By the Numbers: 2019 Ram Towing and Hauling

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We've learned a lot about the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and now we're taking a closer look at its payload and towing numbers.

There have been some interesting upgades made to the new truck that should help make it a better/stronger tow vehicle, such as the new, stiffer frame, upgraded axles and even the extra power the eTorque mild-hybrid system offers.

We like the fact Ram is offering a special thermal heating system for the rear axle (only offered on two-wheel-drive models for now) because it not only warms up the rear axle gear lube, it could also be used to take heat away from an overworked rear axle. The system uses warm engine coolant to heat the axle, so why not use that same coolant to dissipate heat, too? Right now, the system is only offered on the smaller (9.25 inches) non-tow-package axle. We're hoping that will change. The max tow 10-inch rear axle (called a Dana Super 60 center section) would be impressive with the segment's first active rear axle cooling technology.

Regarding the Ram's Max Tow Package, it's worth noting it will have one of the biggest ring gears in the class. Upgraded with a 35-spline set of rear axle shafts, it will run 3.92:1 gears and have a max towing rating of 12,750 pounds. We're guessing that number is likely to go up when the all-new Ram 1500 regular cabs get onto the new platform.

Ram will offer three axle ratio choices: 3.21:1, 3.55:1 and 3.92:1. The last one is packaged with the Max Tow Package and it's the gear set attached to the configuration with the highest gross combined weight rating of 18,200 pounds; as a consequence, the largest max trailing weight listed is 12,750 pounds. To get those capacities, you need a 4x2 Quad Cab with the 5.7-liter V-8 Hemi with the eTorque mild-hybrid system and a gross vehicle weight rating of 6,900 pounds.

The vehicle combination with the most payload capacity, according to Ram's tow chart, is also a 4x2 Quad Cab model with the 6-foot 4-inch bed with the 3.6-liter Pentastar engine (we're assuming with or without the eTorque system) and 3.55:1 gears. That setup offers a 7,100-pound GVWR and 2,320 pounds of payload capacity. Most of the configurations show a payload capacity somewhere between 1,700 and 1,900 pounds, with the bigger numbers provided by the smaller, lighter engine; lower numbers come with the larger, heavier 5.7-liter Hemi with the eTorque technology (which we estimate adds a little less than 100 pounds).

Quad Cabs will come only with the longer bed; crew cabs will be offered in both bed (or wheelbase) lengths. We should note that the smaller 5-foot 7-inch bed typically has less payload capacity (sometimes by less than 100 pounds).

After studying the tow chart, we were unable to find a 2019 Ram 1500 that has a GVWR higher than 7,100 pounds (with the lowest at 6,010 pounds for the HFE trim); the majority of powertrain, axle gear and cab configurations are still at 6,900 or 7,100 pounds, just like the current generation.

Here are just a few examples, with the top payload and trailering combinations first:

  • Quad Cab 4x2, 3.6-liter V-6: 3.55:1, 7,100 GVWR, 2,320 payload (max payload)
  • Quad Cab 4x2, 5.7-liter V-8 with eTorque: 3.92:1, 6,900 GVWR, 12,750 towing (max trailering)
  • Quad Cab 4x2, 5.7-liter: 3.21:1, 6,900 GVWR, 13,900 GCWR, 8,590 towing
  • Quad Cab 4x4, 3.6-liter V-6: 3.21:1, 6,800 GVWR, 11,900 GCWR, 6,460 towing
  • Crew cab 4x2, short box, 3.6-liter V-6: 3.55:1, 6,900 GVWR, 12,900 GCWR, 7,590 towing
  • Crew cab 4x4, short box, 5.7-liter V-8 with eTorque: 3.92:1, 7,100 GVWR, 17,000 GCWR, 11,190 towing
  • Crew cab 4x2, long box, 3.6-liter V-6: 3.55:1, 6,900 GVWR, 12,900 GCWR, 7,550 towing
  • Crew cab 4x4, long box, 5.7-liter V-8 with eTorque: 3.21:1, 7,100 GVWR, 13,900 GCWR, 8,080 towing photos by Christian Lantry; manufacturer image


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I was hoping for that innovative New Tailgate. Smh.


The F-150 has 14.700 lb towing and 3300 payload

Here are the only people who say so called "ecoboost" rules:
1. kids.
2. employees of Ford.
3. mechanics that fix Fords, since they make plenty of money fixing them.
4. people who buy them and don't keep them until the end of their lives.

Ill take this V8 over any eco-bust that claims it can tow 14,700 lbs, plus it will last longer and get better gas mileage. Like GM, Ram doesn't care about bragging rights! It cares about real world numbers!!

That 12k+ tow rating is meaningless with such a small payload number.

"Ill take this V8 over any eco-bust that claims it can tow 14,700 lbs, plus it will last longer and get better gas mileage. Like GM, Ram doesn't care about bragging rights! It cares about real world numbers!!

Posted by: TNTGMC"

Someone is pulling your leg. The real rating is 13,200lbs towing. So far I am very happy with my EcoBoost pulling 11,000lbs with only the 6 speed transmission but the new Ram is very impressive. I do feel like they need some updated engines though. My guess is that we will see them in a couple of years. That is the only weakness that I see in this truck.

The F150 just met it's match....


That's funny man!

@GMSRGREAT..., Wow!!..., I'm shocked..., I agree with you about the relationship between towing and payload. (Not trvlling you here)
I know under certain circumstances in the half-ton category, manufacturers achieve these ratings with special packages..., but, I'm just not feeling safe maxing-out a half-ton. (To many steep hills in my travels)
God Bless those that do...

@Ecoboost whatever
That's nice, that you can tow more. V6 turbo gasoline doesn't have enough power to stop it downhill . eTorque works like engine brake with extra 130 lb.ft. of resistance.
BTW: 2019 RAM 1500 has largest rotors 14.9" up front on top of that.

Good to see that weight loss has payload back up in the useful range. I dont quite understand that differential heating business on the non max-tow trucks. I dont see the engine getting warm before the axle enough to provid a fuel economy advantage. Cold gear oil has never been a durability issue. Worst case, you specify some fancy low temp synthetic. Seems like unnecessary complexity.

A crew cab 4x4, long box and a 5.7 L v8 hemi and only just over 8,000 lbs maximum tow capacity? The quad cab 4x4 same engine is more realistic, but the most popular configs these days are crew cabs. Guess which build you'll see more of in commercials claiming best in class tow numbers so the sheeple will jump on board?

Hey RAM, will you increase the trim/versions that are truck camper compatible?

When you are serious about towing, you will look at a 3/4 ton Diesel min. Almost 1,000 Ft. Lb @ 1500 rpm! Bigger Brakes, Frame, Drivetrain.

Agreed regarding Ram's low payload weight limiting their ridiculously spec'd max towing weight. That's what you get when you want a car-like ride. Heck, Ram might as well bring back an El Camino-like vehicle.

This past spring my family went from florida to wyoming pulling a 23 foot trailer,my truck has a 3.6 v/6 and 8sp trans and 3.21 gears. We average 14 mpg and never had any problems,even in the mountains.It pulled great!


What wheel size were used to get these tow numbers?
Trying to decide between 2019 1500 or wait on re-do of 2500. Only tow camper of about 8500 lbs.

@ DW

You mention a camper but don't say how often you use it. The RAM 2500 would be my favorite, esp for hauling the camper. If you don't need the Cummins the Hemi should be ok, but the Cummins sure would shine pulling the camper.

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