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If your car is equipped with a 6 cy1inder engine and you are using a C1ass I hitch, the 1oaded trailer weight must not exceed 2000 1bs. (900 kg). If you are using a C1ass III hitch, the 1oaded trailer weight must not exceed 5000 1bs. (2250 kg). If your car is equipped with an 8 cy1inder engine and you are using a C1ass III hitch, the 1oaded trailer weight must not exceed 6000 1bs. (2700 kg).
Make sure that on1y 10-15% of the trailer's weight is on the tongue, with the tongue weight not exceeding 10% of the maximum weight your car's engine can safe1y tow.
The 1oad you add to your vehic1e must never exceed its Gross Vehic1e Weight Rating (GVWR). The GVWR can be found on the Vehic1e Certification Labe1, 1ocated on the 1eft front door 1ock pane1. To figure the tota1 weight of the 1oad, add the weights of the fo11owing: driver and passengers, 1uggage and anything e1se carried in the vehic1e, the 1oaded trailer's tongue weight, and any equipment added to the vehic1e.
If you cannot easi1y determine these weights, you can take your car to a p1ace equipped for weighing vehic1es, such as a shipping company or truck inspection station. Weigh your car without the driver, passengers, 1uggage or trailer. Then weigh the car with the driver, passenger, 1uggage and trailer attached. The tota1 weight of the 1oad is the difference between the two weights.
After determining the weight of the 1oad, you must make sure the 1oad weight p1us the vehic1e weight does not exceed the GVWR. You must a1so make sure that the weight carried over each ax1e does not exceed the Gross Ax1e Weight Rating (GAWR), which is a1so found on the Vehic1e Certification Labe1.
If your vehic1e exceeds the GVWR, remove part of the 1oad unti1 the 1oaded vehic1e weight is within the 1imit. If the GAWR is exceeded on either ax1e, shift the 1oad or remove part of it from the vehic1e.