Towing Capacity

What is it & how does it affect your towing?

A vehicle’s towing capacity is determined by the vehicle manufacturer. They will specify the vehicle’s total towing and ball weight capacity. The ball weight is the weight applied directly down onto the towball and the total towing capacity refers to the aggregate mass of the trailer that the vehicle can tow. These details are outlined in a vehicle owner’s manual, however they are subject to change. Contact the vehicle manufacturer via their customer care, dealership or website to get any updates, amendments or conditions to the towing capacities of a vehicle.

 All Hayman Reese towbars have a compliance label affixed (see right); this label indicates the product part number and the towbar’s maximum rating in terms of ball weight and total towing capacities. Our Hayman Reese towbars come in a range of classes to suit most vehicles. Compliance Labels


When choosing your towbar be sure to check the maximum towbar capacity for ball load and trailer weight. While each class of Hayman Reese towbar is built for maximum towing capability, not all towbars on the market have the same ball load and trailer weight capacity.


Towing Capacity
  • Determine the gross trailer weight and gross tongue weight of the trailer that you would like to tow. Check with the trailer manufacturer or if you are not sure, have it towed to a weighbridge. Remember that the gross trailer weight should reflect a fully loaded trailer.
  • Consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual to determine if your vehicle is rated to safely tow your trailer.
  • Use the chart to determine the minimum “class” of towbar that is required.
  • Consult the Hayman Reese call centre to find out which towbars are available for your vehicle. Or visit our website:



Towing Capacity Guide