Payload Capacity

Q : What is a trailer Payload Capacity ?

A : A trailer payload is the maximum amount of weight that you can load in or on a trailer without exceeding the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). The payload is calculated by subtracting the curb weight of the trailer from the GVWR.

For example, for a trailer with a GVWR of 6000 lbs and a curb weight of 1460 lbs when subtracted, you get a payload of 4540 lbs.

Your payload weight should NEVER exceed the payload capacity of the trailer. Don't forget that the payload capacity lowers as you add any additional equipment; the more weight you add to the trailer, the lower will be the payload capacity.

Another way of assessing whether a trailer can carry the load you need, is to look at the total weight of the trailer with everything in or on it; this is called the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) and should not exceed the GVW Rating (GVWR).


If the GVW is greater than GVWR, then your trailer is OVERLOAD !
Overloading can seriously damage your trailer and vehicle and is dangerous for the driver and passengers.