2013 Ram 3500 Blows Away Competition With 30,000 Pound Tow Rating

2013 Ram 3500 Blows Away Competition With 30,000 Pound Tow Rating

In the continued battle for dominance in the heavy duty truck segment, Chrysler’s Ram brand has set a new benchmark that won’t be easy for its rivals to match.

Thanks to a long list of upgrades, plus more power from the 6.7-liter Cummins turbo-diesel engine, the 2013 Ram 3500 is now rated to tow an outrageous 30,000 lbs. That puts it 6,900 lbs ahead of its nearest rival, the Chevy Silverado 3500 HD. The truck also comes with a new Gross Combined Weight Rating (the combined weight of the truck, trailer and payload), of 37,600 lbs.

As mentioned, output is up for 2013, with the Cummins engine pushed to 850 lb-ft of torque, 50 more than last year’s model.

In addition, 2500 models also get improvements for 2013, with a new max tow rating of 18,350 lbs and a Gross Combined Weight Rating of 25,000 lbs.

SEE MORE: 2014 Chevy Silverado HD Preview

For 2013 all Ram HD trucks get improved cooling, lager front drive shafts and U-joints, while new features include a factory-integrated fifth-wheel and gooseneck hitch mount, a 17,000-pound Class V hitch that has 1,800 pounds of tongue weight, plus electronic stability control for the dual-rear-wheels. In addition, there’s a Center High-Mounted Stop Light (CHMSL) camera to help line up the truck with a trailer.

“We built the new 2013 Ram Heavy Duty to be the undisputed Heavy Duty ‘King of the Road.’ These new rigs deliver on the number one key attribute most critical to these customers: uncompromising capability,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO of the Ram Truck Brand. “Towing capability, reliability and engine performance are ranked first through third, respectively, with HD customers. The 2013 Ram Heavy Duty trucks unequivocally deliver all those things, as well as a very low total cost of ownership.”

Ram will debut its more capable trucks next week at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

GALLERY: 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500


Discuss this story at CumminsForum.com

  • Beezly

    What weighs 30,000 pounds? I always wonder when I read this stuff. Is that equal to a double-wide? If so, can I rent one of these trucks, because I want to move to a new lot. Anyone know?

  • Johnpn10

    Equipment man, equipment! You know, for digging holes.

  • Schmo

    You would be suprised. Just a heavy equipment trailer with out anything on it will weigh around 6,000 lbs give or take a thousand or so. Then you get to load it with your toys, vehicles or equipment. Then any extra weight you have on board of your truck takes away from your towing capacity. Thats why the GCWR is what you really go off of.

  • Ynotturbo

    My fifth wheel weighs 19,000 lbs.  I will be buying one and trading in my 2011 3500..

  • Tom Logan

    I’m not much of a Chrysler man, but when I see those kind of numbers, I can learn to like the Ram real quick. I drove Tractor, and Trailers for 20 years, and some of those years was with Cummins motors, and I never had any serious problems with them at all. So for what they have built here, I think I’ll be checking out the new Ram.

  • schmo

    Ive towed heavy loads with a few different rams and they towed like nobodies business. This new one has over 200 more lbs of torque than the last one I drove. Good for them for upping the weight that high. I’ve heard many stories of people towing way over their limits, so now they can do it safely and legally now.  

  • Screwed in tx

    I read your review on the new ram 3500. It might be helpful to your readers to also mention that if you purchase this truck with the fifth wheel prep kit they will not find a hitch to fit it. That’s right Ram put a fifth wheel prep kit without the forethought of making a hitch to fit it. You have to purchase a “frame” for 400.00 + to install so that a hitch can fit into the frame. This frame is not readily available. This negates the whole purpose of the prep kit. More than 8 calls to ram customer service and an email to the CEO get no response. As a customer who spent 50000. Plus for this truck we are disgusted with them. Our business is hauling fifth wheel trailers. Please get the word out to other unsuspecting buyers. 


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