Towing weight… your questions answered

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Towing weight… your questions answered

What weight can my car tow?

Towing capacity is the maximum weight that a vehicle can legally tow. During testing phases, manufacturers assign tow weight restrictions on vehicles. These tow weight restrictions are calculated based on the vehicle’s pulling capacity, and the guidelines should always be followed to ensure the safety of all road users.

What do I need to know about towing weights?

There are a few definitions you’ll need to be aware of when towing:

  • Aggregate Trailer Mass – the maximum your fully-loaded tow vehicle can weigh.
  • Gross Trailer Mass – the weight of the fully loaded trailer imposed on the axle when it is attached to the tow vehicle.
  • Tare Mass – the weight of an empty caravan excluding the weight of any after-sales fitted accessories.

The team at Hall Towbars can help you to understand these weights for your setup and why they are relevant when selecting a towbar.

What kind of towbar do I need?

The type of towbar required will depend on factors such as:

  • Tow vehicle capabilities
  • Size and weight of towed vehicle
  • Distances travelled
  • Road surfaces and weather conditions

At Hall Towbars, we supply and install towbars for all conditions. Read more about our towbars here.

You don’t need to be an expert on Towbars

Adelaide based Hall Towbars is dedicated to finding the right towbar and accessories for your needs. Whether you want to hitch up the smallest trailer for a trip up the road or the largest caravan to travel around Australia, we can help.

Get in touch with our expert team in Adelaide today to talk about your towbar requirements. All towbar fitting queries are also welcome.

More questions?

Visit our frequently asked questions section for more information or contact us on 8360 5100.