents the maximum total safe weight of the vehicle. It consists of the total curb weight, the weight of passengers, cargo, fuel and any other accessories, not forgetting the tongue weight of a tow trailer.

Gross Trailer Weight (GTW)

This number is essential to keep in mind, especially when towing a trailer. GTW represents the actual weight of a fully loaded trailer. The value consists of the total weight of the trailer and everything loaded onto it. The cargo, passengers, fluids and equipment all contribute to the GTW.

Curb Weight

A vehicle's curb weight is the weight of the vehicle without cargo, passengers or any item. However, this weight is inclusive of all the standard equipment that comes with the car. In other words, this is the weight of your vehicle when it's resting on a flat surface.

Axle Ratio

An axle ratio is the number of revolutions the output shaft needs to make one complete axle turn. This value is often expressed as a ratio, representing the number of teeth on the ring gear divided by the number of teeth on the pinion.

Trailer Tongue Weight (TW)

Trailer Tongue Weight value represents the weight a fully loaded trailer puts on the tow vehicle's hitch ball. The TW of any vehicle should range 10 to 15% of the GTW. This weight can easily be corrected by adding, removing or redistributing the cargo load on the trailer.

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