Towing Specs for 2016 Ram 1500

Towing Specs for 2016 Ram 1500

Ram1500 Towing

Due to popular demand we have brought it on ourselves to explain Ram 1500 towing down to a tee. We are writing this with the beginners in mind so let’s make it real simple and not get too technical about towing. Here are the buzz words, the things you need to know and the easy way to make a decision about the Ram 1500 you’re going to purchase and the towing capacities.

First, buzz words:

Torque: The moment of force.  The tendency of a force to rotate an object about an axis. In other words it is the measure of the turning force, on the flywheel.

Horsepower: The measurement of power or the rate that work is performed. In other words it is the power that keeps the vehicle moving. Power is the product of the torque that the motor generates.

Wheel base:  Essentially the longer the wheel base the more weight you will be able to tow (with all other factors being equal. The reason, the weight is distributed more evenly making the towing much smoother.

Axel Ratio: We will use a standard 3.92 axel ratio that comes standard on this particular 2016 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman 4x4 5.7L.

Ram 1500 Towing

The higher the numerical value of the ratio, equals the lower the gearing on the rear end. So this trucks driveshaft will spin 3.92 turns for every 1 turn of the tire. Another example of this is a bicycle: if you start the bicycle in the tenth gear (lower gear) you can get it going really fast really quick but you will eventually limit your top end performance.

If you have a higher axel ratio like a 3.55 or a 3.21 you will get going slower but your engine won’t be working quite as hard.

The fuel economy difference is so minimal that it is not even a question when it comes to the performance of the towing.

Payload: The amount of weight possible to haul in the vehicle including passengers and cargo space. (GCVR) or Gross Combined Vehicle Rating

Towing: Includes weight from cabin, cargo and towed element.
(GCWR) Gross Combined Weight Ratio

Drive system (4x4 vs RWD) Generally RWD trucks will have a higher tow rating because the 4x4 system will add weight. The weight will vary from an additional 250-500lbs which will come off of the GCWR.

Below are the towing ratings for each engine and transmission combination found on the 2016 Ram 1500’s. You can see where the major differences are based on all different factors including 4x4 vs 4x2, wheel base, axel ratio, engine size, and cab length.  It makes a significant different when you factor in all of these elements. You can go from towing 4600 pounds to over 10,000 lbs.

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So when purchasing a Ram 1500 - Make sure you know the weight of what you will be towing. From here you can use this guide below to make sure you are well within the confines of your trucks towing ability.

Ram 1500 Towing