Originally Posted by exilepa
In reality, the truck will be able to pull much more than it's rate for. The key; being able to stop that load safely and accelerate quick enough (as quick as you can with a trailer) to avoid danger. The rating is there for the manufacturer to cover themself if you do something stupid like tow 8500lbs with the 3.21 rear end. Some of the stuff I've seen people pulling down the highway with Trailblazers and smaller SUVs is downright frightening!
100% correct on all points made. One could probably tow a 747 with a VW Bug... if on a runway where there is plenty of room to stop and no traffic.