Ram 1500 Towing Capabilities: An In-Depth Look (2009+ Models)
The Ram 1500 is a true powerhouse in the world of pickups, especially for those who need a reliable towing machine. Since 2009, the Ram 1500 series has seen significant improvements, not only in power and durability but also in technology and towing capabilities. In this guide, we’ll explore the towing specifications of various Ram 1500 models from 2009 onwards, answer a few of the most pressing questions surrounding the topic, and discuss how just a few aftermarket upgrades available at Stage 3 Motorsports can enhance your towing experience.

Towing Specs for 2009+ Ram 1500 Models

The Ram 1500’s towing capacity has evolved over the years, with recent models capable of handling significantly more weight compared to earlier versions. Here’s a quick overview of how towing capacities have improved:
  • 2009-2012 Models: Early models in this range typically offer a towing capacity of up to 10,450 pounds, depending on the engine and configuration.
  • 2013-2018 Models: With the introduction of the 3.6L Pentastar V6 and the 5.7L HEMI V8, towing capacities increased, reaching up to 10,650 pounds.
  • 2019+ Models: The latest models can tow up to 12,750 pounds when properly equipped, thanks to advancements in engine performance and chassis design.
Ram 1500 Towing Capacity
Model Year Engine Type Displacement Configuration Horsepower (hp) Torque (lb-ft) Towing Capacity (lbs)
2009-2012 3.7L V6 3.7L V6 215 235 6,100
4.7L V8 4.7L V8 310 330 7,400
5.7L HEMI V8 5.7L V8 390 407 10,450
2013-2018 3.6L Pentastar V6 3.6L V6 305 269 7,600
3.0L EcoDiesel V6 3.0L V6 240 420 9,200
5.7L HEMI V8 5.7L V8 395 410 10,650
2019-Present 3.6L Pentastar V6 with eTorque 3.6L V6 305 269 7,730
5.7L HEMI V8 with eTorque 5.7L V8 395 410 12,750
3.0L EcoDiesel V6 3.0L V6 260 480 12,560

Which RAM 1500 Engine is Best for Towing?

When considering the best Ram 1500 engine for towing, the 5.7L HEMI V8 with eTorque often stands out as the best choice. Introduced in more recent models (2019 and onwards), this engine combines traditional V8 power with hybrid technology to enhance performance and efficiency. It produces 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, with a maximum towing capacity of up to 12,750 pounds. The addition of eTorque, a mild hybrid system, helps in providing additional torque in short bursts, useful during towing for smoother starts and better overall load management. This makes it an ideal choice for those who need robust pulling power along with improved fuel economy during heavy-duty tasks.

What Tows More: Ram 1500 or F-150?

Comparing the towing capacities of the Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150 reveals that both trucks offer impressive capabilities, but the F-150 often edges out slightly in maximum capacity. The latest models of the F-150, especially those equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6, can tow up to 14,000 pounds, surpassing the maximum towing capacity of the Ram 1500's 12,750 pounds offered by the 5.7L HEMI V8 with eTorque. However, the difference in towing capacity is not substantial and should only matter for those looking to frequently haul heavy loads. Ultimately, the choice between the two may depend on specific needs and preferences, as both trucks offer various engine options and features tailored to different towing requirements.

Can Aftermarket Upgrades Void My Vehicle Warranty?

Aftermarket upgrades can potentially void your vehicle warranty, but this largely depends on the nature of the modification and the specific terms of your warranty. Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, a dealer must prove that an aftermarket part caused the need for repairs before denying warranty coverage. Therefore, it's crucial to choose high-quality aftermarket products (like the ones from Stage 3) and ensure professional installation. Additionally, some aftermarket parts might come with their own warranties, providing added peace of mind. To avoid any complications, it's always a good idea to consult with your dealer or read the warranty terms carefully before proceeding with significant modifications.

What Aftermarket Towing Upgrades Should You Invest In?

When looking to enhance the towing capabilities of your truck, investing in quality aftermarket upgrades can significantly improve performance and safety. One of the most effective upgrades is the addition of Sway Bars, which help stabilize your vehicle by reducing body roll during sharp turns or when driving in windy conditions. Sway bars are particularly beneficial for maintaining control of both the vehicle and the trailer, ensuring a smoother and safer towing experience. Air Springs are another valuable upgrade, especially for those who tow frequently or haul heavy loads. These adjustable air cushions fit between the truck's chassis and the axle, providing additional support and keeping the vehicle level regardless of the weight distribution. This not only improves handling and reduces wear on standard suspension components but also helps maintain optimal braking and alignment, which are crucial for safe towing. Finally, upgrading to newer Hitches and Receivers can be a smart choice, particularly if your current setup does not match the towing capacity of your vehicle. New hitches and receivers offer improved durability and higher towing capacities, ensuring that your connection to the trailer is secure. This upgrade is essential for those looking to maximize their vehicle's towing potential safely and effectively.


Whether you’re towing a boat for a weekend at the lake or hauling equipment for a work project, understanding and maximizing the towing capabilities of your Ram 1500 is essential. With the right information and a few aftermarket products from Stage 3 Motorsports, you can tow confidently and safely, making the most of your Ram’s impressive capabilities. You can also check out our F150 Towing Blog to get a better insight on how the Ram 1500 stacks up to the competition.

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