The Difference Between Towing Capacity and Payload

When buying a pickup truck, knowing the model's payload and towing capacity are important considerations, especially if you haul equipment. however, do you know the difference between the two terms? Here's how to know if you have sufficient capacity for your needs.

When it comes to towing, you'll often see a truck advertised with the maximum amount of weight that the truck can pull. Be forewarned, however, that most models of the same truck have differing towing capacities depending on the powertrain and towing package options. Make sure the one you choose will be able to easily tow your other vehicles.

Payload refers to the amount of weight inside your vehicle, which can include you and your passengers. It's based on the total weight that the vehicle can handle and can even change depending on the chassis and whether you install a heavier engine for more power.

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