Choosing a Tow Vehicle

Choosing a Tow Vehicle

After we found our camper, the next step was the tow vehicle. My little Jeep Cherokee Sport 4×2 just wasn’t gonna cut it (though it was a great tent re-locator). What did we know about tow vehicles? Absolutely nothing. Great place to start.

Fortunately the wonderful man, Dick Tracy, who sold us Little Wing had a lot to say on the subject of tow capacities and why they are important, and he emailed it right over. I’ve taken some liberties, but 99% of the below information can be credited to him (bless his heart):

Maximum Towing Weight Rating
Hitch Rating
Maximum Tongue Weight
Gross Weight Rating (GWR)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)

Here’s a list of some of the vehicles that have a tow rating of 5000 lbs or more. All ratings below are based on current 2017 models. Tow ratings can change year over year and can depend on specific models and feature additions, so always check your vehicle’s year and specific feature additions for an accurate rating.

Lexus GX470
Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan Xterra
Mitsubishi Montero
Porsche Cayenne
VW Touareg
Dodge Durango
Land Rover Range Rover
Toyota Highlander
Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
Toyota 4Runner

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