When shopping for a pre-owned pickup truck in the Los Angeles area, it's essential to consider how much towing capability you'll need to tow your trailer, boat, or Airstreams. Misjudging your vehicle's towing ability to your cargo can have safety consequences. Instead of finding out your truck's capability on the spot, a smarter approach is to look for a model that matches your needs.
That's where our friendly team at STA Auto Group comes in. Our expert team can help you understand the vast types of trailers weights and the differences in how much your vehicles can tow. Let's see if we can discover your vehicle's towing capacity.
When it comes to towing, there are four classes you should be aware of:
Towing is not just regulated to heavy-duty trucks, many compact and subcompact SUVs can tow up to around 1,5000 pounds. Many examples of towing items will include small utility trailers, pop-up tent trailers, and lightweight aluminum boats.
For example, the newer Honda CR-V models would be considered a Class I vehicle as it can tow up to 1,500 pounds when properly equipped.
If you're looking for a vehicle with more towing power, then you should look to upgrade to a Class II vehicle. These Class II vehicles will be able to easily tow up to 3,500 pounds or less. A perfect example would be the Chrysler Pacifica, as when properly equipped, it can tow up to 3,600 pounds.
With a Class II vehicle, you should be able to tow items like small outboard boats, tent trailers, a couple of ATVs, and the smallest level Airstream camping trailer.
When looking at Class lll, you'll find vehicles with two different hitch categories: weight carry hitches and weight distributing hitches. A weight carry hitch is designed for towing all of the weight of the trailer on the hitch ball. Vehicles of this class - like the newer Subaru Ascent models - can tow up to 6,000 pounds.
Though many vehicles can be equipped with the weight carry hitch, not all can handle the weight. Make sure your vehicle is capable of handling the weight before you attach one of these hitches.
When properly equipped, your pickup truck or SUV will be able to tow a variety of loads including many towable RVs, small ski boats, or a small horse trailer.
A weight distributing hitch is designed to spread the weight of your attached trailer across the axles of your vehicle, allowing you to disperse the weight for higher capacity. You will usually find this type of hitch on most mid-size SUVs like the newer model Dodge Durango and the Nissan Armada.
When properly equipped, your mid-size SUV will be able to haul items like a medium-sized RV, boats, and car-hauling trailers. Upgrade to a newer Dodge Durango at our STA Auto Group today!
If you're searching for a pre-owned vehicle for sale that can tow a load that weighs nearly 10,000 pounds, then you need to think about buying an adequately equipped truck from us at STA Auto. Check out the newer model Ford F-150 pickup truck with a maximum towing capacity of over 13,000 pounds and will be a perfect fit for all your towing needs.
With it, you'll be able to tow various types of construction equipment, fully stocked race car trailers, and the largest Airstream trailer model available.
When you're looking for a used truck for sale that can handle all of your towing needs, then you should visit with our team at STA Auto Group. We're here to provide all California drivers with quality used cars and trucks. If you're looking for a used truck like the Ford F-150, schedule a test drive with our team today!
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