Ram Truck Towing Capabilities

July 27th, 2016 by


One of the best features of Ram trucks is their capability for towing. Pulling boats, farm or construction equipment can take a lot of power and the Ram trucks have got it.. Aside from the chassis trucks made by Ram, there are three different standard Ram trucks, the Ram 1500, Ram 2500, and Ram 3500. The Ram 1500 is a light-duty truck, meant for smaller hauls. The 2500 and 3500 are heavy-duty trucks for heavier equipment.

Each of these truck models have multiple engine options and different towing capabilities. Apart from engine specs, towing capacity is also affected by the weight of the truck. The bigger and heavier the truck, the less it can tow. Different size cabs and truck beds affect towing capacity as well.

Because there are a variety of trims for the 1500, 2500 and 3500, we are going to focus on the towing capacities of the different engines when used on the Tradesman trims. This is because the interior and exterior features on all of the Tradesman trims are generally the same across the models, so we’ll be comparing apples to apples. Other trims may offer a little more or a little less towing capacity.

Ram 1500 Towing Capability

The standard engine for the Ram 1500 4X2 or 4X4 is a 3.6-liter V6 engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. But there is a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine and a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine available as well. The Ram 1500 is available with the 2-door regular cab and the 4-door crew or quad cabs, and the option of a 5’7”, 6’4”, or 8’ truck bed.

One of the smaller 1500 models, the Ram 1500 Tradesman 4X2 regular cab with a 6’4” bed with the 3.6-liter engine, has a standard towing capacity of 4,950 pounds. The larger Ram 1500 Tradesman, the 1500 Tradesman 4X2 Quad Cab with a 6’4” truck bed with the same engine, has a slightly lower standard towing capacity of 4,650 pounds.

The strongest engine available for the Ram 1500 Tradesman is a 5.7-Liter HEMI V8 engine. The 1500 model with the highest maximum towing capacity trim with this engine is the Ram 1500 Tradesman 4×2 quad cab with a 6’4” truck bed and it is 8,500 pounds. When the same Ram 1500 Tradesman truck is equipped with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, the towing capacity decreases to 8,050 pounds, however, fuel economy increases.

Ram 2500 and 3500 Towing Capabilities

For those that need the towing capacity of a heavy-duty truck, the Ram 2500 and 3500 are great options. These engines can tow larger boats, horse trailers, RVs, and heavy cargo. There is also a dually option on two of the 2500 trims the Dually SLT, and Dually Tradesman.

There are many benefits in driving a dually as well as some negatives. Some of the positives are: four tires rear are safer and more stable than the usual two rear tires; and there is an increase in the amount of weight that can be hauled because of the distribution of weight over four rear wheels rather than just two. On the other hand, a vehicle with dual  rear wheels will not be as smooth as a with a single rear wheel setup, fuel economy is less desireable and parking can be a challenge because of the width of the back of the truck.

The smaller engine for both the 2500 and the 3500 is a 5.7-Liter HEMI V8 engine. The Ram 2500 Tradesman 4X2 regular cab with a 6’4” truck bed can tow up to 11,300 pounds and a Ram 3500 with the same truck dimensions can tow up to 11,500 pounds.

The most powerful engine for both the 2500 and 3500 is the 6.7-liter V8 Cummins Turbo Diesel engine. The Ram Tradesman that can tow the most with this engine is the 3500 Tradesman Dually with a regular cab and an 8’ truck bed, this truck and engine can tow up to 21,400 pounds. The non-dually Ram 2500 Tradesman with the same engine has a maximum towing capacity of 18,000 pounds.

Which truck and engine to choose is entirely dependent on what needs to be hauled. For small boats, ATVs, and motorcycles a Ram 1500 is capable, even with the base model engine. However, if more needs to be towed such as an RV than the 2500 or 3500 is the way to go. The 3500 is especially good for towing huge amounts of weight (over 20,000 pounds) with the dually option and possibly a fifth wheel configuration. Click here to check our inventory at Kendall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram.

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