Tow Rating Guide
Understanding your vehicle’s tow rating capacity is critical to choosing the right RV for you and your family.
Towing your next RV safely down the road will depend on having the right tow vehicle and RV combination.
Understanding towing – The Acronyms of Towing.
AXLE WEIGHT (AW)
Axle weight is that portion of the weight of the trailer that is carried by the axle(s). This weight can be derived by subtracting the hitch weight from the UVW.
GCCC (GROSS CARGO CARRYING CAPACITY)
GCCC means the maximum cargo carrying capacity. GCCC is equal to GVWR minus UVW. The GCCC will be reduced by the weight of fresh water or other tanks, LP-gas, occupants, personal items, or dealer installed accessories.
GCWR (GROSS COMBINATION WEIGHT RATING)
GCWR means the value specified by the motorhome manufacturer as the maximum allowable loaded weight of the motorhome with its towed trailer or towed vehicle.
GVWR (GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING)
GVWR means the maximum permissible weight of the trailer, including the UVW plus all cargo, fluids, options, and dealer installed accessories. The GVWR is equal to or greater than the sum of the UVW and the GCCC.
HITCH WEIGHT (HW)
Hitch Weight is that portion of the weight of the trailer that is carried on the hitch. This information is important in matching the tow mechanism on your tow vehicle with the trailer to be towed.
UVW (UNLOADED VEHICLE WEIGHT)
Sometimes referred to as Dry Weight, UVW means the weight of this trailer as built at the factory. The UVW, as used in product literature and other promotional materials, does not include cargo, fresh water, LP gas, options or dealer-installed accessories.