The Dodge Ram 1500's are popular and chances are you see many of them driving around on today's road but what can they tow? Are they worthy to compete with other trucks in their class?
This is an in depth article on the towing capacity numbers for the Ram 1500's and I tried to put all of the information together in a more organized order to make it easier to read and digest. Hope it helps!
Overview of the Data For the Dodge Ram 1500's:
Engine Choices: The engine choices for the Ram 1500s were the main factor out of all of the model years when it came to determining towing capacity. The 5.7l engine was one of the strongest engines that came equipped, while the 3.6l and 3.7l engines were some of the weakest engines.
Cab Configurations: I did see a small difference in towing capacity numbers for the Ram 1500s, just by a couple of hundred pounds in most cases for different cab configurations which is typical for all manufacturers.
Axle Ratios: I did notice that some of the Ram 1500's came with two or more axle ratio options and the axle ratio that you had equipped made a huge difference in some cases by a couple of thousand pounds even!
Towing Capacity: The towing capacities for the Ram 1500's really ranged from model to model and even more throughout the years. What really surprised me though was the towing capacity difference between different engines and axle ratio combinations.
The Ram 1500's that had a larger engine (5.7l) and a higher axle ratio had some of the best towing specs, while smaller engines like the 3.6l and 3.7l engines with lower axle ratios had surprisingly low towing specs.
In order to find your specific towing specs for your Ram 1500, you will need to know what engine, transmission and axle ratio you have installed. You can use your VIN number to identify these, and I explain how to do this towards the bottom of this article.
Some Dodge Ram 1500 Towing charts I found had many different tables for a specific model year and I decided to embed the PDF instead of posting images of the charts themselves to conserve resources.
The 2020 Ram 1500's had three different engine options: the 3.0l engine, the 3.6l engine and the 5.7l engine.
The towing capacity for the 2020 Ram 1500's ranged quite a bit, 6,390 pounds at the lower end and going up to 12,750 pounds.
The 2020 1500's equipped with the 3.6l engine had some of the lowest tow ratings, according to the charts, ranging from 6,390-7,710 pounds. The 3.0l engine held the moderate to higher ratings, ranging in specs from 7,850-12,560 pounds and the 5.7l engine had the highest specs on the charts (in general), ranging from 8,120-12,750 pounds.
2020 Classic Models:
For the 2020 Classic Ram 1500's, there were only two engine options: the 3.6l and 5.7l engines, without the 3.0l engine like we saw with the other 2020 models (above).
The towing capacity was a little different too for the 2020 Ram 1500 Classic models, ranging from 4,350 pounds on the lower end and 10,680 on the higher end.
Of course the 2020 Classic Ram 1500's equipped with the 3.6l engine had substantially lower towing specs than models equipped with the 5.7l engine, ranging from 4,350-7,580 pounds but even the differences between models that used the 3.6l engine that had the 3.21 and 3.55 axle ratios were substantial.
Models equipped with the 5.7l engine ranged in capacity from 8,020-10,680 pounds and models equipped with the 3.92 axle ratio had greater overall numbers than models equipped with the 3.21 axle ratios.
The 2019 Dodge Ram 1500's had the same two engine options that the 2020 Classic models had with a few slight differences in capacities.
The towing capacity range overall for the 2019 Ram 1500's was between 6,250 pounds and 12,750 pounds, quite different from the 2020 Classic models.
Again, the 2019 models equipped with the 3.6l engine had significantly lower ratings than models equipped with the 5.7l engine, ranging from 6,250-7,520 pounds.
1500's that had the 5.7l engines equipped saw a larger towing range overall, having a minimum rating of 8,020 pounds, going all the way up to 12,750 pounds.
The axle ratios did play a huge part in the numbers as well, as it did for the 2020 models, so be sure to pay attention to these "small" details.
2019 Classic Models:
The 2019 Classic 1500's had a massive towing chart with 46 pages, so I just went ahead and linked to that PDF below for those of you who want to check it out in full.
The towing capacity for the 2019 Classic 1500's ranged from 4,370-10,710 pounds from three different engine choices: a 3.0l engine, a 3.6l engine and a 5.7l engine.
When it came to engine options and towing capacity, the 3.6l engines had the lowest numbers, while the 3.0l and 5.7l engines had the highest, similar to the 2020 Ram 1500s.
2019 Classic 1500's equipped with the 3.6l engines had a towing capacity range of between 4,370-7,680 pounds, while the 3.0l engines had a range of 7,540-9,290 pounds and the 5.7l engines ranged from 4,790-10,710 pounds, according to the MASSIVE towing chart.
I grouped the 2018-2014 Ram 1500's together because of the same engine options that were offered. The three engine choices were the 3.0l engine, the 3.6l engine and the 5.7l engine.
The towing capacity for the 2018-2014 Ram 1500's ranged from 4,050 pounds on the low end (3.6l engine) and 10,650 on the high end (5.7l engine).
By now, I know that the 3.6l engines have the lowest towing specs out of the three engines, ranging from 4,050-7,610 pounds for the 2018-2014 model 1500s.
The other 2018-2014 models equipped with the 3.0l engine had a range of 6,800-9,240 pounds and models equipped with the 5.7l engine had a range of between 4,900 and 10,650 pounds.
