When deciding to purchase a travel trailer, it is important to know the weight limits of the vehicle you will be using for towing. Note: just because a tow vehicle has a hitch doesn’t mean it can safely pull your chosen RV, and there are many factors to consider besides towing capacity. With that said, here are some popular automobile RV towing weight limits for passenger vehicles that could help you decide.

Note: this article is for entertainment purposes only, please tow at your own risk and be sure to do your due diligence prior to any RV and car purchase / tow.

Cars that can tow an RV travel trailer that is 3,500 pounds

  • Hyundai Santa Fe (5,000 lbs)
  • Subaru Outback XT (5,000 lbs)
  • Volvo V90 Cross Country (4,000 lbs)
  • Chrysler Pacifica (3,500 lbs)
  • Jeep Wrangler (3,500 lbs)

Cars that can tow an RV travel trailer that is 5,000 pounds

  • Porsche Cayenne (6,000 lbs)
  • Nissan Armada (6500 lbs)
  • Toyota 4-Runner (4,000 lbs)

Cars that can tow an RV travel trailer that is 7,500 pounds

  • BMW X7 (7,500 lbs)
  • Mercedes Benz GLE (8,000 lbs)
  • Toyota Land Cruiser 7,500 lbs)
  • Dodge Durango (7,500 lbs)

Should I get a Truck or an SUV for towing?

Most light-duty and over trucks can pull most 5,000 lbs and under travel trailers with ease, with many reaching a 10,000 limit. Here are some things to consider:

  • A truck will have more torque and may be equipped with a tow package (7-pin connector, brake controller and perhaps an engine cooling module).
  • An SUV will give you a smoother ride and more passenger-friendly options.
  • Trucks can be considerably more pricey than an SUV. The Toyota Tundra can pull 10,000 lbs, but new models start at $65,000.

How to choose a tow vehicle

Here are some tips from RVT users on how to choose the best car, truck or SUV to tow your travel trailer.

  • Consider your family and their friends. If your kids will be bringing their friends and the car will be packed, you need to add their weight to the overall Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the car. This could reduce the amount of weight you can safely tow.
  • Off road. Will you be heading off of paved roads with your travel trailer? Consider a truck or an SUV equipped with suspension and tires with off-road capabilities as well as all- wheel drive.
  • Are you planning to travel where you will be heading into the mountains? Your tow vehicle could strain while towing to the limits without an engine cooling system if so.

We hope these tips help you choose a tow vehicle that is perfect for your family, your new travel trailer, and your adventures ahead. When you are searching for lightweight travel trailers, here are some for sale on RVT that may interest you, at several weight classes.


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