We’re going to dive into the towing capacity of the 2023 RAM 1500 and 2023 RAM 1500 Classic, beloved models that are still making waves in the truck world.

And to make things even more interesting, we’re including some beautiful charts to help you compare and contrast the two models side by side.

So buckle up, because we’re about to take you on a journey through the towing capacity of two of the most impressive trucks on the market.

The 2023 RAM 1500 has a maximum Towing Capacity ranging between 6,390 – 12,750 lbs and a maximum payload capacity of 2,300 lbs WHILE the 2023 RAM 1500 Classic has a maximum Towing Capacity ranging between 4,350 – 10,610 lbs. and a maximum payload capacity of 1,930 lbs.

This can vary depending on factors such as the vehicle’s Curb Weight, Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), Payload, and other factors.

2023 RAM 1500 Towing Capacity Chart

EnginesAxle RatioGCWRMax. Towing CapacityMax. Payload
3.6L Pentastar V6 eTorque3.2111,900 lbs6620 lbs1810 lbs
3.6L Pentastar V6 eTorque3.5512,900 lbs7710 lbs2000 lbs
5.7L HEMI V83.2113,900 lbs8520 lbs2300 lbs
5.7L HEMI V83.9217,000 lbs11,620 lbs1900 lbs
5.7L HEMI V8 eTorque3.2113,900 lbs8440 lbs1900 lbs
5.7L HEMI V8 eTorque3.9217,000 lbs11,540 lbs1820 lbs
5.7L HEMI V8 eTorque3.9218,350 lbs12,750 lbs1820 lbs
6.2L HEMI V83.557,800 lbs8100 lbs1310 lbs
2023 RAM 1500 Towing Capacity Chart

2023 RAM 1500 Classic Towing Capacity Chart

EnginesAxle RatioGCWRMax. Towing CapacityMax. Payload
3.6L Pentastar V63.219850 lbs4940 lbs1510 lbs
3.6L Pentastar V63.5512,200 lbs7290 lbs1580 lbs
3.6L Pentastar V63.5512,400 lbs7270 lbs1910 lbs
3.6L Pentastar V63.5512,900 lbs7660 lbs1930 lbs
5.7L HEMI V83.2113,800 lbs8650 lbs1610 lbs
5.7L HEMI V83.9214,350 lbs9200 lbs1680 lbs
5.7L HEMI V83.9215,850 lbs10,110 lbs1710 lbs
5.7L HEMI V83.9215,975 lbs10,610 lbs1810 lbs
2023 RAM 1500 Classic Towing Capacity Chart

It is also crucial to remember that the total weight of the vehicle and the trailer should not surpass the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) specified for the RAM 1500.

Here I’ve collected all the 2023 RAM 1500 and 2023 RAM 1500 Classic towing and payload capacity information from the official RAM resources including the 2023 RAM 1500 Brochure and 2023 RAM 1500 Classic Brochure.

Be sure to consult your owner’s manual or a trusted mechanic to determine the maximum towing capacity for your specific vehicle.

Trims

The 2023 RAM 1500 offers a diverse range of trims to suit various driving needs and preferences.

From the rugged and reliable Tradesman to the powerful and aggressive TRX, each trim boasts its unique features and capabilities.

The RAM 1500 Classic also offers several trims, including the versatile Express, the stylish Warlock, and the dependable Tradesman.

2023 RAM 1500 Trims2023 RAM 1500 Classic Trims
TRADESMAN
BIG HORN
SPORT
REBEL
LARAMIE
LIMITED LONGHORN
LIMITED
TRX
TRADESMAN
EXPRESS
SLT
WARLOCK
2023 RAM 1500 & 2023 RAM 1500 Classic Trims

The 2023 RAM 1500 and 2023 RAM 1500 Classic are impressive trucks that can handle a variety of towing needs. With a range of engine and axle ratio options, there’s something to suit every driver’s needs.

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2023 RAM 1500 Towing Capacity Chart

The 2023 RAM 1500 comes with several powerful engine options, each with its own towing capacity and payload capabilities.

2023 RAM 1500 Towing Capacity Chart
2023 RAM 1500 Towing Capacity Chart

3.6L Pentastar VVT V6:

The 3.6L Pentastar VVT V6 with eTorque engine and a 3.21 axle ratio can tow up to 3003 kg (6620 lbs) and carry a maximum payload of 821 kg (1810 lbs).

