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Ram trucks floor GM, Ford tow ratings

As far as bomb dropping goes Ram just pulled out a nuke.  News came this week the 2013 Ram 3500 is rated to tow 30,000lbs, up from a maximum towing capacity of 22,750lbs for their equivalent setup in 2012. To put that in perspective similarly equipped heavy-duty 3500 pickups from General Motors are rated to tow 23,100 pounds while Ford’s most capable F-350 is rated at 22,800 pounds.


Dodge now enjoys a 6,900lb towing lead over GM; about five hundred pounds more than the curb weight of a 2013 GMC Sierra 3500hd. The news might come as especially sour grapes to GM who revealed their 2014 pickups recently under the tongue-in-check marketing message they were more truck-like than the competition.  

Ram attributes the hefty increase in the 3500’s towing capability to a number of improvements they made for the new model year. At the core of the changes is a new class-exclusive 50,000 pounds-per-square-inch high-strength steel frame, improved transfer case, higher-capacity transmission and beefed-up 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel engine that now makes a best-in-class 850lb-ft or torque.

The upgrades allowed the 3500’s Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) to reach 37,600 pounds, up from 30,010 pounds from the 2012 model.  Both Ford and GM’s heavy-haulers top out at 30,500 GCWR.

To help crazy people latch 30,000lbs of whatever to the Ram 3500, new for 2013 options include an available fifth-wheel gooseneck trailer mount for heavy duty trailers and a 17,000lb Class V trailer hitch. To keep the bridge-buckling monster safely planted on the road dually models now include class-exclusive stability control for all four of the rear wheels.

SOURCES:

Autoweek

FourWheeler

Left Lane


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Brandon Seiler is a bonafide car guy, member of the Northwest Auto Press Association and proud Washingtonian. He covers the latest auto news, technology, and pretty much anything having to do with car culture. You don't have to like cars to read his blogs, you just have to be able to read.

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