What is the Difference Between Towing Capacity and Payload?

Many truck enthusiasts think they know the difference in towing capacity and payload. Some think the words mean the same thing! They are mistaken. It is good to know the difference, so you understand your vehicle's limitations.

Payload is everything in the truck. That includes passengers and what is in the bed. The term refers to the weight a vehicle can carry, so its limitations are defined to only the truck itself.

Towing capacity is what the vehicle can tow behind it. Sometimes, the type of hitch can change the numbers somewhat but the limitations on towing capacity refers only to what is behind the truck.

That means a vehicle can have one payload capacity and a different towing capacity.

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