We are the one-stop, self-help RV safety website providing tow capacity information, tow ratings, vehicle tow rating reviews, towing guides, and important RV assistance to match up tow vehicles and trailers correctly, the first time. Our weight safety calculators with the industry-leading 13-point Weight Safety Report for 5th wheel or gooseneck trailers and conventional trailers will expose the truth about your current load conditions. We provide free web based RV calculator apps as well as mobile device apps. FWS assists all RV travelers, including truck camper owners, all who tow fifth wheel or gooseneck trailers, and conventional trailers such as bumper pull travel trailers, boat trailers, and utility trailers, as well as motor coaches towing a car or trailer.
Step 1: Choose, print and provide answers on the appropriate worksheet.
Step 2: Weigh your vehicle with your trailer or other towable attached.
Step 3: Weigh your vehicle without your trailer or other towable attached.
Step 4: Enter the data from your worksheet into the RV Safety Report Calculator.
Step 5: Adjust load distribution and inflate tires per tire load inflation recommendations.
The RV Safety & Education Foundation data indicates that 57% of all RVs on the road exceed one or more weight safety ratings.
Additionally, the following exceed at least one rating:
Ensure you're not the one exceeding a load rating. Use our easy four-step weighing plan.
Before You Buy That RV, Truck or Other Tow Vehicle
Your answer to the most asked question...
With this new app... RV Tow Check 2.1
How likely will these trucks be overloaded by a 5th wheel trailer?
The answer may be jaw dropping for some.
Check out our 2016 tow rating charts showing some of the most popular truck brands and models used for towing.
Heavy Duty Trucks (HDT) for Towing RVs
In recent years, the big three pickup truck makers have really made waves with the high payload and towing capacities. Additionally, the cost of buying these big one ton trucks have skyrocketed as well. For most RVers, the cost of medium duty trucks (MDT), even used ones, are hardly affordable. As you will read in the recommended article, a used and well maintained HDT can be the lowest cost to buy, and it's certainly the safest to tow any RV trailer available. Considering an HDT is a viable option. Read more here.
How likely will these super light duty trucks be overloaded by a 5th wheel trailer?
The answer may surprise you.
Check out our new 2016 tow rating reviews for four half-ton truck brands. After reading these reviews, we ask, "Can any of the half-ton trucks tow the lightest fifth wheel trailers touted for these trucks without exceeding the weight safety ratings?"
"I have a 41 foot 5th wheel being pulled with a three-quarter ton diesel and have no problems so far. Love it."
For individuals sharing a statement like that, there is no doubt that their three-quarter ton truck can tow a large trailer "just fine" or with "no problem".
Unfortunately, these kinds of statements are not really helpful and could very well lead someone to purchasing a trailer much too big for their tow vehicle. Read more here.
"For me, personally, I don’t ever expect to get into a situation that will require me to exercise my right to self-defense, nor do I expect to use my fire extinguishers to put out a fire in my RV."
Before anyone makes a decision to carry a gun in their RV, they must understand the legal ramifications that come with gun ownership and use. Read more here.
Here are some guidelines that provide a range of typical max towing capacity for the for the half-ton, three-quarter ton and one ton truck classifications that will help you get started in the right direction. Read more here.
The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2807 test procedures are designed to level the playing field in trailer tow ratings for all vehicles model year 2013 or later.
The tow test procedures designed by the big brains at the SAE consist of a series of rigorous real-world challenges to determine the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of a vehicle and trailer combination.
For a better understanding of how its performed, read more here.