With a 3.55 axle ratio, the same engine can increase its towing capacity to 3497 kg (7710 lbs) and carry up to 907 kg (2000 lbs) of payload.

Overall, this engine is a great choice for those who prioritize fuel efficiency and still want respectable towing and payload capabilities.

5.7L HEMI V8:

For those seeking more power, the 5.7L HEMI V8 engine with a 3.21 axle ratio can tow up to 3865 kg (8520 lbs) and carry a maximum payload of 1043 kg (2300 lbs).

When equipped with a 3.92 axle ratio, the same engine can tow up to 5271 kg (11,620 lbs) while still carrying a payload of 862 kg (1900 lbs).

5.7L HEMI V8 with eTorque:

The 5.7L HEMI V8 with eTorque engine also offers impressive towing capabilities, with a 3.21 axle ratio allowing it to tow up to 3828 kg (8440 lbs) and carry a payload of 862 kg (1900 lbs).

Equipped with a 3.92 axle ratio, it can tow up to 5234 kg (11,540 lbs) while carrying a payload of 826 kg (1820 lbs).

For those who require even more towing power, the same engine with a 3.92 axle ratio can tow up to 5783 kg (12,750 lbs) while still carrying a payload of 826 kg (1820 lbs).

2023 RAM 1500 Towing and Payload Capacity - TowEngine
2023 RAM 1500 Towing and Payload Capacity

6.2L Supercharged HEMI V8:

The 6.2L Supercharge HEMI V8 engine is the most powerful option, with a 3.55 axle ratio allowing it to tow up to 3674 kg (8100 lbs) and carry a maximum payload of 594 kg (1310 lbs).

While its towing capacity is lower than the other engines on this list, it’s important to note that this engine is designed for high-performance driving and off-road adventures, rather than towing heavy loads.

2023 RAM 1500 Classic Towing Capacity Chart

The 2023 RAM 1500 Classic offers two engine options for drivers to choose from: the 3.6L Pentastar V6 and the 5.7L HEMI V8.

2023 RAM 1500 Classic Towing Capacity Chart
2023 RAM 1500 Classic Towing Capacity Chart

3.6L Pentastar V6:

The 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine with a 3.21 axle ratio has a maximum towing capacity of 2241 kg (4940 lbs) and a maximum payload of 685 kg (1510 lbs).

When paired with a 3.55 axle ratio, the towing capacity increases to 3307 kg (7290 lbs) with a payload capacity of 717 kg (1580 lbs).

For even greater towing capacity, the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine with a 3.55 axle ratio can tow up to 3475 kg (7660 lbs) with a payload capacity of 875 kg (1930 lbs).

2023 RAM 1500 Classic Towing and Payload Capacity - TowEngine
2023 RAM 1500 Classic Towing and Payload Capacity

5.7L HEMI V8:

The 5.7L HEMI V8 engine is another option for drivers who require more towing power.

When paired with a 3.21 axle ratio, the 5.7L HEMI V8 engine has a maximum towing capacity of 3924 kg (8650 lbs) and a payload capacity of 730 kg (1610 lbs).

With a 3.92 axle ratio, the towing capacity increases to 4173 kg (9200 lbs) with a payload capacity of 762 kg (1680 lbs).

For even more impressive towing capacity, the 5.7L HEMI V8 engine with a 3.92 axle ratio can tow up to 4586 kg (10,110 lbs) with a payload capacity of 776 kg (1710 lbs).

Finally, the 5.7L HEMI V8 engine with a 3.92 axle ratio can tow an incredible 4813 kg (10,610 lbs) with a payload capacity of 821 kg (1810 lbs).

Overall, the 2023 RAM 1500 Classic offers a range of engine and axle ratio options for drivers who require heavy-duty towing capacity.

The Pentastar V6 and HEMI V8 engines are both capable of towing significant weight, making the RAM 1500 Classic a versatile and reliable option for drivers who need to transport heavy loads.

2023 RAM 1500 Payload Capacity Chart

2023 RAM 1500 Payload Capacity Chart
2023 RAM 1500 Payload Capacity Chart

All of these options offer different combinations of power and payload capacity to suit a variety of towing and hauling needs.

