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2017 RAM 2500 Towing Capacity

How much can a 2017 RAM 2500 pull? Compare 4 trim levels.

What will it tow?

RV   Car   Boat   Typical trailers

2017 RAM 2500 Trims
Towing capacity by engine

Choose a towing vehicle wisely. Make sure the engine has enough power, the gearbox is capable of withstanding heavy loads, and the axle ratio is optimal for hauling.

  • 5.7L V-8, 3.73 axle ratio, 383 hp, 400 lb/ft - 17,000 lbs

Tradesman 4x2 Regular Cab 140.5 in. WB

Maximum Towing Capacity - 17000 lb

It is the same for all trims.

The maximum weight that RAM 2500 is allowed to tow. The maximum trailer weights listed are only applicable for altitudes up to 3280 ft (1,000 m) above sea level. With increasing altitude the engine power and therefore the car's climbing ability are impaired because of the reduced air density, so the maximum trailer weight has to be reduced accordingly. The weight of the car and trailer must be reduced by 10% for every further 3280 ft (1,000 m) (or part thereof).

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) - 9000 lb

It is the same for all trims.

This is the maximum amount of weight RAM 2500 is rated to carry (engine, chassis, fluids, passengers, cargo, load - everything). It is often determined by the manufacturer and is indicated in the owner's manual or on the inside of the drive's door panel.

Curb Weight - 5940 lb

This is how much RAM 2500 weighs sitting on the curb with no driver, passengers, no cargo and no load with all standard options.

Payload Capacity - 3060 lb

Payload is considered all the extra stuff you put inside your vehicle, whether it be passengers or a pile of rocks, that weight is all considered payload. You can increase it by:

  1. Upgrading the Rear Springs.
  2. Adding Coil-Over Shock Absorbers.
  3. Installing a Longer Truck Bed.
  4. Attaching a Trailer.
  5. Adding Bed Racks.

Horsepower - 383 hp

It is the same for all trims.

The higher the power of your engine, the more weight your car can pull.

Torque - 400 Lb-Ft

It is the same for all trims.

High torque is essential for towing because it allows you to pull the trailer at a lower RPM, reducing the strain on the engine.

Axle Ratio - 3.73

It is the same for all trims.

The higher the axle ratio, the more power your vehicle produces, and as a result, the more weight this car can tow.

Drive Type - rear-wheel

All-wheel or rear-wheel drive vehicles are best suited for towing, while front-wheel drive vehicles can haul much less weight.

Transmission - 6-spd auto w/OD

It is the same for all trims.

Do not overload your vehicle while towing, as this can cause the transmission to overheat and fail. If your transmission has "Towing mode" - be sure to turn it on.

Turbocharger - intercooled turbo

It is the same for all trims.

Turbocharged engines produce more power, so if you need a vehicle for towing, choose the one equipped with a turbo.

Wheelbase - 140.5

It is the same for all trims.

The longer your vehicle's wheelbase, the less likely the trailer you tow will push down on the rear axle and lift the front end.

Front Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) - no data

It is the maximum allowable weight that can be placed on a front axle of your RAM 2500.

Rear Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) - no data

It is the maximum allowable weight that can be placed on a rear axle of your RAM 2500.

Tradesman 4x4 Regular Cab 140.5 in. WB

SLT 4x2 Regular Cab 140.5 in. WB

SLT 4x4 Regular Cab 140.5 in. WB

Trailers that Your Vehicle Can Tow



Inside the RV, you will find everything you need for a comfortable stay, even away from civilization.

Car Trailers

If you need to transport your car over a long distance - use a car trailer - this method is much safer and more reliable than towing with a rope.

Choose the car you want to haul:


Boat Trailers

If you need to transport a boat, make sure you choose the right size trailer.

Boat trailer

Typical Trailers

Whatever your needs, you can find a trailer that's perfect for you.

Boat trailer

What is a 2017 RAM 2500 maximum towing capacity?

When preparing exciting outings outside, you need to remember the 2017 RAM 2500 towing capacity, that is the most important attribute for such adventure. The towing capacity is really the vehicle's maximum amount of weight that it could safely pull. This data can frequently be discovered on a sticker situated within the driver's door next to the door latch. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is the optimum functional weight (which includes cargo and passengers) and should not be violated. As a rule, the weight of the trailer being pulled is usually recommended to stay within 10-15 % of the GVWR.

In this section, you may find the details about the towing capacity of the 2017 RAM 2500 with all trims and generations. Take note the maximum towing weight can vary based on the braking system of what is being pulled. When a trailer is equipped with its own brakes then it is "braked capacity". Otherwise, it is actually unbraked capacity. When reviewing options for the future trailer, you have to understand that the weight and score is coming from the trailer's producer plus all of the additional payload you are likely to take in it needs to never go beyond the 2017 RAM 2500 towing capacity. Violating this important rule will have an impact on what you can do to control and stop in time and may eventually bring about long-lasting problems for your car or even lead to accidents on the roads.


Drivers must not exceed the RAM 2500 towing capacity as it can have serious consequences such as interfering with your car's braking ability

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The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has developed the J2807 set of recommended practices. The tow test procedures designed by the big brains at the SAE consist of a series of rigorous real-world challenges to determine the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of a vehicle and trailer combination.