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Towing and Payload

RAM Truck Payload and Towing Comparison

 EngineMax PayloadMax Towing
RAM 1500 Express5.7-Liter V8 Hemi MDS VVT1,719 lbs10,500 lbs
Ram 1500 Tradesman5.7-Liter V8 Hemi MDS VVT1,719 lbs10,500 lbs
Ram 1500 SLT5.7-Liter V8 Hemi MDS VVT1,781 lbs10,450 lbs
Ram 1500 Lone Star5.7-Liter V8 Hemi MDS VVT1,781 lbs10,450 lbs
Ram 1500 Big Horn5.7-Liter V8 Hemi MDS VVT1,781 lbs10,450 lbs
Ram 1500 Sport5.7-Liter V8 Hemi MDS VVT1,683 lbs10,350 lbs
Ram 1500 Laramie5.7-Liter V8 Hemi MDS VVT1,629 lbs10,300 lbs
Ram 1500 Tradesman3.0-Liter V6 EcoDiesel1,501 lbs9,050 lbs
Ram 1500 Laramie3.0-Liter V6 EcoDiesel1,455 lbs8,900 lbs
Ram 1500 Big Horn3.0-Liter V6 EcoDiesel1,614 lbs8,050 lbs
Ram 1500 SLT3.0-Liter V6 EcoDiesel1,464 lbs8,050 lbs
Ram 1500 Lone Star3.0-Liter V6 EcoDiesel1,614 lbs8,050 lbs
Ram 1500 Big Horn3.6-Liter V6 24-Valve VVT1,896 lbs7,600 lbs
Ram 1500 Lone Star3.6-Liter V6 24-Valve VVT1,896 lbs7,600 lbs
Ram 1500 Tradesman3.6-Liter V6 24-Valve VVT1,949 lbs7,600 lbs
Ram 1500 Express3.6-Liter V6 24-Valve VVT1,949 lbs7,600 lbs
Ram 1500 SLT3.6-Liter V6 24-Valve VVT1,896 lbs7,600 lbs
Ram 1500 Laramie3.6-Liter V6 24-Valve VVT1,744 lbs7,450 lbs
RAM 2500 Tradesman6.7-Liter I6 Turbo Diesel3,166 lbs17,750 lbs
RAM 2500 SLT6.4-Liter V8 Mid Duty Hemi MDS3,907 lbs17,750 lbs
RAM 2500 SLT6.7-Liter I6 Cummins Turbo Diesel2,996 lbs17,600 lbs
RAM 2500 Tradesman5.7-Liter V8 Hemi VVT3,045 lbs17,150 lbs
RAM 2500 SLT5.7-Liter V8 Hemi VVT2,943 lbs16,500 lbs
RAM 2500 Tradesman5.7-Liter V8 Hemi VVT3,974 lbs16,300 lbs
RAM 3500 Dually Tradesman6.7-Liter I6 Cummins Turbo Diesel6,578 lbs30,000 lbs
RAM 35006.7-Liter I6 Cummins Turbo Diesel6,543 lbs29,950 lbs
RAM 35006.7-Liter I6 Cummins Turbo Diesel6,724 lbs22,550 lbs
RAM 35006.7-Liter I6 Cummins Turbo Diesel6,688 lbs22,500 lbs
RAM 35006.4-Liter V8 Mid Duty Hemi MDS4,108 lbs16,350 lbs
RAM 35006.4-Liter V8 Mid Duty Hemi MDS4,136 lbs16,300 lbs
RAM 35005.7-Liter V8 Hemi VVT4,048 lbs13,900 lbs
RAM 35005.7-Liter V8 Hemi VVT4,078 lbs13,900 lbs

*All Models listed have Quad Cab, 6’4″ box, Automatic Transmission, and 4×2 Wheel Drive

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RAM 1500, 2500 & 3500

With the 1500, 2500 and the 3500 pickup trucks in the 2017 lineup, Ram has all the bases covered when you’re looking for a new truck. Long gone are the days when a truck like a RAM 1500 from Houma, LA, really was a light duty model, as today’s vehicle offers more capability and durability than many heavy-duty trucks of the past. Scroll down to compare different RAM Truck models towing and payload capacity.

