What’s the weight limit for my trailer?

By Tiana Bradshaw | Published on February 23, 2019 | 2 min read

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Driving with a trailer can seem straightforward. However, without the knowledge and experience, you could put yourself and others at risk.  If your vehicle cannot pull beyond a certain amount, you risk damaging it. Additionally, if your license does not cover your trailer and its weight capacity is too large, you risk being fined.

What’s the maximum weight your vehicle can tow?

The first step is to determine what your vehicle can legally tow and what kind of trailer you are looking at buying. If you want a plant trailer, you will need to know its weight and deduct that amount from your towing capacity.

To put this into perspective, most cars can handle up to 2000kg MAM, which is well over the legal limit that non-special licenses can tow. If your vehicle is more robust or considered to be a working car, then typically you can expect to pull up to 3500kg. Commercial vehicles can pull upwards of 12,000kg, but you will need to have a speciality license in order to operate these vehicles.

If you are unsure of what your towing capacity is, check your vehicle’s manual or search for your make and model online.

What is the maximum weight you can legally tow?

Once you know what your maximum towing capacity is, you need to determine what you can legally tow.

It is important to note that trailers which are 750kg or lower do not require their own brakes, hence the distinction.

What can I tow with my license?

What to know more about what your license will allow you to tow? Read our blog here.

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