Towing Terminology

Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW): is not a rating, it is the actual maximum weight of the tow vehicle when it is fully loaded including all options, cargo, personal belongings, food, water and LP gas.

Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR): is the maximum permissible combined weight of the tow vehicle and the trailer together when they are fully loaded for travel.

Unlaiden / Unloaded Vehicle Weight or Dry Weight (UVW) or (DW): is the actual weight of the tow vehicle or trailer as built at the factory. The UVW does not include passengers, cargo, dealer installed options, personal belongings, water, or LP gas.

Vehicle Tow Rating: Make sure your tow vehicle is capable of towing the intended trailer or accessory. The trailer or accessory and the vehicle work together in determining the maximum capacity. In no case should the GTW or TW exceed the towing capacity of your vehicle, your trailer or your accessory. Find this information in the vehicle owners manual or www.trailerlife.com, look under “tow ratings”.

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR): Is the maximum weight of the fully loaded trailer, as published on the Certification / VIN label. Actual weight determined by weighing trailer on a public scale, without being attached to the towing vehicle.

Hitch Weight: The downward force exerted on the hitch ball by the trailer coupler.

Maximum Loaded Vehicle Weight: The sum of curb weight, accessory weight, vehicle capacity weight, and production options weight.

Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR): The maximum weight that any axle can support, as published on the Certification / VIN label on the front left side of the trailer. Actual weight determined by weighing each axle on a public scale, with the trailer attached to the towing vehicle.

Both tire and VIN certification labels are permanently attached to the trailer near the left front corner or on the tongue of the trailer.

Both Tire And VIN Certification Labels are permanently attached to your tow vehicle on the drivers door panel or on the column behind drivers door. See owners manual for further details or specifications.