It certainly isn’t as simple anymore as just picking the one of the three that has the towing capacity you need. That’s because a new RAM 1500 could be more than capable of performing the tasks most buyers will ever require it, especially if you are only occasionally using it to anywhere near its limit. However, if you are doing heavy work more often and for longer periods, it might be wise to head over to the Morgan City dealer and look at a RAM 2500 or even a RAM 3500.

While commercial buyers may be well-versed in which of these three outstanding trucks is right for their needs, the increasing capability of today’s trucks and engines can be confusing for retail buyers. As trucks have never been more popular for recreation and adventuring, these three models need to be looked at in some detail before checking them out at the Thibodaux RAM dealer.

The 2017 RAM 1500 is a real favorite in the half-ton truck segment, with fuel economy and ride comfort being among its main strengths. The RAM 1500 has three engines available, which are: a 3.6-liter V-6 providing 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque, a powerful 5.7-liter V-8 unit that produces 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. torque and a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V-6 rated at 240 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. When properly equipped, the RAM 1500 can tow as much as 10,650 pounds. Depending on the engine you choose, the RAM 1500 comes with either a six- or eight-speed automatic transmission.

There are tons of different variations of the RAM 1500 that offer varying cabs, beds and a plethora of trim levels. The bottom line is that there is a RAM 1500 for just about every user and application, with trim levels and options that can take it from a basic workhorse to a truly luxurious family vehicle that rivals many luxury cars.

If you are towing or hauling towards the upper-end of the RAM 1500’s capacities on a more regular basis, the 2017 RAM 2500 may well be the truck you need. With a maximum tow rating approaching 18,000 pounds and a maximum payload of almost 4,000 pounds, there isn’t an awful lot the RAM 2500 can’t handle.

One thing that sets the new RAM 2500 apart from its siblings and rivals is its coil spring rear suspension, which is a notable departure from the leaf springs that are the norm in the segment. If you’re choosing between the RAM 2500 and RAM 3500, you may want to consider that the new RAM 3500 has leaf spring rear suspension. If you prefer a smoother ride over the additional capabilities of a firmer ride, the RAM 2500 could be the way to go.

The RAM 2500’s standard engine in most versions of the RAM 2500 is a 5.7-liter V-8 putting out 383 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque, that’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Two other options are available, which are a 6.4-liter V-8 and a 6.7-liter turbo-diesel inline six-cylinder. The 6.4-liter V-8 develops 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque with a six-speed automatic box. The diesel will get you 350 horsepower and 660 lb.-ft. of torque when it’s paired with the available six-speed manual transmission, or 370 horsepower and an incredible 800 lb.-ft. of torque with the very capable six-speed automatic. All models are available in either two or four-wheel drive formats.

When the job you have to do with your truck is getting to really gigantic proportions and you need it to perform day-in, day-out, the RAM 3500 is about as capable and durable as trucks get. It offers simply monumental levels of torque with its diesel and automatic powertrain, high-quality interiors, extremely roomy seating (especially with the Mega Cab) and a quiet ride, particularly on the highway.

With its astonishing maximum tow rating of 30,000 pounds and a payload limit of 7,390 pounds, it’s hard to imagine a task that’s beyond the RAM 3500’s capabilities. Once again, just because it’s an incredible workhorse doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comforts and luxuries. If you want a truly upscale experience that’s well-beyond normal expectations for a big truck, the ultra-luxurious RAM 3500 Laramie Longhorn “Mega Cab” is the one. Its upgraded leather upholstery, power-adjustable pedals, heated wood-and-leather steering wheel and heated front and rear seats, would put some limousines to shame for sheer comfort and opulence.

The engine lineup for the RAM 3500 is largely the same as for the RAM 2500. However, the 6.7-liter Cummins diesel in the 2017 RAM 3500 has the option of a heavy-duty Aisin automatic transmission that enables ratings of 385 horsepower, and an incredibly capable 865 lb.-ft. of torque.

Whatever you’re looking to do with a truck, there’s a model in the 2017 RAM lineup that’s right for you. Whether you’re a hard-working contractor operating in the most demanding environments, or a weekend warrior who likes to take the boat fishing at the weekend, there’s a RAM truck that can be almost tailor-made to suit your exact demands and needs.

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