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Ford Broadens Recall of Transit Vans

Ford Motor Company is adding an estimated 26,000 2015 to 2017 Ford Transit full-size vans equipped with a trailer tow module to an existing recall — bringing the total recall in North America to nearly 99,900 vehicles.

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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

During the lead up to the September opening of the State Fair of Texas, I was given the chance to take a preview spin in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. It whet my appetite for more.

Chevrolet Silverado HD's 6.6L Duramax Diesel

During a media event leading up to the 2016 State Fair of Texas, GM unveiled its redesigned Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel, which will be offered on the 2017 Silverado HD. Journalists had an opportunity to preview the engine in the 2017 Silverado HD to test its towing and road handling capability at the Texas Motor Speedway. Photos: Chris Wolski

2016 Ford F-150XL with Pro Trailer Backup Assist

I’ll admit that I jack-knifed my share of U-Haul trailers and learned (the hard way) that backing a trailer is a true art. Thankfully, Ford has come to the rescue of amateurs like me by turning trailering into a science. What I’m referring to is the all-new Pro Trailer Backup Assist for the 2016 Ford F-150, which makes backing up and parking a trailer easier than ever, regardless of your skill level.

2016 Ram 3500 HD with 6.7L Diesel

The Cummins 6.7L diesel powertrain generates 385 horsepower and an amazing 900 lb.-ft. of torque, which increases towing capacity to a record-breaking 31,210 pounds, the most ever for a mass-production vehicle.

Ram Heavy Hauling Event

Ram Commercial recently put its claims about its products’ towing ability to the test during a heavy hauling event at the Chrysler Proving Grounds.

Why Pickup Towing Standardization Matters for Fleets

The major light-duty truck manufacturers have all embraced the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2807 towing standard. Fleets will benefit from better ability to spec their vehicles.

The Fundamentals of Spec'ing Trucks for Towing

Despite being similar in size, medium-duty trucks offer a wide variance in maximum towing capacities - from 5,000 lbs. to more than 11,000 lbs.

DOT Mandates May Apply When Using Trailers

Extra weight from trailer add-ons may push otherwise underweight vehicles over the DOT-exempt weight limit.