2020 RAM 2500 towing a boat

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What happens if I exceed payload and towing capacities?

Having a truck is awesome. You are able to tow and haul various items for work, yourself, as well as friends and family. However, it is important to remember that when you carry and tow items, you need to remain under the capacities. This can beg the question, “What happens if I exceed payload and towing capacities?” The short answer is overloading your truck can cause all sorts of different issues. Learn more below!

Man climbing into the bed of a 2020 RAM 2500 truck

Why is it important to never exceed payload and towing capacities?

Before we jump into the why of not exceeding these capacities, we thought it might be important to first define what each is. The payload capacity is the amount of weight a truck can carry in the cabin as well as in the bed of the truck. On the other hand, the towing capacity is the amount of weight that a vehicle can pull behind it.

Every vehicle has its own set of towing and payload capacities. It is important to follow these numbers. If they are not followed, it could result in heavy steering, potential loss of control, tire blowout, transmission failure, feeling every bump on the road, structural damage to the bottom of the vehicle, and rolling over due to weight not being distributed evenly. To avoid all of these possible scenarios, it is important for you to know the maximum payload and towing capacities. These weights can be found in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

2020 RAM 1500 towing a boat

Where can I find a new vehicle that has a high payload and towing capacity?

At Auffenberg Chrysler of Herrin, we have a selection of many powerful vehicles that can tow and haul a good amount of weight. Check out our new and pre-owned online inventory to see if there is a vehicle that you would like to learn more about! Contact us today with any questions that you have. We look forward to hearing from you.

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