2023 RAM 1500 Classic Payload Capacity Chart

2023 RAM 1500 Classic Payload Capacity Chart
2023 RAM 1500 Classic Payload Capacity Chart

3.6L Pentastar V6:

The 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine with a 3.21 axle ratio offers a maximum payload capacity of 685 kg (1510 lbs).

If you need to haul a bit more, upgrading to the 3.55 axle ratio increases the maximum payload capacity to 717 kg (1580 lbs).

With the same 3.55 axle ratio, the Pentastar V6 engine can also handle a heavier payload of up to 866 kg (1910 lbs) and 875 kg (1930 lbs) depending on the GCWR.

5.7L HEMI V8:

For those who require even more power, the 5.7L HEMI V8 engine is a great option. With a 3.21 axle ratio, this engine can handle a maximum payload capacity of 730 kg (1610 lbs).

Upgrading to the 3.92 axle ratio increases the maximum payload capacity to 762 kg (1680 lbs), and with the same ratio, the HEMI V8 can handle up to 776 kg (1710 lbs) and 821 kg (1810 lbs) depending on the GCWR.

What you can tow with a 2023 RAM 1500?

Sure thing! The 2023 RAM 1500 and 1500 Classic are both powerful trucks that are capable of towing a variety of trailers and things.

Here are some examples of what you can tow with each model:

2023 RAM 1500:

  • Small boats and personal watercraft
  • Pop-up or lightweight travel trailers
  • Small cargo trailers and utility trailers
  • Small horse trailers
  • Small RVs or motorhomes
  • ATVs, dirt bikes, and other small recreational vehicles
  • Large landscaping or construction equipment on a flatbed trailer

2023 RAM 1500 Classic:

  • Small boats and personal watercraft
  • Pop-up or lightweight travel trailers
  • Small cargo trailers and utility trailers
  • Small horse trailers
  • ATVs, dirt bikes, and other small recreational vehicles

It’s important to note that the weight of the trailer or item being towed, as well as other factors such as payload and Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), will affect the towing capacity of the truck. Always refer to the vehicle’s owner’s manual and consult with a qualified professional to ensure safe and proper towing practices.

Towing Safety and Guidelines

Here are some towing safety guidelines for the 2023 RAM 2500:

  1. Know your towing capacity: Make sure to consult the owner’s manual to find out the maximum towing capacity for your specific RAM 2500 model and engine.
  2. Distribute weight properly: Distribute the weight of your load evenly between the front and rear axles to avoid any excessive strain on either axle.
  3. Use proper equipment: Use a weight distribution hitch and trailer brakes if your load weighs over 5,000 lbs. This will help distribute the weight evenly across all axles and increase braking efficiency.
  4. Check your mirrors: Make sure you have proper visibility of the trailer and surrounding traffic before you start towing. Adjust your mirrors accordingly to ensure maximum visibility.
  5. Drive defensively: Towing a load can affect the handling and stopping distance of your RAM 2500. Drive at a safe speed, maintain a greater following distance, and brake early and gradually to avoid sudden stops.
  6. Monitor your vehicle: Keep an eye on the temperature gauge and oil pressure while towing. If you notice any unusual changes, stop your vehicle and let it cool down.
  7. Practice reversing: Reversing while towing can be challenging. Practice in an empty parking lot or a wide-open area to get comfortable with the handling of your RAM 2500.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable towing experience with your 2023 RAM 2500.

Useful Resources

2023 RAM 1500 Brochure and 2023 RAM 1500 Classic Brochure PDF

Conclusion

In conclusion, the 2023 RAM 1500 and 2023 RAM 1500 Classic are highly capable trucks with impressive towing and payload capacities.

The 2023 RAM 1500 has a towing capacity range of 6,390 – 12,750 lbs, while the 2023 RAM 1500 Classic has a towing capacity range of 4,350 – 10,610 lbs.

The towing capacity can vary depending on factors such as the vehicle’s curb weight, GVWR, payload, and other factors. It’s important to remember not to exceed the GCWR specified for the RAM 1500.

With various engine and axle ratio options available, there is a RAM 1500 or RAM 1500 Classic that can fit the towing needs of most drivers.

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