The 2013 Ram 1500's were a little different from later and earlier model years due to the engine choices, which were the 3.6l, 4.7l and 5.7l engines.
The average towing capacity for the 2013 Ram 1500's ranged from 4,000-10,450 pounds, depending on your configuration.
For 2013 model ram 1500's, the 3.6l engine had the lowest towing numbers, starting at 4,000 pounds and going up to 6,500 pounds. The 4.7l engine ranged from 5,700-7,700 pounds and the 5.7l engines were capable of between 4,900-10,450 pounds, according to the charts.
The 2012-2007 model Ram 1500's had the three same engine options for all the model years: the 3.7l, 4.7l and the 5.7l engines and is why I grouped them together.
The overall towing capacity for the 2012-2007 Ram 1500's ranged from 2,900-11,500 pounds, comparing all of the different model years.
Of course, the 3.7l engine produced the least amount of power out of the three engines (by far), and you were able to see this in the towing capacity range, which ranged between a mere 2,900-3,800 pounds.
The 4.7l engines produced a little more power and better towing specs, ranging from 3,850-7,700 pounds and the 5.7l engines produced the most power and had the best towing specs overall, ranging between 4,900-11,500 pounds for 2012-2007 model 1500s.
The 2006 Ram 1500's had the same three engines that the 2012-2007 models had, the 3.7, 4.7 and 5.7l engines but there was another engine.... a massive 8.3l in the charts too!
The towing capacity for the 2006 Ram 1500's ranged from 2900 pounds, up to 9,100 pounds, for all models.
If we break it down by engine, we can see that the 2006 Ram 1500's had a towing capacity range of between 2,900-3,800 pounds for the 3.7l engines, 3,700-7,650 pounds for the 4.7l engines and 7,350-9,100 pounds for the 5.7l engines.
There only seemed to be one model that came equipped with the 8.3l engine, and it had a surprisingly lower capacity on the charts than I expected, spec'd at 8,150 pounds.
2005 & 2004 Models:
Ram 1500's produced in 2005 and 2004 had three engine choices to choose from and these were the 3.7l, 4.7l, and 5.7l engines, according to the towing charts.
The overall average towing specs for Ram 1500's made in 2005 and 2004 ranged from 2,950-9,250 pounds.
We will again break down the towing capacities according to the engine equipped to get a general idea of how much power each motor was capable of.
The towing capacity range for '05 and '04 Ram 1500's equipped with the 3.7l engines was between 2,950-3,850 pounds and if you had the 4.7l engine it was more like 3,750-7,750 pounds.
Models equipped with the 5.7l engines ranged from 7,500-9,250 pounds.
What Axle Ratio & Transmission Do I Have?
You will need to know your axle ratio and what transmission you have equipped in order to find out the exact towing specs for your Ram 1500 and there are a couple of ways to do that...
The easiest way to figure out all of the required specs to calculate your towing capacity (including your axle ratio and transmission info) would be using your VIN and plugging it into
It will give you all the specs on your 1500, including the axle ratio, engine and transmission information. The information in the example image below was found towards the bottom of the PDF document under "optional equipment".
If you purchased a newer Ram 1500 (original/1st owner), then you should have a build sheet for the truck that will state what axle ratio came standard or if you opted for a different axle ratio, it will be listed in the options section.
If you want to visually check to verify the axle ratio yourself, then you will have to get under the truck and look at your rear differential housing to see if you can find a tag or stamped numbers on the housing that states what your axle ratio is. Below is an image of what you might find, if the paper tag is still intact...
I noticed on the 2005 and 2004 Ram 1500's towing charts that under the transmission area there are labels with a letter and a number (A6, M6, M5, etc.) and this simply indicates A=automatic transmission and M=manual transmission and the number after the letter indicates how many speeds/gears the transmission has (M6=Manual 6 speed transmission).
Truck Box Sizes
When looking at the towing charts you will need to know your box size in many of the model years to get a correct weight rating and the box size that is referred to is a measurement from the rear window to the tailgate, so in essence, it is the length of the bed.
Cab Configurations For The Ram 1500's:
You will also have to know the cab configuration you have in many cases to get the information in the towing charts from the correct section of the charts. There are four choices: regular cab, quad cab, crew cab and mega cab.
The regular cab has two doors, the quad cab has two large front doors and smaller back doors, the crew and mega cabs have four full-sized doors.
Resources I Used For The Ram 1500's:
I went ahead and used Dodge's towing guides for their Ram 1500's to gather and organize all of the information in this article and wanted to link to my sources for those of you out there who want to view them for themselves.
- 2020 Towing Guide
- 2020 Classic Towing Guide
- 2019 Towing Guide
- 2019 Classic Towing Guide
- 2018 Towing Guide
- 2017 Towing Guide
- 2016 Towing Guide
- 2015 Towing Guide
- 2014 Towing Guide
- 2013 Towing Guide
- 2012 Towing Guide
- 2011 Towing Guide
- 2010 Towing Guide
- 2009 Towing Guide
- 2008 Towing Guide
- 2007 Towing Guide
- 2006 Towing Guide
- 2005 Towing Guide
- 2004 Towing Guide