By the Numbers: 2019 Ram Towing and Hauling

2019 Ram 1500 tailgate

We’ve learned a lot about the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and now we’re taking a closer look at its payload and towing numbers.

There have been some interesting upgrades made to the new truck that should help make it a better/stronger tow vehicle, such as the new, stiffer frame, upgraded axles and even the extra power the system offers.

We like the fact Ram is offering a special thermal heating system for the rear axle (only offered on two-wheel-drive models for now) because it not only warms up the rear axle gear lube, it could also be used to take heat away from an overworked rear axle. The system uses warm engine coolant to heat the axle, so why not use that same coolant to dissipate heat, too? Right now, the system is only offered on the smaller (9.25 inches) non-tow-package axle. We’re hoping that will change. The max tow 10-inch rear axle (called a Dana Super 60 center section) would be impressive with the segment’s first active rear axle cooling technology.

Regarding the Ram’s Max Tow Package, it’s worth noting it will have one of the biggest ring gears in the class. Upgraded with a 35-spline set of rear axle shafts, it will run 3.92:1 gears and have a max towing rating of 12,750 pounds. We’re guessing that number is likely to go up when the all-new Ram 1500 regular cabs get onto the new platform.

Ram will offer three axle ratio choices: 3.21:1, 3.55:1 and 3.92:1. The last one is packaged with the Max Tow Package and it’s the gear set attached to the configuration with the highest gross combined weight rating of 18,200 pounds; as a consequence, the largest max trailing weight listed is 12,750 pounds. To get those capacities, you need a 4×2 Quad Cab with the 5.7-liter V-8 Hemi with the eTorque mild-hybrid system and a gross vehicle weight rating of 6,900 pounds.

The vehicle combination with the most payload capacity, according to Ram’s tow chart, is also a 4×2 Quad Cab model with the 6-foot 4-inch bed with the 3.6-liter Pentastar engine (we’re assuming with or without the eTorque system) and 3.55:1 gears. That setup offers a 7,100-pound GVWR and 2,320 pounds of payload capacity. Most of the configurations show a payload capacity somewhere between 1,700 and 1,900 pounds, with the bigger numbers provided by the smaller, lighter engine; lower numbers come with the larger, heavier 5.7-liter Hemi with the eTorque technology (which we estimate adds a little less than 100 pounds).

Quad Cabs will come only with the longer bed; crew cabs will be offered in both bed (or wheelbase) lengths. We should note that the smaller 5-foot 7-inch bed typically has less payload capacity (sometimes by less than 100 pounds).

After studying the tow chart, we were unable to find a 2019 Ram 1500 that has a GVWR higher than 7,100 pounds (with the lowest at 6,010 pounds for the HFE trim); the majority of powertrain, axle gear and cab configurations are still at 6,900 or 7,100 pounds, just like the current generation.

Here are just a few examples, with the Ram’s top payload and trailering combinations first:

  • Quad Cab 4×2, 3.6-liter V-6: 3.55:1, 7,100 GVWR, 2,320 payload (max payload)
  • Quad Cab 4×2, 5.7-liter V-8 with eTorque: 3.92:1, 6,900 GVWR, 12,750 towing (max trailering)
  • Quad Cab 4×2, 5.7-liter: 3.21:1, 6,900 GVWR, 13,900 GCWR, 8,590 towing
  • Quad Cab 4×4, 3.6-liter V-6: 3.21:1, 6,800 GVWR, 11,900 GCWR, 6,460 towing
  • Crew cab 4×2, short box, 3.6-liter V-6: 3.55:1, 6,900 GVWR, 12,900 GCWR, 7,590 towing
  • Crew cab 4×4, short box, 5.7-liter V-8 with eTorque: 3.92:1, 7,100 GVWR, 17,000 GCWR, 11,190 towing
  • Crew cab 4×2, long box, 3.6-liter V-6: 3.55:1, 6,900 GVWR, 12,900 GCWR, 7,550 towing
  • Crew cab 4×4, long box, 5.7-liter V-8 with eTorque: 3.21:1, 7,100 GVWR, 13,900 GCWR, 8,080 towing
2019 Ram 1500 differential cover
2019 Ram 1500 six-lug axle shaft
2019 Ram 1500 chassis
2019 Ram 1500 bed
2019 Ram 1500 display screen’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

Latest expert reviews