Truck Payload vs. Towing Capacity

2020 Ram 1500
If you’re looking for a powerhouse pickup to take through McKinney like the RAM 1500 or RAM 2500, then Bonham Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is here to help you find just the right model. But if you’re checking the specs, you might wonder, “What is the payload on a truck?” While some people use the terms “truck payload” and “towing capacity” interchangeably, the two terms are quite different. Knowing the difference could save you a lot of time and effort – and costly repairs at the service department!

What is Payload on a Truck?

The truck payload is the amount of weight that the truck can safely haul within the cabin and truck bed, in addition to the weight of the empty truck. This measurement is also known as the curb weight. Curb weight is how much your truck alone can carry on Sherman roads. If you want to find your truck payload, your owner’s manual should have everything you need to know. But you can also calculate the figure quickly by subtracting the curb weight from your gross vehicle weight (maximum weight your truck can handle)

What is Towing Capacity on a Truck?

You know what is the payload on a truck, so how is that different from towing capacity? Towing capacity refers to how much your truck can haul around Denison. This figure is usually much higher than your truck’s payload capacity because the weight is carried behind the truck and not inside it. Once again, you can find the information inside your owner’s manual – or you can calculate your towing capacity by taking the gross combined vehicle weight and subtracting the curb weight.

Why Do I Need to Know the Difference?

  • The two terms indicate how much weight you can safely carry based on your vehicle’s structural strength.
  • Towing capacity is much higher than the payload capacity, making it potentially dangerous to use the terms interchangeably.
  • Overloading your payload or towing potential can cause major damage to the frame, engine, transmission, and tires of your vehicle.

Find Out More with Bonham Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Are you ready to find a truck that can handle tough jobs? Head to Bonham Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, and our sales team will help you find just the right match with just the right specs. Contact us at Bonham Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for more information or schedule your test drive in Bonham today. We even offer online buying with home delivery!

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