Tongue weight The following operating instructions should be read in conjunction with the towing chart given later in this section.
DO NOT exceed the gross weight or axle loads stated on the certification label attached to the vehicle. Exceeding allowable vehicle and axle loads will increase the risk of tire or suspension failure, increase vehicle brake stopping distance, and adversely affect vehicle handling and stability which may result in a crash or rollover.
For all of the towing conditions described, it is important that the following points are observed:
All loads in the vehicle should be distributed as far forward as possible.
The maximum Gross Vehicle Weight must not be exceeded, see ‘TOWING WEIGHTS’, page 246.
The maximum individual axle weights must not be exceeded, see ‘TOWING WEIGHTS’, page 246.
Changes between high and low range should not be made while the vehicle is on the move.
Total trailer weight and tongue load can be measured with platform scales found at highway weighing stations, building supply companies, etc.
The loading capacities and conditions for coil sprung and self levelled vehicles are different. Read the following section on permitted loading conditions for full details.
The tongue weight plus the combined weight of the vehicle's load carrying area and rear seat passengers must never exceed the specified maximum rear axle load (see ‘TOWING WEIGHTS’, page 246).