How Much Can a Dodge Ram 3500 Pull?

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2021 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty Limited Crew Cab Dually

A Dodge 3500 can pull a boat, a trailer, a camper, several ATVs, several jet skis, a horse trailer, a tractor, a forklift, or an RV! 

And that’s only a partial list to answer the question, “How much can a Dodge 3500 pull?”

Let’s get into the numbers.

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Towing Capacity and Payload Capacity

The 2021 Ram Heavy Duty lineup with the Cummins Turbo Diesel engine has a towing capacity of 37,100 pounds (gooseneck towing), making the Ram 3500 the strongest truck in the one-ton class. And with a payload capacity of 6,570, this Dodge is a stuff-carrying monster! 

Other Specs of the Dodge 3500

The 2021 Dodge 3500 with the High-Output Cummins turbo-diesel 6.7-liter I6 engine has 1,075 ft-lb of torque, another best-in-class rating, and 420 gas horsepower.

Higher peak boost limits and higher volume fuel system components create the added torque output. A new in-house gooseneck hitch design is what enables this truck to pull 37,100 pounds. 

Can the Dodge 3500 Pull a Travel Trailer? 

Yes, it can pull a travel trailer

The average dry weight of a 30-foot travel trailer is 5,800 pounds. Dry weight means the weight of a factory-fresh trailer with all holding tanks empty and before it’s packed with the traveler’s belongings. You can find that information in the owner’s manual.  

So, in truth, the Dodge 3500 is capable of pulling more than one travel trailer!

Can a Dodge 3500 Pull a Fifth Wheel? 

Yes, it can pull a fifth-wheel! (Are you sensing a pattern here?) 

A fifth wheel’s average weight is 15,000 pounds, meaning the Dodge 3500 can pull two fifth-wheels (or a bigger model)!

The bottom line is that the Dodge 3500 makes a great fifth-wheel hauler!

2021 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty Limited Crew Cab Dually

Can a Dodge 3500 Carry a Truck Camper? 

The average weight of a truck camper is just under 3,000 pounds with heavier options getting closer to 5,000 pounds. The Dodge 3500 has a payload capacity of 6,570, so it would have no trouble carrying a truck camper.

How Much is a Dually? 

Retail prices of the 2021 Dodge Ram 3500 dually start at $66,285. These fantastic pickups have been around since 2013, though, so you can likely find a decent used model for a reasonable price. You could find it used in the high $30ks or low $40ks, depending on the year, mileage, and condition. 

Is the Dodge Ram 3500 Good For Towing? 

At the time of the writing of this post, the 2021 Dodge Ram 3500 with the 6.7-liter High-Output Cummins Turbo Diesel I6 engine is the most powerful pickup truck in the world. 

So yes – it’s more than suitable for towing! This truck can tow 37,100 pounds of whatever you’ve got! You certainly won’t be disappointed if you want something that can haul pretty much anything.  

Conclusion

When we ask, “How much can a Dodge 3500 pull?” we’d better be ready for the answer. 

Currently, the most powerful truck in the world, the 2021 Dodge 3500 can pull more than two (almost three!) helicopters, school busses, or semi-trailers. 

This Dodge 3500 can pull a fighter jet, a subway car, a fighter spacecraft, or a cargo carrier. 

Although this truck seems too good to be true, it does have limitations. A Dodge 3500 can’t pull a fire truck or a greyhound bus, after all. 

Yet.

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  1. If I were 30K+ lb towing, i wouldn’t not be doing it with a conventional DRW pickup truck. Other than a handful of RVs, most weight under 18k full. DRV, Luxe maybe up to 22k. With those more realistic numbers for most RVers, either Ford, Chevy, or RAM is more than capable.

    Now in comparison to towing, the debate can be had that a wide track front axle found on the F450 pickup truck or RAM 4500 cab/chasis would be better for turning, stronger frame, and for the larger brakes those vehicles come with.

    Biggest difference between RAM, Ford, or Chevy will be personal preference. For instance, which seat feeels better to me. Or do I want the RAM bc the engine is tuned to sound a little louder and sound like a truck? Or do I want a Ford bc it’s engine is quieter and less road noise in the cab. Or do I buy. A truck with a Max Tow package which comes with factory airbags?

    All used trucks today have a high resale value and DRWs are hard to find in some areas of America. In California, many 2-3 yr old trucks with 50K+ miles sell as much as a new one.

    I like RAM, along with Ford and Chevy. Here though it seems you have written this article as if it’s more of an ad paid by RAM. All three have there strengths and quirks. Best Cummins engine was the late ‘90s. Best Duramax engine was around 2004-2007. Ford’s best was the 7.3l around 2000 and now the 6.7l for the past four years.

    If it comes down to the numbers and what the specs read for max tow, then don’t buy any vehicle that will max it’s towing capability.

  2. Hi Jayson:
    The RAM may have the edge on towing capacity but the number that we typically get close to exceding pulling big 5th wheels is payload capacity. I think the Ford F350 may have the edge there with all the aluminum used.

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