If you’re a proud owner of a 2003 Dodge RAM 3500, you already know it’s a powerhouse of a truck. But do you know exactly how much weight it can pull or carry?

Let’s dive into the details so you can get the most out of your RAM.

Officially, the 2003 Dodge RAM 3500 towing capacity ranges between 9,800 to 16,300 pounds. And it can carry a payload of up to 5,133 pounds.

But remember, these numbers can change based on several things like the weight of the truck itself, the maximum weight it can handle (also known as GVWR), the specific model of the truck, and other features of the vehicle.

2003 Dodge RAM 3500 Towing and Payload Capacity Chart

EngineGVWRMax. Payload CapacityMax. Towing CapacityCurb WeightGCWR
5.7L Hemi V811,350 lbs5,133 lbs11,450 lbs6,367 lbs17,000 lbs
5.9L Cummins Turbo Diesel12,000 lbs5,020 lbs16,300 lbs7,006 lbs23,000 lbs
2003 Dodge RAM 3500 Towing and Payload Capacity Chart

To make things easy for you, we’ve put together detailed charts. These charts list the towing and carrying limits for each type of engine available in the 2003 Dodge RAM 3500.

Plus, they include other important information like the truck’s base weight and GCWR (that’s the total weight of the truck, its passengers, cargo, and anything it’s towing).

Whether towing or carrying a payload, it’s critical to adhere to these capacity limits for safety and to ensure the longevity of the vehicle.

Here I’ve collected all the 2003 Dodge RAM 3500 towing and payload capacity information from the official RAM resources including the 2003 Dodge RAM 3500 Brochure and ramtrucks.com.

Trims and Cabs

The 2003 Dodge RAM 3500 presents a versatile array of trims and cab configurations, designed to meet the requirements of every driver. Here’s a detailed exploration:

Trims:

  • ST: The base trim offering fundamental features for utility and comfort.
  • SLT: A step up from the ST, balancing additional amenities with value.

Cab Styles:

  • Regular Cab: Prioritizes maximum cargo space and towing capacity, with a compact interior.
  • Quad Cab: Offers additional seating space and larger rear doors, suitable for passenger transport and substantial cargo needs.

However, it’s crucial to remember that the towing and payload capacities can vary within each trim level.

Towing Capacity by Engines

Every Dodge RAM 3500 owner knows that their truck can pull a substantial load. But, it’s also important to remember that the 2003 Dodge RAM 3500’s towing capacity can vary based on the engine type.

Let’s take a look at how different engines can affect the towing power of your truck.

EngineMax. Towing CapacityCurb WeightGCWR
5.7L Hemi V811,450 lbs6,367 lbs17,000 lbs
5.9L Cummins Turbo Diesel16,300 lbs7,006 lbs23,000 lbs
2003 Dodge RAM 3500 Towing Capacity Chart

5.7L Hemi V8 Towing Capacity

The 5.7L Hemi V8 engine of the 2003 Dodge RAM 3500 is a testament to the truck’s incredible towing prowess.

This powerhouse, featuring a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 11,350 lbs, ensures a formidable maximum towing capacity of 11,450 lbs.

With a Curb Weight of 6,367 lbs, the truck has a Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 17,000 lbs, supporting its impressive towing potential.

5.9L Cummins Turbo Diesel Towing Capacity

The 5.9L Cummins Turbo Diesel engine takes the towing capacity a notch higher.

This engine variant, with a GVWR of 12,000 lbs and a Curb Weight of 7,006 lbs, boasts a maximum towing capacity of 16,300 lbs.

Furthermore, it reaches a GCWR of 23,000 lbs, manifesting the turbo diesel’s exceptional power and torque.

So, it’s clear that the engine you choose plays a big part in deciding how much your Dodge RAM 3500 can tow. With the right engine, you can make the most of your truck’s towing potential.

Payload Capacity by Engines

The 2003 Dodge RAM 3500 is not only great at towing, but it’s also built to carry heavy loads. Just like towing capacity, the payload capacity – the weight your truck can carry in its cargo area – can change depending on the engine type.

Let’s see how different engines impact your RAM’s carrying ability.

EngineGVWRMax. Payload CapacityCurb WeightGCWR
5.7L Hemi V811,350 lbs5,133 lbs6,367 lbs17,000 lbs
5.9L Cummins Turbo Diesel12,000 lbs5,020 lbs7,006 lbs23,000 lbs
2003 Dodge RAM 3500 Payload Capacity Chart

5.7L Hemi V8 Payload Capacity

The 5.7L Hemi V8 engine provides a robust payload capacity, ideal for hauling heavy loads. This engine variant supports a maximum payload capacity of 5,133 lbs, showcasing the truck’s impressive load-bearing capabilities.

5.9L Cummins Turbo Diesel Payload Capacity

The 5.9L Cummins Turbo Diesel engine variant steps up the payload capacity. With this engine, the truck can handle a maximum payload of 5,020 lbs, further demonstrating the RAM 3500’s hauling prowess.

2003 Dodge RAM 3500 Towing and Payload Capacity Charts

Below I’ve attached the charts that I found from the official resource and categorized them based on the 2003 Dodge RAM 3500 Cab styles.

From these charts, you can find every configuration of your truck and a bunch of information regarding Towing and Payload capacity, GCWR, GVWR, Axle Ratios, Trans Type, Engines, Transmission, and Curb Weight.

