towing your RV

Once you’ve landed on a towable RV—trailer or fifth-wheel—there are some terms you need to learn.

Keep these in mind when you’re deciding how much your vehicle can tow, and be sure to consult our Tow Guide and your RV specialist when you’re finalizing your choice.

(In many cases, both your tow vehicle and RV will have ratings. Be sure both are in spec with some additional leeway.)

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)

The maximum allowable weight of the vehicle.

When looking at GVWR, be sure to take into account the weight of the vehicle, drivers/passengers, all the gear and supplies in your RV, and fluids in your tanks. Both your vehicle and the RV will have a GVWR.

Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR)

The amount of weight each axle is designed to support—including the weight of the axle itself.

It’s important to note that GAWR assumes the weight is balanced on both sides of the axle—but you’re not going to be anywhere close to that weight… right?

Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR)

The total amount of weight between the tow vehicle, RV, and gear/supplies/people/etc. Basically the weight of everything moving down the road.

This is important in regards to the braking system. Staying within spec means the brakes can slow the whole rig down appropriately.

Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW)

The weight of the RV without fluid, supplies, or gear. This number helps you calculate how much you can load into your RV.

Hitch Ratings

Every component of the hitch for RV towing—receiver, ball, drawbar, etc.—should have a weight rating. These are common failure points, so be sure you’re towing an appropriate weight.

This may seem like a lot to take into account, but your Camping World RV Specialist is ready to help make sure you’re in spec. Contact us today to find the perfect RV for your vehicle.

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