KNOW BEFORE YOU TOW
Need help choosing the right truck for your towing needs? We’ve got you covered. Depending on what you want to tow, how much you want to tow and what you’ll use it for, there’s a Ram truck for you.
Pick the Right Truck
Have a conventional trailer, gooseneck or fifth wheel that you need to tow? Learn which truck is right for you and your towing equipment.
Do It Right
Class 1, Class 5 or something in between? Outfit your Ram truck with the right hitch. Learn about tow hitch classes, what the tow ratings are and what they're used for.
Knowing your Gross Combined Vehicle Weight (GCVW) will give you an idea of how much capability you'll need. You've got to account for each piece of the puzzle—passengers, cargo and everything in tow. Add up those weights to find your GCVW.
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating is the total maximum allowable weight of a fully loaded vehicle, including passengers and payload—but excluding all towing. This is the total amount of curb weight, cargo weight and passenger weight combined.
Gross Trailer Weight Rating
The Gross Trailer Weight Rating is the total weight of the trailer plus the maximum allowable cargo in it.
Gross Combined Weight Rating
The Gross Combined Weight Rating is the maximum allowable weight of the towing vehicle and the loaded trailer—including all cargo and passengers—that the vehicle can handle without risking damage.
MAX PAYLOAD OR MAX TOWING?
THEY BOTH AFFECT EACH OTHER
One thing that often surprises first-time truck buyers is that towing and payload weights affect each other. If you're carrying a heavy payload, make sure to lighten your trailer load and vice versa.
WHICH FEATURES AFFECT TOWING?
The way your truck is built affects what it can do. Features like cab size, box length, wheel drive system and transmission all influence how much your truck can tow and haul.