Mitsubishi Pick-ups and Montero 1983-1995 Repair Guide

Trailer Weight


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Trailer weight is the first, and most important, factor in determining whether or not your vehicle is suitable for towing the trailer you have in mind. The horsepower-to-weight ratio should be calculated. The basic standard is a ratio of 35:1. That is, 35 pounds of Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) for each horsepower.

To calculate this ratio, multiply your engine's rated horsepower by 35, then subtract the weight of the vehicle, including passengers and luggage. The resulting figure is the ideal maximum trailer weight that you can tow.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Calculating proper tongue weight for your trailer