BEFORE YOU BUY
TOW IN THE KNOW
Whether you’re new to towing or just have questions, we’ve got you covered. Explore
essential towing topics like the maximum tow ratings of Ram trucks and vans, calculating
towing capacity, payload capacity and more.
A Ram 1500 might be considered light duty, but it certainly packs a punch while maintaining efficiency. It’s perfect for hauling boats, travel trailers, ATVs or other recreational vehicles.
Both the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 are heavy-duty trucks with the power to tackle heavy loads. They can haul things like horses, RVs, sailboats and trailers connected with fifth-wheel or gooseneck hitches.
CALCULATING TOWING CAPACITY
GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING
GROSS TRAILER WEIGHT RATING
GROSS COMBINED WEIGHT RATING
PAYLOAD VS TOWING
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
HITCH RECEIVER TYPES
WHEEL DRIVE SYSTEM
HOW DO UPFITS INFLUENCE TOWING?
Upfits allow you to customize your Ram truck or van to add more workspace and versatility for your business needs. When it comes to towing, some upfits feature available built-in rear hitch accessories for easy towing access. Just keep in mind that the weight of the upfit must be subtracted from the total payload of the vehicle to determine remaining payload, available tongue weight and, ultimately, trailer towing capacity.
Torque refers to rotational power, and when applied to a vehicle, it indicates the force produced by an engine’s crankshaft, measured in pound-feet. Generally, the more torque that a vehicle can apply, the better suited it is for moving heavy objects—such as when towing or climbing steep grades.
Horsepower is a measure of the power that an engine produces, or what it takes to move an object over a certain distance in a certain amount of time. In the simplest terms, horsepower measures the rate at which work is done. One unit of horsepower is the power required to raise a 33,000-pound object by one foot in a minute.
Payload capacity is the amount of weight your vehicle can carry, including passengers and cargo. It does not include the weight of the vehicle itself.
Towing capacity indicates how much your vehicle can tow, including the weight of your trailer itself.
To calculate your towing capacity, you’ll need to know your vehicle’s Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR, which is determined by the manufacturer), the weight of your vehicle (or curb weight), and the weight of any payload you’re carrying (passengers and cargo combined). Subtract the vehicle’s curb weight and payload weight from GCWR to find how much your vehicle can tow.