Choosing the perfect trailer for your transportation needs is a crucial decision, especially when you have specific cargo or equipment to move, and even more so when you are doing it in Calgary. An important, and most people would label it as a critical factor to consider when selecting a trailer is your vehicle’s towing capacity. At Hetman Rental, we understand the importance of matching your vehicle with the right trailer for a seamless and safe towing experience. In this article, we’ll clear the confusion that lingers around towing capacity, and hopefully help you make an informed decision for your next trailer rental in Calgary
Understanding Towing Capacity
Towing capacity refers to the maximum weight a vehicle can safely tow, including the trailer and its contents. It’s a fundamental specification provided by vehicle manufacturers and is essential to ensure safe and efficient towing. Exceeding your vehicle’s towing capacity can lead to mechanical strain, reduced control, and safety hazards on the road.
How do I calculate the towing capacity of my car?
Before renting a trailer, you must determine your vehicle’s towing capacity. This information can usually be found in your vehicle’s owner’s manual or on a label inside the driver’s door frame. It’s crucial to note that different trim levels and engine options within the same make and model may have varying towing capacities, so always refer to the specific details for your vehicle.
Calculating the Gross Trailer Weight
Once you have your vehicle’s towing capacity, the next step is to calculate the gross trailer weight (GTW) of the trailer you plan to rent. The GTW includes the weight of the empty trailer plus the weight of the cargo or equipment you intend to transport. Keep in mind that your cargo should not exceed your vehicle’s towing capacity.
Consider Trailer Types
Different types of trailers have varying weights and characteristics. At Hetman Rental, we offer a range of trailer options, including car haulers, flat deck trailers, flatbed trailers, enclosed trailers, horse and livestock trailers, dump trailers, and heavy-duty trailers. Each type has specific features and weight considerations, so it’s essential to choose the right one for your needs.
Car Haulers: Designed to transport vehicles, car haulers have their own weight, which you must consider when calculating GTW.
Flat Deck and Flatbed Trailers: These trailers are ideal for transporting equipment, but their weight should be included in your GTW calculation.
Enclosed Trailers: These trailers provide protection for your cargo but can be heavier due to their construction materials.
Horse and Livestock Trailers: Designed to carry animals, these trailers have unique features and may vary in weight.
Dump Trailers: Built for hauling heavy loads, dump trailers have a higher weight capacity but need to be matched with a suitable vehicle.
Heavy-Duty Trailers: These trailers are designed for the most substantial loads and require a capable towing vehicle.