2013 Ram 2500, 3500 Boast Class-Leading Towing and Weight Ratings

By Trevor Dorchies | January 08, 2013
Automakers have long bragged (and fudged) about how much weight their trucks can haul. Whether those claims are true or not are a discussion for another time, but nevertheless, they continue to "raise" the bar. The latest gauntlet tossed to the ground comes off the hand of the folks over at Ram, with its 2500 and 3500 heavy duty pickups. For the 2013 model year, the Ram 2500 gets a bump in towing and Gross Combined Weight Rating at 18,350 and 25,000 pounds on the nose, respectively. Ram has planted its flag at the top of the 3/4-ton pickup segment with help from those numbers, and will sit and wait for its next opponent. The Ram 3500 is no slouch either for 2013, and has seen its GCWR raised to 37,600 pounds. It can also haul 30,000 pounds courtesy of an all-new 50,000 pound-per-square-inch high-strength steel frame, an improved transfer case, a higher-load transmission, and an upgraded 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine which is now rated at 850 pound-feet of torque. Ram Chassis Cab trucks now claim best-in-class towing and GCWR figures of 29,600 and 37,500 pounds, respectively.
A slew of new features have been added on to the Ram Heavy Duty trucks, including a factory-integrated fifth-wheel and gooseneck hitch mount, electronic stability control for dual-rear-wheels, a Class V hitch rated at 17,000 pounds with 1,800 pounds of tongue weight, and an all-new camera positioned on the Center High-Mounted Stop Light. This camera gives the driver a full view of cargo in the bed and assists with hooking up fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailers. An all-new cooling system also rides along on all 2013 Ram Heavy Duty models and features a high-efficiency fan, dual radiators, dual transmission coolers, and a low-hanging charge air cooler which reduces heat absorption by 25 percent.
Along with the cooling system is the all-new Ram Active Air Intake system. If extreme heat is detected by the system, cooler air is drawn in from the front of the vehicle. This same function also engages when the vehicle is in high altitudes and sharpens throttle response when the air is thin. If there is rain or snow on the ground, the system will draw air from an under-hood inlet in order to clear any precipitation. Front drive shafts and U-joints have also been bolstered for the 2013 model year in order to hold the increased Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and GCWR. A new front and rear suspension system has also been put in place to help with roll stiffness when hauling something. The 2013 Ram 3500 gets a three-link front suspension in order to handle greater weight demands up front including snow plows. An all-new Hotchkiss leaf spring suspension helps the Ram 3500's overall ride and handling, too. Source: Ram