2003 Dodge RAM 3500 Towing Capacity & Payload Capacity Chart 1 5.7L V8 5.9L Turbo Diesel
2003 Dodge RAM 3500 Towing & Payload Capacity Chart 1
2003 Dodge RAM 3500 Towing Capacity & Payload Capacity Chart 2 5.7L V8 5.9L Turbo Diesel

2003 Dodge RAM 3500 Towing & Payload Capacity Chart 2
2003 Dodge RAM 3500 Towing Capacity & Payload Capacity Chart 3 5.7L V8 5.9L Turbo Diesel
2003 Dodge RAM 3500 Towing & Payload Capacity Chart 3
2003 Dodge RAM 3500 Towing Capacity & Payload Capacity Chart 1 Regular Cab
2003 Dodge RAM 3500 Towing & Payload Capacity Chart – Regular Cab
2003 Dodge RAM 3500 Towing Capacity & Payload Capacity Chart 2 Quad Cab
2003 Dodge RAM 3500 Towing & Payload Capacity Chart – Quad Cab

Regular Cab

ConfigurationMax PayloadMax Towing CapacityCurb WeightGCWR
2dr Regular Cab ST RWD Long Box (DRW)5,00916,2505,99117,000
2dr Regular Cab ST 4WD Long Box (DRW)5,04015,8506,36717,000
2dr Regular Cab SLT RWD Long Box (DRW)5,00916,2505,99117,000
2dr Regular Cab SLT 4WD Long Box (DRW)5,04015,8506,36717,000
2dr Regular Cab Laramie RWD Long Box (DRW)5,00916,2505,99117,000
2dr Regular Cab Laramie 4WD Long Box (DRW)5,04015,8506,36717,000

Quad Cab

ConfigurationMax PayloadMax Towing CapacityCurb WeightGCWR
4dr Quad Cab ST RWD Short Box (SRW)3,40916,3506,49118,000
4dr Quad Cab ST RWD Long Box (SRW)3,29116,1006,60918,000
4dr Quad Cab ST RWD Long Box (DRW)4,65413,3006,34615,000
4dr Quad Cab ST 4WD Short Box (SRW)2,98215,9506,91818,000
4dr Quad Cab ST 4WD Long Box (SRW)2,75915,5507,14118,000
4dr Quad Cab ST 4WD Long Box (DRW)4,68012,8506,82015,000
4dr Quad Cab SLT RWD Short Box (SRW)3,40916,3506,49118,000
4dr Quad Cab SLT RWD Long Box (SRW)3,29116,1006,60918,000
4dr Quad Cab SLT RWD Long Box (DRW)4,65413,3006,34615,000
4dr Quad Cab SLT 4WD Short Box (SRW)2,98215,9506,91818,000
4dr Quad Cab SLT 4WD Long Box (SRW)2,75915,5507,14118,000
4dr Quad Cab SLT 4WD Long Box (DRW)4,68012,8506,82015,000
4dr Quad Cab Laramie RWD Short Box (SRW)3,40916,3506,49118,000
4dr Quad Cab Laramie RWD Long Box (SRW)3,29116,1006,60918,000
4dr Quad Cab Laramie RWD Long Box (DRW)4,65413,3006,34615,000
4dr Quad Cab Laramie 4WD Short Box (SRW)2,98215,9506,91818,000
4dr Quad Cab Laramie 4WD Long Box (SRW)2,75915,5507,14118,000
4dr Quad Cab Laramie 4WD Long Box (DRW)4,68012,8506,82015,000

5th Wheel/Gooseneck Towing Capacity

When it comes to 5th Wheel and Gooseneck towing, the 2003 Dodge RAM 3500 continues to impress. Such specialized towing methods call for high-capacity trucks, and this model certainly fits the bill.

With the 5.7L Hemi V8 engine, the truck has a Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 17,000 lbs., allowing for a substantial towing capacity of 11,450 lbs.

This strength means you can hitch up average 5th wheel or gooseneck trailers with confidence, knowing your RAM 3500 can handle the job.

But if you want to maximize your towing power, the 5.9L Cummins Turbo Diesel variant proves to be the optimal choice. With a whopping GCWR of 23,000 lbs. and a maximum towing capacity of 16,300 lbs., you can tow even larger trailers.

However, it’s crucial to remember that these are estimated figures.

Before you start 5th Wheel or Gooseneck towing, make sure your truck is equipped for it, and you’re following all safety rules. And don’t forget: even with these methods, you should never exceed your truck’s GCWR to prevent damaging your vehicle.

Useful Resources

2003 Dodge RAM 3500 Brochure PDF

Conclusion

Understanding the true potential of your 2003 Dodge RAM 3500 is crucial for safe and efficient use.

With a towing capacity that ranges from 9,800 to 16,300 pounds and a maximum payload capacity of 5,133 pounds, this truck is a reliable companion for heavy-duty tasks.

But remember, these figures aren’t one-size-fits-all. They can change depending on factors like the engine type and the method of towing. For instance, using a 5th Wheel or Gooseneck towing method can allow you to safely tow more weight.

Understanding these variables will help you get the most out of your RAM while keeping it in good condition. Regardless of how you use your 2003 Dodge RAM 3500, always follow safety guidelines and avoid exceeding its weight limits. That way, you can enjoy the power and versatility of your truck for many years to come.

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