Dodge Ram 1500 Towing Capacity – Can It Tow Your Travel Trailer?

Dodge Ram 1500 Towing CapacityCan your Dodge Ram 1500 towing capacity be enough to tow your travel trailer? When it comes to towing your travel trailer your choice of towing vehicle obviously depends on the weight rating of your trailer.

In today’s post we will take a look at the iconic Dodge Ram a full size American pick up truck and see just how much travel trailer it can tow. Motor Trend magazine has ranked the Dodge 1500 as “Truck of the Year” 5 times.  This pick-up was ranked second in the U.S. News list for the best full-size pickup in 2014.

Dodge 1500 Interior and Under The Hood

The Dodge 1500 first and foremost is a work truck but offer some very refined features that take it well being that of a typical work horse. Features such as:

  • Leather lined luxury interior
  • Smooth ride
  • Comfortable seats
  • Lot of storage

Under the hood you’ll find plenty of power with the standard 305 horsepower 3.6 liter V6. If that isn’t enough for you engine options include the 395 horsepower 5.7 litre Hemi v8, and the 3.0 liter turbo diesel V6 that cranks out 240 horses. You can team any of these engine options with an 8-speed automatic transmission in either standard two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

Dodge 1500 Option Packages

You can equip your Dodge pickup with one of their named option packages such as the Big Horn. The Big Horn Option Package consists of:

  • Class IV trailer hitch
  • Electric shift transfer case
  • Fog lamps
  • Bright exhaust tips
  • Power driver’s side seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
  • Folding rear seat
  • 115V AC outlet for charging today’s mobile devices

For entertainment you can get Chrysler’s Uconnect entertainment system which offers a 8.4″ screen, AM/FM/Sirius radio, Bluetooth, SD and auxiliary inputs.

Dodge Ram 1500 Towing Capacity

The Dodge Ram 1500 like we mentioned earlier is a “work horse” thus we are not surprised at just how much and how well it can tow. First off there are two important things that will affect the Dodge Ram 1500 towing capacity. One of them is engine and the other is axle ratio. To give you an example of the difference let take a look at two different option on the Ram 1500.

Option 1:

Vehicle: Dodge Ram Crew Cab SLT

Engine: 3.6L Pentastar V6

Axle Ratio: 3.21

Maximum Towing Capacity: 4,500 lbs

Option 2:

Vehicle: Dodge Ram Crew Cab SLT

Engine: 3.6L Pentastar V6

Axle Ratio: 3.55

Maximum Towing Capacity: 7,500 lbs

As you can see from above the axle ratio makes a big difference in the Dodge Ram 1500 towing capacity. The same thing goes for an engine upgrade. Often times the difference is thousands of pounds of additional towing capacity which translates to you being able to tow a much bigger trailer. If you would like to play around with this variable check out the Ram trucks towing guide.

In order to help you decide if the Dodge Ram 1500 is right for you we have included an infographics for you to view.

Dodge Ram 1500 Towing Capacity