At the risk of contributing to the never ending discussions on tow vehicle capacities, I thought I'd pass on something interesting.
Had a conversation with a retired co-owner of a car dealership awhile back. The topic of RVing and tow vehicles came up. He told me that there is such a specification called "Braked Towing Capacity" as well as "Unbraked Towing Capacity" for every vehicle rated to tow something. It is a subset of the GCVWR (Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating).
"Braked Towing Capacity" is the towing capacity of the tow vehicle if it is towing a trailer that has fully functioning brakes. (Not 100% sure how they define "fully functioning".)
"Unbraked Towing Capacity" is the towing capacity of the tow vehicle if it towing a trailer that does not have brakes or the brakes on it have failed.
Has anyone else ever heard of these ratings? The retired dealer owner said that these braked/unbraked ratings are not usually made public knowledge. If a fellow had an accident while towing, would the authorities or insurance companies use these ratings?
Or..........Was the fellow blowing smoke up my @#$?
Have heard of it but not seen charts. Seems like common sense. If I remember right the heaviest trailer in the non brake category is in the 2000 lb range. It doesn't come anywhere near a consideration for our rigs.
Zack and Donna plus Millie and Ranger
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