RAM 3500 Towing Capacity by Year

Find out how much the RAM 3500 can pull with data across 11 years, from 2012 to 2022, and a total of 272 vehicles.

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How Good is the RAM 3500 for Towing?

The average tow capacity of all vehicles in our database is 4,880 pounds. The table below shows the RAM 3500 towing capacity range for each RAM 3500 year, and compares it to the average towing capacity of all vehicles in our database.

Year Towing Capacity +/-% of Average
2022 13,000 - 14,000 lbs +176.6%
2021 13,000 - 14,000 lbs +176.6%
2020 13,000 - 14,000 lbs +176.6%
2019 13,000 - 14,000 lbs +176.6%
2018 10,000 - 12,000 lbs +125.4%
2017 16,000 - 17,000 lbs +238.1%
2016 10,990 - 11,910 lbs +134.6%
2015 11,460 - 11,850 lbs +138.8%
2014 10,750 - 11,850 lbs +131.6%
2013 10,880 - 11,860 lbs +133.0%
2012 10,850 - 13,850 lbs +153.1%

How to Check the Tow Capacity of Your RAM 3500

So you're looking to tow something with your RAM 3500 and wanna make sure it's up to the task? Well, there are a few different things to consider when it comes to figuring out a vehicle's tow capacity.

First things first, you'll want to check out the owner's manual for your ride. It'll probably have a section that tells you the manufacturer's recommended maximum towing weight for the RAM 3500. It's always a good idea to follow their guidelines, since they've done all the testing and whatnot.

Another place to look is a manufacturer's towing guide. These are usually available on the manufacturer's website or at a dealership, and they'll have more in-depth info on the towing capacity of different RAM models.

Size matters when it comes to towing, so it's worth taking a look at your 3500's engine size and transmission type. A bigger engine and a heavy-duty transmission will usually be able to handle a heavier load. And don't forget about the weight of the load itself – the combined weight of your 3500 and the stuff you're hauling shouldn't exceed its maximum tow capacity.

It's also a good idea to check out the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of your 3500. This is the maximum weight that it's designed to carry, including the weight of the vehicle itself, any passengers, and any cargo. You can find the GVWR in the owner's manual or on a label on the inside of the driver's side door.

One more thing to consider is the tongue weight – that's the weight that's applied to the hitch when you're towing a trailer. Make sure the tongue weight is within the recommended range for your 3500 to ensure proper weight distribution and stability. You can calculate the tongue weight by weighing the trailer with the load on it at a weigh station or with a special tongue weight scale.

Last but not least, take a look at the hitch rating on your 3500. This is the maximum weight that the hitch is designed to handle. Make sure the hitch rating is equal to or higher than the combined weight of the trailer and the load.

So there you have it – those are the main things to consider when it comes to determining the tow capacity of your RAM 3500. Better to be safe than sorry, so if you're in doubt, it's probably a good idea to go with a vehicle that has a higher tow capacity than you think you'll need. That way you'll have a little extra wiggle room in case you end up hauling more weight than you expected.

All of this data is available on this site, so you can always check back to see if we've added more info on the RAM 3500 you're interested in.

Important: we provide the data for education purposes only, and we're not responsible for any towing accidents that may occur. Always follow the manufacturer's guidelines and use common sense when towing.