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While we often use words like "payload" and "towing" interchangeably, they are separate terms that mean very different things. Mistaking one for another can actually harm your truck and lead to costly repairs.

Your payload is the cargo you place in your truck. This can mean anything, from a load of bricks to a group of passengers. Your vehicle's payload rating is based on the strength of its chassis, among other considerations. When you overload your vehicle and exceed the payload limit, this can put strain on your chassis or even damage it.

Your towing capacity number will be much higher. This is because when you tow something, the majority of the weight ends up being supported by the road, not by your vehicle's chassis. That's another limit you don't want to exceed, because it puts strain on your transmission, and that's an expensive component to repair. Staying within the limits set by your vehicle will allow for better overall performance and a longer life for your car.



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