As Blount County towing and recovery specialists in towing and recovery, the team at Bradley’s Towing & Recovery is extremely familiar with all of the variances that factor into towing any type of vehicle or payload. For those that are interested in towing their personal property, there are a number of variables to keep in mind when towing for personal reasons.

If you are towing your personal property, one of the most confusing areas for most individuals is understanding the different capabilities that your vehicle may offer when it comes to towing. To offer better towing experiences, being able to understand and answer the following questions will help make your towing experience easier.

  • Tow Ratings: While most people believe that their vehicle will be able to tow specific items, there are ways to have exact ideas on what your vehicle is able to tow. The most important step in understanding how much weight your vehicle can safely tow is by checking the Vehicle ID sticker that is located on the inside of the driver door jamb. This information will give specific information on your Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, the maximum weights for the front and rear axle to determine the weights that your vehicle can tow. Many GVWR stickers also detail information on tires, wheels and tire pressure as well.
  • Know Your Vehicle: If you have seen a TV commercial for a specific vehicle, you might see information that details the towing capability of the vehicle…but not every vehicle is the same as the ones shown on TV. While you may have purchased what you thought was a vehicle rated for a certain towing capacity, the options that you have might change the actual weight you can tow. Does your vehicle have a manual vs. an automatic, 4×4 vs. 4×2, 8 cylinders vs. 6 cylinders? All of these different factors can change the actual tow rating of your vehicle, so the best advice is to read your owner’s manual to find the exact capabilities of your specific vehicle.
  • Understand your state laws: While the towing capabilities of a vehicle may be the same throughout the country, the individual state laws governing how much you can tow without the addition of trailer brakes (as an example) can differ from state to state. For example, in Tennessee, trailer brakes are required if your trailer weighs 1,500 pounds, but in Oklahoma, the weight required jumps to 3,000 pounds. While you may not be pulled over for not having trailer brakes in different states, if you happen to be in an accident, understanding the state laws ahead of time is extremely important.

Understanding the rules, regulations and specifications for towing personal property can help make sure that your next towing trip goes well. As a Blount County towing and recovery company for more than 30 years, we are well versed with everything related to towing in Alcoa, Blount County, Maryville and East Tennessee. To learn more, call Bradley’s Towing & Recovery at 865-984-4863 today.